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Summer Yoga in the Mountains

June 24 @ 4:00 pm - June 26 @ 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, Leah Husk, Bonnijean Boggess 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 wonderful southern menu items. The chef can accommodate vegan, vegetarian and other dietary restrictions.

Your Instructors:

Bonnijean Boggess has been leading yoga and other fitness classes in the Richmond area for over 15 years. She spends her days working with high school special needs students and her free time leading classes at Greater Richmond YMCA branches. She is AFAA group exercise, yoga and Pilates certified and lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia. She and her husband purchased a cabin near Orkney Springs last summer and fell in love with the area.

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

Leah Husk is an AFPA certified Personal Trainer, an AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor and a Biometrics certified Nutrition and Strength Training Coach as well as 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.


* available to everybody
** available to everybody with optional strength modifications

*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 – the provider of all energy on Earth – 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, digeridoo, 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.

**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!  We will focus on spinal problem areas + breath and meditation.

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

Click HERE for a tentative schedule for the weekend

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

Double Occupancy Room Rate: $335 per person
Single Occupancy Room Rate: $380 per person

Click HERE for a map to Shrine Mont.  We strongly discourage using GPS or mapping software.

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June 24 @ 4:00 pm
June 26 @ 2:00 pm
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Shrine Mont
217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States
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