Financial update while in-studio classes are suspended (and more than you wanted to know about 4yoga operations!)

We are enormously grateful to be part of the Bowling Green yoga community, however and wherever we are able to be together:  on our livestreamed classes, through your comments on our Facebook posts, and via email and Facebook messages.  Thank you for helping us all remain connected during this socially distant time!

Several of you have been kind enough to inquire about the studio’s finances and how to help 4yoga weather the storm of suspending in-studio classes.  Fortunately, our business model allows us to be minimally impacted by the current situation:  as an organization, 4yoga has always relied on your donations to the “kitty” (the jar on the kitchen counter).  

For in-person classes, your class fees have gone primarily to your teacher for that class, with a small amount (on a sliding scale) distributed to Kathie Downs, owner of The Pots Place.  Angie uses the money from the kitty to pay the website fees and buy supplies from the studio, but neither she nor the studio itself takes anything from those funds. 

One of the ways that we have been able to maintain the $5 class fee is because of our simple financial process:  as a studio, we collect and record Kathie’s monthly payments but otherwise do not manage money.  This method works very smoothly for our in-person classes, but it also leaves us without a comparably easy process for online classes.

Therefore, our online class model, developed in consultation with teachers at our Zoom meetings, is to continue to offer the 4yoga online classes at no charge.  Teachers are generously donating their time for those classes, which we much appreciate.

As we noted in our April message, individual teachers are now also offering what we’re calling “independent classes” that they arrange and share on their own platforms.  Those teachers will make their own decisions about class fees—if any—and payment options.

Should you voluntarily decide to compensate any teacher for a 4yoga class during this period (again, not expected), we encourage you to reach out to that teacher directly if you have her contact information.  If needed, you may also mail a check to the studio (c/o The Pots Place, 428 East Main Avenue, BG, KY 42101):  please make it out directly to the teacher (preferred) or, if for multiple teachers, to Angie (include a note about how to distribute the funds). 

Again, we appreciate your inquiries about how to keep supporting 4yoga at this challenging time.  In turn, we will continue to support you in your home practice until we are able to return to the studio!

A particularly creative class fee
January 2020
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Training Thursday: Sydni completes Yin Immersion at Sanctuary in Nashville

For this installment of Training Thursday, we bring you news about Sydni Elhubishi completing a 15-hour training at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville back in late February/early March!   She spent a weekend being immersed in the study of Yin yoga with Elizabeth Stewart, RYT 500.

When asked for her biggest takeaways from the training, Sydni responded: “in Yin, the point is to be uncomfortable, but a manageable level of discomfort. We are asking tissues that are potentially stubborn, tight, or ‘set in their ways’ to change. It may have taken a long time for them to become what they are, so being patient as we ask them to change is important in this practice.”

She also appreciates the mind-body connection of the practice “because it’s all about the sensations you feel and how you handle those sensations. It is also a difficult practice because of the lack of movement. The question is ‘Can I sit and be with this discomfort without running away from it?’ It is a deep mental practice, as well as a physical one. ”       

For students beginning or returning to their Yin practice, Sydni suggests, “find your edge, or your wall, and make friends with it. Thank your body for the feedback it is giving you in whatever shape you’re in and be grateful for the connection you have with yourself. Let your mind steady and, as always, breathe deep.”

We are excited for Sydni to add her new Yin credentials to those of several of our other teachers!  To enjoy a Yin class with her, mark your calendars for Thurs., April 9, at 5:30 p.m., when she will be teaching via Facebook Live.April

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April (2020) class schedule and independent options

Welcome to April!  I think we’ve all agreed to call off April Fool’s Day this year, right?!

After spending the latter half of March offering as many online classes as possible, we at 4yoga are adjusting our plan for April.  We will bring you two new classes each week—on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.—via Facebook Live.  You will have the option to take each class live or to work it into your schedule at another time, and we’ve listed those classes below.  Teachers are volunteering their time and expertise for our studio classes during this period.

Saturday Basics classes, 9–10:10 a.m.

  • April 4:  Cre
  • April 11:  Heather
  • April 18:  Leslie
  • April 25:  Shigeko

Thursday meditative-style classes, 5:30 p.m.

  • April 2:  Chie, Restorative
  • April 9:  Sydni, Yin
  • April 16:  Shigeko, Restorative
  • April 23:  Carmen, Gentle + Yoga Nidra
  • April 30:  Angie, Yin

Although the studio will host fewer classes this month, your options for practicing will actually multiply because many of our teachers will be developing and offering their own classes.  Some will offer classes similar to what they already share at the studio; others will be teaching at new times, in different styles, or for varying lengths of time!  

