L i f e   L e v i t a t e d
NEWS FROM OUR YOGA COMMUNITY                              May 2013                 


Summer weather is upon us and wonderful changes are in the air and around the studio. As Jackie and I reflect upon the 10 year evolution of the studio and our greater yoga community we find this thought below pertinent and insightful to our studios future expansion.


"A moving door hinge never corrodes

Flowing water never grows stagnant" 


"Even in the autumn of your life, you cannot give up growth. If you do, you only invite decline. All the different aspects of a person-body, mind and spirit-have one curious quality: If they cease to be exercised, they stop growing. Once they stop growing, they begin to atrophy. That is why, no matter how much you have accomplished and no matter how old you are, you must keep exercising all parts of yourself." 

"We only grow when we are challenged. Muscles do not strengthen without resistance. Mental faculties do not sharpen without critical thinking. The spirit does not soar without something to ignite it."

                                                             -Deng Ming-Dao


Over the years Mountain Yoga, (formerly BYS), with the help of your support, has risen to Jackie and Alex's initial intention; to create a south valley sanctuary where people from all walks of life could come together to better themselves and their communities. As we move forward into the future Mountain Yoga is committed to the challenges that growth and change can bring. While we maintain a commitment to our foundational beginner hot yoga classes we are expanding our vision to include more wonderful classes to aid all students in their understanding of health and wellness. These classes are opportunities for you, the practitioner, to become more interested in your approach, alignment, intention, and breath control while practicing and living. Committing to the above will help steer you on a path of sustainability. Although consistency and intensity are important for change, when one practices without intelligence and intention their efforts can be futile and unsustainable. We envision a space where practitioners come to their mat and explore the many movements of their body and in time begin to feel the powerful connection between their mind and body. Once connected, your yoga practice becomes the canvas from which you have the freedom to express yourself and create what is healthy for you. Guidance is important, yet personal conviction is essential, to becoming the person you envision.



 See you in class!

-Jackie, Alex, and the teachers and staff  

of Mountain Yoga Sandy

To help you know what classes are being offered it is best to always check the schedule. There are a couple of ways you can do that. We suggest bookmarking one or both of these and saving it on your phone or computer.

Here is our website schedule if you want to see what class is being taught and who is teaching.

Here is the mind body log in if you want to log into your account, sign in for class, make purchases, as well as see what class is being taught and who is teaching it.


-With Winslow Passey 

Pre & Post Natal. Newborn babies welcome!

June 1st- July 31st

Every Tuesday 2:00-3:15pm &

Every Saturday 12:00-1:15pm


This prenatal/postnatal class combines strength training, body awareness, and stress reduction to help you prepare mentally and physically for childbirth and motherhood.  Safe for all stages of pregnancy.  The strengthening of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles helps us prepare for childbirth and restores the core postnatally.  This is the perfect class to learn to listen to and trust inner guidance and natural instincts as we embrace our changing bodies and connect to the breath more fully.  You will improve you concentration, self control, and flexibility while expanding your circle of community support.  New mommas we welcome you to bring in your little babies to join us. This class will not be practiced in a heated room.

  • $149 for the full pregnancy yoga 18 class program (A $121 SAVINGS!)
  • $89 for a 9 pregnancy yoga class program. Choose your own schedule!
  • $15 Drop in's.



As a mountain guide, I have been sharing yoga with people in a mountain setting for years now leading yoga ski trips, yoga rock climbing adventures, and teaching yoga whenever I can on mountaineering trips around the world in places like Denali, Nepal, Indonesia, and locally here in Utah.  I started doing yoga 12 years ago after I had been guiding for several years.  It has helped me save my body from the pounding I was imposing on it carrying heavy packs and climbing around.  Through yoga I have learned how to listen to my body, how to breath more fully, and how to calm my mind in a way that makes everything I do in life more vibrant.
I did my first yoga training in Nepal, which was a 200hr intensive month long training.  I went into the training directly after guiding a 3 week trip over there where I had worked myself into a very painful back problem.  I was hoping to heal it in the training and greatfully it worked.  Where I could not bend over or move my back at all in the beginning, by the end I could fold myself in half and had more flexibility than ever in my life.  I realized the power we have to heal our own bodies with yoga, nutrition, and meditation.  
I have since participated in Anusara style trainings where I feel greatful to have learned very specific alignment techniques, and most recently an 80hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher training.  I am currently pregnant with my first child and have found the yoga to be so powerful and special during this time.  It is a transformative period for the body, mind and soul, and yoga helps make this transformation more beautiful and special.  I am so looking forward to sharing this with you pregnant moms and new moms in the upcoming Prenatal/Postnatal classes at Mountain Yoga Sandy!

Winslow Passey
International Mountain Guide and Yoga Instructor
In The Company of Guides 


Ages 5-12

June 11th-July 30st

Every Tuesday from 4pm-4:45pm

$79 for the whole series (8 classes) or

$13 for Drop-In Class


Read this article in the Yoga Journal about how yoga can help counter the stress experienced by young people living in a hurry-up world.




