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Keeping my cup filled.

By 502 Power Yoga owner, and mama to 5-year-old Samantha, Cat Scott

A few days before I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was out with a group of girlfriends from high school. Those of my friends who had entered motherhood chatted about anything and everything related to life as a mother: Sleepless nights, how hard breastfeeding was, activities their kids were involved in, childcare difficulties, etc. The rest of us—the childless ones—ordered a second round and talked about where we were going to go next after all the moms went home to their families.

Later that night, I asked my fellow non-mom friends, “What consumes your thoughts?” For my mom-friends, it was obviously their children. “Travel,” said another childless friend. “My dogs,” said another.

For me, it was yoga. I was obsessed. I had completed my first yoga teacher training, was teaching yoga and building a following, practiced about 8-10 times per week at various studios, and most of my free time was spent reading about or thinking about yoga. 

Then I found out I was pregnant. Over the next year, the hard drive of my mind had to delete “yoga stuff” to make space for “mom stuff”: Formula ounces to feed per day, sleep schedules, various milestones, how much Tylenol is appropriate for a fever, when I was going to get to sleep next…

It would have been so easy to completely give up yoga. I understand now what happens when you become a mother: You have to give something up to make space for something new, and parenthood is not quite the same as taking up playing the guitar or learning Spanish. Becoming a parent COMPLETELY takes over. There’s so much to pay attention to. So much to keep track of, to plan for, to pay attention to. Especially if you’re using cloth diapers  

Thankfully, I had committed to opening a yoga studio before the baby had actually come out of me so I had literally turned yoga into my job. Showing up to practice became an obligation. An accountability. A requirement. And thank GOD for that.

But even as a yoga studio owner, it’s hard for me to make the choice to show up on my mat. There are always emails to respond to, meetings that could be had, marketing to do, and so much more—all that must be done before I have to pick my daughter up from preschool.

But every time I make the choice to show up on my mat to turn inward for an hour, I get this “re-boot” of my hard drive that makes me feel like myself again; alive again. Like I don’t just live to serve my 5-year old daughter. Like I’m a strong, capable, independent woman, who is a powerful role model for her little girl and step-daughter.

My family benefits most from me if my cup is full. And I have to make the choice every day to keep that cup full, to clear out the junk on the hard drive. 

If you are a mother, I get that it’s easy to get depleted. Do you let your family drink from your cup without refilling it? What would be possible for your family if you took the time for yourself to refuel and reboot?

Treat yourself and the other mothers in your life to one of our deepest discounted gift card specials: 5 classes for $50.

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Why We Assist

Written by Baely Talley, 502 Power Yoga Teacher

I can picture it clearly. I’m about 75% through the yoga class, we’ve just finished working on abs, and the teacher says the sweetest words I’ll ever hear: “half-pigeon.” The first thing I do at the sound of those words is let out a giant mental sigh of relief at surviving this much of class. The second thing I do is look around to see if the assistant or teacher is near me, and quickly calculate my odds of getting assisted in hip-openers.

If you’ve ever been assisted in a hip-opener, you’ll know one thing to be true about it: it is intense. That intensity is either heavenly or challenging depending on your body/preferences, but either way it can leave you feeling empowered and supported. 

It is easy to assume that assisting is meant to correct “bad” form or be a way of fixing something. When I stepped into my second yoga class ever in January 2015, Becca Washer was assisting, and it’s what I assumed she was there for. Since I had basically no previous yoga experience, it’s what I hoped she was there for. I didn’t know what I was doing or what the poses were, but Becca gave me a greater gift than showing me the “correct” way to do things. Her assists landed what the teacher was calling in my body, helped me to keep bringing my attention back into the class, and gave me a sense of support and encouragement.

Assisting can be a powerful tool. We assist in the studio to leave students feeling empowered, to encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone, to stay present in the class and in the moment, to come into their fullest expression, and sometimes to provide ease/comfort (think of those magical Savasana assists!).

It also serves a way to create connection, accountability, and new possibilities. And assisting doesn’t have to look like physical touch. We also assist by making eye contact, throwing a smile, and handing a prop to or breathing with our students.

As a student, you are always welcome to chat with your assistants/teachers outside of class to ask questions or let us know of any individual needs you may have. As assistants/teachers, we hope through our assisting that you as a student feel seen, supported, and valued.

We can go further together!

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Introducing Family-Friendly Yoga Memberships!

Society is picking up on how amazing yoga is for every age—yoga is available in nursing homes, schools, and at corporate offices. But what if the whole family wants to practice yoga together?

