Training Thursday: four teachers reach 1,000-hour teaching milestone!

One of the best things about being a yoga teacher is that there is always more to learn and more to do to improve our understanding of the practice and how to share it with others! As 2018 draws to a close, then, we’d like to take a moment to recognize our teachers who have enhanced their experiences this year by earning a new Yoga Alliance credential.

In 2018, Angie Jones, Frances Stricker, Chie Tanaka, and Leslie Weigel all added E-RYT 200 to their qualifications. The “E” in this credential stands for “experienced.”  It indicates that the teacher has taught for a minimum of two years and for a minimum of 1,000 hours since earning her Registered Yoga Teacher status by completing a 200-hour training.  

At the E-RYT 200 level, teachers also become eligible to offer continuing education to other teachers. If teachers choose to register for this status, they add YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) to their credentials.

In addition, Chie and Frances had both already earned their RYT 500, where the “500” indicates the number of training hours completed—in their cases, an initial 200-hour training and a later 300-hour training.  As a result, their current qualifications now include both E-RYT 200 and RYT 500!

Congratulations to all of our teachers for their dedication to ongoing professional development, regardless of whether that training resulted in a specific new credential. We look forward to continuing to share our love of yoga with our community in 2019.

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Special events in January: Intro to Yoga, @the Museum classes, book club!

We will be releasing the full January schedule soon, but we want everyone to know now about four special events that will help us kick off 2019!

The list below presents these events in chronological order, and we invite you to join us for one or more of them. The book club meeting is drop-in; however, if you would like to join us for any of the classes, please follow the links below to pre-register because space for each of them is limited.

  • Yoga@the Museum class. On Sat., Jan. 12, join Shigeko Sleeper at 10:30 a.m. at The Downing Museum for our monthly Yoga@the Museum class. This class is a Basics-level class and appropriate for all students, so start your year right by enjoying yoga and art simultaneously. Register here to save your space, and pay the usual $5 fee at the door.
  • Introduction to Yoga class. Also on Sat., Jan. 12, Debbie Marquette offers a 90-minute class designed to introduce new students to yoga. It meets 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the studio, and its fee is $10. Read more about this opportunity here, and, when you are ready to register, complete this online form.
  • Book club meeting. On Sun., Jan. 13, our quarterly-esque book club meets in the lounge at the studio at 1:30 p.m. Our book is Michael Singer’s The Untethered Soul, which is available from the Warren County Public Library as both a physical and a digital book. We welcome participants who have read any portion of the book to join us for snacks and conversation. If you can, please bring a vegetarian snack to share.
  • Meditation@the Museum class. On Sat., Jan. 26, join Alice Simpson at 10:30 a.m. at The Downing Museum for our monthly meditation class. We welcome both experienced and brand-new meditators to join us for accessible and brief guided meditation practices. Space is limited, so register here to reserve yours. As with the Yoga@the Museum class, pay the usual $5 fee when you arrive.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email (4yoga.me@gmail.com) or send us a Facebook message. We look forward to sharing these experiences with you in January!

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Schedule for Christmas Eve 2018–New Year’s Day 2019

Are you spending time in Bowling Green during the Christmas–New Year’s period, either as a resident or a guest?  Then we invite you to join us for one or more of our 12 yoga classes!

If you have questions about our class styles, please first see our Class Descriptions page, and then drop us an email (4yoga.me@gmail.com) if we can help match a class to your needs.

  • Mon., 12/24 (Christmas Eve): no classes/studio closed.
  • Tues., 12/25 (Christmas Day): no classes/studio closed.
  • Wed., 12/26:  9:30 a.m. Basics with Angie; 5:30 p.m. Flow with Sydni.
  • Thurs., 12/27:  9:30 a.m. Gentle with Frances.
  • Fri., 12/28:  9:30 a.m. Gentle with Debbie; 5:30 p.m. Yin (Living Our Yoga) with Angie.
  • Sat., 12/29:  7 a.m. Basics and 9 a.m. Basics, both with Shigeko.
  • Sun., 12/30:  8:30 a.m. Mixed-level with Debbie; 4 p.m. Basics with Angie; 5:40 p.m. Meditation+Movement with Debbie (the final of these special holiday classes).
  • Mon., 12/31 (New Year’s Eve):  9 a.m. Mixed-level with Beshka.
  • Tues., 1/1 (New Year’s Day): 10 a.m. Mixed-level with Debbie, followed by potluck brunch hosted by Angie.

