Take time to enhance your meditation practice with Danny Brewington!

We are excited to welcome Danny Brewington back for his fourth meditation workshop of 2021! Offered via Zoom, this workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in meditation. It will meet on August 21, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (central time).

An important part of successful living is cultivating the ability to relax and restore both our bodies and our minds. This 90-minute workshop continues our mindfulness practice, using our most reliable focusing tool—our breath. Our own breath is the one aspect of meditation that can be used as an anchor, a relaxation device, or a tool for exploring the subconscious mind.

About Danny:

Danny Brewington is a Tennessee native who discovered meditation in 1987. Now, with over 30 years of study and practice, he enjoys great powers of concentration, breathing control, and expanded awareness. His understanding of meditation comes from a combination of philosophies, technologies, and life experiences. He hopes to inspire others to transform their lives with the power of meditation. You can read more about Danny on the website for Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville.

To register:

To register and see payment options for the workshop, please complete this brief form. Note: if you’d like a confirmation of your submission, select “send me a copy of my responses” before you hit “submit.”

Angie will send the Zoom meeting link to all registered participants on Fri., August 20.

To stay connected:

To receive reminders about the workshop, invite others to join, or post questions, respond to its Facebook event.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom on Saturday, August 21!

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Training Thursday: Angie completes yoga nidra training with Mia Park!

In this training update, we share the news of Angie Jones’ completion of a hybrid, 25-hour yoga nidra training with Mia Park.  Angie joined the training via Zoom, and her classmates—from around the country—were divided between Zoom attendance and in-person attendance at Sat Nam Yoga studio in Chicago.

After experiencing yoga nidra with Danny Brewington in our recent Meditation Made Easy workshops—and hearing from other participants how helpful they found those sessions—Angie searched for a training that would introduce her both to the overall system of yoga nidra and to individual styles and techniques within that system.  She wanted to increase her understanding of the broad field of yoga nidra before potentially pursuing a more specialized training.

In “Learn to Teach Conscious Relaxation: The Art of Yoga Nidra,” Mia Park drew upon her experience studying several different styles of yoga nidra to provide a framework for the practice.  Then she helped students delve into those styles, which included Himalayan, Bihar Saraswati, iRest, Total, and Trauma-Informed.  Three books supported students’ further study: Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s Yoga Nidra, Richard C. Miller’s The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, and Tracee Stanley’s Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity.

Angie especially appreciated the many opportunities to practice teach with her classmates via Zoom’s breakout room function.  She was paired with students from as far away as Wichita, Kansas, and Buffalo, New York, and all classmates provided kind and valuable feedback.  In addition, each participant was able to hold a one-on-one meeting with Mia and to join a private Facebook group to continue exchanging ideas.

To share what she has learned with our 4yoga community, Angie has three plans:  she will incorporate elements of yoga nidra in savasana at the conclusions of her active classes, feature yoga nidra in the meditation sessions she leads every other month, and highlight yoga nidra in a new class debuting in July, Restorative Guided Relaxation (Thurs., July 8, noon, at the studio).  She looks forward to helping folks relax more deeply and rest more peacefully.

Mia Park and Angie Jones
1:1 meeting
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July 2021: continuing outdoor and adding in-studio classes!

Thank you to all of you who joined us for classes in June:  we have enjoyed practicing with you!  In July, we will offer 30 classes, again in a combination of locations and modalities. The July schedule…

  • continues our three weekly outdoor classes (Monday evening, Wednesday morning, and Saturday morning)
  • continues our Thursday-morning studio class (shifting it from Chair to Gentle)
  • adds two new studio classes (Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening)
  • provides our traditional holiday class (Sun., July 4, at 9 a.m. at the airport)
  • offers two Restorative classes at the studio, one concluding with yoga nidra (Interested in Restorative Guided Relaxation at another time?  Complete this brief form so Angie can add it to July’s options!)
  • continues the monthly meditation session on Zoom.  

As a reminder, we welcome vaccinated members of our community to our studio classes, and we welcome everyone to our outdoor classes and Zoom meditation!  