Taught by Stacy Peterson

Stacy has been teaching kids yoga in the Alta community for 6 years and is excited to share her knowledge with the children of Mountain Yoga. She believes that teaching yoga to children provides them with important tools to achieve success in an ever changing world. These benefits include; increased confidence and self esteem, improved awareness of self and others, increased focus, and the ability to manage and reduce stress in all aspects of life.  
Stacy studied and received her certification from Dana Baptiste and went on to complete her Kids Yoga Certification with Brandi Allen.


Her classes incorporate her knowledge of modern dance, yoga, and the natural world to provide students with a fun and challenging experience. In addition to Yoga, Stacy works one on one with kids to improve test scores, improve athletic performance and to navigate divorce and the many pressures of adolescence.


Stacy is an avid Outdoor Enthusiast, Hypnotherapist and Holistic Health Coach. She is currently studying diet and nutrition and is constantly seeking to further her knowledge of Yoga, Health and Wellness. She feels honored and blessed to be joining the Mountain Yoga Community and for the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion of Yoga.
 NEW CLASSES AT THE STUDIO                            
Ghosh/Sanchez Intermediate Core-40 Class with Alex
Based on the classic
Alex with Tony Sanchez
al 84 asanas of the Ghosh lineage, this 90 minute  class includes 40 wonderful asanas. This class will include familiar and new postures alike. Warm up your body with salutations as you develop intention for your daily practice. Ground to the earth in the floor series as you explore the possibilities of your upper body with playful armstands.  Balance your spine and strengthen your core with some deep restorative stretches, twisting and abdominal work. This class will help you learn more about the importance of postural alignment. - Realign and redefine. All levels are welcomed. Regulars are encouraged. Practice is in a warm room.
Core 26+ with Julie 
Julie Merwin
The Core 26+ Class is a 90 minute class that utilizes the Beginner Hot Yoga Class as a foundation from which grow. Julie will lead you through additional postures that will introduce you to your upper body strength, deeper leg and back stretches,  hips openers and all important abdominal core work. Come practice with Julie as she guides you through the importance of form before depth and maintain your interest with infinite possibilities.  Class is practiced in a warm environment. All levels are welcome.



Our Mountain Yoga Sandy Community has the opportunity to

GIVE BACK to our local Community!

  • Every Friday at 6:30pm
  • Cost: $10 Drop-in (We now accept all forms of payment.)
  • Your regular class package will not apply to the Give Back Class.
  • Join us in supporting our local community!


For the month of May we will continue to donate to Semilla Nueva, helping Guatemala's rural poor grow their way out of poverty.

Click on this image to visit their website and learn more.


  "The universe operates through dynamic exchange...giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe and in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep abundance of the universe circulating in our life."   
-Deepak Chopra

Do not leave valuables visible in your car during class. Especially early morning and late nights when it is dark outside. Full parking lots are an attraction to those looking.


Teacher Schedule now posted on MountainYogaSandy.com

Check it out! You'll see special holiday schedules, class additions, and which teacher is teaching class.   


10% Off on Towels/Mats for Local Intro Students Purchase a towel or mat during your first month of practice and you'll receive 10% off retail.


Account Purchases  Are you looking for an easier way to make small purchases? We have a new 'money on account' program. Give us a credit and/or debit card to keep on file and we charge your account in $25 increments. When your account reaches $0, your card will automatically be charged $25 without bringing in your card! With your email address on file you'll automatically receive a receipt for the transaction.  


Leave Your Towel OR Clothes Behind? Wet clothes and towels go back into the laundry room, so if you don't see what you have left behind ask our friendly front desk staff and they'll help you find your lost friend.



In This Issue
Checking The Schedule
Summer Pregnancy Yoga Program
Kids Yoga Series Class
New Classes at the Studio
Give Back Class
In And Around The Studio
Class Schedule
For the most accurate and up to date schedule please visit our WEBSITE.
Our next COMMUNITY CLASS will be Saturday June 1st at 10AM
GIVE BACK CLASS is every Friday at 6:30PM. Cost is $10 (regular class packages do not apply.) 100% of proceeds go to charities listed on our website.


We'd love to hear your testimonial, too! Send us an email: info@mountainyogasandy.com 
or visit our website  to view other testimonials. You can submit yours there, too.
Do you know?
~ If you're on a class pass and practice twice in one day the second class is free?
~ If you bike commute to the studio we provide you with a complimentary mat and towel?


~ If you practice on your birthday your class is on us?
Jackie & Alex

Mountain Yoga Sandy (formerly BYS) was opened in 2003 by Jackie & Alex Wheeler. Combined Jackie and Alex have practiced  for 30 years and taught consistently for 23 years. Much more importantly Jackie and Alex continue to grow and learn as practitioners and teachers daily. We welcome all of you to our studio and hope you enjoy your journey to a better you!