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Yoga on the Mountain retreat debuts in Snowmass Village this weekend

Evan Soroka considers yoga essential to her health and well-being.

The 32-year-old Aspen local and Type 1 diabetic said she started practicing yoga at age 16 in an effort to help manage her diabetes.

Upon "seeing how helpful the stress management has been for my blood pressure," Soroka — a licensed yoga therapist with a Master's degree in yoga studies — was hooked.

Soroka and about 18 locally and nationally based yoga teachers will bring their talents to Snowmass this weekend as a new yoga retreat debuts.

"Yoga on the Mountain," produced by the Arkansas-based Power Yoga Retreats, is a three-day boutique yoga festival designed for experienced yogis and beginners alike, said Power Yoga Retreats co-founder Krista DeBuhr.

She and her Power Yoga Retreats co-founder, Teri Honeysuckle, launched the business in 2011.

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At the time, Honeysuckle held yoga retreats in Mexico while DeBuhr led her own along the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas.

The two joined forces with one goal in mind: offering people an experience that combines travel, yoga and adventure, DeBuhr said.

Their first yoga retreat at its Mount Magazine home base in Arkansas attracted more than 300 attendees, according to DeBuhr.

"It was a huge success," she said. "The idea was to unify the state, bring together every yoga studio.

"That's kind of what we're interested in doing in the Roaring Fork Valley."

The Snowmass retreat, however, will be "a lot smaller than we anticipated," DeBuhr said, adding, "The tickets did not sell."

Consequently, the retreat organizers scaled back its program for this weekend from 65 classes and 28 yoga instructors to 48 and 19, respectively, DeBuhr said.

Aside from yoga, Yoga on the Mountain will feature meditation classes, hikes, discussions, dance parties and vendors.

As of Monday night, DeBuhr said the retreat had sold "more than 200 tickets," about half of which are from Arkansas residents and the other half Colorado folks, mostly in the valley.

Though DeBuhr said she isn't exactly sure where to attribute the lackluster sales, she now recognizes how "saturated" the valley is with yoga options.

Nonetheless, the yoga studio owner is in high spirits for the retreat's Rocky Mountain debut.

"I absolutely love the connection that happens when you get a group of 200 people together, the energy, the inspiration," DeBuhr said, "and really the confidence … the feeling they leave with is really powerful."

erobbie@aspentimes.com

IF YOU GO…

What: Yoga on the Mountain retreat

When: Aug. 11 to 13

Where: Snowmass Village

Cost: Prices vary per package; see site for specifics

For more information or to view a full schedule and pricing, visit http://www.yogaonthemountainaspensnowm2017.sched.com.