September (2020) schedule: 4 classes a week, meditation, book club!

Thank you for all of your support in August—we enjoyed seeing many of you, whether in person, via Facebook Live, or on Zoom.  As we continue our pause from in-studio classes, we are excited to bring you 16 yoga classes, a meditation session, and a book club discussion in September!

Payment note: in order to compensate our teachers, who have been sharing their talents without expectation of payment since mid-March, this month we return to our usual $5 class fee.  See details, including accounts for online payments, at the end of this message, and we appreciate your ongoing support for our teachers and our community.

Here is our lineup for September:

  • Wednesday 9 a.m. in-person classes.  Beginning on Wed., Sept. 9, Sydni and Leslie have teamed up to offer in-person Basics classes at 9 a.m.  Join them if you are looking for a weekday morning practice.
  • Thursday 6:30 p.m. in-person classes.  Based on your feedback after our two previous evening classes, we have scheduled one class each Thursday in September!  Because the sun is setting earlier than last month, these classes will now begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. classes:  both online and in-person options.  For September, we will continue to offer two 9 a.m. Basics class modalities on Saturdays:  one will stream on Facebook Live and the other will occur in person.
  • Book club meeting.  On Sun., Sept. 20, at 1 p.m., Alice will host our discussion about James Nestor’s Breath, the book that gathered the most votes in our recent survey!  For more details about the book club meeting—including information about how to borrow a studio copy of the book—see our website post.  Or check out the Facebook Event page for additional conversation.
  • Monthly meditation class.  Alice will host the monthly meditation session via Zoom.  This month’s session will take place on Sat., Sept. 26, at 11 a.m.—see its Facebook Event page for more information, to indicate your interest, and to find the Zoom link.

We look forward to connecting with you in September, whether in person, on Facebook, or on Zoom!

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Taking an in-person class?  

Please follow these instructions for outdoor classes, all of which take place at the airport.  If you have any questions, just send an email to this address or a message via our Facebook page.

  1. Complete the online waiver form if you have not already done so.  (You need only complete it once, not for each individual class.  If you forget to do it before class, the teacher will have a QR code for you to scan when you arrive.)
  2. Check our Facebook page or online schedule one hour before class if weather is questionable.  We will update in both places if we need to cancel class. 
  3. Bring or wear these items:  mask, mat and any props, water, sunscreen.
  4. Arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins to give yourself time to set up.
  5. Follow the teacher’s guidance to place your mat.  She will mark socially distanced spaces for participants’ mats.
  6. Leave your mask on until you settle on your mat and mask up again when you leave your mat at the end of the practice.

Location:  Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, 1000 Woodhurst Drive.

Class fee:  for in-person classes, please drop your $5 class fee in a receptacle the teacher provides.

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Taking an online class?

Please follow these instructions for online classes.  If you have any questions, just send an email to this address or a message via our Facebook page.

  1. Complete the online waiver form if you have not already done so.  (You need only complete it once, not for each individual class.)
  2. Check our Facebook page for the livestreamed class or the recording that you prefer. 

Location:  Facebook Live at the times posted on the schedule.  Also archive of past class videos available there.

Class fee: for online classes, please provide online payment if possible.  Teachers have shared their online payment options, which are listed below.  (Although we would prefer that you pay teachers directly, if that is not possible, you may also send your fees via check to The Pots Place and Angie will forward them.)

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Paying for an online class?

We realize that some of you are new to online payment platforms; some of us are, too!  So we will all figure it out together.  We’ve listed online teachers in the order they are offering September classes.

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Reminder from the Capitol!
Aug. 29, 2020
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Catch up with Erica, take an in-person or remote yoga class, or join us for meditation!

This week provides five different opportunities to gather—either remotely or in person—and we hope you can join us for one or more of them!

Erica is looking forward to catching up with us on Wednesday, August 19, at 6 p.m. Here is the Zoom link to join that conversation.

If you’re planning to attend an in-person, socially distanced class at the airport, be sure to wear your mask and to arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to settle in. For any class, please complete the online waiver if you have not already.

For more information about the meditation class, including the link for the Zoom meeting, see its Facebook Event page.

Questions or feedback about any of our offerings? Drop Angie an email at 4yoga.me@gmail.com.

