In June, I got to travel up to Chicago to once again train with my teacher, Manju Jois.  It was an honor to practice (although in a somewhat limited capacity given I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time!) and spend time with such an inspirational traditional teacher; a walking yoga legend (he & his father brought Ashtanga Yoga, the parent to most power and vinyasa type classes to the west today).  One of the many things he said that stuck with me during this trip was that, as teachers, we are supposed to “Inspire and then Install.”

What does that mean?  To me, it means that I need to continue to practice and offer whatever assistance at whatever stage in life I currently am to all the students that come into Yoga East’s door (and beyond).  I want to inspire you to practice, to get to your mat, and then, once you are inspired, I want to install the necessary knowledge for you to do this practice safely and effectively.  I know each and every teacher here at Yoga East continues their education and personal practice in order to do this very same thing and I’m proud to lead this precious group of inspirational leaders.

Another way we inspire is by providing the best experience possible for each of you when you walk into the studio.  As such, you may have noticed a few changes around the studio.  We are constantly trying to improve your experience, enhance your security, and provide exceptional service.  We are continuing to make these changes, incrementally, to make sure they are (1) sustainable (2) in the best interest of all of our members.  As you can see from this newsletter, Yoga East is BUSY!  We like to stay active with our community, with each of you, and most importantly, keep us all engaged in this life changing, enhancing practice.  We know Yoga East is unique, and we LOVE that.   We LOVE to be trend setters and we want to be the GO TO place for new and exciting Yoga based events in the East Brainerd area.  I want to personally thank each of you for your continued support as we grow our roots deeper in an effort to reach our branches taller.

You may have noticed a few changes in our pricing policies and our class packages   My goal for Yoga East is to be the Premiere Yoga Studio for East Brainerd.  This means upgrading some of our equipment, increasing a few more accessories, and in general improving the overall space.  Our full schedule and all the fun events that we host and want to start hosting–they require a change.  Yoga East has historically kept prices low compared to other area studios despite having super awesome HIGHLY qualified teachers and despite offering a very wide variety of classes and, more recently, amazing events.   In order to maintain our wonderful facility and improve upon it, these changes are necessary.  I know changes can be scary and sometimes overwhelming, but I assure you that we are taking these steps slowly to help facilitate the change while still assisting in the thoughtful growth of the studio.

In addition to changes in our physical studio and class package options, we will also be changing how our memberships are priced.  Those of you that are current members, never fear!  Changes in membership prices will be for new memberships; existing members will be “grandfathered” into their memberships as long as they continue to renew.  For those of you that have been curious about memberships, now is the time to join, or ask us how!  We will be promoting our new packages and memberships this month, so keep an eye out on our social media and website to learn how you can take advantage of today’s prices while experiencing the incredible offerings we have every single day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to reach out to me directly.  I am available every single day. My email is jennifer@yoga-east.net.  I always have several cards with my personal contact information available at the front desk, so please, grab one and call me if you ever want to ask a question about a class or the studio, or if you just want to chat!
P.S. Baby Caleb is due at the end of this month so please keep my family and me in your thoughts and prayers as the Yoga East Family grows by one more (super small) yogi.  I can’t wait to show you all photos.  (and don’t forget to hug Dawn for keeping everything running smoothly while I am slightly out of commission.)
Much Love, Respect, and Awe to you all,
Jennifer

Who wants a Party?
Interested in renting the studio for a private Yoga Class or Aerial party?
We can do that!
Ideas include bachelorette parties, birthday parties, GNO, kids aerial and birthday celebrations…the ideas are endless.  Let us help you plan a fun event at your favorite studio!
Summer Celebrations

Don’t let the long summer days interfere with your yoga.  Join us for fun events ALL Summer long!
Stand-up
Paddleboard
Wanna take your practice outside?  Join Rebecca Balch* for two SUP events (Standup Paddleboard) this month; July 3rd and July 15th.  You will meet Rebecca at the Big Ridge Marina where you can rent all the gear you need ($35) and you have 2 hours to play with yoga on the water!  
*Although Rebecca is coordinating this outing, it is not an official Yoga East Event and neither she nor Yoga East receive compensation for this event.