For those of you visiting our studio for the first time, all of these classes are drop-in, although we do encourage new students to arrive about 15 minutes before class begins. Also, you are welcome to borrow mats and other props at no additional charge.

In keeping with our mission as a community studio, our class fee is $5/class, payable by cash or check.

Whether or not we see each other at the studio this holiday season, we hope that you are able to celebrate in all your favorite ways!

Studio in December 2018.
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Join Debbie Marquette for Introduction to Yoga: Sat., 1/12, 11 a.m.

Update (12/30/18): Thank you for all of the interest in this class! It is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list and also to be alerted to future introductory classes, please send Angie an email at 4yoga.me@gmail.com . Please include your first name, your last name, and your preferred email address.

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Have you been thinking that you would like to start doing yoga but are not sure where to begin? Debbie Marquette has created the perfect class for you! Please join her for a special “Introduction to Yoga” class on Saturday, January 12, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This 90-minute class will introduce beginning yoga students to several topics:

  • 4yoga studio space
  • yoga etiquette
  • basic yoga postures including alignment principles and breathing techniques
  • the structure of a yoga class

Debbie has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 18 years and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and love of yoga with new students in a simple and direct way and at a slow pace that respects students of all levels of fitness. Learn more about Debbie on her website.

To provide appropriate attention for each student, this class is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. Complete this online form to hold your space: https://tinyurl.com/4yoga-intro

The investment for this class is $10, payable by check or cash when you arrive. Please wear comfortable clothing, and if you have a yoga mat and want to bring it, you are welcome to do so. However, we have all the required supplies at the studio: you need only to bring yourself!

Photo of studio with mats laid out.
The studio with its view of Fountain Square is waiting for you!
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Training Thursday: Chie and Leslie complete Yin weekend

Welcome to our occasional series, Training Thursdays! This week we share the news of Chie’s and Leslie’s recent completion of a 14-hour Yin Yoga training at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

This weekend-long training was offered by Shala Worsley, and it covered a wide variety of topics. In addition to physical postures, yin yoga anatomy, and energy anatomy (koshas and meridians), the training addressed the impact of yin yoga on practitioners’ mind and emotions, shared meditations and visualizations for yin, and demonstrated how to blend a flowing asana practice with yin.

Leslie indicates that the weekend was beneficial to “learn the difference between yin and yang poses and how to incorporate both into our practice.” Chie notes that it was “enjoyable to learn some techniques and lovely to be taught by Shala, who has trained with various well-known yin teachers and shared practices that combine lots of delightful components of their styles.”

This month, we can all reap the benefits of Chie’s participation in this advanced training by attending either of her Friday-night Yin classes: Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, both at 5:30 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you at the studio!

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December 2018 focus and class schedule

Here we are again entering the month of December! It seems like our culture creates a manic episode called “the holidays” to dissociate from the dark and cold of winter, thus delaying the inevitable period of hibernation that hits in January. This phenomenon is a great example of being caught up in the vicissitudes of duality.

The three yoga sutras that address perfection of the posture suggest that we transcend the effects of duality by mastering the posture. Last month, with sutra 2.47, we talked about the strategy of balancing effort with surrender.  In this month, sutra 2.48 suggests that when we master the posture, our minds are under control; then we are in a calm, still place inside ourselves, like the hub of a spinning wheel.

Once you experience this balanced, still, neutral inner space, you can make adjustments off the mat to get back to that place of inner calmness or coherence. You can find this place by cultivating balance between effort and release or doing and receiving, discovering that is possible to feel that balance even while going through a very busy day. Bring your focus to positive emotions of what you are doing and notice your breath so that it becomes even and deep. Focusing attention in the heart center will also help with this exercise.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday season! 

