#TXstrongCLT
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We are still reeling from learning of the terrible devastation in the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey. We remind ourselves daily how blessed we are to have a roof over our heads and the ability to go about our days, uninterrupted by tragedy and fear.

We were contemplating what we as small time entrepreneurs in Charlotte could do to help those in need in Houston? And then, Katie Levans Loveluck of Charlotte Agenda and Julie Levans Campbell of OrthoCarolina reached out to ask us to partner with them to offer an opportunity for our fellow yogis to do good for others, while doing good for themselves.

As is usually the case when women collaborate and puts their heads and hearts together to do good, something magical unfolds.

Join the community on Saturday, September 9, for this donation-based ($10 minimum) yoga class. Doors open at Sugar Creek Brewing's warehouse at 10 a.m. The class, taught by Jen Eddins of Y2 Yoga, the class runs from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Save your spot and make your donation at: http://bit.ly/TXstrongCLT

100% of your donation will go to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Everyone who has joined together to put together this event is volunteering their time, place, and services.

Special thanks to: 

 

Ali Washburn
HIRING - Part Time Event / Class Coordinator

Who We Are

At NC Yoga Bar, we challenge the traditional yoga studio environment. We make practicing yoga less intimidating, more affordable, and more appealing, but with the same high quality experience.

What We're Looking For

  • Part-Time Event/Class Coordinator
  • 3-10 hours/week with the potential to increase responsibilities and hours over time
  • We take this role very seriously and are looking to add someone who can bring energy and excitement to the team. In this role you will be responsible for attending anywhere from 1-6 classes per week, working closely with studio owners and yoga teachers to manage class logistics, class set-up, and the check-in process. You’ll be one of the first people yogis connect with with they arrive at the class ensuring they have a positive experience from start to finish. 

Must Haves

  • 21+
  • Smartphone
  • Evening and weekend availably 
  • Reliable Transportation 

Desired Traits & Qualifications 

  • Strong and confident communication skills. You will be speaking to many students in a fast-paced setting and handling money and transactions — MINDBODY experience is a plus 
  • Punctual - class always starts on time, you will be responsible for moving the check-in process swiftly 
  • Responsible - Show up when you say you’re going to show up, simple as that 
  • Kind - you will be the face of NC Yoga Bar and that is a BIG deal to us

What To Expect if You Join Our Team 

  • This role is for 3–6 hours/week 
  • Due to our class schedule, we’re looking for someone who can cover 3+ evenings per week and the occasional Saturday and/or Sunday morning 
  • Unlimited FREE YOGA
  • Opportunity to be a part of a growing community of yogis and learn first hand from small business owners and community leaders
  • Incredible networking opportunities with yogis and businesses in Charlotte 
  • Opportunities for growth in the following areas: public relations, event planning, marketing, research, and social media 

How to Apply 

Send an email to hello@ncyogabar.com with the subject line: "Class Coordinator Application: [Your Name]" along with an updated resume. Also answer the question; "My favorite yoga pose is..." 

Ali Washburn
Invitation to 108 Sun Salutations

Join our friends from the 2017 Urban Bliss 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Class of Charlotte in a celebration of giving. Price of admission to the celebration is your donation to Bottles N Bottoms, a Charlotte nonprofit that provides the basics of diapers and formula to local families in need. The organization is supported through private donations of diapers, formula, and monetary gifts, with 100% of the tax deductible donation going directly to support a family.

As part of the Urban Bliss Yoga Teacher Training program, students engage in an integral part of yoga practice -- Seva, the Act of Selfless Service -- by raising donations to support a worthwhile cause. This year’s class chose to support Bottles N Bottoms. Led by Director, Elizabeth Hoffman, Urban Bliss has offered yoga training in and around Charlotte for more than 15 years. 

Event Details:

When: Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Arrive between 1:30-2:00 pm. Sun salutations will begin at 2:15 pm and will last about 60-75 minutes. Refreshments will be served at about 3:30 pm.

Where: Yoga Warrior Studio, 1200 E Morehead, Suite 190, Charlotte, NC 28204. The studio is at the corner of Morehead and Berkeley streets, on the NW corner of the building, lower level. Look for the black awning over the entrance, directly across Berkeley St. from The Morehead Inn. Plenty of parking is available in the parking lot, which can be entered from either Morehead or Berkeley streets. 

What: Join in the practice or observe the class performing 108 sun salutations, a yoga tradition that celebrates life. If you choose to join in the practice, please bring your mat and water bottle. Following the sun salutations, stay to enjoy light refreshments. 

How to Donate: Bring your donation of diapers, formula, or a monetary gift to the event, or drop off your donation between 1:30-6:00 pm on Saturday 7/29 or Sunday 7/30 at Yoga Warrior Studio. Please pass along this invitation to your friends and family.

