World-renowned Yoga instructor Tiffany Wood will lead a yoga retreat Aug. 10-12 at the Blue Barn, 63327 Tenderfoot Valley Rd., Joseph.
The retreat offers an opportunity for local yoga practitioners to deepen their practice as well as connect with others.
Wood, who is based in Park City, Utah, has taught yoga throughout the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years. She specializes in Anusara Yoga, which focuses on a positive,“heart-centered” approach.
Nancy Knoble, who hosts the retreat, first met Wood when she and longtime Wallowa County instructor Clare Bronec along with fellow retreat organizer, Ann Powers, went to a weeklong session in Mexico five years ago.
They were so impressed with Wood that they put their heads together to find a way to get her to come to Wallowa County.
Knoble has regularly hosted an annual Blue Barn Yoga Retreat each August. Many participants say that the Barn ‘s atmosphere adds a magical component to the retreat.
“A retreat is a good time to explore a pose or concept that we have only touched on in a class,” said Bronec. “It is also a time to connect with other people who value what yoga can teach us about ourselves. Tiffany is great at teaching many different levels, making us feel good about our abilities but showing us new possibilities.”
Wood is known for weaving yogic philosophy and life lessons into the practice.
“The quality of instruction Tiffany offers is some of the best you will find anywhere in the world,” said Esther Petrocine, another yoga instructor in the county. “Her way of safely guiding participants into poses is empowering.”
The barn setting offers the sweet smell of Wallowa County summer, a quiet chorus of life that inhabits the barn, including the bleating of goats, the greeting of a rooster, and the sweet lullaby of owls, “creates a loving container in which to open our hearts and minds to the fullness of life that a weekend filled with yoga provides,” Petrocine added.
The retreat sells out fast and is usually attended by both locals and nonlocals, some of whom regularly study with Wood. It is an all-levels retreat.
Early Bird Registration opens online March 1. To register go to TiffanyWoodYoga.com. The cost goes up May 1.
The weekend begins Friday evening and includes sessions Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning. A catered picnic lunch on Saturday is included. Bring your mat. All other props are provided.