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Book club to discuss Breath by James Nestor: Sun., Sept. 20, 1 p.m.

We are excited to announce that our September meeting of the 4yoga Book Club will read and discuss Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor. Special thanks to our 4yoga community members for taking time to review the three books under consideration and cast their votes.

James Nestor writes about his experience as a stressed-out journalist with chronic pneumonia, bronchitis, and sleep disorders. The book takes us through an unexpected journey about something we do over 20,000 times per day. Breathe.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Our breath is a beautiful, healing, mysterious gift, and so is this book. I already feel like it’s going to change my life.”

Bookpage reviewer Carly Nations writes, “From yogis to monks, from voice teachers to athletic trainers, from people with scoliosis to those with asthma, Breath details how these rediscovered breath practices are providing the promise of a better, longer, healthier life.”

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art is available from many vendors in hardback, ebook, or audio formats. The Warren County Public Library has a copy in its collection, and 4yoga will purchase a couple of copies to loan, as well. 

To keep up with this book club meeting on Facebook, check out its event page—and please RSVP to let us know if you’re interested or planning to be a part of the discussion! (The Zoom link is also posted on the event page, to make it easy to find the meeting.)

James Nestor’s Breath
Aug. 13, 2020

8/21/20 update: two copies of the book are available to borrow!

We have purchased two copies of Breath to circulate among our readers, and they are currently at The Pots Place on the staircase. Kathie has generously agreed to let us use that spot as our “library.”

You are welcome to check out a book (Kathie has a sign-out sheet) and keep the book for up to two weeks. Once returned, Kathie will “quarantine” the book for two days. On the third day, she will place the book back on the stairs for someone else to check out.

We encourage you to join us in September for our Zoom meeting/discussion on Breath and hope you take advantage of the loaner books ASAP. We are excited to get them in circulation soon so as many folks as possible can read about Nestor’s amazing journey and research.

Check out/check in days/hours at The Pots Place are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Looking for an opportunity to chat? Join Angie on Zoom!

If, like Angie, you are missing the casual conversations before and after classes, please join her on Zoom on Wed., Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. No real agenda—just a chance to reconnect—but she would especially welcome your ideas about how 4yoga can continue supporting our community in the months ahead.

Since Angie will be using her personal Zoom account, the session will last 40 minutes. If we still have more to talk about, though, we can sign back in again to the meeting. Feel free to drop in at any time and stay as long as suits your schedule.

Zoom link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76825911369…

Meeting ID (if you prefer to join that way): 768 2591 1369

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August (2020) schedule: in-person and online class options and Zoom chats!

As we continue our pause from in-studio classes, we also continue to look for ways to keep serving our community.  We appreciate your enthusiasm for our two recent in-person classes at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, and we have heard your requests for additional opportunities to practice both in person and in an outdoor setting.  Here is our lineup for August!

Saturday 9 a.m. Basics classes:  two weekly choices.  Ten of our August yoga classes will occur on Saturdays, as indicated on the attached PDF file.  In fact, we will offer two different 9 a.m. Basics classes on Saturdays:  one streaming on Facebook Live and another in person and socially distanced at the airport.  In case of inclement weather, we will cancel the in-person class no later than 8 a.m. and host only the streamed class that morning.  If you plan to attend in-person classes, please see the end of this post.

Thursday 7 p.m. Basics classes.  On two Thursdays in August, we will offer 7 p.m. outdoor, socially distanced classes.  We look forward to welcoming those of you who would like an evening practice to join Heather on Aug. 6 and Susan on Aug. 20.  Please see the end of this post for details about preparing for and attending in-person classes.

Monthly meditation class.  Because the Zoom platform works well for the monthly meditation class, Alice will continue to host that meeting via Zoom.  August’s session will take place on Sat., Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.—see its Facebook event page for more information, to indicate your interest, and to find the Zoom link.

Wednesday Zoom chats.  We are happy to announce opportunities to chat via Zoom with two of 4yoga’s four founders in August!  Erica Jacknin will be joining us on Wed., Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.  Erica is looking forward to reconnecting with folks she knows from 4yoga’s early days, to meeting new members of our community, and to updating us on what she’s doing in New Mexico.  For people who miss having coffee together after a morning class, Angie will welcome folks to a Zoom gathering on Wed., Aug. 5, at 11 a.m.  We hope you can drop in for one or both of these sessions, each of which will last 40 minutes.