We are excited to announce some new options that will make it much easier for you to get your flow on with your loved ones: Family Yoga Memberships!

2-Person Unlimited Membership

Share the benefits of an unlimited membership with ONE other yogi!

3-Person Unlimited Membership

Share the benefits of an unlimited membership with TWO other yogis!

4-Person Unlimited Membership

Share the benefits of an unlimited membership with THREE other yogis!

502PY + OMies Limited Membership

Every month, get 4 classes to use at 502PY, and 4 family classes at OMies!

Now the whole family can enjoy the benefits of our unlimited membership (unlimited class access, 20% off events, 15% off merch) with one easy (and discounted!) recurring payment. All of our regular membership details apply; check out our Rates & Membership page for all the nitty gritty.

Have questions? As always, you are free to email us at namaste@502poweryoga.com with any questions you have! We hope to see you (and the family!) at the studio soon!

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Welcome to our series, “What Does a Yogi Look Like?” where we feature yogis in our community who defy society’s idea of what a yogi looks like. Meet Scott Shreffler  502PY: Tell us about your first yoga class experience.

Scott: My first class was…interesting. It was a Saturday, and I decided to start with the Slow Flow class. In hindsight, that was the best thing I could have done. If I’d have tried to do a full 75 minute, 90 degree, Power Flow class on my first go, I might not have come back. As it was, I almost turned the car around twice on my drive there, and I don’t live very far away at all. But, once I was in the class, I set up my mat next to a fantastic woman named Missy, and she assured me that I was going to love it. The mat I used was awful. I was mentally and physically unprepared for class. My wife asked me how it went, and I didn’t really have an answer for her. And yet, 30 minutes after class was over, I felt amazing. So, I knew I had to keep it going.

502PY: Why did you decide to stick with it?

Scott: My reason for sticking with yoga at 502 PY is really simple: I had to. As a small business owner, I’d let work completely consume my mental and physical life. As a result, I was overweight, and having frequent panic attacks. I had to do something to take back control of my life.

502PY: What benefits do you get from the physical practice?

Scott: I usually work 10-12 hours days, which often includes standing or walking for long periods of time. If nothing else, yoga has given me the strength to make it through those days, which used to be physically challenging for me. Plus, if I’m being completely honest, I love seeing muscle definition in my arms, legs & back. I’m almost 41 years old, and this is the first time that’s ever happened. So, that’s pretty cool.

502PY: What non-physical benefits do you get from the practice?

Scott: The non-physical benefits to my practice are mostly mental, but they’re absolutely tied to the physical. There’s a sense of peace and accomplishment that overcomes me after a class, especially one where I felt good about my physical practice. Plus, I just feel better and stronger. That alone is leading me to carry myself with a newfound confidence.

502PY: Why 502 Power Yoga?

Scott: The “Why 502 Power Yoga” question is twofold. I have a friend who is an instructor there, and she’s been trying to talk me into doing yoga for a few years. But the big one is my buddy who started his practice about a year ago at 502PY. I saw the effect that yoga had on him, and wanted to see if I could get the same results. So, once I heard about the 40 Days for $40 deal, I thought I’d give it a shot. And it remains one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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You may have noticed that the 502 Power Perks program is changing.

As of January 1st you automatically began earning points for your purchases and referrals directly through MindBody (instead of Perkville). This means our integration with the Perkville Rewards platform will be going away at the end of February. While you are no longer earning points on Perkville you ARE earning directly through MindBody AND you can still spend your Perkville points. 

You must use your Perkville points by February 28th. 

*Perkville points cannot be combined with MindyBody points

Click here to see how many points you have and what you can get. 

All unused and/or remaining points will disappear on March 1, 2019.

What’s up with the new program?

The new program went into effect on January 1, 2019 (without you having to do anything!). 

Learn more about the new program here

There are two ways to earn points:

  • Spend money: Every $1 you spend at 502PY will earn you 1 point. This is for class packages, memberships, workshops, and retail! This is automatic; no additional work is needed by anyone!
  • Share the 502PY love: For every yogi you refer to the studio, you will receive 100 points!

Your points will automatically convert to money on your Mindbody account, and when you checkout online or at the front desk, you will be able to use that money towards your purchase! Simple!

Learn more about the new program

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New Year, New Schedule.

