7th anniversary open house and free mini-classes: Oct. 20, noon–3 p.m.

The afternoon of Sat., Oct. 20, we will celebrate our seventh anniversary of offering community yoga by opening the studio for three hours of free mini-classes and having the lounge available for meeting other students and teachers!

Each hour and half-hour, a new mini-class begins:  noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.  See detailed schedule below or on the Facebook Event page.

No registration is needed:  just stop by any time between noon and 3 p.m. for any combination of classes and conversation that suits your schedule.

Whether you’ve been practicing with us since the Dance Images days (glitter, anyone?!) or you just want to check out 4yoga and its offerings, we look forward to welcoming you to the studio on Saturday afternoon!

2018 Anniversary Open House Flyer

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October 2018 focus and class schedule (including anniversary events!)

This month, we turn attention to yoga sutra 2.46: The posture (asana) for yoga meditation should be steady, stable, and motionless, as well as comfortable, and this is the third of the eight rungs of yoga (sthira sukham asanam). Ideally, the head, neck, and hips are in alignment; in turn, the feeling of being balanced reduces the need for effort to maintain the pose. It is also ideal to balance in such a way that you are not slouched or leaning into a chair or couch back. The purpose of this alignment is to avoid becoming drowsy, as meditation is practiced in an alert and a waking state.

However, it is also critical to remember the underlying principle of yoga: do no harm. If you have an injury or limitation that prevents you from sitting comfortably, find any posture that allows you to be steady and comfortable—even if it means lying in savasana. When the spine is in alignment, and the body is not distracted with discomfort, you can then focus on opening sushumna, the central energy channel in the spine. In any posture, opening sushumna can be aided with alternate nostril breathing and by focusing the attention on the cartilage that separates the left and right nostril while you are breathing diaphragmatically.

And always remember the goal of all practice is to ascend to higher states of consciousness where we feel connected in the present moment, courageous, compassionate, curious, and contented.

October updates and special events:

  • Seventh anniversary events. Although 4yoga’s actual anniversary was Sept. 27, we will celebrate in October with three events: a potluck party after the Yin class on Fri., Oct. 5; a book club discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 7; and an open house with free mini-classes beginning at noon on Sat., Oct. 20.
  • Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum. In October, Leslie will teach the Yoga@the Museum class on Sat., Oct. 13, and Alice will lead the Meditation@the Museum session on Sat., Oct. 27. Both classes meet at 10:30 a.m. For details and to register, see the links above or collect one of the rack cards at the studio.
  • Teacher change for Saturday 7 a.m. class. Although Ashley has decided to take a break from teaching the 7 a.m. class on Saturdays, a rotating roster of teachers has volunteered to teach it during October. Join Cassandra, Tori, Chie, and Leslie to start your Saturdays with a practice!
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class. On Friday, Oct. 19, Angie continues the monthly Living Our Yoga Yin series, which combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with an exploration of this month’s yoga sutra, 2.46: sthira sukham asanam.

For a full list of October classes, please see the calendar page or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place. We also post the day’s class(es) each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.

A quiet place for contemplation at the Downing Museum. (Sept. 1, 2018)

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October Book Club meeting: Sun., 10/7, 1:30 p.m.

Curious to learn more about yoga and to discuss yoga with fellow students and teachers?  Our October book club books—Andrea Marcum’s Close to Om and Pema Chödrön’s Always Maintain a Joyful Mind—provide both practical and philosophical advice to enhance our yoga journeys.

Cassandra leads our (roughly) quarterly book club, which will next meet on Sunday, October 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the lounge at the studio.  We welcome everyone to join us, regardless of how much of either book you complete!

Please bring a vegetarian snack to share: we will provide a selection of hot teas, plates and cups, and utensils.

October's book club books:  Close to Om and Always Maintain a Joyful Mind.

Photo credit:  Tori Treangen.

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Labor Day weekend schedule (2018)

If your Labor Day weekend plans include being in Bowling Green and enjoying yoga, come join us on beautiful Fountain Square for any or all of our eight 4yoga classes!

Friday, Aug. 31:

  • 9:30 a.m. Gentle with Tori
  • 5:30 p.m. Yin with Chie

Saturday, Sept. 1:

  • 7 a.m. Basics with Ashley
  • 9 a.m. Basics with Cassandra
  • 4 p.m. Basics/Restorative with Chie

Sunday, Sept. 2:

  • 8:30 a.m. Mixed with Debbie
  • 4 p.m. Basics with Shigeko

Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day):

  • 9 a.m. Mixed level (all students welcome) with Debbie.  Note:  this morning, mixed-level class, is our only class on Labor Day.  As is usual for our holiday schedule, it replaces the usual classes on this day.

