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Summer Yoga in the Mountains ’24

June 14 @ 4:00 pm - June 16 @ 2:00 pm

Take a break from your busy life with a weekend yoga retreat in the cool beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.  Richmond area instructors Bonnijean Boggess, Leah Husk and Julian Desta will be leading a variety of all-level yoga classes in indoor and outdoor spaces in and around the historic Shrine Mont Retreat Center located in the quaint town of Orkney Springs, Virginia.  Take a step back in time to the natural beauty and historic buildings of this hidden gem.  You will have time to explore the grounds, history and enjoy the wonderful southern menu items offered in family -style dining or take out.  The chefs can accommodate vegan, vegetarian and other dietary restrictions.

* Available to everybody
** Available to everybody with optional strength modifications

More classes may be added depending on number of participants.

*Gentle Zen:  This gentle Yoga practice helps us draw true attention to breath. Gentle twists and elongation of the limbs and the spine will set the perfect setting for relaxation and stillness, both mentally and physically. This first class will introduce you to yoga lingo and poses.

**Sun Salutation:  Honor the sun as we coordinate gentle movement with pranayama (breath control) in our morning Sun Salutation practice. Lengthen and awaken your muscles with basic yogic postures with optional strength challenges designed to energize your spirit and prepare us for the coming of a new day. 

*Soundbath: Expect to hear instruments from around the world, including several kinds of singing bowls, pan drum, Native American flute, drums, harps, and possibly entirely new instruments. The goal as always is a relaxing and insightful sound journey, or perhaps, if you need it, a delightful rest. 

**BEAM Yoga





This head-to-toe yoga practice will activate strength, challenge  balance and help develop flexibility. This class incorporates a soft, low-to-the-ground balance beam (provided!) and will surely present the true meaning of a mind/body experience.  Classes are limited to 8 participants, but we will offer enough sessions so that everyone has a chance to practice BEAM. 

**Vinyasa Flow: Flow in and out of classic yoga postures in a more active practice as we challenge strength and help sharpen mental focus and physical balance skills. This also incorporates core and trunk stabilization postures designed to strengthen the abdominals and low back. Guided meditation and relaxation are included. 

**Up and Down Hatha :  Hatha yoga moves you through slow combinations of poses to improve strength, flexibility and balance.  You do not have to have any of these to do this class! Instructor will demonstrate  modifications to add challenge (UP) as well as modifications to keep it light (DOWN). We will focus on spinal problem areas with a breath and meditation dessert.

*Moon Salutation (Goodnight Moon) Close the day by welcoming and honoring the moon in the night sky. This calming sequence of basic postures will help us slow down and prepare our bodies for a restful night’s sleep.

++Aqua Flow – Cool down with yoga in the pool.  Water holds you up so you can balance but also adds a touch of resistance to movement beneath the surface.  Nobody can see what is happening down there!  Floatation noodles provided. This class involves laughter.  Bring a towel.  This class will be replaced with Rock-It Flow if it is too cold or raining.

++ Rock-it Flow – All the poses you have come to know and love will be done to a gentle rock beat to add optional sway, toe-taps – a  rhythm to follow if you so desire.  It is still slow and gentle with a nice savasana with a soft back-beat.

*Yin It DownYin Yoga, a slow and intentional practice, is designed to allow the body to surrender to gentle postures with a long, steady load of stretching, especially joint and connective tissue.  Instead of a more classic transition of asanas, relaxed postures are held for minutes at a time, allowing for the experience of fascinating evolutions with optional instructor assists. Our practice and this retreat will come to an end with a long savasana to relax, refresh and reflect on our time in the mountains.

Meet the Instructors:

LEAH HUSK is an ASFA certified Personal Trainer, a Biometrics certified Nutrition and Strength Training Coach as well as a 200 hour certified yoga instructor.  She has been an active member in the fitness industry since 1987 when she was a member of the Board of Directors of the White House Athletic Center at The White House in Washington, D.C. Leah is a fitness presenter for DCAC Fitness Conferences and the author of “I’m Hungry; A Personal Trainer’s Collection of Good Food Recipes.” She owns and operates Leah Husk Fitness, LLC where she specializes in private and corporate fitness. In her spare time, Leah enjoys cycling, eating pizza and drinking fine wine.

BONNIJEAN BOGGESS has been leading yoga and other fitness classes in the Richmond area for over 20 years.  She spends her days teaching high school special needs students online and her free time leading yoga classes in Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley area.  She is AFAA group exercise, yoga and Pilates certified and is working toward a 200 hour yoga certification.  This is the fourth annual Summer Yoga in the Mountains retreat she has coordinated and led.  She, her husband and 2 kittens primarily live in their cabin near Orkney Springs.

JULIAN DESTA is a certified Sound Healing Guide, Yoga(200YTT) & Meditation Teacher, Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho)III Mastering Practitioner, and Artist. He has been working with the Richmond VA. community for over 20 years.

Click HERE for a tentative schedule for the weekend.

Rates (includes 2 nights lodging, 6 meals, and instruction)

Double Occupancy Room Rate: $340 per person
Single Occupancy Room Rate: $395 per person

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June 14 @ 4:00 pm
June 16 @ 2:00 pm
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Shrine Mont
217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States