fall equinox gong celebration  WITH JULIE CHASE

Date: Friday, September 20

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 Fall 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 Fall Equinox Gong Concert


MOM & BABY YOGA WORKSHOP with Johanna potter  

Date:  Sunday, September 22

Time:  12:30pm - 2:00pm

Cost:  $20 - SOLD OUT

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? We also offer Prenatal Yoga - check out our upcoming prenatal sessions.

Mom & Baby Yoga is SOLD OUT - look for another class to be scheduled soon.


Yoga Uncorked at the SkyDeck WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Friday, September 27

Time:  4:45pm - 5:45pm

Cost:  $20 (includes yoga and a glass of wine)

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 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 (or non-alcoholic drink) after class

  • Bring your own yoga mat/towel

  • Plan to arrive at 4:30pm 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 our September Yoga Uncorked at the SkyDeck


6am yoga challenge with steph unsworth

Date:  October 1 - November 26

Time:  6am Tuesdays and Thursdays

Cost:  $150 (includes 17 classes - that’s less than $9/class!)

Join in our Fall 6am Yoga Challenge for the months of October and November and experience the benefits of waking up with yoga twice a week: Tuesdays focus on strengthening and energizing, and Thursdays focus on deeper stretching and relaxation. Commit to the practice and see the results - rise and shine with us to get your day off to a great start!

All challenge participants are automatically registered for two months of 6am classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 1 - November 21). Everyone who completes the challenge, attending all 17 classes, will be entered for a chance to win studio merchandise. NOTE: Participants can make up 2 classes during the challenge session dates, but additional missed classes cannot be made up and no refunds will be given. See the teacher, Steph Unsworth, for details regarding class make up options.

Register online HERE for the 6am Yoga Challenge


Intentional Connections  WITH Indira kate

Date:  Wednesdays, October 2 - October 30

Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cost:  $75 for 5 weeks

This five-part series combines a physical yoga practice with contemplative inquiries that are the foundation of the yoga tradition. Join Indira on this investigative journey into topics such as interdependence, dharma or life purpose, connection and belonging. Discover how your understanding of these principles can transform and enrich your experience of daily life. Each class begins with an active yoga practice followed by an experiential inquiry culled from the yoga tradition. Though these intentional practices, you strengthen your connection to that which gives your life meaning and purpose. As you devote your attention to this purpose, your life becomes a natural expression of both inner and outer harmony. Bring a journal and pen. Some yoga experience is suggested, but not required. If you are new to the practice of yoga, inquire at the front desk as to whether this program is for you. Note: missed classes cannot be made up or refunded for semester classes.

Register Online HERE for Intentional Connections


ART HOP

Date:  Friday, October 4

Time:  5:00pm - 8:00pm 

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? Stop by our October Art Hop exhibit, Flow of Life featuring paintings by Mary Roscoe.

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.


GOAT YOGA with Soil Friends farm

Date: Saturday dates listed below

Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

Cost: $15

Join Down Dog Yoga Center for Goat Yoga at Soil Friends Farm in Galesburg, MI. Bring a beach towel and/or your yoga mat and enjoy this lighthearted practice in the pasture alongside the playful goats! After class, spend some time around the farm -  enjoy their farm fresh egg and pancakes breakfast, homemade doughnuts, flowers, produce shopping, and more. NOTE: Space is limited for this fun and unique event, so be sure to pre-register to save your spot. Pre-registered participants will be notified if class is cancelled due to weather. Register online using the links below or call to be added to a wait-list:


Ayur-yoga afternoon retreat WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Friday, October 11

Time:  1:00pm - 5:00pm

Cost:  $50 before Oct 1, $60 after

Get grounded, be nourished, and relax! This fall afternoon retreat helps us evaluate and work with imbalances through the practice of Yoga & Ayurveda to support maintaining health and longevity as we settle into the cooler season. The afternoon includes a grounding yoga practice focused on joint mobility and lubrication, foot massage, learning/discussion time, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and metta meditation for nourishment 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


SOUND IMMERSION WITH JUDY HUXMANN

Date: Sunday, October 13

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cost: $20

“In a sound immersion experience, we leave behind the mind, and leaving behind the mind is meditation." – inspired by Kabir.

Come to Down Dog, let go for a little while, and feel the effects of ancient sound instruments on your mind, body, and spirit. Leave feeling a deep sense of peace and calm.

In this sound immersion, Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks and other sound instruments will be used to help our busy minds down-shift to relaxation, meditation, and a deep state healing. No previous experience in music or meditation is necessary. This special sound experience is led by Judy Huxmann, a Kalamazoo-based sound therapist and retired yoga instructor and massage therapist.

Register Online HERE for Sound Immersion


BENDY BOOK CLUB  WITH KRISTIN FIORE

Date:  Sunday, October 13

Time:  4:00pm - 5:30pm

October Book Selection: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Join us at Down Dog Yoga Center to discuss the selected book (listed above). We look forward to the Bendy Book Club for time in community conversation to stretch our minds and get to know each other. RSVP for free online using the link below.

RSVP Online Here for Bendy Book Club


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION  

Date:  Sunday, October 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 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


Partner Yoga with Mia Leibold

Date: Sunday, November 3

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Celebrate connection with us by partnering up to practice yoga with a loved one or friend! 

