Tracy Long

Tracy Long

Tracy is an experienced and caring vinyasa based teacher. She started practicing in 2000 to overcome injury and flexibility issues, and has been teaching since 2008.

Tracy first trained with Mindy Arbuckle where she gained a deep respect for the ancient systems of yoga. Committed to her own growth, she spent several years studying with Baron Baptiste focusing on the power of transformation. Since 2012, Tracy has been blessed to be mentored by and studying under Shannon Paige: a rich and dynamic teacher, poet, and artist, who inspires her to be creative, thoughtful and entirely in love with the giving and receiving of the practice and teachings of yoga. 

Tracy is a versatile teacher, whose big love is teaching foundational classes. Each class offering is thoughtfully based on progressive sequencing to ensure that the student experiences a sense of mastery and self confidence while feeling nurtured and supported throughout the practice. 

Tracy is a 500 hour certified teacher in the School of Embodied Poetics founded by Shannon Paige.

Tracy answers some of your questions.

My role at the Vail Vitality Center: yoga and barre teacher

Why I like V.C: I like being a part of an expert group of teachers. The level of the instruction offered is very high.

Why I teach yoga: It is essential that I feel I have an opportunity to help people and make a difference in people’s lives. Yoga gives me that gift. I realize I could be sitting in a cubicle somewhere making a bunch more money, but I am so dang happy teaching yoga, I can’t imagine doing that.

5 myths about yoga: 

1) yoga teachers are flaky. Some are, some aren’t, just like all people. Remember yoga teachers are humans, too. I know at the VC our teachers are very committed and we take our professionalism seriously.

2) yoga is hippy dippy out there stuff. The physical practice of yoga is concrete: put your right foot here and stick your arms there. This specific and focused movement creates a heightened state of awareness: presence. 

3) I can’t touch my toes; I’m not flexible enough to do yoga. Well, if this is you, that is a compelling reason to start doing yoga for the sake of injury prevention. The only pre-requisite to doing yoga is to show up and start.

4) yoga is a religion. Really? My perspective is that yoga is an invitation to self study. How am I moving and breathing and being? Will this help me in my health and my life? Every day that I have practiced in the last 15 years that answer has been yes, so I keep coming back.

5) yoga is expensive. Personally, I think it is way less expensive (and fun) than going to the doctor, being on lots of medications, and going to the hospital. 

What do I treat? I’m the right teacher for brand spanking new yoga students, alignment geeks, and practitioners who suffer from bouts of self doubt. Me too! I’m like you. 

What’s my favorite activity to reduce stress? Aside from yoga? Walking my dogs out on a trail, soaking up nature.

What’s the most important thing you can tell someone about health? Take a deep breath! and then do that again.

Who is my role model? I don’t know about a role model- I’m working pretty darn hard at becoming more and more of myself. BUT I can say my students are always my biggest teachers.