We have listed those teachers’ names and, if they’ve provided it, contact information below.  Please check with them directly to learn about what they are offering for April.  We are excited to see what, freed from the confines of the studio schedule, teachers choose to provide!

Finally, since this time when we’re at all being #HealthyatHome is perfect for reading, we are delighted to announce the re-launch of our book club!  We appreciate Alice for picking up this project, selecting the next book (The Four Agreements), and scheduling the next meeting (May 17).  Find out more here, and we will see you for our discussion in May!

Please know that, although our practices will continue to be remote, we want to stay connected with you, especially at this time.  We look forward to continuing to develop our home practices and to “seeing” you from a distance!

View of the Studio from Fountain Square
May 2019
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Return of the 4yoga book club! Join us on Sun., May 17, 2020, at 1 p.m.

We are excited to announce that, in May, our quarterly-esque book club will meet to discuss The Four Agreements-A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. Please join us at the 4yoga studio second floor lounge, if open, or on Alice’s Zoom meeting (information to be posted at a later date).

Participants are encouraged to begin reading the book and practicing the four agreements now, during this unprecedented time of great challenge. Anxiety, fear, grief and overwhelm can cause us to react in ways that are not consistent with how we want to be. The four agreements are simple, but powerful, tools for living a more peaceful life.

“In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.”

Amber-Allen Publishing

Alice notes: “Some readers lean deeply into the book on a spiritual level. Others use these agreements as a practical guide for living. Either way, if applied from a place of authenticity, your true nature if you will, The Four Agreements can benefit all of us.”

Alice will facilitate the discussion, and everyone is welcome, regardless of how much or how little of the book you’ve had a chance to read. We look forward to seeing everyone—either in-person or remotely—and discussing the book in May!

The Four Agreements can be purchased online or in stores usually for less than ten dollars. The Warren County Public Library also has copies in both print and digital formats.

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Looking for meditation resources? Listen to Alice’s audio guidance!

Are you feeling anxious in this period of social distancing? Curious about how meditation can support your wellbeing at this time? Or maybe you’re a regular meditator who is looking for support to maintain your practice at home?

Fortunately, Alice has generously created and shared a pair of brief audio files with our community, designed to introduce you to the concepts of mindfulness meditation and to guide us toward becoming more calm and less anxious.

We suggest that you listen to the brief introduction first and then enjoy the longer guided meditation. We are grateful to Alice for recording and providing these resources!

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (context for the guided meditation)

Guided Meditation to Increase Calm and Reduce Anxiety

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Training Thursday: Alice completes 150-Hour Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training!

As we prepare to host our first online version of the monthly meditation class on Saturday, March 28, it is appropriate that we share an update on Alice’s recent Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Training!  

On March 12, 2020, Alice completed a 150-hour program with Dr. Itai Ivtzan through the School of Positive Transformation.  This training integrated theory, practice, and teaching, including principles of traditional and positive psychology that have significance in the teaching of mindfulness and meditation. Alice particularly noted the importance and value of these concepts in her professional development as a meditation teacher.

In this self-paced, scientific-based program, Alice completed 30 modules with online support from Dr. Ivtzan and his assistant, Ian Kershaw.  She also participated and continues to participate in a private Facebook group with others who have taken or are taking the training, providing ongoing community.  She appreciates her friends who served as her students for many hours of practice teaching as she completed her homework.

When asked for her biggest takeaways from the training, Alice shared these five points:

  1. Confirmed and validated what I learned through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training, my personal practice, and self-study.
  2. Reinforced my understanding that the nature and scope of mindfulness and meditation are more of a foundation for living than simply a regular “practice.”  
  3. Increased my knowledge of what it means to be non-reactive and non-analytical, and learned methods to best apply these concepts in direct teaching. 
  4. Deepened my understanding of “open monitoring,” an extremely effective meditation practice for more experienced practitioners.
  5. Increased knowledge of teaching Mindfulness Meditation to organizations and at work sites.

We hope that you can join Alice on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. for the remote edition of her regular monthly meditation class, which she will offer through Zoom!  To continue to support your meditation practice, we will also share—here on our website—audio files of meditations that Alice generously prepared for our community.

Alice Simpson's meditation certificate
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4yoga remote schedule: Mon., March 23–Tues., March 31, 2020

Thank you for all of your encouraging feedback on our first week of offering online classes!  To continue to support you in your home practice, we have prepared our remote class schedule for the rest of March, and we are thrilled to provide at least one option each day.  

Please see the list below to find out what we are offering and on what platform, and follow our Facebook page for the most current information. We appreciate your ongoing support of our studio and teachers and hope that you can join us as your schedule permits!  