We hope you can join us in July to welcome Beshka and Sydni back to regular teaching at 4yoga; to enjoy ongoing classes with Leslie, Shigeko, Heather, Frances, and Angie; or to check out a special opportunity to relax or meditate.  Before attending a studio class, please review this post on our website:  while we are still encouraging students to bring their own mats and props, we will also make studio ones available if needed.  For information about attending airport classes, see below. 

To review the full July schedule, please see our online calendar.

We look forward to practicing with you however you feel most comfortable—outdoors, in the studio, or on Zoom—soon!

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Taking an outdoor class?  

If you have any questions about preparing for or participating in an outdoor class, please send an email to this address or message us via our Facebook page.

  1. Complete the 2021 online waiver form if you have not already done so this year.  (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 the weather is questionable.  We will update in both places if we need to cancel class. 
  3. Bring or wear these items:  mat and any props you would like to use, water, sunscreen if it’s warm, layers if it’s cool.
  4. Arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins to give yourself time to settle in.

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

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Public health update:  Although we are grateful that Warren County has remained at a “moderate” level of COVID-19 community transmission, our county’s vaccination rate continues to be low.*  Therefore, our transition back into the studio will continue to be gradual.  If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation, please reply to this email, and Angie will be happy to assist.

* CDC vaccine data, as of June 30:  Warren County fully vaccinated: 33.5%, nationally: 46.7%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated:  45.3%, nationally: 57.4%.

We look forward to welcoming you back to this view!
Fountain Square Park, June 30, 2021
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Training Thursday: Shigeko completes Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program!

In this post, we look back at June and July 2020, when Shigeko Sleeper completed a 120-hour Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program!  Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of holistic medicine, considered an example of “complementary” or “alternative” medicine in Western cultures. James Bailey taught this program, which was offered online through Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville, and contributes toward Shigeko’s 300-hour yoga teacher training program at Sanctuary.

The program’s four core modules, 30 hours each, covered these topics:

  • principles of Ayurveda
  • Ayurveda wellness methods
  • Ayurveda wellness assessment
  • Ayurveda wellness counseling practicum.

Shigeko reports that she was interested to learn how the Ayurveda system is both similar to and different from Traditional Chinese Medicine, a discipline she has already studied.  She notes that both fields emphasize the importance of preventative medicine and remind us “we have to be aware of what we eat and how we manage our mind and spirit.”

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Beginning or expanding a meditation practice? Join us for June’s Meditation Made Easy!

We are excited to welcome Danny Brewington back for his third meditation workshop! Offered via Zoom, this workshop is accessible to anyone who has an internet connection on June 19, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. central.

In today’s world, it is essential to know how to relax and renew ourselves with meditation; in this session, we will continue to explore and experience meditation tools that we can use to relieve bodily discomfort.

This 90-minute workshop addresses the challenges of releasing tension within the body. Danny will guide us through mindfulness techniques designed to achieve deep levels of relaxation and rejuvenation, releasing and relaxing our physical bodies and concluding with a Yoga Nidra practice.

Following our April workshop, one participant noted: “after that Yoga Nidra portion my blood pressure was the lowest it has been such a long time!”

Beginners are welcome—no meditation experience is required or expected.

About Danny:

Danny Brewington is a Tennessee native who discovered meditation in 1987. Now, with over 30 years of study and practice, he enjoys great powers of concentration, breathing control, and expanded awareness. His understanding of meditation comes from a combination of philosophies, technologies, and life experiences. He hopes to inspire others to transform their lives with the power of meditation. You can read more about Danny on the website for Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville.

To register:

To register and pay for the workshop, please follow this link to a brief form. Note: if you’d like a confirmation of your submission, select “send me a copy of my responses” before you hit “submit.”

Angie will send the Zoom meeting link to all registered participants on Fri., June 18.

To stay connected:

To receive reminders about the workshop, invite others to join, or post questions, please respond to its Facebook event.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom on Sat. June 19!

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June 2021: outdoor classes, limited indoor classes, meditation workshop

Since March 2020, we have enjoyed expanding our connections with all of you beyond the walls of the studio itself.  We have experienced some truly magical days of outdoor yoga, with perfect weather conditions and chances to see and talk with each other.  And, during the winter, we have practiced with students from five states via Zoom.

However, we know from your feedback that you are eager to return to the studio, and we are happy to announce that we will begin a gradual studio reopening* for vaccinated students and teachers in June!  

