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Karen Anderson, Yoga Studio Director and Teacher

Karen Anderson has been living in Vail and practicing yoga for over 20 years.  Her yoga practice began as a complement to competitive athletic training, but has become so much more: a way to discover the inner self, to relate better to others, to live ethically and peacefully.

Karen began teaching yoga in 1999 and has advanced certification with Richard Freeman in alignment-based Ashtanga yoga; with Andrei Ram in the hatha-raja vinyasa style of Sri Dharma Mittra; and with Georg Feuerstein in the history and philosophy of yoga.

Karen is certified to teach meditation by Noah Levine in the Spirit Rock lineage. A certified massage therapist, she enjoys the study of anatomy and therapeutic applications of yoga. Karen teaches a traditional, alignment-based practice in a fluid & playful modern context. Karen is a telemarker, backpacker, and travel addict.

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Lee Ashley

Lee Ashley first took the Anjali Restorative Yoga teacher training in 2012, and then completed the 200 hour Integrated Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2013, both at The Vitality Center with Julia Clarke and Gina Caputo. Vail has been home for Lee for since 1993, where enjoys the mountains and all that they have to offer, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and rafting.  His own yoga practice motivated him to return to school, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Alternative Medicine, with special focus on Ayurveda, Reiki and Homeopathy. 

Winter Training Program for Cycling Winter 2017

Winter Training Program for Cycling with Jennifer Sage starting Tuesday, February 7th- April 13th. Continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Watch Video Jennifer Sage talking about the Winter Cycling Program for 2017.

Program Details:

10 Week Winter Indoor Cycling Program

Tuesday and Thursday

4:30- 5:30 pm


5:45 – 6:45 pm

$400 for Members

$520 for Non-Members


Jennifer has also provided us with some reading material!


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Jennifer Sage

The Vail Vitality Center strives to provide the most cutting edge programs available today. Research and testing on indoor cycling helped us create our the Winter Training Program for Cycling only offered at the Vail Vitality Center.

The training is designed to improve your body’s capability to sustain energy longer during your rides. Ride faster up our famous mountains, reduce your fatigue, utilize correct energy stores, increase your power, prepare for your bucket list cycling events, and have more fun on your bike!

Jennifer Sage will be heading up this program. Jennifer is a Master Instructor, founder of the Indoor Cycling Association and professional cycling coach.

She has a degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has been in the fitness industry since the early 1980’s.

As a Master Instructor for the Spinning Company for 12 years, she presented at international fitness conferences and traveled the country certifying instructors and taught continuing education.

In 2011, she created the Indoor Cycling Association, an online educational resource for indoor cycling instructors. The mission of ICA is to educate and inspire instructors from all over the globe on the science of cycling.

Jennifer’s passion for the science behind the pedaling is evident in all her articles, profiles, and conference sessions. She is an avid reader of articles, books and blogs by many leaders in the endurance coaching field, with the goal of staying up to date with new concepts.

Jennifer Sage is determined to find a way to bring these scientific concepts into the indoor cycling realm in order to optimize results, dispel fitness myths, and reduce the possibility for injuries. She endeavors to inspire students to become completely in tune with them as they ride.

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Nicole Mucciolo

Nicole has been practicing yoga for more than half her life and finally took the plunge and completed the Integrated Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 here at The Vitality Center, studying under Gina Caputo and Julia Clarke. In her experience, yoga has helped her dissuade negative self-talk and improve her self-confidence while consistently finding the playful in everything.  Her classes showcase her experience as a professional ski instructor, a childhood in dance and an infectious energy all her own.

Lisa DeKoster, Spa and Programs Manager


Lisa DeKoster, Spa and Programs Manager at Vail Vitality Center.  She is a licsenced massage therapist and aesthetician. 

Spa Director Lisa DeKoster is a certified massage therapist and licensed esthetician at the Vail Vitality Center. She began her career with Vail Mountain Lodge 30 years ago as the massage therapist for the architect and original owner of the property Fitzhugh Scott (at that time it was called The Vail Athletic Club Hotel & Spa). Lisa was appointed spa manager when The Spa became the first treatment center of its kinds in Vail Village, and has been servicing repeat clientele for over 30 years.

Lisa is dedicated to treatment development and spa design. Early in her career with the Vail Vitality Center, Lisa traveled to Germany to study holistic skincare at the Dr. Hauschka Cosmetic manufacturing facility. The Dr. Hauschka philosophy for health and well-being helped to shape Lisa’s approach to caring for the skin and optimizing overall health. She created The Spa’s service menu to reflect her desire to bring truly therapeutic treatments to the Vail Vitality Center’s guests.