Note:  some of our teachers are trying the Zoom platform; if you do not already have a Zoom account, we encourage you to download the Zoom mobile app or desktop client.  To learn more about and practice with Zoom, see its brief video tutorial on joining a meeting.

Mon., 3/23

  • 9:30 a.m. Basics with Beshka via Facebook Live
  • 5:30 p.m. Flow with Susan via Skype (see details below)

Tues., 3/24

  • 4 p.m. Basics with Heather via Facebook Live 

Wed., 3/25

  • 9:30 a.m. Basics with Leslie via Zoom (link; meeting ID:  378 668 324, password: 823471)
  • 5:30 p.m. Flow with Chie via Facebook Live
  • 7 p.m. Mat Pilates with Susan via Skype (see details below)

Thurs., 3/26

  • 9:30 a.m. Gentle with Frances via Zoom (link, meeting ID: 778 013 9435)
  • 4 p.m. Basics with Heather via Zoom (meeting ID:  277 366 143)
  • 5:30 p.m. Restorative with Angie via Facebook Live (note earlier time than usual!)

Fri., 3/27

  • 9:30 a.m. Gentle with Sydni via Facebook Live

Sat., 3/28

  • 11 a.m. Monthly Meditation with Alice via Zoom (link; meeting ID: 490 423 4439)
  • 4 p.m. Basics/Restorative with Chie via Facebook Live

Sun., 3/29

  • 4 p.m. Basics with Leslie via Zoom (link; meeting ID:  772 608 357; password: 191450)

Mon., 3/30

  • 9:30 a.m. Basics with Beshka via Facebook Live
  • 5:30 p.m. Flow with Susan via Skype (see details below)

Tues., 3/31

  • 4 p.m. Basics with Sydni via Facebook Live

Instructions from Susan to join her Skype classes:
The individuals will need to be operating off a Microsoft platform (which is pretty standard these days) and they can find me via this link: https://join.skype.com/invite/EjvhNViA5w92 . 

A pop up will appear stating “Susan Stanton has invited them to chat on Skype” and they can then click on join via the web (will require their Microsoft password) OR the download button and sign into Skype -which is FREE (only requiring name, phone, number and DOB), OR if they already have it-launch directly to the site to connect with me. Once their connection pops up on my screen, I’ll add them into the class video. 

*NOTE: please log on a few minutes early, so you can start on time.

Susan’s Skype contact info. is: sls0118


A note about payment

We deeply appreciate all of you who have asked about compensating teachers who are sharing their practices at this time.  We also recognize that this is a period of economic hardship for many members of our community.  Therefore, at this point, teachers are offering their classes as a service or for a donation if students are in a comfortable financial place to donate.  

As a community studio, our business model has students paying teachers directly; as such, we do not have a central online payment system or the capacity to redistribute payments to teachers.  However, you may donate in one of two ways:  

  1. by recording the teachers’ names and numbers of classes you’ve taken and dropping off the donation when we return to the studio (we will have envelopes available there, and our usual class fee is $5)
  2. by mailing a check to the studio.

If you write a check, please make it out to the appropriate teacher and send it to 

4yoga
c/o The Pots Place
428 East Main
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Some teachers also have their own accounts to take donations directly (e.g., Venmo, PayPal).  Please contact them to obtain that information.

Fountain Square Park from the studio
March 20, 2020
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Schedule update: 4yoga suspends in-person classes, effective March 16

On March 15, Yoga Alliance, the primary professional organization for yoga teachers and training programs, strongly recommended “for communities where social distancing has become required, recommended, or the community norm, that all in-person yoga instruction be canceled until the need for social distancing has passed.”

After Yoga Alliance’s announcement, ten of our 4yoga teachers gathered on a Zoom call to discuss the recommendation and decided that we would follow it at the studio. As a result, we have suspended our in-person classes, effective Mon., March 16.

However, we hope that you can think of this period not in terms of what we are missing but in terms of what we are gaining: the opportunity to develop and enhance our home practices! To that end, our teachers are working to provide audio and video resources to support your yoga practice. Our goal is to build a catalog of several types of classes and teachers that you can revisit as your schedule allows.

Each week, we will post an update like this one that lists what options will be available for each upcoming class. Please check this list throughout the week—since this is a fluid situation and we are all learning as we go, we may be adding or revising options as the week unfolds.

Mon., 3/16
• 8 a.m. Meditation. Canceled.
• 9:30 a.m. Basics. Canceled. (May have video to share later in the week.)
• 5:30 p.m. Flow. Susan will stream a practice via Skype. See details below.

Tues., 3/17
• 9:30 a.m. Gentle. Canceled.
• 4 p.m. Basics. Heather will share a short video.

