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 - SOLD OUT

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 Fall 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.

THE AYURVEDIC FALL REJUVENATION WEEKEND HAS SOLD OUT!


ART HOP  

Date:  Friday, October 5

Time:  5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? Stop by our October Art Hop exhibit to see Photography by Randy Bronkema. This beautiful collection includes photographs of Michigan's landscapes and a preview of a book in progress titled Mi Sand, an exploration of Michigan Sand Dunes.

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.


yoga on tap!  WITH kristin fiore at Latitude 42

Date: Sunday, October 7

Time:  11:00am - Noon

Cost:  $20

Join Down Dog Yoga Center at Latitude 42 in Portage for this lighthearted yoga class. It's bottom's up and barrels of fun when Down Dog and local craft beer meet! Bring your friends and enjoy the poses, pints, and good times that follow. Space is limited - sign up now to save your spot. NOTE: class will be held outdoors in the beer garden weather permitting.

  • Beginners welcome; Ages 21+

  • Bring a yoga mat/towel

  • Cost includes 1 hour yoga class PLUS a pint of beer after class

Cheers to Yoga and Community!

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 Yoga On Tap!


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!  

October's Book is "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan. 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!  November's book will be announced at the October club meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on October 10. Discussion will begin at 7pm - plan to arrive early to get your discounted beverage and settle into a comfy seat. Join us to stretch our minds and join in community conversation!

Purchase Book and/or RSVP Online HERE


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):

October 13

November 10

December 8


relax. restore. reset  WITH indira Kate

Date: Wednesday, October 17

Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost:  $25 advance registration, $30 day of

This mid-week two hour class explores restorative yoga shapes enhanced by delicious hands-on assists designed to melt you into perfect harmony with the present moment. Each shape and pose in this class is geared towards deep relaxation. Deep relaxation stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanism by turning off the fight-or-flight (or stress) response. When your physical body is relaxed, you will naturally feel more able to deal with the inevitable curve balls that life sometimes throws at us. This workshop is the perfect reset button for transitioning into the rest of your week with ease.

Register Online HERE for Relax. Restore. Reset


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION  

Date:  Sunday, October 21

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


ayur-yoga afternoon RETREAT WITH CYNTHIA HOSS 

Date:  Friday, October 26

Time:  1:00pm - 5:00pm

Cost:  $50 Early Bird Registration (or) $60 after October 22

Get Ground, Be Nourished, and Relax! This fall afternoon retreat helps us evaluate and work with imbalances through Yoga and Ayurveda to support maintaining health and longevity as we settle into the cooler season. Afternoon includes a warm grounding yoga practice for joint mobility and lubrication, foot massage, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and metta meditation for nourishment, deep calm, and rest. Feel relaxed and centered as you plug into new routines of support and stability. Take time to slow down with a cup of chai and “be” during this afternoon retreat!

Register Online HERE for Ayur-Yoga Afternoon Retreat


master class Weekend series  WITH indira Kate

Date: Saturday, October 27 and

Sunday, October 28

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  $30 each (or) $50 for both

Join Indira Kate Kalmbach (E-RYT 500) for a weekend master class series. Saturday's workshop focuses on hips, low back, and hamstrings. Sunday's workshop focuses on upper-back flexibility and shoulder stability. This workshop series is open for all levels - attend one or both depending on your schedule! Individual master classes $30 each, or both for $50.

Saturday’s workshop Go Deep, Keep It Light explores how PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) can be used to unwind areas of deep holding and restriction to experience increased range of motion and a newfound lightness and ease. This master class focuses on yoga poses and techniques that target the hips, low back, and hamstrings and is perfect for anyone feeling the effects of too much time sitting and driving or for athletes who are experiencing tightness as a result of their repetitive activities. Working with releasing the hip area sometimes evokes feelings of angst or suffering, but Indira’s lighthearted and humorous approach to the deep practice of hip opening will keep you smiling throughout any challenges that may arise. 

The title of Sunday’s workshop Strong Back, Soft Heart is inspired by one of Indira’s teachers, Roshi Joan Halifax, who says “All too often our so-called strength comes from fear, not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open, representing choice-less compassion. The place in your body where these two meet — strong back and soft front — is the brave, tender ground in which to root our caring deeply.” This workshop will focus on increasing flexibility and strength in the upper back, while simultaneously stabilizing the delicate rotator cuff muscles that protect your shoulders. Join Indira in a practice that offers a physical expression of the heart’s ability to face the world with courage, openness, and compassion.

Register Online HERE for Indira’s Master Class(es)


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 - registration closes September 15!

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

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


PARTNER YOGA  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Friday, November 9

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


yoga on tap!  WITH kristin fiore at One well brewing

Date: Sunday, November 18

Time:  11:00am - Noon

Cost:  $20

Join Down Dog Yoga Center at One Well Brewing in Kalamazoo for this lighthearted yoga class. It's bottom's up and barrels of fun when Down Dog and local craft beer meet! Bring your friends and enjoy the poses, pints, and good times that follow. Space is limited - sign up now to save your spot.

  • Beginners welcome; Ages 21+

  • Bring a yoga mat/towel

  • Cost includes 1 hour yoga class PLUS a pint of beer after class

Cheers to Yoga and Community!

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 Yoga On Tap!


Rest & digest  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Saturday, November 24

Time:  10:30am - 12:30pm

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

Enjoy this special Thanksgiving weekend practice that focuses on resting, supporting, and restoring your body and spirit for the holiday season. This workshop explores breath-work, gentle flows, practices to strengthen our (post-turkey) digestion, heart openers and relaxing yin poses. Settle in, supported by props, and allow yourself to unwind under Cynthia's care and guidance. Class ends with a guided meditation (yoga nidra) to leave you feeling peaceful and complete inside and out.

Register Online HERE for Rest & Digest


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.

Register Online HERE for Candlelit Yin


Winter solstice gong celebration  WITH JULIE CHASE

Date: Friday, December 21

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 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.

Register Online HERE for Winter Solstice Gong Celebration