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Yoga & Fitness Classes at Garnet Hill Lodge

Relax, rejuvenate and rediscover yourself through yoga at Garnet Hill Lodge!  Our rustic environment invites you to step back into more tranquil times and take refuge from the pace and pressure of everyday life. 

We are excited to offer a variety of 1-hour yoga and workout classes for beginners, advanced yogis, cyclists – and everyone in between!  Our practice, located in the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center, is the ideal place to begin or rediscover your yoga journey.  With classes ranging from Hatha Yoga to Vinyasa Flow to Yoga for Cyclists, our team of certified and knowledgeable instructors is here to help you reach your full potential.  

Summer Class Schedule

July 5 through September 1:

Every Tuesday at 9 am – Gentle Yoga or Restorative Yoga (Guest Instructor)*

Every Thursday at 9 am – Yoga & Weight Combo Class (Michele)

Every Saturday at 9 am – Vinyasa Flow or Hatha Yoga (Guest Instructor)*

Every Saturday at 3 pm – Yoga for Cyclists (Michele – discounted fee of $5 for those who are also attending our Guided Mountain Bike Tour at 1 pm)

Class Descriptions 

Vinyasa Yoga 

Vinyasa is also called “flow yoga” or “vinyasa flow.”  It is an incredibly common style of yoga.  The word “vinyasa” translates to “place in a special way,” which is often interpreted as linking breath and movement.  You’ll often see words like slow, dynamic, or mindful paired with vinyasa or flow to indicate the intensity of a practice.  The poses in this style are very synchronized with breath in a continuous rhythmic flow.  That flow can be meditative in nature, calming the mind and nervous system, even as you are moving.  Vinyasa is suitable for anyone who wants more movement and less stillness from their yoga practice.  Options are always given with detailed instructions so anyone from a beginner to an experienced practitioner may participate. 

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga derives its name from the Sanskrit words for sun and moon, and is designed to balance opposing forces.  The balance in hatha yoga might come from strength and flexibility, physical and mental energy, or breath and the body.  Hatha is a blanket term for many different styles of yoga.  To be considered hatha, classes must include a mix of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation.  Our Hatha classes will focus on postures being held for longer periods of time with breath work, however less flow than a vinyasa class.  Hatha yoga is suitable for anybody at any skill level. 

Restorative Yoga:

This form of yoga uses props to help support your body.  The goal is to completely relax into poses, which are held for at least five minutes and sometimes longer.  This means you might only do a handful of poses in a class, and it’s perfectly acceptable to drift into sleep during them.  Some classes may include yoga nidra – a guided meditation that allows you to hover between sleep and wake.  Though all different types of yoga can aid stress relief and brain health, restorative yoga poses place its focus on down-regulating the nervous system.  Restorative yoga can benefit those who need to destress. 

Yoga & Weight Combo Class:

This class is the ideal union of both yoga and functional fitness.  The first half of class will take you through a vinyasa flow and incorporate core work, warming up the body and engaging the power muscles of the abdominals, hips and gluteus, back and pelvis.  From there, participants will have high energy compound movements with functional fitness incorporated.  Dumbbell weights will be used and provided by Garnet Hill.  Proper form is emphasized, this class revs up the metabolism using multiple muscle groups with 15 repetitions per movement.  Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you may do at home, at work or in sports.  While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability. 

Class Pricing

Single Class Drop-in Rate (non Lodge guest):  $10 per class 

Single Class Drop-in Rate (for Lodge guests):  $8 per class 

Four Class Pack:  $32 

To register for a class, please call the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150 or email Michele at mpearsall@garnet-hill.com

*Guest instructor classes are by donation only with proceeds benefiting Johnsburg Meal Site in North Creek, the kitchen supplying meals to homebound Johnsburg residents. 

Meet our Instructors 

Michele Pearsall (200 hrs YTT (Yoga Teacher Training), ACE (American Council on Exercise), Personal Trainer, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Reiki Level 1, ACE Functional Fitness Specialist, SUP Yoga, MS Community Health).  Michele teaches vinyasa flow and a high-intensity combination of yoga and weights class that includes compound movements and functional fitness. Michele is the manager of the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center. 

Joanne Millis has been practicing yoga for 40 years and has attended many Kripalu workshops.  Her classes include a slow, flow, deep yin stretch, coordinated with focused breathing.  She also teaches restorative yoga and may include some tai chi and pilates.  

Jane Derickson (200 hrs YTT).  She teaches hatha yoga.  In her teaching, Jane holds stretches and postures for extended periods of time and incorporates the use of props. 

Sharon Barr (200 hrs YTT) teaches a vinyasa style class, connecting breath and movement.  She sometimes will incorporate chair yoga and yin practice into her classes. 

Susan Olsen (200 & 500 hrs YTT) has been teaching for nearly 30 years.  Her classes are an eclectic blend of yoga styles and the level is gentle/intermediate.  She teaches a classic, detailed exploration of poses, alignment, breath, and mediation. 

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