Training Thursday: Shigeko studies anatomy and yoga for children

During the pandemic, some of our teachers have been very busy expanding their knowledge of yoga and how to teach it. In today’s post, we begin to catch up with Shigeko Sleeper by sharing information about two of her several 2020 trainings!

On a weekend in April, Shigeko completed a Leslie Kaminoff Workshop through Harmony Therapeutic Yoga. Of this 12-hour workshop, she comments, “Leslie is a great anatomy teacher. It was good to go back to study the fundamental concept, the base of the support, the range of the motions and the center of the gravity that are important when we practice yoga.”

During a weekend in May, Shigeko spent 12 hours in Mira Binzen’s Yoga for Children training offered through Global Family Yoga. Her biggest takeaway from that workshop is to determine how best to support children’s growth through their practice: “when we teach yoga to children, it is important to consider their age group, which determines what poses we can teach and how long we can hold the poses because we don’t want to hinder their growth (physically and mentally).”

Congratulations to Shigeko on completing these two workshops, and stay tuned to this space on future Thursdays to learn more about her—and other teachers’—training experiences!

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March 2021: 3-week Zoom series, outdoor class, Zoom meditation!

We are enjoying the longer and warmer days of March and hope that you are, too!  

To allow the weather to continue to become more comfortable for outdoor practices, we will continue our Saturday Zoom series for the first three weeks of the month. Then we will hope for cooperative weather on the last Saturday!

  • Saturday Series at 9 a.m. central.  Enjoy two brief practices on Zoom each of March’s first three Saturdays:  practice with Shigeko, Beshka, Leslie, Angie, Frances, and Susan from the comfort of your home!  (And have access to the recordings for the remainder of the month.) The investment for this series is $30, and registration is open here.
  • Outdoor Yoga on Sat., March 27, 9 a.m.  Weather-permitting, Heather will lead us through our first outdoor yoga class of 2021 at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport on the last Saturday of the month.  This is a drop-in class, offered for $10.  (If we need to reschedule because of weather, we expect to hold the class on Sun., March 28.  Please check our online calendar or Facebook page for updates.)
  • Monthly Meditation on Sat., March 27, 11 a.m.  Angie returns to lead the March session of our drop-in monthly meditation on Zoom.  To support our meditation community’s growth, Angie is donating her time (no charge).  Wherever you are in your meditation journey—including being curious about starting—please join us for brief meditation exercises and, if you choose to participate, conversation afterward.  Join the meeting with this link.

We hope that your month ahead is filled with brighter days and that we have an opportunity to see you for one or more of March’s classes.

The Pots Place and Main Avenue
March 2, 2021
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February (2021) schedule: Saturday Series and Meditation Workshop

We hope you are staying safe in these challenging times.  We have enjoyed seeing many of you on Zoom during Saturdays in January and are excited not only to continue with another Saturday Series for February but also to offer a meditation workshop with guest teacher Danny Brewington!

Yoga:  Four-Week Saturday Series

The February edition of the Saturday Series will be offered both live on Zoom and via recordings so that you may practice as best suits your needs.  Each Saturday morning, we will go live with a pair of mini-classes featuring six different teachers.  The series provides eight total mini-classes, each lasting 30-35 minutes, to support your home practice.

All classes in this Strengthen, Stretch, and Refresh series begin at 9 a.m. central, with recordings available approximately 11 a.m. 

  • Sat., 2/6:  Leslie (Basics yoga, focus on twists) + Shigeko (Flow yoga)
  • Sat., 2/13:  Frances (Basics yoga, focus on hips) + Beshka (Kundalini yoga + pranayama)
  • Sat., 2/20:  Susan (Basics yoga, focus on core) + Frances (Basics yoga, focus on joints)
  • Sat., 2/27:  Shigeko (Flow yoga) + Angie (Restorative yoga with guided relaxation)

Ready to sign up?  Just complete this brief registration form and submit your payment of $40 to Angie (payment options listed on the registration form).  She will then forward payments to each teacher.  To provide a simplified registration and payment experience for us all, these classes are available only as a package; however, you may sign up at any time during the month and have access to the previous recordings.

Have questions?  Just reply to this email or ask them on the Facebook Event page.

Meditation:  Meditation Made Easy Workshop

Do you think you can’t meditate? Is your life too busy? Your schedule too tight? Your mind too cluttered? Do you make excuses as to why you can’t?  

In today’s world, it’s important to know how to relax and renew ourselves with meditation. This 90-minute workshop—held on Sat., Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.—will dispel the notion that meditation is difficult. Through a few simple exercises, you’ll discover it’s the simplest thing in the world. 

To register for the workshop, please complete this form.  We also invite you to check out its Facebook Event page for updates.

About Danny Brewington:  Danny 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 him on the Sanctuary for Yoga website.

We hope to see you on Zoom this month for yoga, meditation, or both!

From the archives:
Fountain Square Park in Feb. 2015.
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Welcome 2021: 4-week series + monthly meditation!

Welcome to the new month and the new year!  We appreciate the feedback that so many of you provided on our recent survey—know that we used those answers and comments to guide us in our January planning, particularly as we arranged to make recorded classes available and to have guest teachers lead the monthly meditation sessions.

To start the new year off on the right foot, we are excited to bring you a new offering:  a four-class series that you can either attend live on Saturday mornings or access later via recordings! We have assembled six teachers, two of whom will offer a brief class each Saturday morning beginning on Jan. 9, at 9 a.m.  Take the classes in the way that best suits you:  on Zoom as they happen, via the recordings at your convenience, or as a mixture of both modalities.  This series provides eight total mini-classes, each lasting 30-35 minutes, to support you in your winter wellness.

