CANDLELIT YIN FOR HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF WITH CYNTHIA HOSS
Date: Friday, December 14
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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.
Date: Sunday, December 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!
Winter solstice gong celebration WITH JULIE CHASE
Date: Friday, December 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 Winter Solstice 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.
New Year’s Eve: Release & Reset with Aubrey Butts
Date: Monday, December 31
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Cost: Regular class pricing
It's time to close the book on 2018 and make space to write an entirely new story for yourself in 2019. Join in our supportive community to release what no longer serves you and open to all of your potential. This invigorating and playful practice (including several partner poses so bring a friend!) will be a clean kick off to the New Year! Feel free to bring a journal to write down any special intentions for 2019 and be the first to hang your tag on our New Year's Wall of Intentions.
NOTE: On New Year’s Eve we will have our usual morning Monday 10am Energizing Hatha Yoga with Kara Aubin and an 11:30am Heated Vinyasa class, PLUS the special evening 8pm Release & Reset listed above. All other regularly scheduled Monday classes are canceled. Please arrive on time for the 8pm New Year’s Eve class as we will not have front desk staff available - once class begins the studio doors will be locked.
New Year’s Day Yoga with Aubrey Butts
Date: Tuesday, January 1
Time: 10am - 11:15am Relax into Your Resolution
Noon - 1:15pm Fire to Move Forward (heated practice)
Cost: Regular class pricing for each class
Join Aubrey for two New Year's Day classes - no preregistration needed.
10am Relax into Your Resolution: Breathe, pause, and begin the New Year connecting to the most important person. You! Dust off the confetti but keep the celebratory spirit as we stretch slowly, move intuitively, and experience community and support for your best year yet.
Noon Fire to Move Forward: Ready to move forward in 2019? Ignite the flames to fuel your intentions in this Heated Vinyasa Yoga class. Move, groove, twist, and take a leap into the unknown with the support of our community. Bring a friend or fly solo and let 2019 be YOUR year.
NOTE: On New Year’s Day the special 10am and Noon classes listed above will be our only classes. All other regularly scheduled Tuesday classes are canceled. We will not have regular front desk hours for these New Year's classes - the studio will open 30 minutes before each class begins and close at the start of class. Please arrive on time to ensure that the doors are open for you!
HIIT Yoga fusion WITH mia leibold
Date: Saturdays, January 5 - February 23
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Cost: $80 for the 8 week session
Get fit and have fun in this new 8 week series that combines high intensity interval training (HIIT) with yoga. Join personal trainer Mia Leibold to start your Saturday with an assortment of exercises and yoga flows designed to increase strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. The first part of class includes heart pumping movement set to lively music; the last part of class slows down and turns inward for deep yin yoga stretches to cool the body and calm the mind. Leave feeling uplifted and ready for the rest of your weekend! Sign up now to reserve your spot in this all levels yoga fusion class.
bendy book club WITH Kristin fiore at this is a bookstore
Date: Wednesday, January 9
Time: 6:30pm @ 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!
January's Book is Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle. Discounted copies of the book are available to purchase from This is a Bookstore. Free RSVP's are also available. All Bendy Book Club participants will receive $1 off beverage of choice at This is a Bookstore's Table of Contents Cafe on book club night! Our next book will be announced at the November club meeting.
We look forward to seeing you on January 9th. Discussion will begin at 6:30pm - plan to arrive early to get your discounted beverage and settle in. Join us to stretch our minds and join in community conversation!
BEER WEEK EVENT: YOGA ON TAP! WITH Stephanie wiley & SHAKESPEARE'S PUB
Date: Sunday, January 13
Time: 11:00am @ Shakespeare's Pub Lower Level
Join Down Dog Yoga Center at Shakespeare's Pub for a special Beer Week Event: Yoga on Tap, featuring a detoxifying yoga class and Unity Vibration’s Kombucha Beer! The yoga class begins at 11am in Shakespeare's lower level, then after class we'll head upstairs for social time and a beer. Bring your friends, beer aficionados and yogis alike, and enjoy the poses, pints, and good times that follow in this special Beer Week Yoga on Tap Event! Pre-registration is recommended due to the popularity of this event.
No prior yoga experience needed, ages 21+ only.
$10 cost includes 1 hour yoga class PLUS a beer after class.
Please bring a mat.
MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP WITH johanna potter
Date: Sunday, January 27
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.
Know someone who is expecting? Johanna also teaches Prenatal Yoga - check out our upcoming prenatal sessions.
CANDLELIT VALENTINE'S DAY PARTNER YOGA WITH KRISTIN FIORE
Date: Friday, February 15
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $15/person - please register each person individually
Connect to yourself and your partner in this special Valentine's Day candlelit couples yoga practice. Unwind from the week as you harmonize breath, movement, and energy with the love and support of your partner. Sign up early as this class has limited space available and sells out quickly.