Ali Washburn
Find us at The Hop Shop on Sundays

Want to know where to find us on Sunday mornings at 11:00? The Hop Shop in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood at 818 Lamar Ave – that’s where.

If you haven’t discovered this place yet, you’re missing out. It’s truly a unique spot where owner Patrick Villafane delivers on his promise – “a space with a laid-back vibe where people come to hangout.” And now, people come to The Hop Shop to get their zen on with a 60-minute flow on Sunday mornings. 

We love Patrick’s idea of a coffee shop for beer. But we especially love that The Hop Shop doesn’t stop at beer. It also has a great selection of wine, coffee on tap, and – wait for it – MIMOSAS!! Twelve taps with local craft beers and Patrick’s favorite Belgian-style brews, wine, and a full bar. See why we said you’re missing out? Extra special, the mimosa's are just $3 on Sunday's. 

So, Sunday mornings for NC Yoga Bar are now complete. We have brewery yoga with one of our favorite yoga teachers – Emily Berger – followed by mimosas. Emily’s classesalways offer options challenging to the experienced yogi and modifications accessible for beginners. As her handle explains, @emilyofalltrades is also The Hop Shop’s Sunday bartender (and interestingly, a woodcarver). As she says, “Come for the yoga, stay for craft beer!” Or mimosa, or wine. Just show up.

Ali Washburn
Aloft Yoga
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NC Yoga Bar has a new partner for outdoor yoga in Charlotte – Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne. Our first Aloft Sip & Stretch event last month was so much fun, we’re back for two more Thursdays – July 6th and August 3rd – at 6 p.m., Aloft in the Ballantyne Corporate Park, 133139 Ballantyne Corporate Place, 28277. 

These events take the idea of partnerships to the next level and move NC Yoga Bar from specializing in beer yoga to specializing in beer, wine, juice, and appetizers yoga! Yogis can enjoy a 60 minute vinyasa flow, with yoga instructor Tiffany Sneed, at a summer savings price of $5 in Aloft’s back yard and then gather in Aloft’s living room for free appetizers (complements of Blackfinn Ameripub), free juice (complements of Natalie’s Orchid Juice), half-priced wine, and $3 drafts! 

Aloft’s amazingly peaceful back yard is a not so small yoga oasis, steps away from the pool. And when we were there in June, the living room was full of a mix of folks, happy to indulge in happy hour and free appetizers. This is a great place to hang out whether you live or work in the Ballantyne area or just happen to be staying at Aloft. 

We hope to see you and your yogi buddies there in both July and August. If you have questions, contact Aloft at 704-247-2244 or aloftcharlotteballantyne.com. You can pay on-site, but we encourage you to sign-up and pay online ahead of time at http://bit.ly/AloftSignIn to make the registration process faster and smoother.  

 

Ali Washburn
Sycamore Brewing Yoga
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One of NC Yoga Bar’s long-standing brewery yoga partners is Sycamore Brewing. Sycamore has enjoyed incredible success over its short 2 ½ year life. We’ve watched Sycamore blossom in our back yard and have followed its evolution from day one. The detail we most appreciate is how Sycamore has flourished in part because owners, Justin and Sarah, choose to collaborate with other like-minded entrepreneurs, including our favorite food truck – Papi Queso!

NC Yoga Bar partners with Sycamore, offering a yoga class in the Sycamore Beer Garden two evenings per week – Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., and hosting outdoor yoga at Sycamore’s Food Truck Brunch on one Saturday each month! Along with NC Yoga Bar, Sycamore encourages fitness, mindfulness, and beer sipping by offering yogis 25% off their first beverage.

Sycamore embraces the Charlotte start-up spirit in its renovated warehouse overlooking the Rail Trail. Home to its brew house, tanks, barrels, and taproom, the brewery’s unique copper bar showcases twenty taps with a constantly changing flow of small-batch beer and wine. The Beer Garden overflows with picnic tables, string lights, and food trucks, in addition to live bands on the weekends. 

It’s a relaxing, good time to spend a few hours in the Sycamore Beer Garden. Homegrown businesses come together to offer their best to deliver an overall healthy, happy experience. See you at Sycamore. 

 

 

Ali Washburn
Just Show Up

“You can start late. Look different. Be uncertain. And still succeed.”

This quote from Misty Copeland (check her out @mistyonpointe on Instagram or @mistyonpointe on Twitter) resonates. Misty is saying exactly what we think about yoga at NC Yoga Bar. 

Yoga is for anyone to do at their level, wherever they are. Wherever you are – physically, emotionally, or geographically. 

We hear the nay-sayers and you’ve probably heard them, too: “Yoga should be practiced in a space where you can avoid distractions to quiet your mind!” or “Brewery yoga isn’t REAL yoga!”

