2020 Full Year Challenge: Practicing Self Sustainability

Starts Monday, February 3, 2020
Ends Monday, February 1, 2021

Our 2020 vibe is slow and steady. It’s time to look at your practice as the act of showing up for yourself rather than what happens once you are in class.

This year, there are three ways to participate. Commit to and attend:

  • 4 classes/month
  • 8 classes/month
  • 16 classes/month

Nonrefundable $20 registration fee due at time of in-studio enrollment.


2020 Opening Practice: Recovery

January 1, 2020

$35 Early Bird
$40 after December 23rd



Join Tiffany for a New Year’s Day practice focused on being more kind and gentle with yourself.  This class is a mingling of movement from gentle yoga, fascial release work, restorative yoga and mindfulness.  The class will start with a gentle yoga movement practice to mindfully connect you to where your body is today.  This prepares you for some roll around time on balls, bolsters and rollers to nourish your fascial network before we settle down for our restorative practice.  This class is designed to be accessible to all, wherever you are in your body, life or practice.


2019 Closing Practice: Discovery

December 31, 2019

$25 Early Bird
$30 after December 23rd



Join studio owner Monica Shannon for a fun take on a classic hot yoga class that will help you discover all the bits and pieces of your body that aren’t normally included in mainstream movement. This 90 minute class will leave you feeling integrated, calm and ready to rest as we flip the calendar from 2019 to 2020.

We will be using blocks, resistance bands, the wall and a good amount of laughter. Never one to get too sentimental, Monica’s New Years Eve classes are always a refreshing and down to earth way to usher in this often heavy and chaotic time of the year. But, there will also be plenty of work!

We will have light snacks and non-alchoholic beverages after class for those who want to stay and socialize afterward.

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8 Week Tai Chi Series: For New and Returning Students

8 Consecutive Tuesdays
March 31 – May 19, 2020
$120 Early Bird /$140 after March 24, 2020

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For this series, Erin will introduce the form and sequence of powerful Tai Chi Chu’an form that was created by Tai Chi Chu’an Master Vincent Chu working closely with Qi Gong Master Ou, Wen Wei. Tai Chi Chu’an was originally a martial application of Qi Gong (energy cultivation). Erin has been studying Tai Chi with Master Vincent Chu and his advanced students and instructors since 2013. She will be introducing the Level I of Pangu Tai Chi (Returning Tai Chi Chu’an Form).
We aren’t doing anything difficult or using martial applications in this class. Tai Chi Chu’an strengthens and protects the joints – working gently with the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The added benefit of this form is the support for your organs as well. We will take it easy in this class; it will not be intense or require a lot of endurance. However, it is best to already have a regular movement routine (like walking, yoga, gardening) since we will be on our feet for 55-60 minutes. Of course, you may sit as needed.

Benefits of Returning Tai Chi Chu’an Form (Pangu Tai Chi): This Tai Chi, like other Tai Chi forms, “works on the fundamentals for physical fitness and martial abilities such as agility, balance, coordination, and opening the body’s joints by stretching the ligaments, tendons, and muscle groups. Pangu Tai Chi has two unique features.”

“First, Pangu Tai Chi harnesses the qi of the universe in order for it to improve the body’s physiological condition, including the immune system; and, second, an emphasis on exercising the lower body – while not neglecting the upper torso – to improve blood circulation, thus making it easier for the blood to return to the heart.” -pangu.org about Returning Tai Chi Chuan Form aka Pangu Tai Chi.



8 consecutive Tuesdays, starting March 31st, 2020 6:30pm-7:30pm


Early Bird Registration until March 24th, 2020: $120

After March 24th, 2020: $140

Drop In’s available when space is available for $20/class

New at Open Door: Open Practice!

Open Studio: 11am-1pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Free to auto draft members and any class pass works. $10 Drop Ins.

We are beginning to shift to a summer schedule; as well as a new concept we’ve been wanting to try for a while: Open Practice!

Schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 11am-1pm
Wednesday 7am-9am
Thursday 11am-1pm

All other 12pm classes are temporarily canceled for the summer.

During the Open Practice session the hot room will be open for a two hour period. You can start at any during those 2 hours and stay for as long or short as you like to practice however you choose, with a few exceptions.

