Friday, February 26, 2010

Believing in the power of touch

Hailey Yoga Center offers yoga spa retreat

Express Staff Writer

Tracey Holderman will offer a yoga spa retreat at the Hailey Yoga Center. Photo by

"The fundamental part of a practice is based around ritual," said yoga teacher Tracey Holderman. "People should have a positive experience."

Holderman will conduct a yoga spa retreat at the Hailey Yoga Center on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 4-6 p.m. The cost is $20, which will include an all-levels yoga class and finish with a restorative, guided partner massage for the face and crown using therapeutic-grade essential oils on the scalp.

"Once a month, I take this to a woman's shelter and halfway house," Holderman said. "I believe in the power of touch and you do it on yourself."

The yoga class will include Tibetan heart yoga and Ashtanga and Yin yoga practices. Holderman said ending yoga practice with a head massage will help release stagnant patterns in the head, face and jaw. Hailey Yoga Center owner Cathy Caccia said she encourages all massage therapists to take the class because they would benefit from the spa treatment.

"Meditation will include essential oils," Holderman said. "I use therapeutic-grade essential oils, which I have created."

Holderman lives in Boulder, Colo., and is a yoga teacher, massage therapist and owner of Serpent & the Honeybee bio-available skin care products. She lived in Sun Valley for seven years and comes back to visit her father who lives in the valley.

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