Healthy Lifestyle Series @ your library


Vail Public Library’s annual Healthy Lifestyle Series, an extension of our “Evenings of Engagement,” features  programs that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Programs include healthy habits for both mind and body. While most programs take place seasonally, we do offer Yoga and Meditation throughout the year.

Ongoing Programs:

yogaGentle Yoga – Monday’s & Wednesday’s at 11:30am

This may be the yoga class you’re looking for. Here we cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. Though it’s a gentle workout, the emphasis is on working in. This inward focus unites the mind, body & Spirit in an atmosphere of community and collaboration, not competition. Balance, strength and flexibility improve while experiencing deep relaxation. You’ll feel a lightness of being from this powerful and healing practice. Taught by Anne Anderson, Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Registered with Yoga Alliance, Professional Ski Instructor of America at Vail; Lionshead Adults, Reiki II Practitioner and Founder of Snowga, a yoga practice on the slopes created to calm the mind and transform the ski experience; less fear, more fun.


 Meditation – Tuesdays at 5:00pm

Meditation is commonly described as the practice of focusing our mental attention to awaken us beyond habitual thinking, so to reveal the nature of reality — what is happening here and now.  Although there are many approaches to deepening our awareness of presence, the art of practice lies in embracing the process with curiosity, kindness and a light touch.  The Vail Library is pleased to offer community members the opportunity to share in their meditative journey from a community approach.

Please join others in the Community Room at the Vail Library for weekly meditation gatherings on Tuesdays  from 5:00 to 6:00.  Whether you are well along the path, just beginning to develop a practice or simply interested in exploring the path of meditation with others, we invite you to join community members in a weekly meditation gathering.   Meditation gatherings are informal, following no specific approach, practice or formalities.  Sessions are currently led by Wendy St Charles or Thomas Guthrie, with visiting guests from time to time, as may be arranged.  Each session will open with a brief warm up and breathing exercise, followed by a series of 10 to 20 minute meditation sessions or a brief open discussion, as may be welcomed.  Chairs and seating cushions are available.

We hope you will join us!

Namaste and Blessings to all

Zumba – Mondays at 5:30pm

Zumba is an energetic and fun-filled workout!  Latin infused rhythms and dance moves combine with hip-hop, salsa, and mambo to bring you an exciting evening of exercise that is as good for your mood as it is for your body!  All abilities and fitness levels are welcome to join us in this FREE Zumba program.  Monday evenings at 5:30pm, beginning in November.

Zumba – Todos los Lunes a las 5:30pm

Zumba es un entrenamiento lleno de energía y diversión que no te hacer sentir que estás haciendo ejercicio, es una infusión de danza latina y otros estilos, diseñados para enseñar movimientos de baile, de modo que estás realmente bialando con un grupo de personas mientras sudaba las libras.  Las clases son GRATIS y comenzando en Noviembre.


Ski and Read Book Club – Second Fridays at 11:30am

Our Walking Book Club continues through the summer and autumn months, but transforms into the Ski and Read Book Club as the snow begins to fall.

Think of this as a social outing that provides the mental and physical activity essential to a healthy brain. Join us whether you have read the book or not; share what you are reading with us as we walk or share reading ideas with the rest of the group. The point is to get you moving and socializing with other readers!

There is no walking OR skiing book club in November, so if you’d like to join in on the November Book Club Selection (Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey), please join us for the Books ‘n’ Bites discussion!


Knit Night at the Library – Every 2nd and 4th Monday at 5:30pm

Knitting can be meditative and soothing, or a challenging test of focus and manual dexterity.  It’s even become the focus of research as the health benefits of knitting have drawn international attention!

Join the library Knit Night crafters each month for conversation, encouragement, ideas, and company as you create a healthy lifestyle along with your warm and fuzzy fiber art!


Online Resources for Health and Wellness

brainhq2BrainHQ™ is an easy way to make brain health a priority. Library card holders can access a suite of online exercises designed to stretch your brain in new ways to help you think faster, focus better and remember more. You can use BrainHQ on a PC/MAC or from an app from the App Store (the Android App is in development). Once you login and create an account, BrainHQ will send you a welcome email; if you don’t want monthly emails from BrainHQ, you can unsubscribe from future emails using the link at the bottom of your welcome email.



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Past Events of 2017

Wednesday, June 21: Hypnosis for Health
Wednesday, August 2: Fermented Foods with Paula Roeland
Summer Season: Country Western Dance
Thursday, September 7: Environmental Toxins with Kris Sampson (Vail Diet)

Past Events of 2016
Thursday, January 14: Healthy Kids food tasting and Yoga
Tuesday, June 28: Create Freedom and Vibrancy in Your Body
Wednesday, July 6: The Brain on Love
Wednesday, August 24: Adrenal Fatigue
Wednesday, September 7: Hot Topics in Nutrition

Past Events of 2015
Wednesday, June 17: Get Growing
Wednesday, July 22: 4 Peaks to Supercharged Health
Wednesday, August 26: Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Wednesday, September 2: Salts, Salves and Dream Pillows


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