Looking for an accessible meditation experience? Join us for a Meditation Made Easy workshop (Sat., Jan 22, 11 a.m.)

Whether you are curious about meditation, have already begun meditating, or are looking to expand your meditation practice, we invite you to participate in January’s Meditation Made Easy workshop, which will take place on Sat., Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. (central). To allow folks beyond Bowling Green to attend, we will host the workshop on Zoom.

Is it truly possible to have a “new year” when we are holding onto all the old content of our lives? In 2022, our meditation practice will focus on the storehouses of all this unprocessed material: the chakras.

In this workshop series, we will experience the nuances of each chakra, and we’ll clear and ground these energy centers. The January session works with the root chakra and our senses of physical security, mental security, and well-being.

Register here to join us as we begin the journey through the chakras and the path to enlightenment.

About the workshop leader: Danny Brewington is a Tennessee native who discovered meditation in 1987. His meditation practice has strengthened his powers of concentration, enhanced his breathing control, and expanded his 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.

To keep up with the event on Facebook, check out its event page here.

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Begin 2022 with yoga or meditation: January schedule with 34 studio classes

It feels like much longer than a month ago that we last sent a message to share an upcoming schedule, and 2021 is not concluding as any of us in south-central Kentucky had expected. However, we hope this message finds you and your family safe and able to take some time to rest during the holiday season.

As the calendar turns to 2022, we know that the citizens of Bowling Green and surrounding areas will have a great deal of work ahead to clean up from and, eventually, rebuild after the December 11 tornadoes. We also know that the limbs of yoga—including asana or physical poses, pranayama or breath exercises, and meditation—can help support us as we do that work. Therefore, we invite you to join us in January, whether for ongoing yoga classes at the studio, a free Intro to Yoga session at the studio, or a meditation workshop on Zoom.

Special events:

  • Intro to Yoga Class. If you would benefit from either an introduction or a re-introduction to yoga, join Angie for a free, one-hour class on Sat., Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. Register for that session here.
  • Meditation Made Easy Workshop. Whether you are curious about meditation, have already begun meditating, or are looking to expand your meditation practice, we invite you to participate in January’s Zoom meditation workshop. To join Danny Brewington of Nashville on Sat., Jan. 22, at 11 a.m., please sign up no later than Thurs., Jan. 20. See below for a fuller description of the workshop’s focus.
  • Yin Classes. To return this introspective style of yoga to the schedule, Angie and Leslie are pleased each to offer one class on a Friday at 5:30 p.m.

To continue to practice ahimsa (non-harming) in our community, we welcome vaccinated folks to in-person studio classes, and we wear masks while in the building. We know schedules are often in flux; therefore, all of our regular classes are drop-in (no registration required). Click here for a complete copy of the January schedule.

We wish you a smooth start to the new year and look forward to practicing with you in 2022.


Meditation Made Easy
Sat., Jan. 22, 2022, 11 a.m., Zoom (registration required)

Is it truly possible to have a “new year” when we are holding onto all the old content of our lives? In 2022, our meditation practice will focus on the storehouses of all this unprocessed material: the chakras.

In this workshop series, we will experience the nuances of each chakra, and we’ll clear and ground these energy centers. The January session works with the root chakra and our senses of physical security, mental security, and well-being.

Join us as we begin the journey through the chakras and the path to enlightenment.

About the workshop leader: Danny Brewington is a Tennessee native who discovered meditation in 1987. His meditation practice has strengthened his powers of concentration, enhanced his breathing control, and expanded his 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.


Public health
As you likely already know, given increased attention to the omicron variant, Warren County remains at a “high” level of community transmission for COVID-19. Therefore, our studio follows CDC and state guidelines to wear masks in all public indoor spaces.

For help finding a vaccination, booster, or testing location, please send us an email or Facebook message, and Angie will be happy to assist.

(CDC vaccine data, as of Dec. 29: Warren County fully vaccinated: 36.5%, nationally: 61.9%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated: 43.2%, nationally: 72.8%.)

