May 2021: 3 weekly outdoor classes + monthly Zoom meditation

Although April showers took priority over some of our recent class plans, we have high hopes for May flowers and sunshine for our upcoming ones!

We know, from our recent survey and individual conversations, that many of you are fully vaccinated and eager to return to indoor classes at the studio.  So are we!  We look forward to practicing with you there when the public health situation improves even further.  However, for May we will continue to prioritize safety by keeping classes outdoors.  These outdoor classes meet on the lawn near the parking lot at the Bowling Green-Warren County Airport.  

The outdoor option also allows us to continue to provide drop-in classes with no pre-registration required:  just arrive a few minutes before class, contribute your class fee ($10), and claim your spot!  We have heard from some of you concerned about perhaps arriving a few minutes late—we understand that sometimes schedules don’t go according to plan and, in fact, sometimes the days we are running late are the days we most need yoga!  So we welcome you to join us whenever you can.

May yoga classes

See the overview of the May schedule in the list below and the information at the bottom of this message for step-by-step instructions to joining us for an outdoor practice.  As always with outdoor classes, please check our Facebook page or online calendar before traveling in case weather necessitates a cancellation.

  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m. (exception:  Memorial Day, when the holiday class will meet at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

May meditation session

Join Angie on Sat., May 15, for this month’s meditation session:  please notice that it will begin at 11:15 a.m. because Angie is also teaching the outdoor yoga class that morning. 

This class is a drop-in one; it will be held on Zoom and is offered at no charge.  It will feature three guided meditations and optional time, after the meditations conclude, to discuss our meditation experiences together. 

Here is the link to our Zoom meeting, or you may also join using the Meeting ID (897 8269 8358) and Passcode (217420).


Taking an outdoor class?

Use this information to join us for our outdoor yoga classes, all of which take place at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.  If you have any questions about preparing for or participating in an outdoor class, just 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, class fee ($10).
  4. Arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins to give yourself time to settle in.

Location:  Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, 1000 Woodhurst Drive.
Class fee:  $10.

Join us for a class at the airport!
May 3, 2021
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Meditation Made Easy: the April edition!

We are hearing from some folks that they are interested in the joining us for Danny Brewington’s meditation workshop on Sat., April 17, at 11 a.m. but aren’t sure about the process. So we’re posting this information to make sure to reach as many meditators and meditators-to-be as we can! If you have any questions, drop us an email at 4yoga.me@gmail.com or send a Facebook message.

Description:

In today’s world, it’s important to know how to relax and renew ourselves with meditation.
This 90-minute workshop continues to explore the basic fundamentals of a meditation practice, delving deeper into the techniques for physical relaxation.

Students will take a mindfulness journey through the body, experiencing the incredibly rejuvenating practice of Yoga Nidra.

The investment for this workshop is $20.

Beginners welcome—no meditation experience required!D

Process:

  1. Register for the workshop by clicking on this link: tinyurl.com/4yoga-med-made-easy-April . Note: if you’d like a confirmation of this form, select “send me a copy of my responses” right before you hit “submit.”
  2. Submit your payment in one of the ways indicated on the registration form.
  3. Check your email on Friday evening for a message with the meeting link.
  4. Click on the meeting link a few minutes before 11 a.m. on Saturday to join us for the workshop. If you are joining us from another region, please note that the time is central.
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Training Thursday: Shigeko completes Truth: Finding Your Authentic Voice

In this Training Thursday post, we highlight Shigeko Sleeper and her completion of a 30-hour module with Daphne Larkin of Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville. Truth: Finding Your Authentic Voice is one of the five core modules that form the base for Sanctuary’s 300-hour yoga teacher training program.

Shigeko completed this module in June 2020 and found it “a good experience spending time [to recognize] how I was, I am, and I will/want to be in my future.” This module, in her words, “helped me to find out about myself.”

Congratulations, Shigeko, on completing this training, along with your other progress toward completing your 300-hour credential!

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April 2021: 2 weekly outdoor classes + meditation workshop

As we welcome a new month, we are excited to share our April schedule! 

Special thanks to those of you who completed our recent survey to let us know what you would like to see in our community in the months ahead.  Like you, we are excited for a return to in-person classes:  given increasing vaccination rates in our area and your self-reporting of vaccination status on the survey, we are hopeful that we will be able to return to the studio soon.

For April, we will feature outdoor classes for yoga, and we will use Zoom for our second meditation workshop with Danny Brewington.  

Yoga classes

Wednesdays and Saturdays:  yoga classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn near the parking lot at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.  These classes are drop-in (no pre-registration required) and are offered for $10.  See the end of this message for the instructions and a link to the 2021 online waiver.  As always with outdoor classes, please check our Facebook page or online calendar before traveling in case the weather requires us to cancel.

Meditation workshop—Meditation Made Easy:  Physical Rejuvenation

Saturday, April 17:  this 90-minute workshop with Danny Brewington begins at 11 a.m. and will meet on Zoom.  As many of you know, Danny teaches weekly classes and leads an annual meditation immersion training at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville.  We were delighted to host him for a meditation workshop in February and are happy to welcome him back to our community in April. 

This second workshop will continue to explore the basic fundamentals of a meditation practice, delving deeper into the techniques for physical relaxation.  Students will take a mindfulness journey through the body, experiencing the incredibly rejuvenating practice of Yoga Nidra.  Beginners are welcome, and you do not need to have attended the first workshop to join us for this one.  To post questions about or receive reminders for the workshop, check out its event page on Facebook; to register, please complete this brief form.

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.

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Taking an in-person class?  

Please follow these instructions for outdoor yoga classes, all of which take place at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.  If you have any questions, just send us 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 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 ample time to set up.

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

Class fee:  please place the $10 class fee in the container the teacher provides.

Fountain Square Park
March 28, 2021
photo credit: Heather Kessler

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Training Thursday: Frances completes Yoga for Arthritis training

For this Training Thursday post, we spotlight Frances Strickler, who spent five weeks in late 2020 completing an online training in Yoga for Arthritis!  

This program was taught by Dr. Steffany Moonaz through Yogaville in Virginia. It was developed through a collaboration of experts in the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.  It was also used in clinical research trials to determine safety and efficacy for arthritis patients to reduce pain and disability and to take control of the impact arthritis has on their lives.  

Frances noted three specific takeaways from the training: “16 class sequences with modifications for many asanas used in the 8-week program offered at Johns Hopkins,” “information about mental training,” and “detailed discussion of slowing harmful effects of stress and inflammation through the use of yoga.”

Congratulations to Frances on completing this 34-hour training—in our future classes together, we look forward to benefitting from what you learned!

Photo by Marcus Aurelius on Pexels.com
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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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