Book club voting.  Finally, as we look ahead to September, we need your help selecting the book for our next book club meeting!  Take a look at the three submitted choices and cast your vote here before Fri., Aug. 7, at 11:59 p.m.  (If you have ideas for future book club discussions, please add them, too!)  We will announce the book with the most votes shortly after that deadline, and we will host the meeting itself on Sun., Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. 

We look forward to connecting with you—whether in person, via Facebook Live, or via Zoom—in August!


Attending an in-person class?  

Please follow these instructions.  If you have any questions, just send an email to 4yoga.me@gmail.com or a message on our Facebook page.

  1. Complete the online waiver form if you have not already done so.  (You need only complete it once, not for each individual class.  If you forget to do it before class, the teacher will have a QR code for you to scan when you arrive.)
  2. Check our Facebook page or online schedule one hour before class if weather is questionable.  We will update in both places if we need to cancel class. 
  3. Bring or wear these items:  mask, mat and any props, water, sunscreen.
  4. Arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins to give yourself time to set up.
  5. Follow the teacher’s guidance to place your mat.  She will mark socially distanced spaces for participants’ mats.
  6. Leave your mask on until you settle on your mat and mask up again when you leave your mat at the end of the practice.

Location:  Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, 1000 Woodhurst Drive.

Class fee:  donations gratefully accepted.  August donations, whether mailed to the studio or contributed at in-person classes, will be distributed among those who teach during the month, with a portion (the equivalent of one class) reserved for future studio expenses.  Our teachers have been generously sharing their talents without regularly collecting class fees since March 16, and we are experimenting with this compensation model for August.

The Pots Place without its sign
July 17, 2020
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Sat., 7/25: outdoor yoga returns, Zoom meditation continues

Looking for a way to support your health on Sat., July 25? We are pleased to be able to offer two options on Saturday morning: both yoga and meditation!

9 a.m. Basics yoga with Heather. Weather permitting, this class will meet on the lawn at the airport! Bring your own mat and water; wear a mask and sunscreen. (Although there is shade available, we cannot promise shade to all attendees since we don’t know how many folks will show up.)

Mask policy: please wear your mask until you settle on your mat and again when you leave your mat at the end of class.

Contact-less check-in: if you have not yet had a chance to complete our online waiver form, please do so before you arrive—or scan the QR code that Heather will have available to do so on site. If you have already completed the form for a previous class, you are set!

To keep up with announcements or to ask questions about the class, please check its event page on Facebook.

11 a.m. Monthly Meditation with Alice. Alice continues to host the monthly meditation sessions using the Zoom platform, and you can join that meeting directly by clicking here. As always, we welcome both new and experienced meditators to this gathering, which includes time both for brief meditations and conversation.

For more information or to ask questions, please check the event page on Facebook.

We hope to see you—either in person or on Zoom—on Saturday!

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Pop-up Meditation: Join Alice for “letting go” on Tues., 7/14, 5 p.m.

Join Alice Simpson for a pop-up, mid-month meditation offering: a 70-minute class on Tuesday, July 14, at 5 p.m. central time.

Alice notes:

We will discuss the meaning of Letting Go/Letting Be and explore how to practice this essential mindful attitude in our daily lives. We will meditate together using single focus awareness and open monitoring techniques.

Join Zoom Meeting using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4904234439

Or, if you prefer, use the meeting ID: 490 423 4439 (password: Shine).

To ask questions or set a reminder for yourself (by indicating “interested” or “going”), please see the session’s Facebook event page.

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Help us pick the book for the Sept. book club meeting!

After two lively discussions about The Four Agreements, we are ready to look ahead to our next 4yoga Book Club meeting! That meeting will be hosted by Alice and held on Sun., Sept. 20, 2020, at 1 p.m., so mark your calendars now for a chance to gather and discuss a text with other members of our community!

To choose a book, we reviewed lists generated by former attendees and organizers and solicited additional nominations on our Facebook page. We have narrowed those options down to three possibilities and now would like your input on which book we should choose for September.

Please take a look at the options below and, when you are ready to vote, complete this one-question survey. (Note: if you have ideas for books to consider for future meetings, please add those to the survey, as well.)