In addition to our ongoing community members, we welcome guests who are visiting Bowling Green for the holiday weekend!  All of our classes are drop-in, and the class fee is $5, payable in cash or check.  We also have mats and many other props available at the studio for your use at no additional charge.

Free parking is available on the street or in the parking lot immediately behind The Pots Place (next to Steamer Seafood restaurant).  For more details about each type of class, please see our class descriptions page.

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September @the Museum classes: registration now open

Thank you to all of our attendees at the August classes at The Downing Museum!

We have now opened registration for the September classes, and we hope you can join us in September for the yoga class, the meditation class, or both.  Please note the start time of both classes is 10:30 a.m.

Because room in the gallery is limited, we do require pre-registration to manage the class sizes and, therefore, are unable to accommodate drop-in students.  To join us for one or both of these sessions, offered at our usual class fee of $5, use the link(s) below to reserve your space.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Debbie Marquette:  Sat., Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice Simpson:  Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

Should you be unable to join us in September, watch for our October announcement (the yoga class will be held on Oct. 13, and the Meditation class on Oct. 27).  Remember, too, that the folks at The Downing Museum encourage you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

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August 2018 focus and class schedule

The goal of using the practices described in yoga sutra 2.29* is to develop the razor-sharpened sword of your higher mind: discrimination, which is also known as buddhi.  Without conscious development to open this channel to our higher mind, we normally default to the lower mind, consisting of the ego that identifies with past experiences and trusts the knowledge it receives from sensory input to make decisions.

The first five rungs of yoga are practices to train your attention to focus on the desired object of focus.  When left untrained, our attention gets scattered and distracted.  However, when you are able to control your attention, it enhances your ability to concentrate which, in turn, leads to meditation. It is through meditation that we are able to achieve samadhi, or deep absorption in the light of our true selves.  Concentration, meditation, and samadhi are the last three rungs of the eight-rung system of yoga.

To explore the broader system of yoga in August, you may choose to refresh yourselves on the yamas and niyamas (the first two rungs) and pick one of them to apply in a class, at work, or in a relationship.

* Sutra 2.29:  Yama niyama asana pranayama pratyahara dharana dhyana samadhayo’ stavangani.  The practice of restraint, observances, posture, breath control, withdrawal from the senses, concentration, meditation, and samadhi creates the eight-fold path of yoga.

August updates and special events: 

  • Cassandra returns to teaching.  After a summer sabbatical from teaching at 4yoga, Cassandra is back on the schedule, with eight classes for August!
  • Four opportunities to practice with Debbie.  We are delighted that Debbie Marquette’s schedule allows her to teach four classes this month!
  • Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum.  Join us for our special monthly classes at The Downing Museum:  Cassandra will teach the yoga class on Saturday, August 11, and Alice will continue to lead the meditation class on Saturday, August 25.  Please note that both classes meet at 10:30 a.m.  For details and to register, see this post or collect one of our new rack cards at the studio.  (Thanks to Jack LeSieur, Director of The Downing Museum, for creating these cards to promote the @the Museum classes!)
  • Guest teacher on August 19.  On Sunday, August 19, we welcome Sydni Elhubishi for her second appearance as a guest teacher in the 4 p.m. Basics class.  To learn more about Sydni, see the introduction of her we shared in July.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class.  On Friday, August 24, Angie continues the monthly Living Our Yoga Yin series, which combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with an exploration of this month’s yoga sutra, sutra 2.29.
  • Teacher adjustments for Gentle classes.  At the end of August, we will transition to our fall teacher assignments for the Gentle classes, with Angie teaching on Tuesdays, Frances remaining on Thursdays, and Tori teaching on Fridays.

For a full list of August classes, please see our calendar page—or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place.  We also post the day’s class(es) each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.

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Front of new rack card—pick up your copy at the studio!

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Invitation to practice at The Downing Museum in August!

We have opened registration for August’s classes at The Downing Museum, and we look forward to these opportunities to practice with you in this beautiful space!  Please note that the start time of both classes has changed:  they now begin at 10:30 a.m.

