keeping your cool  WITH Cynthia hoss

Dates:  Thursday, August 17

Time:  7:00pm - 8:45pm

Cost:  $10

Join Cynthia for this special summer movie night and discussion featuring Dr. John Douillard's video, Keeping Your Cool.  This video gives you an overview of how to manage and correct imbalances that happen during the summer season with food, exercise and daily routines. Then enjoy a cooling summer drink and discussion led by Cynthia including information about Yoga and Ayurveda to help with your specific questions and needs.

Register online HERE for Keeping Your Cool


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION  

Date:  Sunday, August 20

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  FREE - On Donation

Practice sitting, walking and guided meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, as well as discussing the joys and challenges of practicing mindfulness in our daily lives. This is a FREE/On Donation event led by the Mindfulness Meditation Community of Kalamazoo.  Offered once a month (the third Sunday of each month) at Down Dog Yoga Center.   No meditation experience or pre-registration necessary; come give it a try! 

Register free online HERE for Mindfulness Meditation


STAND UP PADDLE BOARD YOGA  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Dates:  Wednesdays through August 23

Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cost:  $30 (includes equipment rental by Lee's Adventure Sports), $20 (with own board)

Location: Woods Lake in Kalamazoo

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (SUP Yoga) combines our love of nature, adventure, and yoga - whether you are a first time paddle boarder or a lifelong yogi, come explore your practice on the water!  We begin on land with an introduction to SUP equipment and safety before we take a short paddle on the calm waters of Woods Lake and drop our anchors for class. SUP Yoga focuses on getting comfortable moving on a floating surface and connecting to our playful spirit. Class ends with a sweet savasana (final relaxation) lying down on our boards settling in to our fluid nature.  

SUP YOGA IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS:

  • 5 spots are available with rental equipment including a paddle board, paddle, anchor, and life jacket delivered to Woods Lake. Register online for individual class dates below. NOTE: Reservations including rental equipment must be made at least 24 hours before class.

  • 5 spots are available for students with their own boards/paddles/life jacket. NOTE: Life jacket is required by law. Online registration is NOT available for this pricing option - please call the studio at 269-993-2486 to sign up if you are providing your own equipment.

  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early to get familiar with equipment and be ready to start class at 6pm.

SUP Yoga classes sell out quickly. Due to high demand, we do not accept unpaid registrations; please have credit card information ready if registering over the phone.


yin & restorative summer unwindings  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Friday, August 25

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  $25 each pre-register, $30 each at the door (if space is available)

TGIF! Take the afternoon off and begin the weekend with relaxing moves that release and unwind the physical, mental, and emotional tension that has accumulated.  Nourish, calm, and refresh your body with slow focused movements that gently massage your muscles, support your joints, and help you re-balance during this summer season.  Cynthia's August Yin Restorative focuses on the hips, legs, and feet - feel the positive effects on the nervous system as you relax and let go  Sign up now to save your spot!

August 25:  Hips, Legs, Feet - register online HERE


Being, not doing  WITH indira kate kalmbach

Date:  Thursday, August 31

Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost:  $25 pre-register, $30 day of (if space is available)

Relax. Reset. Restore. Join Indira Kate Kalmbach and experience the practice of yin and restorative yoga as a counterpose to the frenetic pace of daily life. What better way to soothe your nervous system than through a yoga practice that asks nothing of you except that you find the yummiest way to experience a pose, and sink into the deliciousness of simply being in the present moment? Through a series of longer-held postures, we will explore the jewels of a yin yoga practice and learn how conscious being in yoga lends itself to a committed sense of right action, a harmonious doing. Before closing, we will transition into a few soothing yoga postures from the restorative yoga tradition. Beginners welcome.

Register online HERE for Being, Not Doing


Yoga in the beer garden  at Arcadia Ales kalamazoo

Date:  Wednesdays through August 30

Time:  6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost:  $5

Join us for yoga in Arcadia's beer garden this summer - bring your mat and enjoy a refreshing midweek stretch in the beautiful outdoors! Down Dog will offer yoga at Arcadia Kalamazoo every Wednesday from 6-7pm  in June, July, and August. The $5 fee, payable at Arcadia's bar, includes a one hour class PLUS a beer or non-alcoholic beverage. Due to the popularity of this event, you can only register three days before each class - and space is limited - so be sure to sign up every week to save your spot!  Pre-registered participants will be notified if class is cancelled due to weather.

Register online HERE for Yoga in the Beer Garden


september ART HOP  featuring tom thompson

Date:  Friday, September 8

Time:  5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? Stop by our September Art Hop exhibit, Kalamazoo and The Wild West, photography by Tom Thompson. This collection of pictures is from the Western United States when Tom was living in Durango, Colorado and more recently from his residence in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Art Hop Note: plan to attend our Friday Heated Vinyasa at 5:30pm before enjoying a fun night out in downtown Kalamazoo! Showers are available at the studio to help you transition easily from Yoga to Art Hop.


Yin to yang mindful flow  WITH indira kate kalmbach

Date:  Saturday, September 9

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  $25 pre-register, $30 day of (if space is available)

Experience a sample of yin yoga poses as a gentle myofascial warm-up, followed by the classic and well-rounded Pavones Yoga Center vinyasa flow in this delightful extended practice. Class includes sun salutations, standing poses, hip openers and gentle back-bends with a substantial focus on precision and anatomical alignment rather than on speed or repetition. Indira’s classes have a heavy emphasis on yummy hands-on assists and mindful attention to present moment experience...don't miss this opportunity to practice with this experienced guest teacher while she is in town!

Register online HERE for Yin to Yang Mindful Flow


YOGA on the rocks  with Kristin Fiore and Green Door distilling Co.