For vaccinated members of our community, June offers a weekly Chair class, taught by Angie and Frances, on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m.  We particularly look forward to seeing former attendees at the Gentle classes as we ease back into our practice together.

Also in the studio, we will offer two one-off Basics classes as Heather and Susan each try out a noon time spot, which is an option some of you have requested. Please see the attached PDF copy of the schedule for these dates.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we welcome you to our 14 outdoor classes—including one at 7 a.m.—and Zoom meditation workshop.  The outdoor classes will continue to meet at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, with regular morning classes now beginning at 9 a.m.

In June, we also welcome Danny Brewington back for his third Zoom meditation workshop.  On Sat., June 19, Danny will continue to explore the connection between mindfulness and the body with a special focus on relieving pain and discomfort.  The workshop will conclude with Yoga Nidra.

Workshop description: In today’s world, it’s important to know how to relax and renew ourselves with meditation. This 90-minute workshop continues to address the challenges of releasing tension within the body. Students will practice mindfulness techniques designed to stimulate alpha brain waves to achieve deep levels of relaxation and rejuvenation.

If you plan to join us in the studio, please review this post.  For information about attending airport classes, please see the end of this post.  To join us for the meditation workshop, register here so that Angie can send you the meeting link.

Finally, if you would be interested in private or semi-private studio classes with one of our current teachers to help you reconnect with your practice, please reach out to her directly for availability and pricing.  If you do not have her contact information, send a message to this address, and Angie will forward it.


Taking an outdoor class?  

If you have any questions about preparing for or participating in an outdoor class, please send an email to this address or message us via our Facebook page.

  1. Complete the 2021 online waiver form if you have not already done so this year.  (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 the weather is questionable.  We will update in both places if we need to cancel class. 
  3. Bring or wear these items:  mat and any props you would like to use, water, sunscreen if it’s warm, layers if it’s cool.
  4. Arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins to give yourself time to settle in.

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

Class fee:  $10.


* Although Warren County has recently dropped to a “moderate” level of COVID-19 community transmission (hooray!), we continue to struggle with relatively low vaccination rates.  As a result, our transition back into the studio will be slow and deliberate.  If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation, please reply to this email, and Angie will be happy to help.

(CDC vaccine data, as of May 28:  Warren County fully vaccinated: 29.7%, nationally:  40.2%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated:  37.8%, nationally 50.9%.)

The Pots Place from Fountain Square Park
June 1, 2021

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Preparing for June: information about returning to the studio!

In the June email, we will share more details about our month’s schedule, which will include three outdoor weekly classes, one indoor weekly class, three additional classes, and a Zoom meditation workshop.  We are looking forward to all of these opportunities to practice together!

If you are vaccinated, we will welcome you back to the studio for a weekly Chair class, which will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. Angie and Frances will teach these classes.  If you are not vaccinated, please join us for outdoor classes or the Zoom meditation workshop.

To prepare to attend an indoor class, please review this post carefully.  If you have questions that we have not yet addressed, please send us an email at 4yoga.me@gmail.com so that we can answer for you—and maybe add them, anonymously, to this post, as well!

Preparing for indoor (studio) classes

Please follow these steps to prepare to take a studio class:

  1. Pack your mat and any props you would like to use.  (The props closet is not currently open; however, chairs are provided.)
  2. Arrive 10-20 minutes before class begins to give yourself time to sign in and get settled.
  3. Enter the front door of The Pots Place and come up the stairs to the studio. 

Location:  upstairs at The Pots Place, 428 East Main Avenue.

Class fee:  $10.

FAQs for indoor (studio) classes

Please review these questions and answers to help you prepare for indoor classes.  We look forward to seeing you at the studio!

Q:  How will you determine vaccine status?

A:  We will trust each member of our community to practice the first two Yamas—ahimsa (non-harming) and satya (truthfulness)—and only attend indoor classes if fully vaccinated.

Q:  Will masks be required?

A:  No, following the CDC’s guidelines for fully vaccinated people.  Of course, you are welcome to wear one if you prefer.  

Q:  Is it necessary to pre-register or pre-pay?

A:  No.  We will continue to offer classes on a drop-in basis to be convenient.

