Weekly Drop-In Classes

Classes listed below are open to drop-ins at our Weekly Drop-In Pricing.  Read class descriptions or Contact Down Dog Yoga Center for help finding classes that are a great fit for you!  Click here to see Semester Classes or a list of Classes by Level.

6am Vinyasa:      Taught by Jen Claus                                                                   

Experience the benefits of waking up to yoga with this energizing flow!  Set an intention for your day as you breathe, stretch, and move with ease and awareness.  Join us as we salute the sun and open our hearts in this early morning practice! 6am Vinyasa is part of our 6am Spring Yoga Challenge - see details here!  See Class Schedule Here

6am Yoga:      Taught by Suzi Batdorff                                                                   

Rise and shine with 6am Yoga! This class awakens the body with a focus on fine tuning alignment to deepen your practice. Props and hands-on partenering work are utilized to connect to the intelligence of the body and the present moment. Leave feeling strong, centered, and ready for the day! 6am Yoga is part of our 6am Spring Yoga Challenge - see details here!  See Class Schedule Here 

6am Yoga Warriors:      Taught by Kara Aubin

Join Kara for a 6am Warriors practice that will create a foundation for you to move into your day with a strong body, steady mind, and lifted spirit.  Kara weaves asana, pranayama, and meditation into an enlivening practice based on the wise energetic sequencing of ParaYoga. This drop-in class begins March 22 and runs through the end of  April.

Advanced Practices:      Taught by Cynthia Hoss

This dynamic practice takes you inward with meditative awareness as we awaken to the present through the use of pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), mantra (sound), asana (postures), and meditation. Advanced Practices utilizes a monthly focus to help deepen your practice, encouraging you to build upon your skills and attune to the wisdom of your body, mind, and spirit. Challenge your edge consciously, on multiple levels, as the energetic channels open and re-balance in this integrative class!    

  • March - Spring Purification - Stoking the Digestive Fires - Pranayama
  • April - Spring Purification - Detoxify and Decongest - Twists
  • May- Spring Purification - Balancing Energy and Awareness

Join Cynthia on Tuesdays to delve into these advanced practices! Previous yoga experienced required.  See Class Schedule Here

Breath by Breath:      Taught by Aubrey Butts

Join Aubrey for this fun Sunday evening movement-based class and set your intention for the week to come. De-stress, settle in, and refocus as you end each class with pranayama and set your best self up for the week ahead.  See Class Schedule Here

Energizing Hatha Yoga:      Taught by Cynthia Hoss

Rise and shine in this Monday morning practice!  Awaken your inner radiance and healing potential through the use of pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), mantra (sound), asana (postures), and meditation.  Open energetic pathways and support your being with natural alignment from the core.  Join Cynthia for this dynamic and playful class to awaken prana, release deep-seated tensions, and enhance well-being on all levels!  See Class Schedule Here

Gentle Yoga:      Taught by Christine Peckels

In this supportive and fun class you are encouraged to be gentle with your body!  Gentle Yoga offers an opportunity to explore your current status and then move beyond that to discover new depths within yourself.  Props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and chairs are used to modify postures and support you in this gentle paced class.  Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Heated Prana Flow:      Taught by Jenny Lee

This mixed-level heated flow begins with breath and awareness of our energetic system and builds to a more powerful ashtanga-inspired practice. Jenny encourages mindful movement to warm and tone the body and winds down the class with relaxing stretches and calming aromatherapy that leads to the stillness of savasana. The inviting heat helps the body open and release while preparing you for a restful night of sleep. Sweet dreams, Yogi!  See Class Schedule Here 

Heated Vinyasa:      Taught by Liz Shotwell (Wednesdays) and Jeremy Blair (Fridays)

Finish off the day with this powerful heated flow designed to detoxify the body as you build strength and flexibility!  Find the perfect blend of sweat and serenity in this popular evening class.  Showers are available so you can transition easily from class to a night out on the town!  See Class Schedule Here  

Heated Weekend Detox:      Taught by Erin Tonda

Indulged a little too much over the weekend?  Feeling sluggish, dull or heavy?  Join in this heated, detoxifying Sunday yoga flow to renew energy, improve strength and flexibility, and prepare for the week ahead.  Work with a variety of poses to wring out toxins, aid digestion, and increase blood flow.  Break a sweat and have some fun as we detox and purify!  See Class Schedule Here

