DOWNTOWN CHILI COOK-OFF WITH THE ORGANIC GYPSY

Date:  Saturday, January 26

Time:  11:00am - 2:00pm

Cost:  FREE

Looking for a fun winter activity?  Warm up with Downtown Kalamazoo's Annual Chili Cook-Off!  Stop in to Down Dog to sample our delicious organic vegetarian chili made by The Organic Gypsy.  Bring your appetite and vote for your favorite - rides are available on the Holly Jolly Chili Trolley and the Brew Bus so you can make it to all of the fabulous stops!


MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP  WITH johanna potter

Date:  Sunday, January 27

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.

Know someone who is expecting? Johanna also teaches Prenatal Yoga - check out our upcoming prenatal sessions.

Register Online HERE for Mom Baby Yoga


bendy book WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Wednesday, February 13

Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join Down Dog Yoga Center at the bookstore in February to discuss The Overstory by Richard Powers. We will meet at This is a Bookstore in the Oakwood Plaza - plan to arrive early to get settled and enjoy a beverage or snack from the bookstore’s Table of Contents Cafe! We look forward to this time in community conversation to stretch our minds and get to know each other. No RSVP needed - just drop in for book club on February 13th!


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.

Register Online HERE for Partner Yoga


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION  

Date:  Sunday, February 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


spring equinox gong celebration  WITH JULIE CHASE

Date: Friday, March 15

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 Spring 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.

Register Online HERE for Gong Celebration


chakra renewal RETREAT  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS AND KRISTIN FIORE

Location:  GilChrist Retreat Center - Three Rivers, MI

Date:  Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24

Time:  6pm Friday - Noon Sunday

Cost:  $200 Early Bird, $225 after Feb 10

This weekend retreat is an invitation to journey inward to balance and re-energize body, mind, and spirit as we move from winter hibernation to spring rejuvenation! We will explore the 7 energetic centers called chakras in this dynamic and contemplative retreat. As we become more familiar with each chakra through yoga and meditation, breath-work, chanting, and journaling, we can open to greater awareness of our innate life force and experience subtle shifts toward greater acceptance, healing, and wholeness. GilChrist provides a beautiful natural backdrop for our journey inward, and Kristin and Cynthia’s gentle guidance invites us into movement, meditation, rest, and connection. Join us for this spring renewal!

Retreat price includes: (2) 2-hour yoga practices and (2) 3-hour yoga practices with Cynthia and Kristin, Saturday dinner and circle gathering, plus time to explore the land at GilChrist, rest, reflect and journal.

Lodging: GilChrist has a limited number of cabins for rent at $50/night (overflow lodging is at The Hermitage). Please contact GilChrist directly to make your lodging arrangements. Friday check in can begin as early as 2pm and Sunday check out is by 2pm.

Meals: Saturday dinner is provided, all other meals will be on your own. GilChrist cabins include equipped kitchens, and The Hermitage has a communal kitchen as well as offering 3 meals a day.

Retreat questions? Email kristin@downdogyogacenter.com or cynthia@downdogyogacenter.com

Register Online HERE for Spring Chakra Renewal Retreat