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.
Sweetwater Studios intends to offer a variety of wellness options for everyone. Whether it's some form of exercise, or a class designed to ease anxiety or depression, or an opportunity to learn about natural ways of taking care of your health, we want to help you lean into the light and live the life you deserve.
Sweetwater Studios is nestled in the gently rolling hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Surrounded by the natural world, we offer a place of peace and tranquility. We have been raising bees for about 8 years and continue to grow each year. Join us and experience the world in a way that is intended to refresh and restore.
Yoga is a complicated practice with so many valued components ~ the physical practice ~ meditation ~ pranayama ~ mindfulness ~ right living to mention a few. Part of taking care of the body we inhabit is by using all natural ingredients in the products we use on and around the body, as well as in what we consume.
I am currently teaching the following classes:
Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am
at the East Haven Community Building
Beginning January 6, 2022
Cost is by donation to support expenses of the facility!
All Levels Yoga - via ZOOM
Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Contact me for more details
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
– Hermann Hesse
Things are moving along well at the studio. It looks like our water problems may be resolved (fingers crossed) - we're just waiting on the final word on that.
Doors are being hung, floors finished, trim trim trim work is looking beautiful.
Our hope is to be open with a full schedule the week of October 17!
It's so exciting to put that into writing!
May Ganesh aid us in overcoming any obstacles in our way and may the universe know our hearts are full of light and love to share with the world.
The Sweetwater bees have been very successful this year. We have not done a 2022 harvest yet, but still have plenty of honey from 2021.
Reach out if you are interested in purchasing some.
We sell in one and two pound jars ~ $10 per pound!
I am currently working on a 300-hour yoga certification and I'm loving it and learning so much. From myths to adjustments to chakras, and more.
I can't wait to share what I'm learning with my students!
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.
I am available to work with you individually to determine what you need for a healthier more natural lifestyle.
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.
Karen has been a practitioner of yoga for many years, and in 2016 decided to go for her 200-hour certification. She then began teaching classes in her community regularly. In 2017 she traveled to Barcelona to become a certified Trapeze Yoga teacher through Yogabody. She has taught classes in gentle yoga, chair yoga, all levels yoga, trapeze yoga, gravity coaching, and restorative yoga. Her dream of owning her own studio will soon be a reality as she plans to open Sweetwater Studios in East Burke in the fall of 2022.
Sorrel is a fully qualified yoga instructor who runs both vinyasa and pre and post natal classes. An English woman based in Vermont, she completed her initial teacher training under Keren Cooksey in the UK but is on a continuous journey to learn more about the practice of yoga and the many ways of teaching it.
Sorrel is a firm believer in the fact that yoga is for everyone, no matter what their age, fitness level, flexibility, gender or background and ensures that her classes are designed with this in mind. Yoga has always been a safe haven for Sorrel and this nurturing element is something that runs through each of her classes. Expect flowing sequences that offer the chance to reconnect with yourself, whilst enjoying some great music and a welcoming atmosphere.
Martha trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness ( 2003-2008). MBSR was of interest because it is a secular program created to address chronic stress and pain and to tame the mind through meditation. She has led many MBSR programs with groups and individuals in local community wellness programs.
She has had the good fortune to study and practice many types of meditation in Buddhist
traditions with Tibetan teachers such as HH the Dalai Lama, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and, Lama Zopa Rinpoche (1983-present)
She is a retired VT Educator living in Sutton, VT.
Meditation has been described as a naturally occurring state of rest while you remain awake and alert. Just as yoga and physical exercise increase body strength, balance, and flexibility, meditation is a process to heal and energize and increase awareness and metal flexibility. A meditation practice can bring calm to the mind to improve coping skills, relationships, and parenting skills, as well as improve our ability to navigate change, challenges, and uncertainty.
Over 9 sessions you will learn a simple daily practice that provides you with the opportunity to establish self-understanding and build emotional resilience. You will explore what meditation is and what it is not, incorporating mindful breathing and learning to integrate a variety of strategies into your daily life for greater well-being.
Geared for beginners or those wishing to refresh their meditation experience.
Classes will be held Mondays - 6:00 - 7:15 PM
October 17 and 24, 2022
November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022
December 5 and 12, 2022
One Saturday 2-hour session included on
December 10, 2022
10 AM to 12 PM
All 9 sessions for ONLY $120 per person.
