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.
A variety of workshops will be available each month to allow you to learn new wellness strategies and enhance your life in many ways. Keep an eye on the list of monthly workshops being offered below.
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 what we use on and around the body, as well as in what we consume.
Purpose: Participants will work toward an independent meditation based practice through weekly guided meditations, mindfulness activities & discussions, and opportunities for independent chanting.
Format: Each class will begin with a welcome and check in followed by a short mindfulness activity. Next Karen will lead a guided meditation after which participants will have the opportunity to discuss the practices and their personal experiences.
Each week Karen will provide a link to a chant recording with words for participants to experience independently.
Participants: The class is available for anyone interested in starting or deepening their meditation/mindfulness practice. Studies show that there are multiple benefits to this type of practice, including relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
I am sorry to say that at the present time there are no Yoga classes available. On August 25, 2021 I broke my tibial plateau and displaced both bones in the lower leg.
I had surgery on September 1, 2021 and am healing. The hardest part at the moment is having my left leg immobilized and no weight bearing for eight weeks.
This means yoga is definitely out. While this feels like a burden and yet one more thing to manage in 2021 - and there’s been a lot - it is also a loud and clear message from the universe that I need to take this time I’ve been given and use it to regroup, heal, grieve, and reflect .
I will do my best, though the universe must surely know by now that patience has never been my greatest asset. Clearly that’s why it has sent me yet another opportunity to learn the lesson. I will do my best.
"The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are."
~ Maxime Lagacé
As you can imagine, being laid up with a broken leg has stifled progress on the studio. Dave is the laborer and since he’s been busy taking care of me has cut into his work time on the studio.
He continues to plug away at it, but the likelihood of opening by the end of September as I hoped does not seem a real possibility at this time.
In addition, the increase in Covid cases again is worrisome and I’d prefer to open when we can feel confident about everyone’s safety.
In anticipation of opening sometime soon I have connected with some amazing and talented wellness practitioners who will be joining the Sweetwater Studios team when the time is right. Please read about them below.
The Sweetwater bees have been very successful this year and we harvested about 120 pounds of delicious honeyin July and plan to harvest another 200+ pounds this fall.
Reach out if you are interested in purchasing some. We sell in one and two pound jars ~ $10 per pound!
I have recently earned my Aromatherapy Certification
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,
allowing 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.
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.
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 2021.
Sat Nam everyone! I'm very excited to be sharing Kundalini Yoga with the NEK. Kundalini is a Kriya-based yogic technology that integrates all eight limbs of yoga. A little different than Vinyasa or Hatha yoga classes, a Kundalini class will ignite the fire within and can support healing on the cellular and energic levels. Each class will have a specific theme or area of support for the practice. My goal is to create a fun, welcoming, and safe environment that supports all individuals and all levels on their personal journies. If you are looking for something new, this is where you want to be. Come to class with an open mind and prepare to feel great. I look forward to seeing you all!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kundalini is a Kriya-based yogic technology that integrates all eight limbs of yoga. A little different than Vinyasa or Hatha yoga classes, a Kundalini class will ignite the fire within and can support healing on the cellular and energic levels. Each class will have a specific theme or area of support for the practice. My goal is to create a fun, welcoming, and safe environment that supports all individuals and all levels on their personal journies. If you are looking for something new, this is where you want to be. Come to class with an open mind and prepare to feel great.
Mindfulness can help one to cope with stress, illness, grief, increase one’s patience and ability to relax, think more clearly, relate more effectively in relationships, and in parenting. We will learn a variety of simple meditation and relaxation techniques, movement, and ways to use our resources in our daily lives.
There will be an Introductory class to commence an eight week, evening weeknight program culminating with an All Day workshop.
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!