STAND UP PADDLE BOARD YOGA WITH KRISTIN FIORE
Dates: Wednesdays through August 29
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cost: $30 (includes equipment rental by Lee's Adventures Sport) or $20 (with your own board)
Location: Long Lake in Portage - 4599 Long Lake Dr, Portage, MI 49002
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 a yoga practice on the water! We begin on land with an introduction to SUP equipment and safety before we take a short paddle and drop 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 the board and settling into our fluid nature.
SUP Yoga is limited to 12 students:
- 8 spots are available with rental equipment including a paddle board, paddle, anchor, and life jacket delivered to the lake. Register online for individual class dates below. NOTE: Reservations including rental equipment must be made at least 24 hours before class.
- 4 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.
- When registering, make sure to give us a current phone number as we may need to contact you regarding a weather cancellation or change of location due to water conditions.
- SUP Yoga meets at the public boating access for Long Lake: 4599 Long Lake Dr, Portage, MI 49002. 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.
Yoga in the beer garden at Arcadia Ales kalamazoo
Date: Wednesdays, June - August
Time: 6:00pm -7:00pm @ Arcadia
Cost: $5 cash (payable at Arcadia)
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 at check in, 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.
YOGA UNCORKEd at the Skydeck WITH KRISTIN FIORE
Date: Friday, August 24
Time: 5:00pm (plan to arrive by 4:45pm)
Yoga + Wine? Wine not! Join Down Dog Yoga Center at the SkyDeck for a special Yoga Uncorked event. Enjoy a delightful Friday evening yoga class with a view of the Kalamazoo skyline, then stay to celebrate the start of your weekend over wine with friends. This is one-of-a-kind yoga event you won't want to miss and space is limited - sign up now to save your spot!
- Beginners welcome; Ages 21+
- Cost includes 1 hour yoga class PLUS a glass of wine
- Bring your own yoga mat/towel
- Please arrive at 4:45pm so class can begin and end on time before the SkyDeck opens to the public
Wine a little, laugh a lot...cheers to Yoga and Community!
Market Fresh Yoga WITH KRISTIN FIORE and the Kalamazoo farmers market
Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Tuesdays
Location: Kalamazoo Farmers Market (1204 Bank St in Kalamazoo)
Cost: On Donation
To market we go! Grab your yoga mat and join Down Dog Yoga for a delightful, outdoor yoga practice at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. Wake up your body and soak up the energy of our local community - a great way to start your day! Beginners welcome. Online registration is free and pre-registered students will be notified via email if class is cancelled due to weather. Register online using the links below:
Date: Friday, Sept 7
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? Stop by our September Art Hop exhibit to see Kendall College of Art & Design students Kristin Sturdy, Dayna Walton, and Olivia Mackay showcase their stunning work in this exhibit entitled Modern Botanicals.
Art Hop Note: plan to attend our Friday Heated Vinyasa at 5:30pm before enjoying an evening of art in downtown Kalamazoo! Showers are available at the studio to help you transition easily from Yoga to Art Hop.
second saturday stretch AT THIS IS A BOOKSTORE
Date: Second Saturday of the month
Time: 8:00am - 9:00am @ This is a Bookstore
Cost: regular studio pricing - use your class pack, month unlimited, first visit special, or a drop in class
Join Down Dog Yoga Center at This is a Bookstore in the Oakwood Plaza on the second Saturday of each month for a delightful morning yoga class. Start your weekend with a mindful practice including gentle flows, steady postures, breath work and meditation. Plus time to gather in community afterwards at the bookstore's cafe or over a book - stretch your body, stretch your mind! Beginners are welcome in this mixed level class.
Click class date below to pre-register or feel free to drop in (space permitting):
PARTNER YOGA WITH KRISTIN FIORE
Date: Friday, September 14
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $15/person - please register each person individually
Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Connect to yourself and your partner as you explore yoga in this lighthearted and playful partner yoga class. Bring your sense of adventure and sense of humor and get ready to have some fun as we breathe, move, and unwind together! Sign up early to save your spot as this class has limited space available and sells out quickly.
NOTE: If using the online system to register for yourself and for someone else, please use the "register for someone else" option FIRST and then click "continue shopping" and register yourself second so that our roster has both names registered accurately. Thanks!
Date: Sunday, September 16
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 Sara Houseman and 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!
fall equinox gong celebration WITH JULIE CHASE
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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 Fall Equinox Seasonal Gong Celebration to renew your 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.