Q:  Will there be a limit on the number of students per class?

A:  No.  Because everyone at indoor classes will be vaccinated, we will not limit class size.  However, we expect students to return gradually, as they feel comfortable.

Q:  How will the sign-in process work?

A:  We will use our traditional sign-in process with paper sign-in sheets.

Q:  What are my payment options for the $10 class fee?

A:  We continue to appreciate cash payments.  However, teachers will also post information at the studio that includes the digital platforms they use, typically PayPal, Venmo, or both.

Q:  Will mats, blankets, blocks, straps, and bolsters be available?

A:  In June, we will be providing only chairs as props.  Please bring your own mat and any other props you would like to use.

Q:  Why is only one class meeting indoors in June?  And why a Chair class?

A:  With our return to the studio, we are especially eager to see students from our previous Gentle classes and support them in their return to a consistent practice.  Chairs provide us with a single, easily cleaned prop for these classes.

Thanks to Frances Strickler, Dewey Strickler, Heather Kessler, and Angie Jones for cleaning the studio!
(photo credit: Heather Kessler)
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Training Thursday: Shigeko completes Warriors at Ease Level 1 Training

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, this Training Thursday post reports on what Shigeko Sleeper has learned about supporting veterans through yoga!  In February 2021, Shigeko completed the Level 1 training for Warriors at Ease.  

The Warriors at Ease approach was developed in 2006, growing out of its founders’ research on yoga and meditation at Walter Reed, and it has since grown into a network of more than 1,000 teachers.  Its approach is trauma-sensitive, evidenced-based, and informed by the unique aspects of military culture.  (For more information on the program and its instructors, see its page on Yoga International.)

Shigeko noted that the training taught her “how words and my own attitude can influence people with physical and mental challenges,” both veterans and non-veterans alike.  She mentioned the 30-hour program’s emphasis on understanding military life and culture as one of her biggest takeaways.  Finally, she stated, “there are many veterans who served for our country and came back wounded physically and mentally.  I am grateful if I can help even one of those veterans.”

We appreciate Shigeko for continuing to learn how yoga and meditation can assist members of our community who may not immediately seek out a studio and who may especially benefit from what yoga has to offer.

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Training Thursday: Beshka completes 108-hour meditation training!

Over a period of six months, Beshka Moore completed a meditation teacher training program through Full Circle Yoga School in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  This 108-hour program took place between Nov. 2020 and May 2021 and was provided by Jolie Wilson, the school’s owner and lead teacher, and Nina Chin, a facilitator.  

Beshka reports that “it was wonderful to have an entire training devoted to all things meditation.”  The course included both experiential components and strategies for sharing meditation with students, highlighting “what happens to our mind, body, and nervous system before, during, and after meditation.”  Beshka also notes that it “encourages getting used to writing and listening to my own meditations to prepare me to teach in front of students, either in person or through recordings.”

We hope that Beshka agrees to share what she learned by leading one of our ongoing monthly meditation sessions later this year!  In the meantime, to practice yoga with Beshka, please join her at her Glasgow studio, BMoore Balanced Yoga and Meditation, where she is now offering daily classes!

Beshka Moore 2021
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Looking for an accessible meditation experience? Join Angie on Sat., May 15, 11:15 a.m., on Zoom

In 2021, we have taken a new approach to our monthly meditation offerings: taking advantage of the reach of the Zoom platform, we are alternating between 90-minute workshops with Danny Brewington of Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville and 70-minute sessions led in-house, by 4yoga teachers.

Although Danny’s sessions require pre-registration and a workshop fee, our teachers’ sessions are drop-in and offered free of charge. Our teachers donate our instruction to ensure that everyone who would like to begin or re-start a meditation practice finds it accessible to do so. Both types of sessions feature a series of brief and accessible guided meditations, and they are always appropriate for students at all levels, including those who are new to meditating.

Angie Jones will lead our May meditation session on Sat., May 15. It will begin at 11:15 a.m. central (a little later than usual because she is also teaching the in-person yoga class at the airport that morning). To indicate interest, receive a Facebook reminder, or ask any questions, check out the Facebook event page. To hop directly onto the Zoom call, follow this link. Angie looks forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!

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