The New Year is a perfect time for refreshing, adding things in, and taking things out! The following changes to our schedule will go into effect January 1, 2019:

Both Studios
  • All YOD classes will go back to being just “YOD.” There will no longer be YOD1 or YOD2. All YOD classes are available for all levels—No YOD experience required!
Highlands Studio
  • Wednesday 9:00 am YOD  will change to Renew & Release! For the first time in studio history, we will offer this popular class during the day. R&R is a slow, deep, yet powerful flow designed to calm you down, release tension and create space and renewal in your physical body. The class is heated to 90 degrees and music accompanies the flow. 
  • Friday 6:30 pm YOD will be removed from the schedule. We hope to use this time slot for more special events, workshops, pop-up classes, and more!
Jeffersonville Studio
  • We will now be offering lunchtime Power Vinyasa classes Monday through Friday from 12:15–1:00 pm! Please note the new starting time for the MWF classes. Our lunchtime instructor lineup for your workweek is as follows:
    • Monday – Nicole Hess
    • Tuesday – Renee Beard
    • Wednesday – Stephanie Kersting
    • Thursday – Cat Scott
    • Friday – Maddie Calzi
  • Tuesday 9:15 am Power Vinyasa is changing to Heated Slow Flow! You all vote with your feet, and it’s clear that you dig the Heated Slow Flow on Thursdays. Join Susie on Tuesdays for the same slow burn you love with Cami on Thursdays!
  • Tuesday and Thursday evening class changes
    • 5:00 pm classes will now begin at 5:30 pm
    • 6:15 pm classes will now begin at 6:45 pm
      • Tuesday night Renew & Release with Mimi will go until 8:00 pm (75 minutes of R&R? Yes please!)
    • Meditate & Rejuvenate on Tuesday night is now on Thursdays… 
    • …. which is replacing YOD. M&R will be 6:45–7:45 PM.
  • New Thursday 6:00 am Power Vinyasa teacher: Jess has left us for Bowling Green and will be replaced by powerhouse RaVone Wortham!
  • We are going to have two Saturday morning class options:
    • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Power Vinyasa – Shelby Lindstrom
    • 10:00 am – 11:15 am Renew & Release – with your Saturday morning favorite, Anita! Another daytime opportunity to practice R&R!

As always, check the online schedule for the most accurate and up-to-date information. We look forward to sweating with you in the New Year!

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Why go Beyond Resolutions?

In the late summer of 2017, I attended Baptiste Yoga Level 3 training. While there were many incredible learnings and takeaways from the weeklong 100-hour Teacher Training immersion, the most impactful thing for me was goal-setting/vision board exercise that I brought home and turned into 502 Power Yoga’s “Beyond Resolutions” program.

I can’t give away the work of the program, nor can I share what created during my workshop (I’ll share at the workshop!), but what I can share is how I can look at it over a year later and see so many things in my life that I created for myself as a result of this workshop. Here are three major ones for starters:

*****

1. Art

A massive painting from the Tetons that I started a few months ago… my vision for 2019 will be to carve out time to work on it (and other paintings!)
Through this workshop, it became clear to me that painting was missing from my routine even though I always envisioned art-making as being a key part of my life. As a result of that activity, I committed to making more art, and my life feels more enriched as a result.

2. Adventure

Cat with husband, Patrick, at the top of Paintbrush Divide on the Teton Crest Trail, August 2018
My vision included backpacking with my now-husband, and just a few months ago we backpacked the 40-mile Teton Crest Trail (and eloped while we were out there, to boot!).

3. Home

Proud of our Highlands home

I had set my sights on purchasing a home in the Highlands neighborhood in Louisville, and as I write this, I am surrounded by boxes in my new Highlands home, overlooking the backyard that my girls will grow up playing in.

*****

This work has made such an impact on me in such a short time that I am passionate about helping others pinpoint what’s missing (or in the way) so they can begin to create the life that they envision. The workshop I’ve created, Beyond Resolutions, is a non-physical, casual, goal-setting workshop that will help you get clear on the shifts you could make in the New Year to get you closer to your envisioned future. I invite you to join me and get clear on what you want your life to look like.

This workshop will not include physical asana practice; only journaling and meditation.
2 Hours CEU’s available for Yoga Instructors.

THREE OFFERINGS:
Highlands: Thursday, December 13, 11AM-1PM
Jeffersonville: Saturday, December 15, 10:45–12:45PM
Highlands: Tuesday, December 18, 6:30–8:30PM

COST: $25 (member discounts apply)

Sign up

Author Cat Scott is a Certified Baptiste Instructor and is the owner of 502 Power Yoga.