Because room in the gallery is limited, we do require pre-registration to manage the class sizes and, therefore, are unable to accommodate drop-in students.  To join us for one or both of these session, offered at our usual class fee of $5, use the link(s) below to reserve your space.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Cassandra:  Sat., Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice:  Sat., Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

Should you be unable to join us in August, watch for our September announcement (spoiler alert:  the yoga class will be held on Sept. 8, and the Meditation class on Sept. 22!).  And the folks at The Downing Museum encourage you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

The Downing Museum in summer

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Guest teacher on Sun., 7/15: Sydni Elhubishi

We are excited to welcome a guest teacher to the 4 p.m. Basics class on Sunday, July 15!  Sydni Elhubishi will offer this class, which will still be followed by a special Sunday Restorative class with Angie.  To help everyone get to know her prior to the class, Sydni has shared this bio:

Sydni begin her yoga practice seriously in 2015 as a supplement to other forms of exercise—at the time, not fully realizing what an impact yoga would make in her life. As her practice begin to deepen, so did her love for the practice and her desire to share it with others, leading her to a 200-hour immersion training at the Asheville Yoga Center.

Her goal now, instead of being able to teach a kick-butt power class, is to help people to gain a greater understanding of their bodies, their minds, and the connection between the two; and to share the importance of slowing down, taking time to explore the body with curiosity, and to care for it well. 

We hope that you can join us to practice with Sydni on July 15!

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July 2018 focus and class schedule

Freedom! On the 4th, we celebrate our country’s independence from being ruled by a government the founders found to be oppressive. Take a moment to ask yourself what freedom means to you on many levels: social, political, religious, relational, and from your own thoughts.

Last month’s focus identified the five main categories of thought patterns that generate fear and suffering (yoga sutra 2.3). In this month’s focus on yoga sutra 2.10, we look ahead to see what happens when we achieve true freedom from our negative thought patterns. It states: “When the five types of colorings (kleshas) are in their subtle, merely potential form, they are then destroyed by their disappearance or cessation into and of the field of mind itself.”

Now, that is freedom—when there is no relationship, job, or anything externally present in our lives that can be a trigger to a fearful state. Keep practicing, folks! The good news is that every time you witness yourself in the snares of a disturbing thought pattern and don’t allow it to have power over you, it weakens when it recedes. As you progress, that path get easier.

Wishing you freedom to follow your true path, to honor and express your true feelings, and to acknowledge the divine spark in each and every one of us.

July updates and special events:

  • Independence Day mixed-level class. Join Debbie on Wednesday, July 4, to celebrate the holiday with a 9 a.m. mixed-level practice. Although this morning class will be our only class on July 4, the rest of our schedule around the holiday remains the same.
  • Yoga for All on hiatus. At Ashley’s request, Sunday’s Yoga for All class will go on hiatus for July; however, you can practice with Ashley this month both at 7 a.m. on Saturdays and at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Special Sunday Restorative class. On July 15, Angie will offer a Sunday edition of the Restorative class. It will begin at 5:45 p.m., shortly after the 4 p.m. Basics class concludes—we invite you to give yourself the gift of a mini-retreat of first an active and then a relaxing class.
  • Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to practice yoga or meditation in an art gallery? If so, join us this month at The Downing Museum: Angie will teach the yoga class on Saturday, July 14, and Alice will continue to lead the meditation class, which will meet on Saturday, July 28. For details and to register, see this page.
  • Stress-Busting Roundtable with Pare and Flourish. Are you a female professional who would like to network with other like-minded women in a meaningful way? On Saturday, July 21, at the studio, Cassandra will facilitate a roundtable for Pare and Flourish. For a fuller description of the roundtable and to register, see the event page.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class. On Friday, July 27, Angie continues the monthly Living Our Yoga Yin series, which combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with an exploration of selected yoga sutras. This month, our focus will be sutra 2.10.

For a full list of July classes, please see the calendar page—or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place. We also post the day’s class(es) each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.

Accessing studio after class has begun: Remember that even if the front door is locked when you arrive, you can still join us for class. Just come to the back door of The Pots Place (look for the blue building) and ring the buzzer. The teacher will then unlock the door remotely for you to enter through the pottery studio.

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Join us in July for yoga and meditation at The Downing Museum!

Summer is a wonderful time to visit The Downing Museum for a yoga class or meditation session!  Register now to reserve your space!

Yoga@the Museum on Sat., July 14, 11 a.m. (taught by Angie):  tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum on Sat., July 28, 11 a.m. (led by Alice):  tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

Classes at the museum require pre-registration so that we can honor the capacity of the gallery space.  After she receives your registration, Angie will send a confirmation email; she will also forward the museum’s policies immediately before the class meets.

For @the Museum classes, the fee remains our usual $5, payable at the door.

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The Downing Museum and Baker Arboretum are beautiful in summer! (June 23, 2018)

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