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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Training Thursday: Leslie creates own vinyasa

Welcome to our occasional series, Training Thursdays! This installment reports on Leslie’s recent completion of a 4.5-hour workshop titled Create Your Vinyasa.  Gillian St. Clair offered the session at her studio, Steadfast and True Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Leslie notes that this workshop provided creative ways of changing familiar vinyasa flows (e.g., sun salutations) by using strategies like re-pacing or re-ordering the poses in the vinyasa sequence. You can experience Leslie’s sequences for yourself in June on most Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.—her regular Basics class—and also in other Basics and Flow classes.

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June 2018 focus and class schedule

Because the goal of studying the yoga sutras is Self-realization, this month we will take a look at yoga sutra 2.3 (translation and interpretation by SwamiJ): There are five kinds of coloring (kleshas): 1) forgetting, or ignorance about the true nature of things (avidya); 2) I-ness, individuality, or egoism (asmita); 3) attachment or addiction to mental impressions or objects (raga); 4) aversion to thought patterns or objects (dvesha); and 5) love of these as being life itself, as well as fear of their loss as being death. (Avidya asmita raga dvesha abhinivesha pancha klesha.)

It is interesting to notice that these mental barriers to self-realization also correlate to the chakras “below the belt.” Forgetting the true nature of who we are happens when we identify with the animal nature of ourselves. The first chakra—at the base of the spine—is about survival and the root of the fear of death. The second chakra is the pain and pleasure center, where we cultivate attraction to what we like and aversion to what we don’t like. The third chakra correlates to I-ness, our individual power and ownership.

It seems that our current collective human society is stuck in the third chakra; therefore, as you rise above the “tribal values,” you may feel some fear. However, when we as individuals and small groups move above the belt to the heart center, the polarities of pain and pleasure are perfectly balanced, and we realize that what we do to another, we do to ourselves. The love from that center is unconditional and excludes nothing.

Many asanas are great opportunities to focus on the energy centers that the poses stimulate. This month perhaps your teacher can bring those to your attention while you practice with the intention of purifying those centers and noticing what issues you can work on in your life.

June updates and special events:

  • Five chances to practice with Debbie. We are delighted that Debbie Marquette’s schedule allows her to offer five classes in June! Join her in the first half of the month for Basics, Gentle, and Mixed classes.
  • Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum. Come practice with us at The Downing Museum! This month, Cassandra will teach the yoga class on Saturday, June 9, and Alice will continue to lead the meditation class, which will meet on Saturday, June 23. For details and to register, see this post.
  • Yoga for All on Sundays. By popular demand, the Yoga for All class has returned to the schedule at 2 p.m. on Sundays! Join Ashley as she makes yoga accessible for everyone—all sizes, shapes, and abilities—by deploying a body-positive philosophy.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class. On Friday, June 29, 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 2.3.
  • Cassandra’s summer teaching break. Other than an occasional Yoga@the Museum class, Cassandra will be taking a summertime sabbatical to allow her to attend a week-long Loving Kindness retreat at the Bhavana Society, prepare for the next two levels of Pilates testing, and complete continuing education to better serve 4yoga. She will be learning about providing yoga for cancer, chronically ill, and terminally ill patients and deepening her work with restorative yoga. She writes, “I plan on bringing all of that information home to us at 4yoga so keep on with your asana practices! You have some wonderful teachers at 4yoga, the best in Bowling Green, and I plan on attending as a student as much as possible so don’t be surprised to see me on a mat next to yours!”

For a full list of June classes, please see the online schedule or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place. We also post a brief update 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.

Photo of Fountain Square Park, taken June 1, 2018

Summer on Fountain Square (June 1, 2018)

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June yoga and meditation classes at The Downing Museum: yoga on 6/9, meditation on 6/23

Registration is now open for our June classes at The Downing Museum! We hope that you can join us to practice in this beautiful space, especially since these classes are available for our usual affordable fee of $5!

