November (2020) schedule: outdoor yoga continues

It is, perhaps, a sign of the times in which we live that Angie totally forgot to post the November information to the website at the beginning of the month! If you didn’t receive the email or just prefer to review the schedule here on the website, please see the schedule and information below, updated to reflect a mid-month change in the start time of the morning classes (moving from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.).

Given concerns for public health, we are continuing outdoor-only yoga classes in November.  Of course, these classes are weather-dependent:  if teachers cancel, they will make that decision at least one hour before class starts, and we will promptly update both our website schedule and our Facebook page.  If you are joining us for the first time for an in-person class, please see the instructions at the end of this message.  

Here are the November highlights:

  • Weekly yoga classes:
    • Wednesdays at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. beginning Wed., Nov. 25).  Sydni primarily teaches these classes:  join her if you are looking for a mid-week, morning practice.
    • Saturdays at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. beginning Sat., Nov. 21). Heather, Susan, and Sydni share teaching the Saturday-morning classes.
    • Sundays at 3 p.m.  Based on your requests, we have added an afternoon class on Sundays, and Angie and Shigeko will share teaching it.
  • Thanksgiving class.  Heather will offer our traditional Thanksgiving-Day class—join her at 10 a.m. for this holiday practice.
  • Monthly meditation class.  Alice returns to host this month’s meditation via Zoom:  it will meet on Sat., Nov. 21, at 11 a.m.  To learn more and to access the Zoom link, check out its Facebook event: indicating “interested” or “going” there will also provide a reminder.

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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 4yoga.me@gmail.com or message us 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, layers if it’s cool.
  4. Arrive 10-15 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:  please drop the $5 class fee in the container the teacher provides.

Fountain Square Park
Nov. 5, 2020
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October (2020) schedule: 3 weekly outdoor classes + monthly meditation!

Happy fall y’all! We have enjoyed seeing you in September and look forward to continuing to practice with you throughout October, even if we are layering up in our warmest yoga gear!

To allow us to focus on our in-person offerings for this month, we are placing the online yoga classes on hiatus. Of course, outdoor classes all take place weather-permitting: if teachers need to cancel, they will make that decision at least one hour before class starts, and we will promptly update both our website schedule and our Facebook page.

All of our yoga classes for October meet at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, and here is our lineup.

Weekly yoga classes:

  • Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Leslie and Sydni continue to offer these classes: join them if you are looking for a mid-week, morning practice.
  • Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. We have moved the time of the Thursday evening classes to 5:30 p.m. Join Angie, Sydni, and Heather for these classes—and Heather will welcome costumes to the Oct. 29 class!
  • Saturdays at 9 a.m. Leslie, Heather, Angie, and Sydni share teaching the Saturday-morning classes.

Monthly meditation class. Leslie will host this month’s meditation via Zoom: it will meet on Sat., Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. To learn more and to access the Zoom link, check out the session’s Facebook event: indicating “interested” or “going” on that event will also generate a handy reminder as its time draws near.

We look forward to connecting with you in October for yoga and meditation!

The Pots Place
Oct. 3, 2020

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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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