Fountain Square from the studio
Dec. 27, 2021
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December schedule: 21 yoga classes + meditation session!

As we move into the last month of the year, we look forward to practicing with you in the studio and meditating with you on Zoom.  Please check out the December schedule and join us when you can!  Yoga classes are all drop-in (no reservation required) and $10.

Living in the ongoing uncertainty of our public health situation and managing the added expectations of the holiday season can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves.  In these times, know that your yoga and meditation practices can support you:  whether you are a beginner, returning after a break, or an ongoing practitioner, we invite you to connect and ground together this month.

By request, Sunday-afternoon classes continue in December, alternating between Basics classes and classes that begin with a Basics practice and conclude with extended relaxation in Restorative poses.  We also offer these three special opportunities to gather:

  • Sat., Dec. 18, 11 a.m.—meditation with Angie on Zoom.  Get a reminder by responding to the Facebook event, join us directly via the meeting link, or use the meeting ID and passcode on the attached schedule.
  • Fri., Dec. 31, 9 a.m.—New Year’s Eve yoga class with Frances.
  • Sat., Jan. 1, 10 a.m.—New Year’s Day yoga class with Angie.

To continue to practice as safely as possible indoors, we welcome vaccinated folks to studio classes, and we wear masks while we practice.

We hope to see you in December to wish you Happy Holidays in person—otherwise, we hope your season is as merry and bright as you can make it!

Fountain Square Park in Dec. 2020.
Photo credit: Heather Kessler.

Public health:  Warren County remains at a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission (per both CDC and state data).  Therefore, we follow CDC and state guidelines to  wear masks in all public indoor spaces.

If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation to receive that vaccination, please reply to this email, and Angie will be happy to assist.

(CDC vaccine data, as of Nov. 30:  Warren County fully vaccinated: 35.2%, nationally: 59.4%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated:  42.3%, nationally: 71.1%.)

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November (2021) schedule: 24 yoga classes and a meditation workshop!

Happy November!  We look forward to practicing with you this month, where most of our yoga classes will meet in the studio and we bring back a Sunday afternoon yoga class for three Sundays!  To make it easy to join us whenever your schedule allows, no pre-registration for yoga is needed:  classes are all drop-in and $10.

As a reminder, we welcome vaccinated members of our community to our studio classes and everyone to our outdoor classes.  In addition, to follow CDC guidelines, please wear your mask for in-studio classes until Warren County moves below the “significant” level of community transmission. *

In addition to our yoga classes, we are delighted to welcome Danny Brewington back for another meditation workshop, where we will learn tools and practices to enhance our focus.  Focusing and witnessing are two skills required for success in all of Life’s endeavors. This 90-minute workshop helps develop our attention span, bringing greater awareness and the ability to stay fixed on the act of witnessing. Students will practice techniques for shifting focus and staying concentrated—important tools in an age of constant distractions.

About Danny:  After discovering meditation in 1987, Danny has continued to study and practice both meditation and yoga in a range of traditions.  He hopes to inspire others to transform their lives with the power of meditation, and we welcome you to join us on Zoom for the October Meditation Made Easy workshop on Sat., Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. central.  

To learn more about Danny, please see his bio on the Sanctuary for Yoga website. To learn more about this workshop, to which we welcome both folks who are new to meditation and those with experience, see its Facebook event.  And, when you’re ready to register, sign up here!

For the full November schedule, please see the calendar page or the image below.  And let us know how we can help you find the right class or session for your needs!

* Public health:  Warren County’s positivity rate and other metrics are trending downward, for which we are very grateful!  

However, our county continues at a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission (per CDC data) and a “substantial” level of community transmission (per state data).  Therefore, we follow CDC guidelines that people in “high” or “substantial” regions wear masks in all public indoor spaces.

If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation to receive that vaccination, please reply to this email, and Angie will be happy to assist.

(CDC vaccine data, as of Oct. 31:  Warren County fully vaccinated: 34.2%, nationally: 57.9%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated:  41.2%, nationally: 69.5%.  Kentucky vaccine data was recently adjusted to remove duplicates submitted by Kroger vaccination sites.)

