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.
Gentle Yoga – Mondays & Wednesdays at 11:30 am!!
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 – Sundays @ 10:15am!!
Please join others in the Community Room at the Vail Library for weekly meditation gatherings.
Sessions are currently led by Thomas Guthrie, with visiting guests from time to time. 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. Remember sessions are FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE.
Finding solace and wisdom in the study and practice of meditation, Thomas took novice ordination as a monk in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition. During this time, he participated in multiple 30-day and 90-day retreats, as well as a year of silent retreat in the Indian Himalayas. Later he helped establish a retreat center in Thailand. Upon returning to America, he helped create and manage a retreat center in Florida, then on to Vail in 2012, resuming a career in Hospitality and maintaining a daily mindfulness practice.
Thomas’ approach to mindfulness is secular, with respect for all wisdom traditions. His teaching is marked by kindness and delivered with practical humor and an approachable style. Thomas is currently engaged in multiple projects including: books on mindfulness, a meditation toy and promoting world peace. He is also eager to create a retreat center in Eagle County.
We hope you will join us! Namaste and Blessings to all.
Zumba Fitness – Mondays @ 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.
Zumba Fitness – 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.
Walking & Ski Book Club – Winter Season (December – April) and Summer Season (June – September)
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!
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
BrainHQ™ 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.
The award-winning Teen Health & Wellness provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular, and self-help support. Articles are correlated to state, national, and provincial standards, including Common Core Health and Science. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, and more.
The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
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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