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Equestrian Fitness & Wellness

Location: Vashon Athletic Club
Time: 6:30AM –  Wednesdays
Start Date:  February 6th 
Duration: 8-Weeks

  • $218.00 Members
  • $258.00 Non-members

 The goal of Equestrian Fitness & Wellness eight-week program is to build  core strength and flexibility while  improving stamina and balance.   Your increased flexibility and strength generates greater ease and mind-body confidence, improving communication with your horse.  

If your own health isn’t motivation enough to improve your lifestyle; do it for your horse. When you take the time outside of the barn to improve your overall strength, stamina, and endurance, you give your horse the best chance possible to live a long and healthy life, performing at their best.

Melanie Farmer is an ACE certified personal fitness trainer at the Vashon Athletic Club where she also teaches therapeutic yoga and water aerobics. Melanie is a Washington State licensed massage therapist with over 25 years of experience treating injury and she is an equine massage practitioner in practice since 2016. 

Melanie has two horses on Vashon,  an off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding named Cooper and a half-Arab/half-Quarter horse mare named Kimmie

  • Increase postural core strength.
  • Improve flexibility and mobility.
  • Develop and refine propreceptive response and agility.
  • Prevent injuries while managing an old or current injury.



CONTACT MELANIE @ vashonrider@gmail.com for more information.


Yoga Therapeutics

Location: Vashon Athletic Club
Time: 7:00PM
Date: Tuesday evenings
Member and Non-members welcome

Therapy is defined as the remediation of a health problem. Preventive therapy is that which is intended to prevent a medical condition from occurring. Supportive therapy is that which increases comfort.

Yoga means to bring together, to “yoke”, to join and unite. Therefore, Yoga Therapy is the joining together and uniting of varied practices that improve health, provide remediation of medical health conditions and that gives support to and increases comfort and well-being.

Yoga therapy is for you if you have chronic pain such as shoulder and low-back discomfort or are experiencing fatigue, low immune function or difficulty with your sleep-wake cycles. These and other health challenges, can be temporary due to stress, overwork and injury. Yoga therapeutics will help to resolve these issues, with respect to each individual.

Ayurvedic Yoga


Yoga and Ayurveda are paired practices that originated in India thousands of years ago.  Many are not as familiar with Ayurveda but might have heard about it in conjunction with yoga.  

 Ayurveda is a personalized, intuitive health philosophy.  According to Ayurvedic principles, each person has a unique constitution governed by  physical and emotional makeup, as well as by lifestyle.  These constitutions are called doshas, and are linked to the elements. 

Knowing our doshas and how to balance them can help us customize our yoga practice for maximum results.

Vata.   mentally quick, enjoy movement, and are creative.  Imbalances are insomnia, anxiety, and dryness. For those who might be experiencing vata imbalance, a slow, steady, grounding practice made up of mountain pose, spinal  twists, inversions—as well as deep, calm breathing will cultivate stillness and calm.

Pitta.   passion, enthusiasm, and courage; on the flip side, anger, competitiveness, and imflammation are a sign of imbalance.  Pitta needs to practice cooling, relaxing postures to release heat and tension, such as forward bends, as well as heart-openers, such as bow and camel. This encourages compassion, patience, and the ability to slow down.

Kapha.   consistent, devoted, stable, and strong,  Kapha imbalance includes procrastination, dullness, and congestion, so stimulating movement such as sun salutations and vigorous breathing exercises foster enthusiasm, heat, and focus.

Yoga for Stiff People


Yoga poses broken down into pain-free, achievable segments. This class is designed to address areas of the body with most stiffness and discomfort such as the low-back, neck and shoulders. Discover immediate relief and improved flexibility.