The room temp will range from 85-105. We will have mellow background music and all props will be available for use.
Laura or Monica will be at the front desk to check you in and to help if you have any questions or concerns.

All passes are applicable and Drop Ins are just $10.

Donation Based Classes Are Back!

Opening Our Doors Even Wider

As a way to offer yoga to our larger community, Open Door is bringing back its long honored donation classes every weekday at 4:30pm for drop-in students.

  • Mondays:  75 minute class will include massage balls
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays:  Our classic 60 minute practice
  • Fridays: 60 minute flow

For those able, we suggest a donation of $10 and above to help ensure our ability to offer these donation classes beyond the summer.


Yoga Nidra: A Gift of Rest

May 12, 2019

No special price, but drop in fees apply if you don’t have a pass.



Have you ever wanted just 5 minutes to yourself to be able to think clearly? A little break so you focus more throughout your busy week? Have you been curious about meditation, but find it difficult to quiet your mind?  Join us on May 12 from 5:30-6:45 for a special iRest / Yoga Nidra session. This will be a great time to take a break for yourself to rest, relax, and experience meditation without wondering what you are supposed to do next.

Students are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring their own blankets and pillows from home, or you a welcome to use our props as well. During this 1 hour and 15 minute class, Roland will guide you through gentle movements and then offer a guided meditation while you rest in savasana position. You can expect to leave feeling relaxed and ready to face the week ahead; hopefully with a few new tools to help you find clarity along the way.


Get In the Best Shape of Your Life

Here we are in February 2019. Many folks have already dropped their gym regimes and the celery shortage has come and gone. In other words, the urgency of new year’s resolutions has slowly abated for many.

But just because the resolutions have waned doesn’t mean the barrage of ads for diets, fit bodies, and lifestyle trends has. In American culture, there is constant noise barking: “Get in the best shape of your life!” “Finally keep off the weight this year!” “Try this new lifestyle plan/supplement/eating strategy and be the happiest you’ve ever been!”

What does it actually mean to be “in the best shape of your life”?

Think about that question for a second.  

What images come to mind?

What beliefs about bodies and health does that bring up?

Many folks associate being “in shape” with weight loss. But is this a true representation of “best shape of your life”?


First of all, it’s exclusionary to think about thin, able bodies as the only kinds that can be in shape. Body diversity is a very real, very important aspect of being human. Second, this view leaves no room for the reality that your “best shape” will change across the lifespan.

Being in the best shape of your life actually has to do with how well you function. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not you can touch your toes at age eighty or how sexy you look at age forty.

Functional fitness refers to movement that improves daily activity. It prepares you for life: pulling, pushing, squatting, balancing, etc. In essence, functioning well is the thing that keeps you able to do the things you take for granted like opening the pickle jar without the rubber grippy thing or balancing while you get in and out of the shower.

When you think about functional movement, think about combo activities: lifting using your back, legs, glutes, arms, and torso. There’s coordinated effort between these muscle groups, the nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. On the other hand, doing isolated exercises at the gym may give you the look of a toned butt, but not give as much “bang for your buck” or benefit in the long term (think getting up from a low chair when you’re seventy).  

In addition, functional fitness reduces the risk of injury. When you meet the body where it is instead of pushing or overdoing, the body is going to build more strength across multiple muscle groups and increase endurance. Furthermore, your nervous system will thank you for actually listening to it instead of overriding cues that you’re reaching your limit.

Functional movement meets the body where it is. What is functional for a typically abled body may differ from one with disabilities. What’s functional for a twenty year old will be different for someone in their eighties. But they’re both functional. Thinking in rigid terms like “best shape” (i.e. it’s either the best or not good), limits our ability to think flexibly and creatively about how to maximize the potential of our bodies no matter what their ability or age.

So much of our time is focused on big goals like running fast or lifting more. But this is about much more: meeting the challenges life throws at us. Considering functionality as a “best shape” criterion, how do you want to be in the best shape of your life?

Would you like to be able to chase your kids around?

Be able to reach and grab things from a tall shelf?

Get up from sitting on the floor?

Carry more than one grocery bag at a time?

Let us know in the comments below! We love helping people think creatively about sustainable movement and wellness goals. If you have questions about functional fitness or our offerings, feel free to email us or come by the studio to take a class.

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