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Training Thursday: Leslie studies pranayama with Asheville Yoga Center!

We are excited to share this reflection from Leslie on her recent pranayama training!

In late September 2021, I participated in a 14-hour Pranayama training offered through the Asheville Yoga Center. Leaders of the training were Joe Taft, a lead teacher at AYC, and Sundar Balasubramarian, Ph.D. and research scientist in the field of integrated oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Sundar has found many ways in which the yoga breathing practices of his native India have therapeutic application with American patients being treated for serious medical conditions such as cancer and lung disease.

The instructors expanded my understanding of the respiratory diaphragm “our primary breathing muscle,” and the nose “a miracle organ.” We talked about the health risks of mouth breathing and the value of slowing down the breath, both for nervous system control and to allow the carbon dioxide in our breath to work properly with the oxygen in our system.

Lectures and scientific discussions were well balanced with practice time led by Joe. We practiced seated pranayama in many forms but also were guided on how to incorporate a breathing focus into more active asana poses.

The most interesting aspect of the training for me was the discussion about the ways breath can affect bodily functions. I am convinced that breath awareness carries tremendous health benefits to us all. I look forward to bringing more teaching focus on breath both as separate Pranayama practice and as a part of the standard poses in my basics yoga classes. As Joe said several times during our training session, we as yogis must be “open to the power of a slow, conscious breath.”

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October (2021) schedule: yoga (outdoor and indoor) and meditation workshop!

Whether you started attending classes just last week or have been practicing with 4yoga since 2011 (and are still discovering glitter from Dance Images stuck to your mat!), we are deeply grateful for your participation in our yoga community!

We are happy to share October’s schedule, where each week provides 5 yoga classes:  2 in the studio and 3 outdoors.  To make it easy to join us whenever your schedule allows, yoga classes are drop-in (no pre-registration needed) and are offered for $10.  By request, we have adjusted the time of the Wednesday outdoor classes to 10 a.m.  Other morning classes continue to meet at 9 a.m.

As a reminder, we welcome vaccinated members of our community to our studio classes and everyone to our outdoor classes.  In addition, to adhere to CDC guidelines, please wear your mask for in-studio classes until Warren County moves out of its current “high” level of community transmission. *

We are also delighted to welcome Danny Brewington back for another meditation workshop, where we will learn tools and practices to enhance our focus.  There are two skills required for success in all of Life’s endeavors—focusing and witnessing. This 90-minute workshop continues to develop our attention span, bringing greater awareness and the ability to stay fixed on the act of witnessing. Students will practice techniques for shifting focus and staying concentrated—important tools in an age of constant distractions.

After discovering meditation in 1987, Danny has continued to study and practice both meditation and yoga in a range of traditions.  He hopes to inspire others to transform their lives with the power of meditation, and we welcome you to join us on Zoom for the October Meditation Made Easy workshop on Sat., Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. central.  

To learn more about Danny, please see his bio on the Sanctuary for Yoga website. To learn more about this workshop, which supports new and ongoing meditators alike, see its Facebook event.  And, when you’re ready to register, sign up here!

For the full October schedule, please see the calendar page.  We look forward to practicing with you this month—let us know how we can help support you in your practice.


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.  Classes meet on the lawn between the driveway and the parking lot.

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

Class fee:  $10, payable in cash or to individual teachers’ Venmo or PayPal accounts (check with teacher for options).


* Public health:  Because Warren County continues at a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission, we follow current CDC guidelines to wear masks in all public indoor spaces.  If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation to receive that vaccination, please reply to this email, and Angie will be happy to assist.

(CDC vaccine data, as of Sept. 29:  Warren County fully vaccinated: 41.3%, nationally: 55.4%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated:  49.9%, nationally: 66.8%.)

View of the studio from the fountain.
Oct. 5, 2021
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Better late than never? The Sept. 2021 class schedule!

As September marches on to its conclusion, we belatedly share the month’s class schedule!

