Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you reach, improve and perfect poses, correct posture and positioning, and improve your breathing and outlook on life.
Mindfulness series are offered throughout the year to assist you with the skills necessary to live the life you desire. From gentle movement to guided meditation, participants will learn new techniques to help them live in the present with awareness.
Yoga is a complicated practice with so many valued components ~ the physical practice ~ meditation & mindfulness ~ right living to mention a few. Part of taking care of the body we inhabit is by using all natural ingredients in what we use on and around the body, as well as in what we consume.
Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM via ZOOM
Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00 PM
All Levels Yoga
Thursdays ~ 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Private & Specialty Classes available on Request
Watch for new additions to weekly offerings!
Gravity Yoga is targeted mobility training that involves long-hold stretches. Poses are practiced completely relaxed, passively, so gravity does most of the work - hence the name. The practice is meant to supplement, not replace, other forms of yoga or exercise.
3 Principles of Gravity Yoga
• Wet Noodle. The intention is to relax into the stretch as much as possible. In some poses, that means total release. In other poses, it means to use as little muscular energy as possible to stay in the position.
• 4:8 Breathing. By slowing the rate of breathing to three (or less) breaths per minute and by extending the length of the exhale, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, turns off the stretch reflex, and creates a simple point of focus during the long challenging postures.
• Meet or Beat your Hold Time. You body will always trend toward inertia, so the stopwatch is a way to measure, match, and eventually exceed your previous results. For flexibility results, the amount of time under passive tension is the key factor, so stretch times cannot be random or intuitive.
"The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are."
~ Maxime Lagacé
The Sweetwater bees have been very busy this year and we had a successful July harvest of about 220 pounds of delicious honey.
Reach out if you are interested in purchasing some. We sell in one and two pound jars ~ $10 per pound!
Coming soon to Sweetwater Studios!
I am currently working toward becoming a certified aromatherapist.
Being a part of the wellness community, beekeeping, my own aging, and the current reality of a covid world have all inspired me to focus on using and sharing natural products for the body and home.
As I often do, I jumped right in - armed with a little information and a lot of passion. Over time I realized there was so much I needed to know, so I've enrolled in a program and am loving learning so many new things. This will allow me to improve the quality of my own life as well as the lives of all those who might be seeking a safe, natural way to better health with essential oils and natural products.
See more below.
Room or linen sprays, soaps, bath salts, sugar scrubs, diffuser blends, soothing body lotions and balms, solid or roll on scents. . .
I've been mixing these and more using natural ingredients and essential oils.
As I continue my aromatherapy studies I will be available to work with you individually to determine what you need for a healthier lifestyle and how I can help.
If you're interested in learning more or would like to book a session with me to meet your unique needs please reach out to me using the contact information at the bottom of the page.
Gentle Yoga is for beginners or experienced practioners interested in a practice that builds strength, flexibility and balance. Themed classes offer gentle movement and mindful practices that allow you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Join us in the unique setting among the hills of the beautiful Northeast Kingdom.
Gentle Yoga classes are offered every Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:00 pm via ZOOM.
Gravity Yoga is targeted mobility training using passive stretching over time to help open the hips, hamstrings, and back (among other things.)
By holding specific poses for up to 5 minutes and relaxing to let gravity do the work, students can affect change and feel lasting benefits.
Gravity Yoga classes are offered every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:00 PM via ZOOM.
Trapeze Yoga offers a unique way of building upper body and core strength. In addition, the trapeze allows for certain poses to be passive, so you can assume deeper backbends and stretching in a way that lets you hold poses safely and for longer periods of time. Inversion therapy is known to have significant benefits including instant traction on the spine, relief of back pain, increased range of motion and more. Take a swing on the trapeze!
Contact Sweetwater Studios to book this class.
After a long day on the trails a Restorative Yoga class will allow your body to completely rest through simple movement, props for support, and guided meditations. The stillness of this peaceful class will allow you to regain a calm balance and soothe tired muscles.
Contact Sweetwater Studios to book this class.
Geared to the beginning practitioner, participants will be introduced to the principals of alignment. Working from a seated position or standing with the chair as a support you will work on flexibility, balance and strength.
In this challenging world it can be difficult to stay calm and healthy. Whether your are experiencing anxiety or perhaps even physical symptoms from life's difficulties, maybe I can help.
Contact me to schedule a personal session and together we will review your wellness and happiness needs so that I can personalize a blend that is just right for you.
Using natural ingredients and essential oils that nature has blessed us with we can enhance your well-being and joy in life.
Sweetwater Studios was established in 2016 by Karen Zaun Kennedy. Karen was an educator for 35 years and had long dreamed of teaching yoga.
She received her 200 RYS certification in 2016 through Heart Space Yoga Studios, and in 2017 earned her 50 YACEP certification to teach Trapeze Yoga through YogaBody in Barcelona. In 2020 Karen became certified in Gravity Yoga through YogaBody. Karen currently teaches classes via ZOOM in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and is in the process of realizing her dream of owning her own studio, by building it from the ground up!
During this year of Covid, Karen has expanded her wellness offerings by training as a certified aromatherapist. Reach out to see what she has to offer!