Wed., 3/18
• 9:30 a.m. Basics is canceled.
• 5:30 p.m. Flow is canceled.
• 7 p.m. Mat Pilates. Susan will stream a practice via Skype. See details below.

Thurs., 3/19
• 9:30 a.m. Gentle. Susan will stream a practice via Skype. See details below.
• 4 p.m. Basics. Heather will stream a practice on Facebook Live (also at her business page, The Mobile Mat).
• 7 p.m. Restorative. Angie will stream a practice on Facebook Live.

Fri., 3/20
• 9:30 a.m. Gentle. Angie will stream a practice, platform TBD.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin is canceled.

Sat., 3/21
• 9 a.m. Basics. Cre will stream a practice via Facebook.
• 11 a.m. Beginner is canceled.
• 4 p.m. Basics/Restorative is canceled.

Sun., 3/22
• 8:30 a.m. Spiritual Warrior. Cre will stream a practice via Facebook.
• 4 p.m. Basics. Chie will stream a practice, platform TBD.

We hope that these resources provide support for your social distancing schedule, and we look forward to seeing you online! Please also let us know what other materials you would like us to consider adding to our catalog.

A note about payment: as a community studio, we do not have the infrastructure to support online payments. In fact, having students pay teachers directly is one of the ways that we have been able to maintain our $5 class fee for 8.5 years.

Therefore, if you benefit from the resources your teachers have provided, we would appreciate if you could record the teachers’ names and the numbers of materials you have used and compensate the teacher when we return to the studio: we will have envelopes available for that purpose. Alternately, if you would like to mail a check to the studio, please make it out to the appropriate teacher and send it to

4yoga
c/o The Pots Place
428 East Main
Bowling Green, KY 42101


Instructions from Susan to join her Skype classes:
The individuals will need to be operating off a Microsoft platform (which is pretty standard these days) and they can find me via this link: https://join.skype.com/invite/EjvhNViA5w92 .

A pop up will appear stating “Susan Stanton has invited them to chat on Skype” and they can then click on join via the web (will require their Microsoft password) OR the download button and sign into Skype -which is FREE (only requiring name, phone, number and DOB), OR if they already have it-launch directly to the site to connect with me. Once their connection pops up on my screen, I’ll add them into the class video.

*NOTE: please advise them to log on a few minutes early, so they can get linked in to start on time.

Susan’s Skype contact info. is: sls0118

The studio will be waiting for you when we return!
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Need a home practice? Leslie has you covered with audio options!

Are you practicing social distancing but looking for a way to keep up with your yoga practice?

Leslie has generously shared a pair of thirty-minute practices with our community!

Just click the links below to listen to either or both of them, and we are grateful to Leslie for making them available!

Sun Salutations and Backbends

Lunges and Standing Poses

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Maintaining a healthy practice: COVID-19 update

Update: the following post was our studio policy on March 11, 2020. As of March 16, 2020, we have suspended in-person classes, following the recommendation of Yoga Alliance.

As a community yoga studio, our mission is to support the health of the members of our community. Therefore, as we monitor updates on COVID-19 and resources for minimizing exposure, we are sharing these studio updates and guidelines. We also encourage everyone to keep up with the information provided on the CDC website.

As of today (March 11), we plan to continue to offer our regular yoga, meditation, and Pilates class schedule as posted. Should that plan change, we will update the online calendar and our Facebook page. However, if you do not feel well, please help us help our community remain healthy by staying home—and our teachers will do the same. You may also decide to practice social distancing and limit your time out of the home: if that is the case, we will look forward to seeing you when you return!

If you continue to practice at the studio, please follow these guidelines:

  • Greet teachers and fellow students verbally instead of with physical contact.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues or your elbow if you cough or sneeze (boxes of tissues provided in the kitchen and props closet) or do so into your elbow.
  • Wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean mats or blocks that you borrow both, before and after using class. (Canisters of wipes are provided in the props closet.). You may also decide to bring your own props or to bring a towel to cover a studio mat.
  • Help teachers keep shared surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom faucets, kitchen and bathroom counters) clean by using disinfectant wipes.

If you decide not to come to the studio, know that many of our teachers are offering alternate practice options to continue to support you in your home practice. For example, a teacher may allow you to audio record a class or a part of a class that you attend in person before you take a break, or she may provide a way to video-conference into a live class and pay when you return to the studio.

Teachers will make the possible alternate-delivery decisions with which they feel most comfortable and announce them at the beginning of each class. Angie has also asked teachers to inform her of their plans so that she can be a central clearinghouse to answer your questions if you are staying home and unable to see your teacher in person. Just send her an email at 4yoga -dot- me -at- gmail -dot- com or a message via Facebook.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and all best wishes for continued good health.

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