Dec 04, 2017 05:45PM
Seven years ago, three BRECKENRIDGE locals created the town’s first dedicated yoga studio, named it Meta, and declared its mission to be an “om away from home.” From the Ridge Street studio, yogis draw inspiration from the sweeping views of the peaks of Ten Mile Range and the white slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. It turns out the physical demands of a yoga practice can only enhance your time on those snow-covered trails.
To be successful at skiing (or really any winter sport that involves trying to move gracefully on a slick surface), you have to learn to trust your body. You have to keep your balance as you move through various maneuvers, tightening and releasing specific muscles as needed. Keeping a tight core and low center of gravity helps—something you learn the first time you attempt to move into the Warrior Three pose. You have to stay calm in the face of physical challenges. You have to be comfortable in silence while maintain- ing control of your thoughts, your breathing. A yoga practice teaches you all of these things—and it re- minds you to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings even when you’re struggling. Such as when you’re struggling to catch your breath at the top of the mountain where the air is cold and thin.
While you can reap the benefits of practicing yoga in any location, Meta’s views are an added bonus. This month, the studio is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a series of special events and classes. For more details and to view the schedule, head to Meta Yoga Studios.