Joint Care & Balance:      Taught by Judy Huxmann and Kyle Thompson

Learn to protect and strengthen the joints of the body to experience renewed movement with ease and joy. Suggestions will be made and poses implemented with the support of props to accommodate dysfunctional joints dye to injury, aging issues, etc. Explore holding poses as we gradually apply load to the joints to increase strength, as well as short flowing sequences with attention to the transition from one thing to the next. Class also focuses on the ability to recruit the core muscles for balance poses and the reminder of the essential breath in all that we do.  Judy is also studying sound healing and incorporates the sacred, therapeutic sound of Tibetan bowls in class. Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Mindful Unwindings:      Taught by Kristin Fiore

This Monday evening practice is both active and restorative as we seek to unwind the stress held in our system and delve into our experience of living.  Class begins with mantra (chanting), pranayama (yogic breathwork), and a seated meditation before moving into asana (postures).  Props will be used in active and restful poses to help unravel tension and connect to the intelligence of the body. Tune into the subtle as we ground, flow, open, and re-balance body, mind, and spirit. Class ends with the deep rest of savasana.  See Class Schedule Here

Noon Purification:      Taught by Carolyn Freeman

Join Carolyn for a mid-day Monday reset. Class begins with a vigorous and potent asana and breath practice to burn off stress carried in the body, then re-balances with cooling and calming postures in the later part of class. End feeling calm yet alert - ready for the afternoon and the week ahead! See Class Schedule Here

Slow Flow:      Taught by Patricia Plasko

This mid-week practice combines Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Restorative yoga poses.  Slow flowing sequences involve seated, standing and balancing postures for strength and endurance.  Longer deeper holds cultivate a meditative, inward-focused practice. Modifications are offered, making this a multi-level class.  See Class Schedule Here

Spring Fever:      Taught by Aubrey Butts

Make your Saturday mornings a little brighter this spring with a fun and flowing class! Set an intention for the day and explore bringing it forth in your practice and your life. Lively music and humor will get you moving and infuse the rest of your weekend with positive energy.  See Class Schedule Here

Therapeutic Core & Back:      Taught by Judy Huxmann and Cynthia Hoss

This class focuses on activating and strengthening core muscles which are the foundation of all bodily movement. Care will be taken to balance both strength and relaxation to develop a functional and happy body. Flowing postures and short sequences will be used, as well as certain targeted Pilates-like exercises, as we approach the core and begin to stretch and strengthen the back with a secondary focus on the shoulders and hips. Inherent in Judy's classes is the reminder that "all is connected" with awareness of the essential breath in all we do. Judy is also studying sound healing and incorporates the sacred, therapeutic sound of Tibetan bowls in class.  Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Yin Yang Yoga:      Taught by Kristin Fiore

Begin to transition from week to weekend with breath, movement, and awareness. This class invites us inward as we stretch and strengthen, balancing effort and ease with both active and restorative poses. Explore and enliven the new spaces we are creating in our body and life and connect to the joy of being present in this mindful Friday practice. See Class Schedule Here

Yin Yoga:      Taught by Cynthia Hoss

Slow down with this quiet yin practice that targets the deeper connective tissue with the aim of increasing circulation and improving overall flexibility.  Poses are held for 3-5 minutes with very little muscular engagement, supported by props and the gentle guidance of Cynthia.  Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to stronger, more dynamic (yang) styles of yoga and exercise such as running, walking, hiking, and biking.  Relax into deep stretches in this meditative yoga practice.  Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Yoga for Men:      Taught by Kyle Thompson

Yoga for Men is an open level class taught from a man's point of view and designed to introduce men to the benefits of yoga.  Explore physical poses for balance and core strength, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to help you cope with the daily stresses and demands of your life.  The physical practice aims to open areas of the body that men find most challenging- it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes!  Bring your sense of humor!  Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Yoga for Working Stiffs:      Taught by Erin Tonda

Feeling stiff and stressed from a long day at the office?  Yoga for Working Stiffs helps ease the tension in your body and mind.  Stretch tight areas such as shoulders, hips, hamstrings, and the low back as we let go of the demands of the day and rest in the present moment.  Increase flexibility and prioritize your health- leave feeling refreshed and renewed!  Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Weekly Cash Discount Classes

Classes listed below are open to drop-ins for $10 if you pay Cash.   You may also pay for Cash Discount Classes using credit cards or class packages at our usual Weekly Drop-In Pricing. Read class descriptions and Contact Down Dog Yoga Center  with any questions. 