Call 802-535-5876 to register today
Contact Instructor Martha Tack for more information or with questions at email@example.com
Beginner Yoga is for people with no previous yoga experience or for experienced yogis who like to step back into the beginner's mindset from time to time.
Themed classes are designed to help you become familiar with all aspects of yoga practice, while building strength, flexibility, and balance.
Taught by Karen
Yoga for men is designed for the unique needs of men, from 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.
Taught by Karen
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!
Taught by Karen
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.
Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movement, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modified and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to rockstars of all ages and abilities.
WHY IT WORKS
Each 2-4 minute song is carefully calibrated with interval peaks and extended fat burning sequences, providing you with the best workout in the shortest span of time. After you’re done rocking out in a 45-minute POUND® class, you’ll have completed up to thousands of reps, performed over 30 extended interval peaks, and zipped through more than 70 techniques without even realizing it. Numerous studies have proven the powerful brain-boosting, stress-relieving effects of drumming. The rhythm of drumming permeates the entire brain to improve focus, increase higher-level thinking and decision-making skills, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, decrease chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue. + You’ll drastically improve your rhythm, timing, coordination, speed, agility, endurance, and musicality. Instead of counting reps or keeping track of the clock, POUND® strategically distracts you from the high-intensity and duration of your workout, and shifts your focus to rhythm and volume. This strategic distraction is responsible for the “addictiveness” of POUND® – the reason you can’t stay away!
Taught by Kiley
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.
Taught by Karen
This is a class designed to help reduce stress and anxiety through practicing mindfulness activities and following guided meditations.
Each week Karen uploads chants to the group Facebook page.
Give yourself the gift of a healthy mind prepared to cope with whatever life gifts you with.
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.
Get Inspired Inhaler WORKSHOP
Saturday, October 22, 2022
10 - 11:30 AM
Kirtan with Ben
Saturday, October 29, 2022
10 AM - 12 PM
We all know that creativity can bring much joy to our lives. In all its forms, from painting, making music, cooking, and so much more, we can find great pleasure in the creative process as well in seeing the happiness our creations can bring to others.
It’s probably safe to say that sometimes our creativity wans, and we just can’t seem to get inspired, no matter what we try. Some of my go to fixes when I’m lacking those creative juices are to step away from a project and refocus, or to take a walk in the hopes I will find inspiration along the way.
I’ve also found that incorporating a few essential oils into a “Get INSPIRED Inhaler” helps me become more centered. The olfactory system has the ability to help us find balance, and essential oils for focus can help us get back to a state of creativity.
Join certified aromatherapist Karen Kennedy for a workshop focused on understanding 5 essential oils that can help to clear the mind and stimulate energy and thinking to get you back to your best creative self or simply lighten your mood. You will learn about the chemical and energetic components of essential oils from the Monoterpene family, become familiar with basic blending techniques, and then create your own blend to add to an inhaler.
Each participant will leave the session with information sheets about the 5 essential oils and their own Inhaler personally blended to help keep the creative juices flowing.
For more information contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: October 22, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Cost: $20 per person
Kirtan is an important practice in Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion, which involves a call and response style of singing and chanting of mantras. This practice dates back over 500 years with its origins in India where congregational chanting, otherwise known as sankirtan, was widely distributed. Mantra meditation through the practice of Kirtan is a very powerful way to connect, calm your mind and open your heart. It also creates community and brings so many people together.
If you would love to learn more about Kirtan, then come and learn the kirtan basics in this 2-hour workshop where you will learn sacred mantras, melodies, different rhythms and all the theory and knowledge needed to begin your journey into Kirtan. Learn why kirtan is so powerful and how to use your voice and traditional instruments such as the harmonium to create a beautiful heartfelt community experience.
Ben’s passion for gathering people together in an authentic and meaningful way has led him to explore the devotional practice of Kirtan. His big voice and big heart allow for this sacred space to feel inviting for people that are new to this practice and for those who have experienced Kirtan already.
Ben was gifted the opportunity to learn the harmonium during his time in Bali this past year. Learning from practitioners that have a true passion for this form of music and prayer. With a decade of songwriting, Ben has found joy in the repetition of Mantra and looks forward to sharing this with all of you.
For more information contact Ben at Ben@ytsera.com
Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: $44 per person
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 becoming a certified aromatherapist. Reach out to see what she has to offer!