All sessions in this Strengthen, Stretch, and Refresh series begin at 9 a.m. central, with recordings available approximately 11 a.m.  We will follow this weekly schedule:

  • Sat., 1/9:  Susan (Introduction to Mat Pilates) + Frances (Chair yoga)
  • Sat., 1/16:  Leslie (Basics yoga with focus on shoulders) + Shigeko (Basics yoga with focus on warrior poses)
  • Sat., 1/23:  Susan (Introduction to Mat Pilates, part 2) + Heather (Basics yoga with a focus on core)
  • Sat., 1/30:  Shigeko (Basics yoga with focus on backbending) + Angie (Restorative and guided relaxation)

Ready to sign up?  Great!  To join us for the series, complete this brief registration form and submit your payment of $40 to Angie (payment options listed on the registration form).  She will, in turn, forward payment to each teacher.  To provide a simplified registration and payment experience for us all, these classes are available only as a package, not as individual sessions.  However, you may sign up at any time during the month and have access to the previous recordings.

Have questions?  Also great!  Join Angie for a drop-in Zoom meeting on Sat., Jan. 2, 9–10 a.m., or ask them on the Facebook Event page.

Is 2021 your year to begin or to refresh your meditation practice?  Beginning in January, we will be providing meditation opportunities with guest teachers!  Alice, as many of you know, is taking a break from leading the monthly meditation to pursue another project.  To continue to offer a chance to gather together and meditate, Angie will be the January guest teacher, and she hopes you can join her on Sat., Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. on Zoom.  Although meditation continues as a drop-in class, if you indicate “going” or “interested” on the Facebook Event page, you will receive a reminder.

We hope to see you on Zoom this month!

Fountain Square Park, Dec. 2020.
Photo credit: Heather Kessler.
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Training Thursday: Beshka Moore completes 300-hour training!

In September, Beshka Moore added to her already substantial yoga knowledge by completing an online 300-hour training program with Full Circle Yoga School in Coco Beach, Florida.  Even more impressively, this 30-module program was actually Beshka’s third advanced teacher training!  The curriculum provided training from several different teachers, and Beshka named Jolie Wilson, Nina Chin, Megan Mulrine, and Stefanie Bobinski as some of the most helpful.

Regarding the content of the training itself, Beshka noted that it provided a valuable complement to her previous study:  it “included Kundalini and Yin yoga, which I was happy to incorporate with the Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, and Jivamukti yoga styles and philosophies I’ve studied in the past.”  One module reviewed “the history of yoga and how it blended with other things like Hinduism [and] Tantra.  For me, studying yoga in the past, parts of yoga history are a little vague, mostly to be read in books, but one of the teachers presented a timeline from the first cave painting of seated meditation pose all the way to present, explaining how it evolved to become what we know today. It was one of the most illuminating things I’ve learned.”

A contrast between this training and her previous experiences was the depth in which it discussed key yogic texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras.  Beshka indicated that, in some trainings, those texts “are suggested reading and might include some discussion. This training went chapter by chapter through each book, which I really enjoyed. We also focused in detail and discussion of the siddhis as discussed in the Yoga Sutras. No one ever talks about the siddhis! It was really good to get someone else’s perspective on this.”

Finally, Beshka shared insight into what she discovered as the surprising benefits to completing this program remotely:  

I questioned if virtual training would be beneficial, turns out it was the best thing I could have done during the pandemic.  Doing this training at home, during a pandemic, was cathartic and inspiring. It really helped me heal and grow in areas I needed…it’s easy to go away from home and leave everything behind and immerse myself in yoga class and study and walk away feeling lighter, until I come home and I have a hard time adjusting my bliss with home life. For me it’s far more difficult to stay home, where I can’t run from life and what makes me uncomfortable. In this virtual program I reacquainted with yoga history while learning/practicing new tools which helped me shift my energy dramatically. It helped me create much deeper depth and more dimensions while solidifying who I am as a yogi. I can’t wait to take another training with Full Circle Yoga School.

Congratulations to Beshka for completing a major training during a pandemic!  We look forward to learning more about this experience’s influences on her teaching in the months ahead.

Beshka Moore
(photo credit: Beshka herself)
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December (2020) update: pause scheduled classes, watch for pop-ups, please complete survey

Welcome to December!  Since July, we have enjoyed the adventures that accompany outdoor classes, from military helicopters to political rallies and from heat and sun to wind and rain! 

Thank you to all of you who have continued to join us beyond the studio space.  We appreciate your efforts to maintain our sense of community, whether at the airport for yoga; on Facebook Live for yoga; or on Zoom for a monthly meditation session, a book club meeting, or a social chat.

In December, we will pause scheduled yoga classes; however, we have asked teachers to offer pop-up classes at the airport when the weather is appropriate.  To know when those classes occur, keep an eye on our Facebook page, which will be the primary avenue for announcing them.  (We will also post them to our online calendar.) 

Happily, the monthly meditation will continue, as it has been since March, on Zoom.  Whether you are an experienced or a new meditator, please join Alice on Sat., Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. (central).  Details, including the link to the Zoom meeting, are in its Facebook event page.  If you cannot access the event page and need the link, just send an email to 4yoga.me@gmail.com, and we’ll forward it privately.

In addition, Frances is regularly offering her own, independent yoga classes via Zoom:  to find out more about her options and be added to her email list, please send her a message at frnstr1@aol.com .

Finally, as we plan for January and beyond, we would love your feedback.  Please take a couple of minutes to complete this brief, anonymous survey to help guide our decisions for next year.  We welcome your ideas about how best to support you and the rest of our community.

We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season and hope to see you for pop-up classes or for meditation in December!

Throwback photo: the view from the studio on Dec. 22, 2013.

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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.

Photo of the Capitol marquee
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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