Campus Flow:      Taught by Kristin Fiore

Campus Flow explores the flow of yoga and prana (life-force) within us.  Every class is well-rounded and supports a unique experience of strength, fluidity, and centering.  De-stress, re-energize, and go with the flow in this fun and moderately challenging class!  Campus Flow is only $10 for anyone paying cash and is part of our "punch card perks" for students (attend 10 Campus Flow classes and get one FREE)!!!  See Class Schedule Here

Relax & Renew:      Taught by Kyle Thompson 

This class is for everybody!  Move slowly and mindfully while learning the basics of Hatha Yoga.  Yoga postures, breathing practices, and relaxation are explored in this open-level class perfect for anyone wanting to relax and renew body, mind, and spirit.  Relax and Renew is a cash discount class- only $10 if you pay cash!  Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Yoga for Emotional Balance:      Taught by Kyle Thompson   

Begin to feel better with yoga!  Drawing from traditional yogic teachings and modern psychological research, this class is designed to help you feel your best. In addition to relaxation and stress management techniques, specific poses and sequences will be introduced to address anxiety and depression.  Open to all levels, no previous yoga experience is necessary - only $10 if you pay cash!  See Class Schedule Here

Yoga for You:      Taught by Bridgett Blough

Start your week off right with this mixed level, beginner friendly exploration of yoga.  Yoga for You is a cash discount class- only $10 if you pay cash!  Make friends within a supportive community while building strength, flexibility, awareness, and balance in your body and life.  Don’t be shy- join the pack at Down Dog Yoga Center and give Yoga a try- it's for You! Beginners welcome.  See Class Schedule Here

Yoga Sampler:      Taught by Down Dog Staff

Our Saturday Yoga Sampler is a mixed level, cash discount class taught by a different Down Dog staff teacher each week so you can explore a broad range of yoga and teaching styles. Drop in to sample a fun and unique yoga class every weekend- only $10 if you pay cash!  A great deal for anyone who wants to get to know our teaching staff and diversify their practice.  See Class Schedule Here

Semester Classes

Classes listed below require Pre-Registration.  Click on session dates to register online or call 269-993-2486.  Space is limited - sign up today to ensure your spot! Semester classes may be open to Drop-In if session is not full (price varies depending on the class).  Check with us about dropping in or joining mid-session!  Note: missed classes cannot be made-up or refunded for semester classes. 

Beginning Yoga: Fundamentals      Taught by Suzi Batdorff

Perfect for those who want to start at the beginning and explore the fundamentals of yoga!  Beginning Fundamentals introduces you to basic yoga poses and proper alignment, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques to promote well-being and good health.  Join experienced teacher Suzi and enjoy improved flexibility and balance while learning to practice yoga safely and effectively in this fun beginning yoga class!  $108 for 8 week session, Mondays 5:30-6:45pm.  Sign up now to reserve your spot as this class fills quickly and is limited to 15 students.

NOTE: Beginning Yoga is suitable for all ages and body types but is not recommended for pregnant women (see prenatal yoga below) or individuals with significant illness or injury.  Private sessions can be scheduled to address specific needs in a safe, one on one setting.  Please check with your doctor and the instructor if you have any questions or are unsure if it is a good time for you to begin a yoga practice.  

Beginning Yoga: Basic Flow      Taught by Jeremy Blair

Beginning Basic Flow explores linking poses together in a beginner-friendly introduction to vinyasa yoga.  Sequences such as basic sun salutations are introduced, with variations, so that students can learn appropriate modifications for their personal practice.  This is not a floor-based practice; poses will move fluidly between standing and the floor.  Deepen connection to the breath while building strength and flexibility in this flowing semester class.  $108 for 8 week session, Tuesdays 7:00-8:15pm. Sign up now to reserve your spot as this class fills quickly and is limited to 15 students. 

NOTE: Beginning Fundamentals, Beginning Basic Flow, and Beginning Transitions are not sequential classes - choose the right class for you or try them all!