Join us for an afternoon celebrating some of the best American Themed Rock Music with Elizabeth Ogle on July 8th from 12:30 – 1:30  You’ll rock out with your studio buddies in an All Levels Flow Class-promising to get you smiling and fit.


Inversion Workshop

July 16th Aimee Maschhoff will guide us through a fun and exciting practice geared towards spending time upside down.  We  will learn the benefits of inversions, tips and tricks to make the experience more accessible, and we’ll laugh as we explore all the options.   All Levels are welcome, although some Yoga Experience will be helpful.   This workshop will be held at our Sister Studio, Blissful Wellness.   

Luxe Restorative Escape

On July 21st, Join Dawn Zoll and a two more teachers in this super luxurious Friday evening 90 minute Restorative Class.  From the moment you walk into the studio, you’ll be greeted with a sparkling beverage and a smile.  You will not lift a finger as our experienced leaders guide you through the most amazing, relaxing evening complete with warm and cool compresses, plenty of hands-on assists and mini massages, soothing scents and sounds and of course plenty of props and special treats.  This is the first event of its kind here at Yoga East and this area, and something we’ve been working hard to make sure it sets the standard for luxurious relaxation for years to come.  This class is limited in size to insure the most  relaxation and comfort so be sure to reserve your spot today!  The cost is $30.  Gold members do receive a 20% discount.

Experience Yoga & Essential Oils
Come Flow with Megan Brock and learn about increased health and wellness through Yoga and Essential Oils. In this

is 2.5 hr workshop we’ll have a 75 minute All Levels Class that will incorporate movement and restorative poses so you can experience strength and relaxation before diving deep into the science and art of Essential Oils and how we can incorporate them into our lives for enhanced health and well being. The cost is $25*.

*Early bird reservations will receive an awesome take home gift to use at home with their new EO knowledge. Must reserve your spot by July 8th to be eligible for the Take Home Gift.

Reserve your spot today!

Back this Summer

Family Yoga
Want something fun to do with the whole family this summer?  Join Claire Mooney on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 for Family Yoga!  Children 5-12 are welcome where you’ll play with poses and enjoy quality family time with no smart devices!
Community Giving Opportunity

Home Bound Books Donation Drive
Help Collect Children’s Books 

Did you know that children in Public Schools can no longer check out books to take home?  Well, Yoga East believes that our children should read and be able to enjoy books all year long at home, which is why we have decided to partner with a local group, Home Bound Books.

The goal of Home Bound Books is to provide Elementary aged children the opportunity to have books to read in their own home.  We need you to help us!  Do you have any children’s books in good condition that your children have perhaps outgrown?  Do you have some boxes up in the attic that maybe you’ve been trying to figure out what to do with?  Well, bring them to your favorite Yoga Studio in town, and we’ll make sure our local children have the opportunity to read the books you no longer need by giving them right over to Home Bound Books.  More Details coming soon to the studio.

Special Aerial Yoga Night w/
Rebecca Balch
July 28th at 6:30
Join Rebecca for her special monthly aerial yoga class.  You’ll spend the evening exploring yoga without all the hassles of gravity!  Regular class fees apply.  Beginners are welcome / no experience necessary.
Studio Partnerships

 Community Acupuncture & Fire Cupping
Community Acupuncture & Fire Cupping
Every Sunday from 11:30 – 1:30
Jamie Jackson L.ac & Mi Lu Center

 

We continue to partner with Jamie Jackson and the Mi Lu Center to provide our studio members the opportunity to experience wellness the Traditional Chinese Medicine way with weekly Community Acupuncture and Fire Cupping Sessions.  This wellness program has been around for centuries but is new to our studio and is definitely growing.
The community treatments are a more economical means to incorporate TCM into your lifestyle as you heal with a group of your peers.  We invite you to reserve your spot today, or just drop in.  TCM can help with a variety of ailments from pain to infertility, to insomnia.  If , on the day of your treatment, you are running late or need to cancel last minute, please call Jamie directly at 303-328-5869.
Let’s GROW Together!

