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Improve Fitness and Recover Faster With Après-Ski Yoga

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It's standard skiing procedure to hit the bars after a day on the hill, but more and more uber-active types are delaying that cocktail for an hour and indulging in the most popular form of post-skiing rehab: yoga. A few downward dogs will stretch you out way faster than a ski shot and powder hungry yogis swear that an hour of Vinyasa after skiing reduces injury and amps up performance to boot. Resorts and ski towns have taken note and Curbed Ski has a sampling of where to get stretched out and sweaty from Stowe to Aspen.

↑ The Breckenridge-based Meta Yoga Studios offers Apres Ski Yoga (with live music on Sundays!) multiple times a week at 4:15 pm. Per the description: "This yoga class is great for everyone in the family. Once you've come down off the slopes or in between ski days, stretch and send a little love to those sore/tight muscles the slopes have left their mark on. A hatha-based class with a light-hearted flow." All the details, here.

↑ Yoga and ski retreats like the one with well-known yogi Maria Santoferrano in Stowe, Vermont are definitely a rising trend. Coined Skiasana, for four days in January, participants rise early to get in one hour of morning yoga before hitting the slopes. Each ski day finishes with a candlelight flow class that focuses on mediation and restorative stretching. See more here.

↑ Aspen/Snowmass embraces snow-loving yogis by providing complimentary yoga classes at 11,212 feet. Participants take a gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain for classes on the Sundeck and free yoga mats are provided. Classes run from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays throughout the winter. Interested? Check it all out here.

The Alta Lodge in Utah offers yoga instruction with resort and backcountry ski outings. Packages include four nights lodging and lots of yogi wisdom. Dates available in March, here.

Telluride Ski Resort gets in on the yoga fun with a vacation package that combines 4 days of skiing and instruction with twice daily yoga classes. Per the description: "The morning yoga class will focus on developing and supporting the skills that you need to increase your performance on the mountain, such as proper alignment, balance, flexibility, and core strength. A shorter evening class will focus on upper body strengthening to balance out the lower-body intensity of skiing; as well as stretching to reduce your recovery time and prevent you from feeling stiff or tight the next day." All the juicy yoga details, this way.