Free Community Mantra & Meditation for Nonviolence

Community Mantra & Meditation for Nonviolence
Monday, August 12th 
7:30-8:30 p.m.

In the wake of the mass shootings this past weekend and the continuing hate and violence in our country, let’s come together as yoga community to send more love and light into the world.

On Monday, August 12th, Nicole will be cancelling her usual Yin/Yoga Nidra class and will instead be offering a free community mantra and meditation practice. We’ll chant 108 repetitions of a mantra for peace and then practice Tonglen meditation — breathing in pain and suffering and breathing out love, compassion, and healing. After the mantra and guided meditation, participants are welcome to stay and continue with a meditation practice of their choice.

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Mantra chant and Tonglen meditation
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Stay and meditate as you choose and leave quietly whenever you need to go.

This event is FREE. Reserve your spot here.

While truly bringing an end to violence involves action off the mat as well, we wish to offer space for those who would like to come together on the mat to seek solace in each other and join voices and breath to cultivate love and healing.

Please join us.


Class Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to the extreme cold temps, we have cancelled all classes for tonight (1/29) and tomorrow (1/30). 

As of right now, Yogatta Give Back for Thursday, January 31st is still going on as scheduled. However, we will post updates if that changes.

Thanks for understanding! We hope you’ll join us for another practice soon. Stay safe and warm out there!


Yogatta Give Back in 2019 – Classes Every Sunday!

Big News! The Firehouse will now be hosting Yogatta Give Back to benefit City Dogs Cleveland EVERY Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Join Danielle for an all-levels practice from which $2 of every drop-in fee collected will be donated directly to the organization. At each class, we will also be accepting dog treat donations for the pups in the kennel. Come breathe, move, and help support City Dogs in their mission to find “furever” homes for some awesome local dogs in need.

Yogatta Give Back will also continue to offer an evening practice on select Thursdays with dates announced each month (January dates – 1/3, 1/17, and 1/31). 

Register here or visit Yogatta Give Back for more info. 


New Student Offer: $40 for Four Weeks

New to Firehouse Yoga? Have family or friends you’d like to introduce to our cozy, welcoming studio?

With our New Student offer, first-time clients can enjoy four weeks of unlimited yoga for $40. Attend multiple classes, try out different styles, and meet all our teachers to find a practice that works for you!

The New Student pass includes access to all regular, weekly classes and also waives the drop-in fee for Yogatta Give Back events hosted by the studio. However, students attending Yogatta Give Back with the unlimited pass are asked to bring a $2 donation for the fundraising portion of those events.

Not valid for workshops or other special events. New clients only. Cannot be renewed. Available here.


Furnace Repairs at The Firehouse – Important Update

The firehouse furnace is not functioning properly, which makes for a very cold yoga studio. Repairs are scheduled to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, November 21st), so all classes will resume as of tomorrow evening.

For everyone’s comfort and safety, Molly is canceling this evening’s Bhakti Yin class.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to returning to the mat tomorrow for Pre-Thanksgiving Gratitude Slow Flow!


Yogatta Give Back & CITY DOGS Cleveland – Remaining 2018 Dates

Don’t miss your chance to join Danielle and Yogatta Give Back for yoga to benefit CITY DOGS Cleveland. Six dates remain for 2018:

Thursday – November 15th, November 29th, and December 6th @ 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – November 11th, December 2nd, and December 16th @ 10:30 a.m.

All levels welcome. $12 drop-in ($2 from each fee collected goes directly to CITY DOGS). Register here.

What better way to head into the holiday season than by combining your yoga practice with the chance to make a difference in your community! 


Finding Your Practice – A Beginner’s Workshop

Led by Nicole McLaughlin-Lublin
Saturday, September 29th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Interested in developing a yoga practice but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is for you!

Join other brand new yogis in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and learn a bit about yoga history & philosophy, the various styles of yoga most often encountered in U.S. studios, yoga terminology, breathing techniques, and of course the poses themselves. Handouts will be provided, you’ll have a chance to ask questions, and we’ll roll out our mats for a beginner-friendly practice. September is National Yoga Month, so what better time to take the first step on your own personal yoga journey!
Workshop is limited to 10 participants. Register here to secure your spot!

