My dearest yogis,
Hello my HYP tribe. I wanted to let you all know that after a long time of considering, I have decided to take a personal leave from HYP. This may come as a surprise to some of you and to others, not so much. I have gone back and forth about this decision in fear of losing what we have all built together. I want you to know my goal and heart is still 100% to open my own space someday with the vision of reaching a population that does not have accessible yoga. My vision still remains the same. However, there have been many set backs this year including several promises of finances and funding coming through, partnerships not panning out, lease spaces not working out, and more that I do not wish to go into at this point in time. I have had many physical set-backs in my own life as well as my families lives that have hindered me from giving 100%.
I must take some time to focus on me and my family. My own practice, my health and wellness and the long-term goals of this business.
I am so thankful for your involvement and excitement for this project. And we are still pursuing buildings and partnerships with other communities to see if it makes sense to work together in the future.
So what does that mean? The hard part will be letting my Monday and Saturday classes go as I know our community truly enjoys these classes. I trust that when the time is right to continue our community classes, you will join me in re-launching and I will be so excited to see you all.
This next 3-6 months I will be taking a leave of absence. I will be focusing on my own practice as well as my nutrition and mental health. I will be taking some time away from social media mainly on HYP but on my personal pages as well to reconnect to my foundation and family.
Please know my heart breaks as I write this and I hope you can all understand where I am coming from. I still 100% desire to have a space of my own. I hope you can all see this not as weakness or failure but strength for admitting and recognizing when I need to take care of myself. I am not giving up. It took a very long time for me to admit to myself that this is what I need to do. I kept wanting to push through and give it my all but I just wasn’t able to.
Once again thank you so much for everything. I wish there were words to express my gratitude and how amazing this journey has been. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally as I am still on your team and hope to stay as connected as possible. As always, TRUST THE PROCESS, and Happy New Year 2019.
Thank you all so much once again. Much love and grace to you,
Yoga + Cider
What better way to welcome fall than at Farmhaus Cider! Join us for yoga in Farmhaus' Cidergarten followed by crisp, delicious hard cider.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
3 - 5pm. 60 minute all-levels yoga followed by happy hour.
Never tried yoga? Cool, come anyways - this is the place to learn. Seasoned yogi? Sweet, we're going to have some fun!
Ticket price $20. Price includes yoga class and one pint cider mimosa or cider of your choice, Tier 1 or Tier 2 cider only.
Age 21+ only.
Purchase tickets here.
A break-down of the Yamas: allowing us to coexist peacefully with others.
In one of the last blog post I wrote, I discussed in brief the eight-limb path of yoga that forms the framework for our practice. Refer to blog post “Practice Does Not Mean Perfect” from 01/08/2018 for a basic review of all limbs. The first two are the Yamas and the Niyamas. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about these two as the five “wise characteristics” within both of them (ten all together) and how they apply to all of us no matter what religion you practice or none at all. These principles are just good to live by.
Since it is an in depth topic, I chose to break down the five components (or characteristics) of the Yama’s to get us started. Rather than a list of “do’s and don’ts” the yama’s tell us that our fundamental nature is to be compassionate, generous, honest, and peaceful. And you may notice how these coming up in classes in the near future! Here we go!
Wow.. that’s a lot of good stuff to live by. Think about some of these ideas and concepts and reflect where you can apply these to your own life. As always, let us know if you have any questions about the Yamas - it can be a heavy topic and we love discussion. And lastly, look for a break down of the Niyamas (actions to take towards oneself) soon!
We're pushing our Wednesday class time back to 6:30pm to allow for some extra time to find parking and get settled before class begins at the beautiful Wealthy Studios!
Come join Wednesday's at Wealthy Studios from 6:30-7:45pm, $10 drop in.
If you were at our Ignite & Renew event last month, you know just how warm and inviting Wealthy Studios is! So much, that we've decided to ADD A WEEKLY CLASS there! You read that right, starting July 25th, we're adding a class at Wealthy Studios every Wednesday to our regular schedule!
We're so excited to offer another class in a space where all are invited to practice, and we hope to see you there!
6:00 - 7:15 pm
Wealthy Studios, 619 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$10, cash/card upon arrival
Photo credit: Michelle Cuppy
Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids
Join us for SUP Yoga every Sunday in August at Bostwick Lake in Rockford, MI. This hour and fifteen minute class will have you mindfully moving about your paddleboard in a fun, lighthearted environment. Taking place on a peaceful inland lake, attendees with meet at Bostwick Lake Inn to use the docks there to enter the water. Space is very limited so don't wait to get a ticket!
Pre-registration only - $25/Ticket
Every Sunday in August
Meeting Location: Bostwick Lake Inn
*If you own a paddleboard and grapple hook and would like to join, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing.
Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids
Treat yourself to a rejuvenating yoga session followed by a make-your-own yogurt parfait bar! We'll be leading a free in-store all-levels 50-minute yoga class at Athleta. One lucky attendee will be entered to win a $25 Shop Card!
After getting your stretch on, mingle with your community and nourish yourself while shopping special Sunday sales. Space is limited so make sure to save your spot by registering online today!
Event is free but we ask that you pre-register here: http://events.athleta.com/4596-yogayogurt
Can't get away for a full weekend, how about a Friday night retreat?
Join Heights Yoga Project, GR Massage Life & Fox Naturals at Wealthy Studios for a night of yoga, pampering and relaxation.
The night will begin with a 60 minute all-levels yoga practice followed by chair massages from GR Massage Life and a build your own face mask bar from Fox Naturals. All in the warm space of Wealthy Studios where you may find yourself shopping local artist's work, handmade goods and gorgeous prints!
Light refreshments will be provided. $25/ticket. Buy tickets here.
Join us at The Old Goat every Sunday in June for a 75 minute yoga practice. Kari or Michelle will be leading a 60 minute ALL-LEVELS vinyasa yoga flow followed by 15 minutes of meditation.
Meditation can help you overcome challenges you're facing or bring more mindfulness to your every day life. Just like yoga, it's a transformative practice and we'll be there to guide you through your meditation.
Please bring a mat (we'll have a few extras), water, and dress in layers. Come for yoga with the option to stay for a delicious brunch afterwards prepared by The Old Goat!
Cost is donation based.
There is no pre-registration but we ask that you go like our Facebook Group and click "going" on our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/278989739309381/
Our first Yoga & Beer event last month was a hit, so we're back at it again for some more detox to retox on Saturday, May 26 at Brass Ring Brewing!
Join us for a 60 minute all-levels yoga class and stay for a craft beer and light refreshments afterwards.
New to yoga? Don't know much about craft beer? Perfect! This is the place to learn more about both.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:15am-11:15am Yoga Class
11:30am-12:30pm Craft Beer and Light Refreshments
@ Brass Ring Brewing
2404 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
$25, yoga and first pint of beer
$20, yoga only
BYOM (bring your own mat), we'll provide the beverage(s)
Space is limited. Purchase your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-and-beer-at-the-brass-ring-tickets-45501970619
We hope to see you!