We are happy to share our September yoga and meditation schedule. This month, each week provides two studio classes and two outdoor classes—and a bonus outdoor class on three Wednesdays! Our yoga classes remain drop-in (no need to pre-register) and are offered for $10.

As a reminder, we welcome vaccinated members of our community to our studio classes and everyone to our outdoor classes. To adhere to CDC guidelines, please wear your mask for in-studio classes until Warren County moves out of “significant” or “high” levels of community transmission. *

In addition to our ongoing yoga classes, we will also host a meditation session on Zoom: Sat., Sept. 18, 11 a.m. central. Whether you are curious about meditation, already have a regular practice, or are anywhere in-between, please join us. This session, offered at no charge, will feature three guided meditations, concluding with yoga nidra for deep relaxation. To post any questions or requests, find the meeting link, and receive a day-of reminder, please RSVP to the Facebook event.

Finally, we are grateful that 4yoga will mark its 10th anniversary this month! Stay tuned for ways to celebrate in October!

Please see the class calendar section of this site for the full September schedule and let us know how we can help you find the best classes to support your health and wellbeing this month.


Taking an outdoor class?

If you have any questions about preparing for or participating in an outdoor class, please send an email to 4yoga.me@gmail.com 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. Classes meet in the shade on the lawn between the driveway and the parking lot.

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

Class fee: $10, payable in cash or to individual teachers’ Venmo or PayPal accounts (check with teacher for options).


Public health

Because Warren County maintains a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission, we ask students to follow current CDC guidelines to wear masks indoors. If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation to receive that vaccination, please contact us, and Angie will be happy to assist.

(CDC vaccine data, as of Sept. 4: Warren County fully vaccinated: 38.8%, nationally: 53%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated: 47.2%, nationally: 64%.)

View of the studio from Fountain Square Park
Aug. 24, 2021

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August 2021: outdoor and studio yoga classes, Zoom meditation

Thank you to everyone who attended classes in July!  Wherever we practice together, we are grateful to participate together with the yoga community.  

In August, each week will offer five regular yoga classes—two of which meet outdoors and three of which meet indoors—and one “bonus” yoga class.  To keep things simple, our yoga classes are drop-in (no need to pre-register) and offered for $10.  For more information about outdoor classes, see below.

We welcome vaccinated members of our community to our studio classes and everyone to our outdoor classes and meditation workshop!  To adhere to CDC guidelines, please wear your mask for studio classes until Warren County moves out of the “significant” or “high” levels of community transmission. *

On Zoom, we will host a meditation workshop with Danny Brewington:  everyone is invited, whether you are curious about meditation, beginning your practice, or looking for an opportunity to deepen that practice.  In the workshop, we will explore and practice with the breath as a tool for mindfulness meditation:  if you are interested in exploring the breath-body-mind connection, please join us for this session!  To receive the Zoom link for the workshop, you must register and pay in advance:  please sign up here to reserve your space and respond to the Facebook event to receive a reminder.

To review the full August schedule, please see the online calendar.  If you have any questions about finding the classes to best support yourself this month, please reply to this email or send a message via our Facebook page.  We look forward to practicing with you in August, wherever you show up!

The studio (in The Pots Place, the blue building) as seen from the fountain in Fountain Square Park.
July 14, 2021

Taking an outdoor class?  

(If you have any questions about preparing for or participating in an outdoor class, please send an email (4yoga.me@gmail.com) 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.  Classes meet in the shade on the lawn between the driveway and the parking lot.

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

Class fee:  $10, payable in cash or to individual teachers’ Venmo or PayPal accounts (check with teacher for options).

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* Public health:  Because Warren County has risen to a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission, we ask students to follow current CDC guidelines to wear masks indoors.  If you would like help finding a vaccination location or arranging transportation to receive that vaccination, please reply to this email, and Angie will be happy to assist.

(CDC vaccine data, as of August 1:  Warren County fully vaccinated: 35.5%, nationally: 49.6%. Warren County 18 and older fully vaccinated:  43.8%, nationally: 60.5%.)

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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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