  1. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor. Goodreads says, “Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.” Book is available on Amazon hard copy or Kindle.
  2. The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles by Marianne Williamson, Goodreads notes, “ A guru to anyone interested in spirituality, Williamson’s words ring with power and truth as she assures us that, with faith in God’s promise of prosperity for all, we need never fear the future.” Available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.
  3. The Issue at Hand: Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practices by Gil Fronsdal. As noted by Goodreads, “An inspiring and very accessible compilation of essays and edited talks on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. Gil brings the practice of mindfulness not only to formal meditation but to all the varying aspects of everyday life.” Free copies available online at www.insightmeditationcenter.org as PDF file and as individual chapters.

We look forward to seeing which book emerges as our September selection!

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Inaugural outdoor class: join us on Sat., 7/11, 9 a.m.

We are excited to present our first 4yoga outdoor event on Sat., July 11, at 9 a.m. We will meet at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, in the lawn areas near the parking lot, for this socially distanced practice. Come join us for a Basics or a Chair class!

Although RSVPs are not necessary, if you use Facebook, it will help us plan if you respond on the event page there. If you have any questions, please post them to the event page or drop us an email.

What we will provide:

  • teachers (Heather, Beshka, Frances, and Angie)
  • different levels of classes (currently Basics and Chair)
  • marked space for your mat
  • opportunity to chat after class while physically distanced

What you should bring or wear:

  • mat
  • props you have and typically use
  • bottle of water
  • sunscreen
  • mask (please wear until you place your mat and settle there)

For contact-less check-in, please complete our new online waiver, which is available here.

We offer this class as a service to our community; therefore, there is no fee. If you wish to make a donation, we will gratefully accept it.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!

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Training Thursday: Cre leads teacher workshop, “Yoga Means Union”

Although the pandemic not only postponed our original meeting date but also revised our mode of delivery, 4yoga teachers gathered on Zoom on Saturday, June 27, for our second professional-development meeting of the year.

Using a combination of presenting, reflective writing, and discussion, Cre Dye reminded us that we are all storytellers who have the ability to change our narratives.  She led us through an exploration of our generational stories and a consideration of how we can revise them as we recognize and respond to the stress and trauma affecting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.

When asked about her takeaways from the workshop, Heather Kessler replied, “Cre brought new and much needed insight to a tough topic that needs to be addressed. Her knowledge and real-life experience really helped to give me an understanding of how we can begin to look at racial inequality with a new perspective and create positive change.”

Leslie Weigel noted, “I valued the guided introspection that Cre led, helping me to see how I am anchored into my past, yet realizing that I am free to break away from the contracts of the past and ‘put down what is not mine to carry’.”  Carmen Herrera agreed about connecting the past, the present, and the future together:  she indicated that the session provided a “much needed reminder to STAY aware that our actions/decisions, our thoughts and emotions impact beyond just us in the present ‘now’, but also affects ‘our’ collective being for generations to come… just like the previous generations affect us now.”

Sydni Elhubishi remembered a point that also stood out to other participants: “You’re not responsible for your first thought, but you are responsible for your second thought and your first action.”  In fact, Leslie called this idea the point “that has stuck with me most firmly since the class”—”while my first thought/my reaction to a situation or person may emerge from my past, from my cultural history, my second thought and my (first) action is MY responsibility and I can change those thoughts and actions.”

Carmen and Sydni both remarked on the ways that the workshop can lead us to action.  In Carmen’s words, “We can create safe spaces that welcome discussion and awareness of racism and other types of hurtful, aggressive social behaviours.”  Sydni reflected, “We have to continue to have compassion for all, and let that compassion (and other emotions) lead us to action.“

We all appreciate Cre sharing her time and expertise with our teaching community! 

Teachers at June Workshop
Clockwise from upper left: Sydni Elhubishi, Cre Dye, Leslie Weigel, Carmen Herrera, Deb Logan, Heather Kessler
Center: Angie Jones
June 27, 2020

About our quarterly teacher workshops:  we host workshops to provide opportunities for teachers to spend time together and to learn from and with each other.  As a bonus, when the teacher organizing the workshop is a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider, the events also provide, at no cost, continuing education hours to teachers who participate!  To retain registration with Yoga Alliance, all teachers complete at least 30 continuing education hours every three years, demonstrating their commitment to ongoing learning.

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