It’s that time of year — when I get too busy with climbing and friends and yoga teaching and planning this AWESOME Bighorn Climbers’ Coalition (BCC) event to spend my time writing training articles. I hope you are enjoying your summer season so far! If you’re looking for training information here, just check out the Improve Climbing! portion of the site. Otherwise, I hope to see you at the Ten Sleep Climbing Festival on July 2, and also at the International Climbers’ Festival in Lander from July 13-16.
Don’t forget to show your support for the local climbing organization (Bighorn Climbers’ Coalition for Ten Sleep Canyon and the Bighorn Basin/Mountains area) while you’re here, either by joining the coalition ($25 for an annual membership) or simply by purchasing a copy of Aaron Huey’s latest Ten Sleep Canyon guidebook. The 2016 Xerox-Style Punk Rock Guide to Ten Sleep is 290 pages of (mostly) black and white glory and will be available for only $25 . All the same great beta and routes, with some corrections (and some new falsifications!), and comes complete with dozens of vintage punk rock fliers!
A special shout out to Aaron Huey, as he has donated all his work for this BCC fundraiser guide and has given up any connection to author profits so that the BCC can use the profits to continue its work maintaining the routes, trails, and relationships.
THIS GUIDEBOOK WILL NOT BE SOLD IN STORES OUTSIDE TEN SLEEP! So pick one up in Ten Sleep or head over to the BCC website to order your copy today! (Book will be available in almost every Ten Sleep business and online by June 15th.)
Summer Outdoor Yoga Class: Wednesday Mornings, 8 to 9 a.m.
This Vinyasa Slow yoga class takes place at Red Reflet Ranch, located south of Ten Sleep via WY 434. Dress for outdoor practice overlooking beautiful red sandstone cliffs. However, if the weather is bad, we will practice inside. Bring your yoga mat!
Session 1: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
Session 2: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14 (6-week session)
Ten Sleep Yoga Classes: Monday Evenings
Session 3: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 (6-week session)
Session 4: August 8, 15, 22, 29, September 12, 19, 26, October 3
Session 5: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12
NOTE: You must bring your own yoga mat to yoga classes in Ten Sleep; no mats will be provided. Classes take place in a classroom at the school via the northwest door. Find class descriptions below.
Vinyasa Slow: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Vinyasa Flow Combined I & II: 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Drop-in fee is $8 per class; email me for details on multi-class pricing options.
Worland Yoga Classes: Wednesday Evenings
Session 3: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
Session 4: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 5: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Vinyasa Slow: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Gottsche Wellness Center, next to the DMV and Gottsche Rehab Center in Worland. Priced according to current Gottsche rates.
Vinyasa Flow Combined I & II: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the WHC studio.
Stretch & Refresh: 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the at the WHC studio.
Drop-in fee is $8 per class at WHC; email me for details on multi-class pricing options. You do NOT need to be a member of Worland Health Club to attend a class there.
Vinyasa Slow. Slow-Flow followed by gentle stretching. Slow-Flow involves a slow-paced flow of supine (lying down), seated, and kneeling postures, plus several standing flows and poses. These sequences aim to encourage gains in agility, coordination, strength and balance. After warming the muscles, the final portion of the class will provide gentle seated/supine stretches to improve range of motion and encourage greater flexibility. Suitable for almost any level of practitioner and almost any fitness level, so long as lying down, sitting/kneeling on the floor, and standing up from lying down/seated/kneeling do not present any issues.
Vinyasa Flow Level I. A moderately-paced, alignment-oriented Vinyasa flow class featuring an active warm-up, sun salutations, standing/balancing sequences, optional arm balances/inversions in some classes, backbends, forward bends, twists and hip openers, with attention to yogic breathing, staying present, cultivating steadiness and ease in each posture, and staying respectful of your body’s limits and edges throughout this mindful, flowing practice. Suitable for those with previous yoga experience and/or those with an established basic fitness level and a willingness/open mind toward trying something new.
Vinyasa Flow Level II. A faster-paced/more difficult alignment-oriented Vinyasa class featuring an active warm-up, sun salutations, standing/balancing sequences, optional arm balances/inversions in some classes, backbends, forward bends, twists and hip openers, with attention to yogic breathing, staying present, cultivating steadiness and ease in each posture, and staying respectful of your body’s limits and edges throughout this mindful, flowing practice. Suitable for those with previous yoga experience and/or those with an established solid fitness level and a willingness to “go with the flow” and be okay with not having as much visual guidance/demonstration of poses.
Stretch and Refresh. A slow-paced, hour-long practice featuring roughly half an hour of Yin poses followed by roughly half an hour of purely restorative poses. This class concludes with a guided meditation. Yin yoga works to gently and persistently strengthen, lengthen and nourish the body’s deeper, less elastic tissues – fascia, ligaments, joints and bones. Restorative yoga involves the use of passive poses (asanas) to help relieve stress and promote a greater sense of overall relaxation and wellbeing. Guided relaxation meditation is often included. Yin yoga and restorative yoga are suitable for almost anyone, so long as lying down on the ground does not pose health issues. This cooling class provides a great complement/counter-practice to the active Vinyasa flow class taking place just before it.