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 
July 22-23 
12:30 – 5:30

We work very hard in our lives today, rarely taking the time to rest. On top to that, we live in a culture of chronic stress. This stress can cause many ailments that include high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, and emotional disturbances. Restorative yoga poses enable our bodies to completely relax and rest, lowering our heart rate and blood pressure, as well as providing an emotional release for our minds.
 During this training students will learn restorative poses for specific areas of of the body, as will as a general restorative practice. We will discuss the safe and effective use of props. Adjustments for students with special needs will also be addressed.
This is a Yoga Alliance approved course for Continuing Education hours and is $150.

Senior Yoga Teacher Training
July 28 – 29th
12:30 – 5:30

Seniors 65 and older are the fastest growing demographic in our country (and area). These baby boomers need yoga and education to adapt to their older bodies, minds and spirits. As Yoga Teachers, we need to be prepared for Every Body that enters into our classroom and how we can safely, effectively, and creatively lead fun and exciting classes regardless the student’s age or capability.
Our very own Linda McIntyre will lead us through this weekend intensive as we will cover the basics of the aging process, looking at how yoga affects the aging process and also how aging may impact yoga practice. We will also cover special considerations relevant to specific conditions. This weekend will focus on typical modifications and tools that can be used by seniors, anyone with injuries, or physical limitations.
Time will be spent on safe ways to improve balance and decrease fall risks.Sample classes will include floor and chair practices.We will also discuss common poses that may help typical ailments found in a Senior Yoga Class.
This is a Yoga Alliance approved course for Continuing Education hours and is $150.

Yoga East Teacher Training
Yoga for EveryBody
September 9th – December 10th
We are starting to gear up for the next semester of Chattanooga’s ONLY FULLY FLEXIBLE,  Yoga Teacher Training here at Yoga East.  Yoga for EveryBody is a Yoga Alliance Accredited 200 hr Teacher Training course dedicated to a flexible premium yoga education. The only training that INCLUDES a free membership to the studio for 1 full year and the flexibility to complete the training at your own pace (up to two full years!) right here at your favorite studio.  We are convinced you will be a well rounded, grounded, knowledgeable yogi and teacher.
All of our teachers are experienced, knowledgeable, engaging and most importantly, FUN!  You’ll cover all of the required information as set by Yoga Alliance as well as many other topics that will deepen your own practice and understanding of yoga.  If you’ve ever wanted to become a teacher or just better understand the practice you love, don’t delay,  Sign up by August 15th and get 10% off!

New To Yoga East AND Chattanooga!
If you love yoga and you love kids, you will simply ADORE mini yogis teacher training!
Focusing primarily on children ages three to eleven, this ten-hour course will give you all the tools you need to create your own yoga program for children (and Yoga Alliance CEUs, too!). Through the use of themes, games, music, books, and other props, we will transform traditional practice into a creative, stimulating, and-most importantly-FUN yoga experience for kids.
Everyone is welcome regardless of training or experience level.
Member Perks Highlight

Our Monthly Gold Member Winner!
Congratulations to Nancy Henderson! You are our Gold Member Monthly Winner!
Thank you to April Nelson of Soft Touch Therapeutic Massage AND Soma of Hamilton Place for partnering with us at Yoga East.  (You’ll have a nice package waiting for your at the desk, Nancy!)  Each month, we randomly pick a Gold Member to receive a FREE 1 HR MASSAGE with April and, a FREE BRA from Soma!*
*We request that you “like us” on Facebook so we can notify you, (and let everyone else know!) use your massage that month, and please remember to tip!

Christmas in July!
July is Free Yoga Gift Month
Twice a year, we like to reward our Gold Members for their continued support.  We do this by giving you the opportunity to share your yoga love with a Gift Card for Free Yoga to give to a friend NEW to the studio.  As a new bonus, if your Friend joins our studio with a membership after using the Christmas in July Gift Card, we will credit YOUR account with the equivalent of one of their month’s membership dues!  Keep an eye out for your Gift Card after Independence Day.