December updates and special events: 

  • Holiday Meditation + Movement classes with Debbie.  Unplug, relax, de-stress, and renew with a mindfulness-based meditation and movement class guided by Debbie Marquette on Sundays in December.  The class will meet every Sunday except Dec. 23 at 5:40 p.m.  Candles, simple instructions, chairs, floor props, and accessible movement will combine to create opportunity for all levels—including beginners—to pause and discover poise of the soul during this holiday season.
  • Solstice class with Cassandra. Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya: lead me from darkness to light. Join us for 90 minutes of restorative gentle movements with meditation and Aarti (Light giving) Ceremony. If you would like to offer Light to someone special [person or pet(s)], then please bring a picture or a small token symbolic of meaning to you and that Being. The fee for this special class will be $10.
  • Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum.  In December, Debbie will teach the Yoga@the Museum class on Sat., Dec. 8, and Alice will lead the Meditation@the Museum session on Sat., Dec. 15.  Both classes meet at The Downing Museum at 10:30 a.m.  For details and to register, follow the links above—both classes are filling fast, so please sign up soon.
  • Re-introducing Sydni Elhubishi. Sydni begin her yoga practice seriously in 2015 as a supplement to other forms of exercise and completed her teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2018. Her focus since then is to help others to bring more awareness to the body and mind, to slow down, and to find strength and power within. 
  • Holiday schedule. As is tradition at 4yoga, we will close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and offer mixed-level classes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Beshka will teach at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, and Debbie will teach at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day; in addition, the New Year’s Day class is followed by our year-welcoming potluck brunch.  Feel free to come for class and stay for brunch or just to join us at 11:30 a.m. to ring in 2019 together in the lounge.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class.  On Fri., Dec. 28, Angie concludes this year’s monthly Living Our Yoga series.  This class combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with an exploration of this month’s yoga sutra, 2.48: tatah dvandvah anabhighataha.

For a full list of December classes, please see the online calendar—or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place.  We also post the day’s class(es) each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.  

Accessing studio after class has begun:  If the front door is locked when you arrive, you can still join us for class: come around to the back door of The Pots Place (look for the blue building) and ring the buzzer.  The teacher will then unlock the door remotely for you to enter through the pottery studio.

Join us for any or all of our seven special classes in December!
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Holiday Meditation + Movement classes with Debbie Marquette!

We are delighted to announce that Debbie Marquette is bringing her special holiday meditation and movement classes to 4yoga on Sunday evenings this December!  Join Debbie for one or all four of these classes, which do not require advance registration.

UNPLUG, RELAX, DE-STRESS, and RENEW with this mindfulness-based meditation and movement class guided by Debbie Marquette on Sundays in December at 5:40 p.m. (with the exception of December 23). Candles, simple instructions, chairs, floor props, and accessible movement will combine to create opportunity for all levels—including beginners—to pause and discover poise of the soul during this holiday season.

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Thanksgiving weekend: 10 opportunities to practice!

At Thanksgiving, as during the rest of the year, we are grateful for the opportunity to practice with members of the Bowling Green yoga community!  If you are in town for the holiday, we invite you to join us for any or all of the following eight classes that fit your schedule.

Wednesday (11/21): 

  • 9:30 a.m. Basics class with Frances
  • 5:30 p.m. Flow class with Cassandra

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day, 11/22):  

  • 9 a.m. Mixed-level class with Shigeko.  All students are welcome to mixed-level classes, where teachers provide options to help students customize their practice.  As is usual for holiday classes, this single class replaces our usual class schedule for today.

Friday (Black Friday, 11/23):

  • 9:30 a.m. Gentle class with Angie
  • 5:30 p.m. Yin class with Angie

Saturday (11/24):  

  • 7 a.m. Basics class with Cassandra
  • 9 a.m. Basics class with Cassandra
  • 4 p.m. Basics/Restorative class with Chie

Sunday (11/25):

  • 8:30 a.m. Spiritual Warrior class with Cre.
  • 4 p.m. Basics class with Chie

All of our classes are drop-in, and the class fee is $5, payable in cash or check.  We also have mats and many other props available at the studio for you to use at no additional charge. Free parking is available on the street or in the parking lot immediately behind The Pots Place (next to Steamer Seafood restaurant).  For more details about each type of class, please see our class descriptions page.