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Let the expansion begin!
As some of you have heard, we are expanding the Highlands studio to accommodate more yogis and create more space for practitioners. And finally, construction is scheduled to begin on MONDAY (11/5/18)!
The Expansion Plan:
  • The wall between the current lobby and the studio space, and the two closets in the studio space, are being torn down. The studio will run from the front of the building all the way to the back of the building—more room for practicing!
  • The space across the hall from the studio at the top of the stairs (formerly referred to as “The Annex and used only by staff) will be the new lobby space–more room for cubbies, retail, and lounging!
Here’s what you need to know:
  • Effect on Class Schedule: A temporary wall will divide the studio space so construction can occur without affecting the practice area. Most classes will be unaffected, however:
    • The 9AM and 11AM classes this Monday, November 5, are canceled for Demo and setting up the temporary wall.
    • We might need to cancel some more classes in the future: At some point, something is bound to happen that will affect our ability to have classes.
    • We will always update the Mindbody Schedule and send an alert on the 502PY App (iOS, Android) when classes are canceled, and we will try to do it as far in advance as possible.
  • Classes will be smaller during construction: We will lose the last 2 rows during construction. The “capacity” numbers in Mindbody will reflect this. Always reserve your spot if you want to ensure you have a spot for your mat!
  • Lobby & Check-in will be in our New Lobby: Please stop into the Lobby before class to check-in and stash your belongings, then proceed across the hall to the studio for class!
  • We will be using the “other” door going forward to access the studio: The original door to the lobby from the hallway will no longer be accessible.
  • Parking impact: Worker’s trucks will be in the lot so there will be fewer spots available during construction. Remember to park in neighboring streets and always respect the neighboring businesses’ reserved spots!
  • Classes might be noisy: The temporary wall will not stop noise from penetrating. This will be the perfect opportunity for all of us to practice equanimity (non-reactivity).
  • Jeffersonville is totally unaffected. Please go practice in Jeffersonville if the idea of a smaller space and noisy construction is not appealing to you!
  • Timeline: As you all know, it’s hard to predict how long these things will take. Our goal is to be done by Thanksgiving!
Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this exciting time of transition and expansion!
Namaste
Cat Scott, owner
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What Does a Yogi Look Like? Meet Janell Evans

Welcome to our series, “What Does a Yogi Look Like?” where we feature yogis in our community who defy society’s idea of what a yogi looks like. 

502PY: Tell us about your first yoga class experience.

Janell: My first experience with yoga was when Melody Miller taught classes for my FitCamp. We were all beginners and her classes got me “studio ready”.  Melody was my inspiration. I wanted and needed to find the peace I saw in her. I signed up at 502 for the 30-day introductory offer in December 2016.  I walked into my first class and it was full. Full of people, heat, and energy. I was immediately drawn in. I was immediately accepted into that space. I belonged there.  

502PY: Why did you decide to stick with it?

Janell: I’m a morning person and my usual routine was to work out in the morning. The sunrise classes are perfect for me. It is my favorite way to start my day. When I turned 60 in 2015, I started making changes in my life. I lived alone for the first time in my life. I needed to find out who I was, who I wanted to be, and to learn to love myself. Being on the mat gave me a mind/body discovery I had not experienced before. I could be whoever I wanted to be that day and it was okay, no judgement. When I’m on my mat, nothing else matters, time stands still. The breathing, the flow, the energy, the community on my mat carries over into my every day life.  

502PY: What benefits do you get from the physical practice?

Janell: Yoga started as another form of fitness for me, another workout to mix things up. I sit at a desk most of the day and needed flexibility and balance. I was pleasantly surprised at the strength and cardio benefit of power yoga. The physical practice changed the way I do other forms of exercise. I have more strength and stamina than ever before. I had issues with my hips and shoulders and with regular practice, those issues minimized. My chiropractor knows when I’ve practiced regularly because it shows in my alignment.  My posture improved.  I even joked about standing taller after practice.  

502PY: What non-physical benefits do you get from the practice?

Janell: Calmness, stress relief, joy. There is a peacefulness that happens when I get on my mat. I immediately start breathing and clearing my head. I use the same breathing methods off my mat. For instance, I had dental surgery and used my breath to relax and breathe through any pain associated with the surgery. I attended teacher training and received my certification this year. Going through that process was the best thing I’ve ever done. It taught me to appreciate who I am, to be present, and to know that I have the power to be the best version of myself at any given moment in time.  

502PY: Why 502 Power Yoga?

Janell: Every class has a sense of community. When my mother passed away recently I had not been to the studio for a few days. The minute I stepped into that space I was able to let it be. The space, the people, the energy. In savasana, Mimi Hahn said, “allow yourself the opportunity to rest”.  It was just what I needed. Something magical happens at 502.

Photography Credit: Rani Whitehead

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