North Oaks Yoga, HotDish Style!

YogaHotDish is where classical hatha yoga meets modern best practices and mindfulness meets movement–all served up Minnesota Nice. 19 years’ teaching experience, Founder Shaila Cunningham trained in Asia, California and Massachusetts.

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Venues with views in and around North Oaks, outdoor options, retreats, and lively ZOOM classes. One community of professionals, students, entrepreneurs, artists, readers, world travelers, go-getters and glass half-fullers. Enroll anywhere, take classes everywhere, including on ZOOM.  We are one community spanning North Oaks, Arden Hills, Midland Hills the UMN and beyond!

“Yoga Meets Mid-Century Mod Retreat,” Palm Springs

A set-time with a consistent cast of characters will be the foundation for your success–you don’t need to pay for 8 classes a day with a revolving door of students and instructors.  Develop real skills quickly within a committed group where progress is possible. All are welcome from beginners wanting a proper start to fitness yogis wanting a deeper, more comprehensive practice.

Does the YogaHotDish program work? YogaHotDish students are the proof: they’re fit, fun, smart and resilient. They have invested consistently in a weekly practice for years, overcome adversity along the way and maintained their health, interests, and zest for life.  They’re who you want to be for your next family gathering or class reunion.  They’ve done the outer work, look and feel great; but more importantly, they’ve done the inner work of meditation, so they stay above the fray and get more out of life.

That said, it’s difficult to join a class where so many of the students have been practicing 5-10-15 years? If you’re serious about starting, join the Right Start / Deep Dive Program that will have you up and running with confidence and results in 2 months!

RSVP’s are a must for all classes/events. Please use this contact form.

Email Shailayoga{at}gmail.com directly if less than 24hrs before class.

 

CURRENT SCHEDULE SUMMER 2020

 

YogaHotDish “Take-Out”  ZOOMs

MON 5:15 pm (CST)

WED NOON

SAT 9:30 am

 

YogaHotDish Outdoor Classes

“Being outdoors is the safest place you can be.” ~ Dr. Michael Osterholm, UMN

TUES 10 – 11:30 am All Levels

THURS 10 -11:30 Fit & Feisty 40+

North Oaks, request address, space limited

 

YogaHotDish Outdoor “Field Trips”

Quality outdoor programming in a serene and safe setting

THUR or FRI 4 pm, weather permitting. Request address.

 

Drop-in and program pricing available. Payment via VENMO (YogaHotDish), Zelle, etc.

You’ve planned for your financial retirement early, socking away funds in your 401{k}, but what’s your longevity strategy?  Don’t have one? You do now!

ALL INDOOR CLASSES ON HIATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Founder/Instructor: Shaila Cunningham, Kripalu Certified in residence, 2001

Kripalu was one of the founding schools of the Yoga Alliance. Today, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA is perhaps the largest, most established secular, non-dogmatic teacher training program in the US. Back in 2001, total immersion training for a month with little outside world contact was the only way to become certified.

Nope, not a Buddhist or a Hindu, just a Lutheran who started studying yoga and meditation  in Asia, trained with leading teachers in California and Massachusetts — and knows how to throw a HotDish together!  A teaching-focused enterprise, YogaHotDish doesn’t want to be a bricks-and-mortar studio with all that entails–making rent, managing a large staff, or selling out.  Shaila believes one great yoga class can change your life.

YogaHotDish classes are more than just another fitness yoga workout, they’re a “work-in” providing a vehicle for self-discovery.  Sure, you can work for years to make your poses prettier –many people never get past asana  (postures/poses)  but that’s just a jumping-off point to higher states of awareness, better health and living.   You won’t find mirrors or music in YHD classes as they actually impede meditation.

No bricks and mortar.   While many local yoga providers in North Oaks, White Bear and Shoreview  invest more in decor so you don’t feel like in you’re in a health club or a strip mall, YogaHotDish classes ar  held in a variety of venues with views and outdoor spaces–key during COVID 19!   A community of thoughtful, lifelong learners takes advantage of all locations–whatever suits their schedules on a given week.   So, even if you make up a class or add a class at a different venue,  you’ll see many of the same friendly faces.   How often have you been to yoga studios with great interiors, then everyone leaves after class without uttering a word?  It’s not about the floor and décor!

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Get off your chair and onto a yoga mat. YogaHotDish’s student-centered approach makes it easy to try, commit and succeed!