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November 2018 focus and class schedule

Yoga sutra 2.47 suggests that the ultimate goal of a posture is to find a way to be in that posture effortlessly so as to loosen the bond and identification with the body and be able to merge with the infinite or source energy. While the sutra specifically refers to a meditation posture, it is an excellent principle that can be applied to any posture as well as one’s attitude towards life. When working on a meditation posture, surrendering effort allows us to merge with the infinite by softening the ego. Softening the ego shifts one from “I am the doer and I am my body,” into “I am the instrument or conduit” of the life force pulsing through every living thing. Bring the body into balance by aligning the head with the spine and hips.

To apply of this principle to one’s attitude, we can aim for more balance between effort (yang, the doer) and non-effort (yin, the receiver). In our culture we tend to be out of balance by having very busy lives that require us to push ourselves to do more, believing that the amount we do is a measure of strength and success. Instead, we need to make time to be still and flip the “doing” switch into “receiving” mode to help us connect to and listen to our intuition, that small still voice inside that is our guide and that always knows the answer to any question we have. This practice will be of great benefit as we approach holiday season.

In other poses, especially the more strenuous standing poses such as warriors, it is possible to reduce effort and increase relaxation and energetic benefits of the pose. Try this while lying on your back: lift one leg a few inches off the floor, hold for a few seconds, and lower it. Now lift the leg again; this time, try to extend and lengthen out through the foot it as you lift the leg. You will probably notice that the second way feels lighter and requires less effort to hold.

To apply this principle in warrior 2, extend the arms out through the fingertips and engage the muscles in the legs. Press down into the ground and, at the same time, lengthen up the spine through the top of the head. Feel the torso in balance over the hips and the knee in balance over the ankle. Relax the jaw and breathe fully into the sides and back of the ribcage. Notice the subtle energy and power of the pose. Be as relaxed as you can be while you do what you have to do—anywhere, anytime.

November updates and special events:

  • Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum. In November, Shigeko will teach the Yoga@the Museum class on Sat., Nov. 10, and Alice will lead the Meditation@the Museum session on Sat., Nov. 17. Both classes meet at 10:30 a.m. For details and to register, follow the links above—and both classes are filling fast, so please sign up soon.
  • Temporary change in Thursday-night and Friday-night teachers. Because of teachers’ availability for November, Chie will be offering the Thursday-night Restorative class (at 7 p.m.), and Angie will be offering the Friday-night Yin class (at 5:30 p.m.).
  • Thanksgiving schedule. We will maintain our usual class schedule during Thanksgiving weekend with one exception: on Thanksgiving Day, we will hold a single, mixed-level holiday class taught by Shigeko and meeting at 9 a.m.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class. On Fri., Nov. 30, Angie continues the monthly Living Our Yoga Yin series, which combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with an exploration of this month’s yoga sutra, 2.47: prayatna shaithilya ananta samapattibhyam.

For a full list of November classes, please see the online calendar—or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place. We also post each day’s schedule to our Facebook page each morning, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.

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Entrance to The Downing Museum (Oct. 13, 2018)

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Join us at The Downing Museum in November!

As we prepare November’s schedule, we have opened registration for our special monthly classes at The Downing Museum.  We hope that you can join us for the yoga class, the meditation class, or both.  Please note the start time of both classes is 10:30 a.m.

Because room in the gallery is limited, you must pre-register to reserve your space:  to join us for one or both of these sessions, use the link(s) below.  In keeping with our mission of making yoga and meditation accessible, each of the @the Museum classes is $5, payable when you arrive.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Shigeko Sleeper:  Sat., Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice Simpson:  Sat., Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

Meditation schedule note:  for both November and December, the meditation classes will meet on the third Saturday instead of the fourth Saturday to avoid conflicts with Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

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Current rotating exhibit at The Downing Museum, art by Todd Fife.  (Closes Nov. 3.)

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