Yoga & Sculling

Yoga and Sculling Weeks

May 20 - 25, 2018 (6 days)
Aug 26 - 31, 2018 (6 days)
Sep 9 - 14, 2018 (6 days)

Yoga and sculling are natural companions. Both are fluid and dynamic, requiring good balance, focus and grace. Yoga practice can help the body recover from challenging sculling workouts and prevent overuse injuries. One's posture and flexibility often improve through yoga resulting in more compression, and thus, a longer stroke. Most rowers find that breathwork in yoga class translates into more rhythmic breathing on the water. These benefits and more are available to practitioners of the two disciplines.

Craftsbury has been offering regular yoga classes as part of its regular programming for our scullers for the past decade. We've discovered firsthand the many benefits of yoga for oarsmen and women and are excited to present the two practices together in one program. Each day combines sculling sessions on Lake Hosmer with on-the-dock stretching and an extended indoor yoga class. In the yoga class, we will focus on increasing our range of motion, improving balance, rehabilitating injuries and opening tight places. Come enhance your sculling with yoga, or complement your yoga with the total-body experience of sculling.

These programs are open to all ages and abilities. Beginning scullers AND beginning yoga students are welcome.

Instructor Bios:

Margaret Pitkin has spent the past 6 years immersed in the study and practice of Anusara Yoga®. She has spent over 800 hours under the guidance of John Friend (founder of Anusara) and certified teachers Deborah Neubauer, Todd Norian, and Lynne Patterson, as well as Tantric philosophy scholars Douglas Brooks and Paul Muller-Ortega. She is registered with the national Yoga Alliance (RYT200) and has recently been accepted into the Anusara Yoga® certification process. Margaret is known for her strong understanding of bio mechanics, her deep belief in the exquisitely beautiful, wild and free nature of the human spirit, and her willing humor. Her website is

Sophia Light Smith has completed her 200 hour level certification under the guidance of Myra Lewin, who is a Raja Yoga and Ayruvedic practitioner in Maui. Sophia has experience with Ashtanga, Anusara®, and Iyengar styles of yoga. Her classes blend pranayama (breath work), asana (yoga postures), and meditation. Come to play and feel free as Sophia leads you through a body harmonizing experience to promote strength, flexibility, and balance.