Date:  Saturday, September 16

Time:  3:00pm 

Location:  Green Door Distilling Co. (429 East North Street in Kalamazoo)

Cost:  $20

Yoga is good for body, mind, and spirits in this light-hearted yoga class at the distillery! Join Down Dog Yoga Center at the Green Door Distilling Co. for this fun event that includes a 1 hour yoga class PLUS a handcrafted cocktail. Grab your friends and raise a glass to good times, yoga, and community! Beginners welcome.

  • Ages 21+
  • Cost includes 1 hour yoga class PLUS a cocktail after class
  • Please bring a yoga mat - limited number available at the event

Register online HERE for Yoga on the Rocks


seasonal gong celebration  WITH JULIE CHASE

Date:  Friday, September 22

Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost:  $20

Equinoxes and Solstices are astronomical events that mark the cycle of the sun throughout the year, indicating change between the four seasons. Observing and celebrating these events connects us to our own inner cycles and creates an opportunity for reflection, enlightenment, and awakening. This process allows us to walk the internal spiritual path of enlightenment where we discover harmony and alignment to our own inner Mystic.

Join us for a Seasonal Gong Celebration, where participants can renew their inner light through the deep relaxing sound of Sacred Gongs. Dress in comfortable clothing to sit or lie down and feel free to bring anything that might help you get comfortable - the studio has blankets, bolsters, and yoga mats for your use.

Register Online HERE for Seasonal Gong Celebration


MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP  WITH CHELSIE DOWNS-HUBBARTH

Date:  Sunday, September 24

Time:  12:30pm - 2:00pm

Cost:  $20

Enjoy yoga with your baby in this fun postnatal class!  The first half of class focuses on mom, stretching and strengthening with baby, and the last half focuses on baby stretches and massage.  The benefits to your baby include stimulated circulation, increased body awareness, improved sleep patterns, relief from gas and colic, and relaxation.  Let yoga and massage deepen the bond between you and explore how yoga can support you during this busy time of caring for a new baby.  This workshop is designed for babies under 12 months or before walking.

Register online HERE for Mom & Baby Yoga


AYURVEDIC FALL REJUVENATION WEEKEND WITH KARA AUBIN

Date:  Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1

Time:  Friday  6:30pm-9:00pm

            Saturday  8:30am-4:00pm

            Sunday  8:30am-11:30am

Cost:  $165

Ayurveda views seasonal transitions as important times for cleansing and rejuvenation. The transition from summer to fall is a time to clear excess internal heat that has accumulated throughout the summer and prepare for the cool, dry fall season.  Attention to building our vital essences will carry us through the drying and cooling transition of fall to winter so that we’re less susceptible to stress and illness.  During this weekend workshop we’ll take an Ayurvedic approach to cleansing and rejuvenation, a gentle effective approach which includes preparing and eating Ayurvedic seasonal balancing foods that will leave you feeling clearer, cleaner, and renewed. Registration ends on September 18 as there will be some pre-cleanse suggested practices.  Note: students who attended Kara's previous Ayurvedic Cleanse Weekend will receive a free personal consultation with Kara to individualize their cleanse approach this time around.

The Ayurvedic Fall Rejuvenation Workshop Includes:

  • Three sessions: Friday (6:30pm - 9:00pm), Saturday (8:30am - 4:00pm), and Sunday (8:30am - 11:30am)

  • Yoga practices, Ayurvedic teachings, pre and post-cleanse suggestions, recipes, shopping list, and cooking lunch together Saturday.

  • Ayurvedic meals to support rejuvenation (Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday Breakfast)

Register online HERE for Ayurvedic Fall Rejuvenation


Fall yoga retreat  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS and marti jeffs

Dates:  September 29 - October 1

Location:  Watervale Resort in Arcadia, Michigan

Cost:  $375 if registered before September 1, $400 after

Join Cynthia and Marti for a quiet, contemplative journey inward during this fall retreat. Reflect and explore the fundamental philosophies at the heart of Yoga through the lens of the Yamas and Niyamas. The Yamas (restraints) guide us to live in harmony with ourselves and others, while the Niyamas (observances) teach us to cultivate our highest self potential. This weekend will help you develop clarity, direction, and understanding around how to apply these principles to enhance your relationships with yourself and others. Seasonal Ayurvedic practices will be woven into asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and self-care as tools to support you moving toward personal freedom and contentment.

Weekend includes:

  • 4 yoga sessions
  • 2 nights lodging
  • 2 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 fabulous dinners
  • 2 hour workshop on the Yamas and Niyamas
  • 2 hour Ayurveda workshop
  • Free time for hiking, biking, journaling, creative play, and rest!

For more information or to register, please contact Cynthia Hoss at cynthia@downdogyogacenter.com


SACRED SOUND YOGA FOR HOLIDAY BALANCE  WITH JUDY HUXMANN

Date:  Thursday, December 7

Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost:  $20 in advance (or) $25 day of (if space is available)

Join Judy for a meditative sacred sound workshop honoring the Higher Self - the I Am. This evening practice includes some gentle unwinding movements accompanied by the sound of tuning forks, tingshas, Tibetan and crystal bowls, chimes, music, and silence. Experience the transcendence of vibrational sounds that reduce stress, alter consciousness, and create a deep sense of peace, gratitude, and well-being. A beautiful yoga practice to support you during the busy holiday season!

Register Online HERE for Sacred Sound Yoga


CANDLELIT YIN FOR HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Thursday, December 14

Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost:  $25 in advance (or) $30 day of (if space is available)

Go inward, slow down, rest and receive. This candlelit yin and restorative practice includes chanting, meditation, slow movement, and stillness. Quiet the mind during this relaxing evening retreat with Cynthia; the perfect antidote to holiday stress.

Register Online HERE for Candlelit Yin