Lisa’s philosophy for healthy whole living extends to the Vail Vitality Center, which she helped to envision and shape, and that now serves as an advocate for true well-being.

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Tracy Long

Tracy is an experienced and caring vinyasa based teacher. She started practicing in 2000 to overcome injury and flexibility issues, and has been teaching since 2008.

Tracy first trained with Mindy Arbuckle where she gained a deep respect for the ancient systems of yoga. Committed to her own growth, she spent several years studying with Baron Baptiste focusing on the power of transformation. Since 2012, Tracy has been blessed to be mentored by and studying under Shannon Paige: a rich and dynamic teacher, poet, and artist, who inspires her to be creative, thoughtful and entirely in love with the giving and receiving of the practice and teachings of yoga. 

Tracy is a versatile teacher, whose big love is teaching foundational classes. Each class offering is thoughtfully based on progressive sequencing to ensure that the student experiences a sense of mastery and self confidence while feeling nurtured and supported throughout the practice. 

Tracy is a 500 hour certified teacher in the School of Embodied Poetics founded by Shannon Paige.

Tracy answers some of your questions.

My role at the Vail Vitality Center: yoga and barre teacher

Why I like V.C: I like being a part of an expert group of teachers. The level of the instruction offered is very high.

Why I teach yoga: It is essential that I feel I have an opportunity to help people and make a difference in people’s lives. Yoga gives me that gift. I realize I could be sitting in a cubicle somewhere making a bunch more money, but I am so dang happy teaching yoga, I can’t imagine doing that.

5 myths about yoga: 

1) yoga teachers are flaky. Some are, some aren’t, just like all people. Remember yoga teachers are humans, too. I know at the VC our teachers are very committed and we take our professionalism seriously.

2) yoga is hippy dippy out there stuff. The physical practice of yoga is concrete: put your right foot here and stick your arms there. This specific and focused movement creates a heightened state of awareness: presence. 

3) I can’t touch my toes; I’m not flexible enough to do yoga. Well, if this is you, that is a compelling reason to start doing yoga for the sake of injury prevention. The only pre-requisite to doing yoga is to show up and start.

4) yoga is a religion. Really? My perspective is that yoga is an invitation to self study. How am I moving and breathing and being? Will this help me in my health and my life? Every day that I have practiced in the last 15 years that answer has been yes, so I keep coming back.

5) yoga is expensive. Personally, I think it is way less expensive (and fun) than going to the doctor, being on lots of medications, and going to the hospital. 

What do I treat? I’m the right teacher for brand spanking new yoga students, alignment geeks, and practitioners who suffer from bouts of self doubt. Me too! I’m like you. 

What’s my favorite activity to reduce stress? Aside from yoga? Walking my dogs out on a trail, soaking up nature.

What’s the most important thing you can tell someone about health? Take a deep breath! and then do that again.

Who is my role model? I don’t know about a role model- I’m working pretty darn hard at becoming more and more of myself. BUT I can say my students are always my biggest teachers.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Meaning to place your attention in a special way, a Vinyasa practice is characterized by fluid movement linked to the breath, and an emphasis on alignment. Our Vinyasa Yoga classes are designed to cultivate heat in the body with creative sequences involving sun salutations, standing and seated postures, back bending, arm balancing, and a strong focus on the power of breath awareness. While classes reflect the distinctive personality and background of each of our teachers, all follow the principles of transformation and embodiment that define Vinyasa Yoga. Expect to get your heart pumping in this sweaty, soulful flow!

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A  form  of  hands-on  manipulation  and  movement  edu- cation  developed  by  Ida  P.  Rolf  over  50  years  ago,   Rolfing  Structural  Integration works  on  a  web-like  com- plex  of  connective  tissues  to  release,  realign  and  bal- ance  the  whole  body,  thus  potentially  resolving  discom- fort,  reducing  compensations  and  alleviating  pain.  Rolf- ing  Structural  Integration  aims  to  restore  flexibility,  revi- talize  your  energy  and leave  you  feeling  more  comfort- able  in  your  body.

Rolfing  Structural  Integration  may  enhance  your  posture   and  freedom  of  movement.  It  is  not  necessarily  painful,   and  may  bring dramatic  results,  including:   

  • Injury  recovery,  including  repetitive  motion
  • Pain  reduction,  including  back  pain
  • Stress  relief
  • Increased flexibility
  • Headache/Migraine  relief   
  • Better  balance  and  ease

If you have questions or to book your appointment call us at 970-476-7960 or EMAIL US

Cranialsacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing pro- cesses, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Central Nervous System Disorders Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Please call us at 970-476-7960| or EMAIL US with any questions or to book your appointment today!