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Dillon Farmers Market offers outdoor yoga classes

by Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

Visitors at Dillon's weekly farmers market can now take a homegrown breather from shopping. Starting this Friday, from 9-10 a.m, the town will offer weekly classes through Meta Yoga Studios for the first time.

"I really enjoy practicing outside," said Leslie Ross, studio manager of Meta Yoga. "It's a real opportunity to tap into your senses and be present in the moment. For one, you don't have that same floor that you do in the studio. You don't have those four walls. You have the sun, and you might have some wind or a little rain."

Jenni Frank, an instructor with Meta, will lead the flowing, breath-driven vinyasa classes weekly for a suggested donation of $10. The practices will be informal, and Frank plans to adjust the difficulty of the classes depending on the level of attendees. She hopes that the outdoor setting will bring in people who might be nervous to step into a studio.

"I just love to share it with people. I get inspired by people who show up on their mat," Frank said. "I think the biggest thing is getting people outside to do yoga. We have a really short summer, so this is just a way to get people outside to soak up the weather and the scenery."

Frank originally approached Dillon with the idea after she visited Scotsdale, Arizona several months ago. Stepping into a yoga class during her trip, she noticed they offered an outdoor class at the farmers market that week.

"It's a special experience. I think the two of them line up really well," Frank said. "I really want it to be a big community event where a bunch of people get together."

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The town took the idea and ran with it. Dillon offered the studio a spot in the park and brought in several new stands, including three additional fruit and vegetable stands, and even a smoothie-blending bicycle.

"We were really looking for a way to celebrate health and wellness and include that as a core component to our farmer's market," said Dillon marketing and communications director Kerstin Anderson. "I think it rounds out that experience. You can go get your workout—you're in that beautiful setting—and then you can go and pick up fresh produce for the rest of the week."

Yoga on the lake

The following week, Meta will offer stand-up paddleboard yoga classes on Lake Dillon, starting June 15. Ross said that instructors and participants will paddle out into the lake, then drop anchors to float in place during the practice.

"The first time you get up, you can definitely feel that you are on a moving surface. You develop a comfort with it," Ross said. "You have to be slow, steady, methodical and mindful."

The classes will be offered alternating between the Lake Dillon Reservoir and Maggie Pond in Breckenridge, with classes in Dillon offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7-8:45 a.m., and classes in Breckenridge offered Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30-10 a.m.

Classes run at $35 each, including all required equipment. Meta offers a $10 discount for those who bring their own paddleboard and a $5 discount for locals. The studio will also offer a free class on June 16, from 1-5 p.m. at Maggie Pond.

"It's really fun. The first time I tried it, I wanted everyone I knew to do it," Ross said. "It's a way to take it out beyond the studio and enjoy yoga in the outdoors."