live music yoga FLOW  WITH KRISTIN FIORE and PenN Johnson

Date:  Tuesday, July 25

Time:  7:15pm - 8:30pm

Cost:  $15

Join studio owner Kristin Fiore for a fun and flowing Live Music Yoga Class set to the acoustic stylings of guest artist Penn Johnson! Soak up the good vibes and go with the flow in this one time special event. Space is limited; sign up now to save your spot. Beginners welcome.

Register online HERE for Live Music Yoga Flow


STAND UP PADDLE BOARD YOGA WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Dates:  Wednesdays, June 28 - August 23

Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cost:  $30 (includes equipment rental by Lee's Adventure Sports), $20 (with 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 your 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 our 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 our boards settling in to our fluid nature.  

SUP YOGA IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS:

  • 5 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.

  • 5 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.


yin & restorative summer unwindings  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Friday, July 28 

            Friday, August 25

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  $25 each pre-register, $30 each at the door (if space is available)

TGIF! Plan ahead for a healthy summer and take these afternoons off to begin the weekend with relaxing moves that release and unwind the physical, mental, and emotional tension that has accumulated.  Nourish, calm, and refresh your body with slow focused movements that gently massage your muscles, support your joints, and help you re-balance during this summer season.  Feel the positive effects on the nervous system as you let go and relax. Each month has a different theme listed below; sign up now to save your spot!

July 28:  Back Care & Spinal Health - register online HERE

August 25:  Hips, Legs, Feet - register online HERE


Yoga in the beer garden  at Arcadia Ales kalamazoo

Date:  Wednesdays (June, July, and August)

Time:  6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: $5

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, 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


Yoga & ayurveda for summer balance WITH Cynthia hoss

Dates:  Thursdays, August 3 - 24

Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost:  $60 for 4 week session, $20 single class drop-in (if space is available)

This Thursday evening class invites you to maintain ease and balance with tools to calm, cool, digest and rest as you enjoy the remainder of your summer season! Use this Yoga & Ayurveda evening series to manage the heat and fine-tune your yoga practice and seasonal nutrition. Breathe, relax, play, and let go! Each class includes pranayama (breathing practices), asana (postures), meditation, and discussion of summer balance topics listed below.

  • August 3:  Evaluating Balance with Basic Ayurvedic Principles
  • August 10:  Seasonal Foods, Digestion, and Restoration
  • August 17:  Natural Rhythms, Aromatherapy, and Metta Meditation
  • August 24:  Questions, Reflection, and Yoga Nidra  

Register online HERE for Yoga & Ayurveda for Summer Balance


august ART HOP featuring plasko design jewelry

Date:  Friday, August 4

Time:  5:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? Stop by our August Art Hop exhibit, Plasko Design Jewelry, featuring minimalist, clean and contemporary pieces, with a focus on design and beautiful materials. Special for Down Dog: Yoga Inspired Jewelry Collection

Art Hop Note: plan to attend our Friday Heated Vinyasa at 5:30pm before enjoying a fun night out in downtown Kalamazoo! Showers are available at the studio to help you transition easily from yoga to Art Hop.


Market fresh YOGA  WITH KRISTIN FIORE and the Kalamazoo farmers market

Date:  Saturday, August 5

            Tuesday, August 15

Time: 8:00am - 9:00am

Location:  Kalamazoo Farmers Market (1204 Bank St in Kalamazoo)

Cost:  $5 cash - includes a market fresh treat after class

To market we go! Grab your yoga mat and join Down Dog Yoga Center for a delightful, outdoor morning 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! $5 cost (cash payment collected day of event) includes a one hour yoga class PLUS a treat from a select Farmers Market vendor. Beginners welcome.  In the event of rain, class will be cancelled and cancellation will be posted on our Facebook page.

Space is limited so be sure to pre-register to save your spot; drop-ins permitted if space is available. Pre-registered students will be notified via email if class is cancelled due to weather. Register online below by class date.


SOUND HEALING MEDITATION WITH JULIE CHASE

Date:  Saturday, August 5

Time:  1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cost:  $20

Sound has abundant power to help us heal and reclaim our wholeness. This workshop 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 comfortably- yoga mats/chairs provided.

Register Online HERE for Sound Meditation


Yoga on Tap!  with Kristin Fiore and Local breweries

Date:  Sunday, August 6 @ Bell's

Time:  11:00am

Cost:  $20 each

Join Down Dog Yoga Center for this light-hearted outdoor summer yoga series at local breweries that includes a 1 hour yoga class PLUS a pint of beer. It’s bottom’s up and barrels of fun when down dog and craft beer meet! We begin in June at Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Co., then head to Arcadia Ales Kalamazoo in July and Bell's Brewery in August (use links below to register separately for each event). Bring your friends, beer aficionados and yogis alike, and enjoy the poses, pints, and good times that follow! Beginners welcome.