AYURVEDIC FALL REJUVENATION WEEKEND WITH KARA AUBIN
Date: Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
Time: Friday (6:30pm - 9:00pm), Saturday (8:30am - 4:00pm), and Sunday (8:30am - 11:30am)
Ayurveda views seasonal transitions as important opportunities for cleansing and rejuvenation. The transition from summer to fall is a time to clear the excess internal heat that has accumulated throughout the summer and prepare for the cold, 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, food-based approach to cleansing and rejuvenation - a gentle and effective approach that will leave you feeling clearer, cleaner, and renewed.
The Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse Weekend includes:
- Three sessions: Friday 6:30pm-9pm, Saturday 8:30am-4pm, and Sunday 8:30am-11:30am
- Ayurvedic meals to support rejuvenation: Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast
- Ayurvedic cooking class: Saturday 10:30am-1pm
- Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle teachings including pre and post-cleanse suggested practices, recipes, and shopping list
- Yoga practice each day of the workshop
- A group experience to offer support and camaraderie during the cleansing process
Kara Aubin is an Ayurvedic Practitioner trained by Dr. Vasant Lad, a preeminent Ayurvedic physician and founder of the Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque, NM. She specializes in weaving together the sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda in ways that offer life transforming experiences as well as pathways to radical wellness. Join her to learn more in this weekend workshop!
Note: Registration ends on Friday, Sept 21 as there is cleanse prep work involved, including an informational call with Kara on Saturday, Sept 22. No refunds will be given once pre-cleanse materials have been emailed/communicated to participants. If there is a need to cancel after that time, your payment may only be credited towards a future cleanse weekend with Kara.
Fall yoga RETREAT WITH CYNTHIA HOSS and Marti Jeffs
Date: September 28 - 30
Time: Friday 4pm - Sunday Noon
Cost: $395 Early Bird Registration (or) $425 after Sept 7
Location: Watervale Inn
Join Cynthia and Marti for a weekend of yoga, reflection, and study on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ~ The Eight Limbs of Yoga. Guided reflections on the Yamas and Niyamas take you deeper into self-study while observing Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (focused concentration), and Dhyana (meditative absorption). Explore personal development and your unique experience of the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras. Engage in group discussions with other inquiring minds. What is union? How do we withdraw from the senses? What does it mean to be established in Yoga?
- 2 nights lodging at the beautiful Watervale Inn
- 2 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 fabulous dinners
- 4 yoga sessions, plus two 2 hour workshops on the 8 Limbs of Yoga
- Kirtan chanting
- Free time to hike, relax, journal, or get a massage
Register Online at www.YogaAtLadaka.com or mail registration check to Marti Jeffs at 1567 Grace Rd. Frankfort, MI 49635
bendy book club WITH Kristin fiore at this is a bookstore
Date: Wednesdays, October 10 and November 7
Time: 6:30pm meet up/discussion begins at 7pm @ This is a Bookstore
Join Down Dog Yoga Center at This is a Bookstore in the Oakwood Plaza for time to gather in community and discuss a book related to yoga, mindfulness, or health. Stretch your body, stretch your mind!
Book selections will be announced soon...
Sva Sadhana: Yoga & Ayurveda training WITH KARA AUBIN
Date: Weekend immersions October 2018 - June 2019 at Down Dog Yoga Center
Cost: See Kara's website for more details - sign up by August 15 for Early Bird pricing!
Sva translates as 'of the self', and sadhana is 'an instrument, or means’… the Sva Sadhana training is an invitation to a journey of radical Self-discovery with the support of a dynamic group along the way. Āyurveda, the science of life, helps us create the level of wellness needed to do our work in the world. Yoga, the science of self-knowledge, allows us to clearly see clearly our true nature. The Sva Sadhana Training uses tools from the sister sciences of Yoga & Āyurveda to shape your daily life and bring you greater health, purpose, and clarity.
This 108 hour training focuses on creating a supportive container for growth and exploration. In addition to weekend immersions; a private session with Kara, a course manual, and digital resources are included in the training. This course teaches āsana as just one tool on the path of self-mastery and also explores the extensive practices of Āyurveda as well as the subtle aspects of pranayama, meditation, bandha, mudra, and guided relaxation. Sva Sadhana will provide you with tools you can use at home, off the mat and in your everyday life.
Click HERE for more information via Kara's website
MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP WITH johanna potter
Date: Sunday, November 4
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
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.