Ayurveda & Soothing Summer Wellness  with Kara Aubin

Date:  Saturday, June 16

Time:  9:00am - 10:45am

Cost:  $25

Ayurveda is a science of balance. One of the primary places we seek balance is between our internal environment and the external environment. This relationship of microcosm and macrocosm means that our self-care, daily routines, diet, and lifestyle should be dynamic and fluid as we orient to the wisdom of the natural world. Join Āyurvedic Practitioner and ParaYoga instructor, Kara Aubin for this Summer Wellness workshop. We’ll explore what elements and qualities are in excess this season and what we can do on the mat and off to create the ideal balance for your constitution. Radical wellness starts here! Improve your digestion, elimination, sleep, energy, and mood with this science of self-healing.

Stay after the Ayurvedic workshop for a delightful Saturday Yoga practice with Kara at 11am - only $10 cash!

Register online HERE for Ayurveda & Soothing Summer Wellness


Free info session for Sva Sadhana Yoga & Ayurveda training  WITH KARA AUBIN

Are you ready for the next step of your Yoga journey? Are you curious about taking yoga off your mat and into your life? Ever wished you could study Yoga and Āyurveda without traveling far from home? Sva Sadhana Yoga & Ayurveda Training is an in-depth program that invites you to bring your Yoga & Ayurveda to a whole new level. Join Kara Aubin to learn more about this upcoming 9 months of self study and deepening your practice. 

Date:  Saturday, June 16 at 12:30pm (or)

            Thursday, June 21 at 5:45pm

No need to register for these informational sessions, just drop in to whichever fits your schedule best! See you soon!


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION  

Date:  Sunday, June 17

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! 

FREE Online Registration for Mindfulness Meditation


Yoga in the beer garden  at Arcadia Ales kalamazoo

Date:  Wednesdays, June - August (no class on July 4)

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.

Register Online HERE for Yoga in the Beer Garden


STAND UP PADDLE BOARD YOGA  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Dates:  Wednesdays, June 20 - August 29 (no class on July 4)

Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cost:  $30 (includes equipment rental by Lee's Adventures Sport) or $20 (with your 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 a yoga 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 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 15 students:

  • 8 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.
  • 7 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. 


YOGA AT THE BEACH WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Select Thursdays - June 21, July 19, and August 16

Time:  Class at 10:00am in South Haven

Cost:  On Donation

Looking to enjoy a yoga practice on the beach and a day of fun in the sun?  Join Kristin for yoga on South Beach in South Haven on the third Thursday of each month, June through August.  Head over to the lake for a 10am yoga practice, then stay to enjoy the beach and time to hang out! Bring a beach towel, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water if you plan to stay in the sun for the afternoon.

Yoga at the Beach is on South Beach in South Haven - park on Monroe Blvd (near Monroe Park) and head down the blue stairs to the beach. Sign up for each individual date below.


PARTNER YOGA  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Friday, June 22

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!

Register online HERE for Partner Yoga


Market Fresh Yoga  WITH KRISTIN FIORE and the Kalamazoo farmers market

Date:  Select Tuesday mornings, plus one Thursday evening (see dates below)

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:


YIN & RESTORATIVE SUMMER UNWINDING WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Thursdays in July

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  $25 Early Bird (or) $30 at the door (if space is available)

Join Cynthia on Thursday afternoons in July to nourish, calm, and refresh your body and mind. Unwind with slow focused pulsations and undulating movements that gently massage your muscles, open your joints, and free your spine. Sign up now to save your spot on all three sessions! Register online using the links below:


second saturday stretch/Yoga at the bookstore  WITH Kristin fiore at this is a bookstore

Date:  Second Saturday of the month June - August 

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, June - August, for a delightful morning yoga class. Start your weekend with a mindful practice that includes 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 dates below to pre-register or feel free to drop in (space permitting):

Also look for upcoming announcements about our Bendy Book Club coming this fall!


Sound meditation concert  WITH JULIE CHASE

Date:  Saturday, August 4

Time:  1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cost:  $20

Sound has abundant power to help us heal and reclaim our wholeness. This sound healing concert takes us on a melodic journey through the use of traditional and non-traditional musical instruments. Students lie or sit as rhythmical sound transports the body to a state of deep meditation through the heart center, and ultimately to the inner sanctuary of Spirit. This harmonic experience is a boost for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Come and experience a surprisingly powerful way to heal, release stress, and connect with inner joy and wisdom. 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 Sound Meditation Concert


MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP  WITH johanna potter

Date:  Sunday, August 5

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


SUMMER day retreat WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Friday, August 10

Time:  9:00am - 2:00pm

Cost:  $75

Join Cynthia for a refreshing day of Yoga & Ayurveda to help maintain your summer cool! This day retreat invites you to balance the "doing" of summer excursions, gardening and other outdoor activities, and invigorating yoga classes with the "being" of slower, gentle, meditative practices. Learn techniques to release the heat of the season and be aware of signs of imbalance such as skin rashes, sunburn, bloodshot eyes, digestive complaints, heartburn, hyperacidity, acne, irritation, impatience, frustration, and anger. Take home a summer grocery list of cooling remedies and other useful tips. Sign up now to enjoy  this delightful, soothing, ease-filled day of rest and rejuvenation! Retreat includes:

  • Morning Yoga Practice: moon salutations, cooling pranayama, meditation
  • Signs of Summer Imbalance
  • Practices for Summer Balance
  • Summer Grocery List
  • Afternoon Yoga Practice: Restorative & Yoga Nidra
  • Light lunch and fresh juice

Register online HERE for Summer Day Retreat!


YOGA UNCORKEd at the Skydeck  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Friday, August 24

Time:  5:00pm (plan to arrive by 4:45pm)

Cost:  $20

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 after class

  • Bring your own yoga mat/towel

  • Plan to arrive at 4:45pm so class can begin and end on time before the SkyDeck doors open to the general public

Wine a little, laugh a lot...cheers to Yoga and Community!

Register Online HERE for Yoga Uncorked at the SkyDeck


ART HOP  

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 the lovely work of Kristin Sturdy and Friends.

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.


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)

Cost:  $165

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.

Register Online HERE for Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse


Sva Sadhana: a warriors's path training  WITH KARA AUBIN

Date:  Weekend immersions October 2018 - June 2019 at Down Dog Yoga Center

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.

For more information or to register, please contact Kara through her website here.