Since no one knows when yoga actually began – best guesses are sometime before 1500 BC – it’s pretty certain that yoga was first practiced outdoors without air conditioning and a controlled environment. It’s also pretty certain that, since yoga began before the printing press existed, the art and science of yoga was communicated verbally and visually, left to much interpretation. 

There is no one, "correct" way to practice yoga. There is no one, "correct" look that a yogi should have. And since yoga is a journey of the body and the mind, no one ever masters yoga and, therefore, can stop practicing.

As trained yoga teachers, we’ve studied and learned to highly respect the beautiful language, postures and philosophy that forms the foundation of a yoga practice. And that’s why we believe that everyone must start somewhere. You may be late. You may look different from the model on the Lululemon website. And you may not be certain that you can actually “do yoga.” But you can and you will succeed. Just show up.

Ali Washburn
Yoga in the Rain

One of the biggest surprises about running a pop-up yoga business is that we wish we had first studied meteorology! As you know if you live in Charlotte, you never know what the weather will be like from minute to minute. And that’s exactly what happened last week. 

Each day we have an outdoor brewery yoga class scheduled, we become amateur meteorologists, checking our weather apps every hour to be sure the sun will be shining at 6:30 p.m., or at least that there won’t be a downpour. Last Wednesday, the apps looked bright and sunshiny all day long, until we received an alert at 4:34 p.m. – Severe Thunderstorm WARNING issued for Mecklenburg county until 5:15 p.m! WHAT??? This news immediately triggers a barrage of texts and phone calls. Do we cancel, or do we not?

A quick check-in with our favorite meteorologist, Vicki Graf of WSOCTV, confirms our fears. Thunder, lightning, rain until 6 p.m. But, is all of that happening at Sycamore Brewing at 6:30? And will the grass be wet?

We hate cancelling class when our loyal yogis are counting on us! So, with commitment from our fearless teacher, Erin Falls, we carry on. The result? Our loyal, brave yogis practice yoga in the rain. Not a downpour, but enough rain that our yoga mats are covered in raindrops. The sky was dark, scary and beautiful, and by the end of the class, we eased into savasana under the setting sun. A yoga raindance. Another unique NC Yoga Bar experience.

Ali Washburn
Top Outdoor Summer Yoga Spots

One of our favorite things about Charlotte in the summertime is outdoor yoga class! NC Yoga Bar pops-up every Tuesday evening at 6:30 at possibly the most beautiful and enchanting yoga spot anywhere – The McGill Rose Garden. 

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The McGill Rose Garden is quite romantic! It seems that Henry and Helen McGill bought the land, formerly a coal yard, back in the 50s. Mrs. McGill planted rose bushes to spruce up the not so pretty location and became known as “the rose lady.” After she passed away in 1985, her husband continued to maintain the garden, selling it to the City of Charlotte in the 70s as part of an initiative to preserve green space in the city. In memory of his wife, Henry meticulously maintained the garden until he died at the age of 103 twenty years ago. 

Yoga class takes place just inside the garden gates, among the 500-plus rose bushes and beside an historic coal car that sits on a small section of the remaining railroad track. We practice our warrior and pigeon poses under the watchful eye of Rosie, a long-time Garden resident.

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Even though the Garden does not serve beer, we still think of Tuesday nights as beer yoga since the Birdsong Brewing taproom, a quick ½ block walk away, offers a complementary brew to NC Yoga Bar yogis. Yoga, beer, roses and cute cats in NoDa. A perfect summer evening!

Deets: 

NC Yoga Bar’s membership program, the #ncyogabarpassport, offers class passports for as low as $5 per class. Surprise perks for passport members include free classes, t-shirt give-aways and discounts. Non-member drop-in classes are typically $10. NC Yoga Bar  is a locally-owned, family business that presents an affordable, convenient alternative to traditional yoga classes by popping up where yoga-lovers already are. Boasting an ever-changing weekly list of yoga and fitness options, NC Yoga Bar holds classes at interesting and distinctive spots in and around Charlotte.

The McGill Rose Garden (http://www.nectarfloraldesigns.com/the-mcgill-rose-garden/), Charlotte’s hidden historic gem, is tucked away on the edge of uptown and the NoDa Arts District at 940 N. Davidson St. in Charlotte, 28206. The enchanting garden features more than 500 rose bushes in a professionally landscaped 2-acre space, and is a favorite wedding venue for in-the-know Charlotteans. 

The Birdsong Brewing taproom (https://birdsongbrewing.com/), is located at 1016 N. Davidson St. in Charlotte, 28206. Birdsong is a successful locally-owned and operated craft brewery and a long-time partner and great friend of NC Yoga Bar. The brewery has on tap freshly crafted brews, straight from the source, poured in a friendly, welcoming environment. 

Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. from May through October, NC Yoga Bar partners with McGill and Birdsong for a vinyasa flow class, followed by a complementary beer.