Additional Info:  Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Bring water and a yoga mat. (There are mats available for use at the studio, if you don’t have your own.) It’s recommended to practice yoga on either an empty stomach or after a light meal or snack. Avoid eating a heavy meal right before the workshop. Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early.


Yin & Yoga Nidra begins this coming Monday!

Join Nicole McLaughlin-Lublin on Monday evenings for a 75-minute class that includes a 45-50 minute Yin practice, followed by the practice of Yoga Nidra. 

Sometimes called yogic sleep, Yoga Nidra involves total body relaxation paired with a deep meditative state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Lying in Savasana (resting pose), the student simply follows the voice of the instructor, while meditation techniques such as intention setting, guided imagery, body scan, and counting breaths are used to move through this ancient practice. Yoga Nidra has been known to reduce stress, improve sleep, and leave the practitioner feeling restored and refreshed.

Mondays (beginning 9/17)
7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
All levels welcome
$12 drop-in
Register here or via the MindBody app.


Why Yoga? – Nicole Tuzzio-Rheinberger

In honor of National Yoga Month, we’ve decided to share our “why”…why we came to our mats in the first place, why we continue to practice, why we’re passionate about sharing yoga with others. Today, Firehouse Yoga teacher, Nicole R. explains why she continues to make yoga an integral part of her life.

Why Yoga?

I’m not sure who said it first but it is one of my favorite sayings about yoga.  It goes, “All you need to practice yoga is the ability to breathe.”  I say it to myself as a reminder that breath work, or pranayama, is a central focus of our yoga practice, some might say the central focus.  I repeat it to students often when for whatever reason they disclose to me that they are “not good at yoga” or “are not at all flexible.”  “Are you breathing?” I ask, “Then you can practice yoga.”  “Do your practice and all is coming,” another favorite quote of mine uttered by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois.  What is coming?  Flexibility?  Probably.  Strength?  Maybe.  A real, true connection to something so vast, ancient, and life-enhancing that the mere thought of it can bring you to tears?  For myself, yes, and this is why yoga means so much to me.

I started gymnastics around age 5.  I loved cartwheeling and somersaulting and slowly moved on to hand-standing and hand-springing, and if you are unfamiliar with those terms, all it means is that I loved moving my body in controlled movement that led to the creation of what I saw as these very beautiful expressions of what the human body can do.  I maintained this practice for 15 more years.  Then an abrupt ending, and just like that it was over.  No longer was I able to link my identity to this thing that I loved and devoted myself to for so many years.  No longer was I moving my body, breathing deeply, or stretching.  I didn’t even really realize the affect this had on me until years later when I started to practice yoga regularly.

The word yoga comes from the word “yoke,” as in to attach, join, or harness.  For me and my practice, this first means joining my own mind, heart (or spirit), and breath.  But just after that is the connection to community and like-minded people. Personally, I really like large classes with wall-to- wall yogis, because I like sharing the practice and movement, and I love hearing and feeling a whole room of people breathing together and feeling like one organism.  I feel like it is the closest I will ever come to knowing what a mycelium colony feels like or a beehive.  Even if I am practicing by myself, I am comforted by the fact that worldwide, yogis are practicing this same practice, and we are breathing together from somewhere.  When I made my yoga practice a priority in my life, it felt like a coming home.  I found a practice, like gymnastics, utilizing controlled movement led by breath that created these beautiful expressions of the human form.  I found the stretching of the muscles I once knew, the quieting of the mind, the discipline, and the bliss.

Why do I practice yoga? Simply put, it’s beautiful.  It is beautiful to me in so many ways and in ways that unfold to me every time I join breath and movement, because I can learn something new in every class, whether as a student or teacher.  It is beautiful to me to watch my 2 year old son naturally move into downward-facing dog, plank pose, happy baby, and all of his other amazing poses or to watch him learn to take deep breaths when he is starting to get upset.  Yoga is beautiful because it teaches you how to be still and find calm when everything falls apart.  It is a beautiful, constantly evolving practice that is also an anchor so deep that it can be tapped into with only a few grounding breaths.  I practice to enrich my life, to be a calmer, healthier, and stronger mother, wife, daughter, co-worker, and friend.  I teach because I want my fellow yogis to be those things too.

Feel free to share your “why” in the comments.
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