To honor the capacity of the gallery, class size is limited; therefore, registration is required.  However, the registration process is quick and easy:  just complete the brief online form at the link below. After she receives the form, Angie will send you a confirmation email; then, near the time of the class, she will email a copy of the museum’s policies.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Cassandra, Sat., 6/9, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice: Sat., 6/23, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

If you click on the link and discover that the class is full, email us at yoga.me@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. In your message, please include your first and last names, your preferred email address for confirmation and policy emails, and whether you will bring your own mat.

If you register and later find that you are unable to attend, please email us immediately so that we can offer your place to someone from the wait list.

Should your June schedule keep you from joining us, watch for the July class dates. And the folks at The Downing Museum welcome you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

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Practicing at The Downing Museum in March (photo credit:  Jack LeSieur)

 

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Special offer for South Warren Middle School community members: free class!

We are looking forward to our third visit to South Warren Middle School to participate in its 4th Annual Health & Safety Fair on Thurs., May 24. We hope that the 7th graders are ready to show us their yoga poses again this year!

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Heather Kessler (The Mobile Mat BG) leads students in tree pose (May 2016)

If your student brings home a business card offering a complimentary class at 4yoga and you would like to sign up for one of these special, SWMS-only classes, use this link to register:  tinyurl.com/SWMSyogaclass .

Classes will be accessible for all levels of students, including beginners, and are offered at these times:

  • Sat., June 16, 11 a.m.–noon
  • Sat., June 16, 1–2 p.m.

You are welcome to register either for yourself or for yourself and your student; however, if a student would like to participate, a parent will need to take the class, as well.

Please note that space is limited and the registration deadline is noon on Thurs., June 14. Update (6/14):  registration for these classes is now closed.

If you are unable to attend one of the complimentary classes, we welcome you to join us for any of our other affordable and accessible community yoga classes:  the class fee is $5, we provide mats and props, and you can see our full schedule on the calendar page.

If you have questions about the types of classes we offer, please check out our class descriptions and then email us (4yoga.me@gmail.com) if you have any questions about the best fit for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the 4yoga studio in downtown Bowling Green–above The Pots Place (428 East Main Street), overlooking Fountain Square!

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Memorial Day Weekend, 2018: 8 studio classes + Meditation@the Museum!

If your Memorial Day weekend plans have you in Bowling Green, either as a resident or as a guest, please join us for a yoga or meditation class!

In addition to hosting the monthly Meditation@theMuseum class at The Downing Museum on Saturday, we will maintain our usual class schedule on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and hold a special holiday class on Monday, giving you 9 total opportunities to practice.   Although Meditation@theMuseum requires pre-registration, all of our other classes, as usual, are entirely drop-in—so you can be spontaneous  with your weekend’s activities!

  • Fri., 5/25:  9:30 a.m. Gentle class with Angie.
  • Fri., 5/26:  5:30 p.m. Yin class with Alice & Angie (monthly Living Our Yoga class focusing on Sutra 2.1, the path to realization.
  • Sat., 5/26:  7 a.m. Basics class with Ashley.
  • Sat., 5/26:  9 a.m. Basics class with Angie.
  • Sat., 5/26:  11 a.m. Meditation@theMuseum class with Alice.  Pre-registration required and available here.
  • Sat., 5/26:  4 p.m. Basics/Restorative class with Chie.
  • Sun., 5/27:  8:30 a.m. Mixed-level class with Chie.
  • Sun., 5/27:  4 p.m. Basics class with Chie.
  • Mon., 5/28:  9 a.m. Mixed-level class with Beshka.

If you are visiting our studio for the first time, you may either use the front door (facing Fountain Square) or the back door (ring the buzzer so the teacher can unlock the door remotely).  We encourage new students to arrive about 15 minutes early, and everyone is welcome to borrow mats and other props at no additional charge.

All of our classes last 70 minutes; our class fee is $5/class, payable by cash or check.

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