  • Must be 21 to participate
  • Cost includes 1 hour yoga class and a pint of beer after class
  • Please bring a yoga mat - limited number available at the event

Register online HERE for Yoga on Tap - Bell's August 6 


YOGA AT THE BEACH  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  August 10 (second Thursday of the summer months)

Time: 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 second 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 near Monroe Park and head down the blue stairs to the beach. Meet up with our group there at 10am. In the event of rain, class will be cancelled and cancellation will be posted on our Facebook page.

Register online HERE for Yoga at the Beach!


PARTNER YOGA  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Friday, August 11

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 your 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 JAVA with Kristin Fiore and Water Street Coffee Roaster

Date:  Saturday, August 12

Time:  9:30am - 11:00am

Location:  Water Street Coffee Roaster (610 W. Willard St in Kalamazoo)

Cost:  $20

Back by popular demand - join Down Dog Yoga and Water Street to perk up your weekend with yoga and a cup of cold brew coffee in this fun summer event! First we'll meet the mat at 9:30am with Down Dog's owner, Kristin Fiore - wake up with an outdoor yoga class by the beautiful mural at Water Street's coffee roasting location (610 W. Willard St in Kalamazoo). Then we'll meet Water Street's Roast Master, Seth Chapman, at 10:30am - enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee and a mini "how-to" home brew session. Awaken the senses and fill your cup with this Saturday morning yoga and coffee event!

Register online HERE for Yoga Java


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION  

Date:  Sunday, August 20

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 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! 

Register free online HERE for Mindfulness Meditation


Being, not doing  WITH indira kate kalmbach

Date:  Thursday, August 31

Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost:  $25 pre-register, $30 day of (if space is available)

Relax. Reset. Restore. Join Indira Kate Kalmbach and experience the practice of yin and restorative yoga as a counterpose to the frenetic pace of daily life. What better way to soothe your nervous system than through a yoga practice that asks nothing of you except that you find the yummiest way to experience a pose, and sink into the deliciousness of simply being in the present moment? Through a series of longer-held postures, we will explore the jewels of a yin yoga practice and learn how conscious being in yoga lends itself to a committed sense of right action, a harmonious doing. Before closing, we will transition into a few soothing yoga postures from the restorative yoga tradition. Beginners welcome.

Register online HERE for Being, Not Doing


Yin to yang mindful flow  WITH indira kate kalmbach

Date:  Saturday, September 9

Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost:  $25 pre-register, $30 day of (if space is available)

Experience a sample of yin yoga poses as a gentle myofascial warm-up, followed by the classic and well-rounded Pavones Yoga Center vinyasa flow in this delightful extended practice. Class includes sun salutations, standing poses, hip openers and gentle back-bends with a substantial focus on precision and anatomical alignment rather than on speed or repetition. Indira’s classes have a heavy emphasis on yummy hands-on assists and mindful attention to present moment experience...don't miss this opportunity to practice with this experienced guest teacher while she is in town!

Register online HERE for Yin to Yang Mindful Flow


seasonal gong celebration WITH JULIE CHASE

Date:  Friday, September 22

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 Seasonal Gong Celebration, where participants can renew their 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 Seasonal Gong Celebration


MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP  WITH CHELSIE DOWNS-HUBBARTH

Date:  Sunday, September 24

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


Fall yoga retreat WITH CYNTHIA HOSS and marti jeffs

Dates: September 29 - October 1

Location: Watervale Resort in Arcadia, Michigan

Cost:  $375 if registered before September 1, $400 after

Join Cynthia and Marti for a quiet, contemplative journey inward during this fall retreat. Reflect and explore the fundamental philosophies at the heart of Yoga through the lens of the Yamas and Niyamas. The Yamas (restraints) guide us to live in harmony with ourselves and others, while the Niyamas (observances) teach us to cultivate our highest self potential. This weekend will help you develop clarity, direction, and understanding around how to apply these principles to enhance your relationships with yourself and others. Seasonal Ayurvedic practices will be woven into asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and self-care as tools to support you moving toward personal freedom and contentment.

Weekend includes:

  • 4 yoga sessions
  • 2 nights lodging
  • 2 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 fabulous dinners
  • 2 hour workshop on the Yamas and Niyamas
  • 2 hour Ayurveda workshop
  • Free time for hiking, biking, journaling, creative play, and rest!

For more information or to register, please contact Cynthia Hoss at cynthia@downdogyogacenter.com