 TRY

Email RSVP’s a must for new students whether ZOOM or Outdoor programming.  You’re welcome to try a ZOOM class for $10 and there’s always space available. Outdoor offerings are full for June, limited openings for July. RSVP’s required due to COVID-19.  Email Shailayoga{@}gmail.com to ensure you get your ZOOM invite on time!

COMMIT

Decide if Yoga HotDish is right for you. If it’s not, pay the $10 and move on.  If it is, you have 2 choices:

  1. Commit to a weekly class, be it ZOOM or Outdoor Yoga (please inquire for in-person pricing). ZOOM classes are $12 each, but you can do a month of Unlimited ZOOM for $65–well worth it.  It is possible to do both in-person (if there’s space) and ZOOM, please inquire.
  2. Cut to the chase and get into the Start Right / Deep Dive Program where you’ll move up the curve and get results faster, however we define what “results” are for you in this mentorship program.

 

Attendance is Everything.  Yoga is pass/fail: if you show up, your pass, if not…  Whatever body, mind or attitude that shows up on a given day, YogaHotDish will meet you there. If you have to miss your weekly class, make it up when you can at another location. This is where YogaHotDish shines compared to other weekly classes offered in rec departments, churches and non-studio venues–with lots of make-up opportunities in multiple locations.

SUCCEED!

YogaHotDish pricing wants you to feel good about your commitment and incentivizes you to attend more by dollar-cost averaging down.   YogaHotDish cares about being perceived as fair to students and isn’t out to take advantage of students who can’t / won’t show up or convince newbies to do expensive teacher trainings just to pay the rent.

How YogaHotDish works:  Successful YogaHotDishers treat their weekly class commitment like a doctor appointment and don’t miss it to go to lunch or get their cable upgraded. It’s at a set time, pre-paid, non-negotiable.  They “advertise” their commitments to friends and family so no one would dare ask for a ride to the airport during yoga! The key is that once-a-week, set commitment and that’s what “convenience” yoga misses.  If classes are running all day, every day, you’ll put it off.  The 80% of the people who drop-out from those programs can’t be wrong!

YogaHotDish knows that even committed people get sick, travel and do favors for friends.  That’s why showing up at another class to make up your missed class is never a problem (but do check during COVID); and, you can make up that class anytime, even weeks after-the-fact, so long as you’re still enrolled

Once you’re in a weekly groove, you set the stage for transformation.  Your body, mind, spirit, start to crave more yoga as the results sneak up on you! You start to feel less achy, less grumpy. Maybe you caught a peek in the mirror and noticed a new muscle or you just like the way you feel and want more.

Add a second weekly class for $10. No, that doesn’t mean you have to sign up for another time-slot.  You just show up to whatever second class you’d like (please verify space available during COVID) whenever you’d like and hand the instructor $10. You’re “in the club” now!

Third weekly class is free.  What if your yoga stars are aligning, right along with your spine and you want to do a whole bunch of yoga in a week? We thought of that and decided that, if you’re committed enough to attend a 3rd, 4th, 5th class in a week, we won’t charge you for it.  You pay in the inspiration and example you set for others!  You might even receive a “yoga clap.”  Attend 3 times per week and your average 90-minute class price drops to around $8. That can be a big motivator!

THE NOT-SO-FINE PRINT ON MAKE-UPS 

If you continue to renew, session after session, you can carry your make-ups forward.  Make up those missed classes when you get around to it– you keep track and let the instructor know.  It gets complicated when you don’t renew your 2 to 3-month commitment to your weekly class.  This is not a “punch card” system for you to use the classes whenever–those are just “procrastination invitations!”

YogaHotDish does NOT allow you to “stockpile” make-ups after you leave the program. When you don’t renew for the current session, you FORFEIT any make-ups from previous sessions. For committed students, make-ups are uber flexible–  gift a family member or friend one of your make-ups if you’re having a hard time getting your classes in.

To be clear:  If you miss a class during a session, the onus is on YOU to make it up.  YogaHotDish cannot credit your missed classes to your next session.  They don’t “roll over” –it’s not T Mobile! It’s independent yoga. Have you ever tried to renege on a health club contract?  Those are for a year–at least YogaHotDish is only a 2-3 month commitment and you have all the time you need to get your make-ups in as long as you keep renewing.