Beginning Yoga: Transitions      Taught by Jenny Lee

Beginning Transitions is for students looking to reinforce their knowledge of basic yoga poses and flow before transitioning to Down Dog drop-in classes!  This class dives into the finer details of postures and breath work and continues to offer modifications as we link poses together with awareness and ease. Relieve stress, improve strength and flexibility, and gain confidence in this month long beginner-friendly semester class.  $55 for 4 week session, Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm. 

NOTE: Beginning Fundamentals, Beginning Basic Flow, and Beginning Transitions are not sequential classes - choose the right class for you or try them all!

Prenatal Yoga:      Taught by Johanna Potter

Prenatal yoga is an ideal way to support your body, mind, and well-being during pregnancy.  Work with postures to improve balance and circulation, tone and strengthen muscles, and ease into the changes that are taking place.  Learn breathing techniques and relaxation, empowering yourself with useful tools to stay focused and calm during labor and on into motherhood!  Join in this safe and supportive weekly yoga practice to help alleviate some of the common discomforts and stresses of pregnancy.  This 6 week semester class brings together pregnant women of all ages and stages; please consult your physician or midwife before beginning prenatal yoga if you have any questions or concerns.  $80 for 6 week session, Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm (or) 7:00-8:15pm. Class is limited to 15 women - sign up now to reserve your spot!

The Warrior's Path: 8 Steps to Living Your Yoga:    Taught by Kara Aubin     

We learn yoga on the mat, but ultimately our work is to take yoga off the mat and into our life.  This work of living your yoga is not for the faint of heart, it takes a a Warrior's determination to return to the path again and again.  This three semester, asana-based series with Kara Aubin uses the 8 limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras as a framework to explore how we can embody our yoga.  Each 4 week semester class gives both newer and experienced yogis an opportunity to deepen their yoga practice using the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras in a practical, hands-on manner.  $65 for each 4 week session: Thursday 7:00pm - 8:45pm.  Click on the links below to register for each individual semester. 

We invite you to join Kara on Thursday, March 30 for a FREE, hour-long introduction to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras are the text that codified the philosophy of yoga more than 2,000 years ago. Kara will introduce the structure of the Sutras, the four chapters and their focus, as well as its philosophical foundation that defines the practice of yoga that we have come to know and love. This free session is a recommended introduction for students who will be attending or are interested in The Warriors Path: 8 Steps to Living Your Yoga. No need to sign up for this class in advance, just show up on March 30 at 7pm to meet Kara and learn more about the yoga sutras! We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Warrior's Path: Part 1 - The Yamas (April 6 - April 27) - register online here

During these four weeks we start at the beginning of the 8 Stages of Yoga with the Yamas and explore how we can live our yoga off the mat by cultivating these five observances of evolutionary behavior on the mat.  The Yamas will shape your relationship to the external world, and in turn shape your relationship to your internal world.  Asana, pranayama and meditation will be our tools to experience the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, a text that has guided the practice of yogis for thousands of years.

The Warrior's Path: Part 2 - The Niyamas (May 4 - May 25) - register online here

During these four weeks we embark on the second of the 8 Stages of Yoga, the Niyamas, and explore how we can live our yoga off the mat by cultivating these five ways of thinking on the mat.  The Niyamas serve as a guide for the personal work of yoga, where we begin to see our worldview shaped by our practice.  Asana, pranayama and meditation will be our tools to experience the teachings of the Yoga Sutras.  Completion of The Warrior's Path Part 1 is recommended. 

The Warrior's Path: Part 3 - Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation (June 1 - June 22) - register online here

During these four weeks we utilize the foundation built by the Yamas and the Niyamas to take a subtle look at the practices of asana and pranayama that ultimately culminate in meditation.  Here the practices begin to yield subtle and powerful change on many levels of our experience.  Asana, pranayama and meditation will be our tools to explore the foundational teachings that have guided the practice of yogis for thousands of years.  Completion of The Warrior's Path Part 1 & 2 is recommended.  

 

Private Yoga Sessions

This is your time to explore yoga in a way that best supports your health and well-being.  The one-to-one attention you receive in a private session offers a personal practice tailored to meet your needs.  Deepen your practice and work with the guidance of an experienced teacher to explore the benefits of yoga both on and off the mat.  No prior yoga experience necessary.  Prices vary based on length, type of session, and the individual teacher.  Please contact Down Dog Yoga Center to schedule a private session.