 In this Sunday afternoon partner yoga class we will learn to support each other in poses by aligning our bodies, creating balance, and being present to share and hold space. Partner yoga is a fun way to challenge our balance, strength, and flexibility and explore the trust and surrender needed to support one another. This workshop is a great way to introduce a friend, family member, or partner to the benefits of yoga. No experience necessary - come join the fun!

Register Online HERE for Partner Yoga


Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse With Kara Aubin

Date: Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10 (weekend retreat at the studio)

Plus November 2 - November 7 (pre-cleanse prep at home)

Cost: $230

Ayurveda views seasonal transitions as important opportunities for cleansing and rejuvenation. The transition from summer to fall is the perfect seasonal cue to cleanse and rejuvenate. The accumulated internal heat from summer needs to be cleared, and we need to build our vital essences to carry us through the drying and cooling transition of fall and winter. This workshop takes an Ayurvedic approach to cleansing and rejuvenation, a gentle effective approach to leave you feeling clearer, cleaner, and renewed.

Signs that a Fall Rejuvenation could be right for you? You experience hot flashes, acidity, hives, rash, urticaria, irritability, or other signs of high Pitta, and/or you experience dryness, cracking/popping joints, anxiety, insomnia, low digestion, or constipation as you move into autumn. This rejuvenation weekend will address the junction of both types of imbalances and create quick shifts in your wellness AND send you home with diet and lifestyle practices that create lasting change throughout the year.

The Ayurvedic Fall Rejuvenation Cleanse includes:

  • Three sessions: Friday 6:00pm-8:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm, and Sunday 8:30am-11:30am

  • Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle teachings, pre and post-cleanse suggested practices, recipes, and shopping list.

  • Ayurvedic cooking class: Saturday 10:30am-1pm

  • Yoga practices to support the seasonal transition and your unique constitution.

  • A group experience to offer support and camaraderie during the cleansing process.

  • Ayurvedic meals to support rejuvenation during the weekend workshop:
    Saturday: breakfast & lunch
    Sunday: breakfast

Note: Registration ends on Friday, Nov 1 as there is a cleanse prep work involved. No refunds will be given once pre-cleanse materials have been emailed/communicated. If there is a need to cancel after that time, your payment may only be credited towards a future cleanse with Kara.

Kara Aubin is an Ayurvedic Practitioner trained by Dr. Vasant Lad, a preeminent Ayurvedic physican and found 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!

Register Online HERE for the Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse


SOUND IMMERSION WITH JUDY HUXMANN

Date: Friday, November 29

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cost: $20

“In a sound immersion experience, we leave behind the mind, and leaving behind the mind is meditation." – inspired by Kabir.

Come to Down Dog, let go for a little while, and feel the effects of ancient sound instruments on your mind, body, and spirit. Leave feeling a deep sense of peace and calm.

In this sound immersion, Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks and other sound instruments will be used to help our busy minds down-shift to relaxation, meditation, and a deep state healing. No previous experience in music or meditation is necessary. This special sound experience is led by Judy Huxmann, a Kalamazoo-based sound therapist and retired yoga instructor and massage therapist.

Register Online HERE for Sound Immersion


REst & Digest WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Saturday, November 30

Time:  10:30am - 12:30pm

Cost:  $30

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


yoga on tap! with Kristin Fiore

Date: Sunday, TBD

Time: 11am @ TBD

Cost: $20

Join Down Dog Yoga Center for a lighthearted Sunday yoga class at a local brewery!  Bring your friends, beer aficionados and yogis alike, and enjoy the poses, pints, and good times that follow.  Pre-registration strongly encouraged due to popularity of this event.

  • Beginner’s welcome; Ages 21+

  • Bring your own yoga mat/towel

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

Online Registration coming soon!


CANDLELIT YIN FOR HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS

Date:  Friday, December 13

Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost:  $30

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 for Holiday Stress Relief


winter yin yoga & meditation RETREAT  WITH CYNTHIA HOSS AND KRISTIN FIORE

Location:  GilChrist Retreat Center - Three Rivers, MI

Date:  Friday, January 17 - Sunday, January 19 of 2020

Time:  6pm Friday - Noon Sunday 

Cost:  $250 Early Bird, $275 after December 1 

It is our natural rhythm to slow down and be more reflective in the winter months of rest and rejuvenation. Join Cynthia and Kristin for a weekend of Yin Yoga & Meditation to support this contemplative season as we dive deeper into witnessing the body and mind through slow movement and stillness. During this retreat, we will hold the intention to be present in our experience of the mind/body connection as we move towards inner peace and our personal resolve for 2020.  GilChrist provides a beautiful natural backdrop for our journey inward, and Kristin and Cynthia’s gentle guidance invites us into movement, meditation, rest, silence and connection. Join us for this lovely winter retreat - no previous yoga experience is necessary - all are welcome.

Retreat price includes:

  • (2) 2-hour yoga practices and (2) 3-hour yoga practices with Cynthia and Kristin

  • Saturday dinner and circle gathering

  • 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. 

If you have any questions about this retreat, please email kristin@downdogyogacenter.com or cynthia@downdogyogacenter.com

Register Online HERE for Winter Yin & Meditation Retreat