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Down Under Yoga FREE Day and Hip Stitch FREE Beading Class

UPDATE: My friend Bea Abascal no longer teaches at Down Under Yoga and I was not happy with the way this was handled so I am no longer going there. However, Coeli Marsh, who used to teach at Inner Strength Yoga in Watertown, now teaches at Down Under Yoga. She is terrific and I ‘m a huge fan but for loyalty reasons, I am not going to be attending Coeli’s classes at Down Under. HOWEVER, if you are trying to locate her (big blowout at Inner Strength, and who knew that yoga studios were so fraught with office politics?!!), you can find her here on Saturdays and Thursdays, I believe, but check the schedule.


I had a really good day two days ago in Newtonville, MA where I live.  My mom friend told me about Hip Stitch, a really great sewing class studio for kids.  I met the owner who is really nice and checked out their glorious multi-colored inspired space.  My kids can’t wait to take a class.  My girls have been sewing pillows out of old t-shirts by hand which tend to turn out misshapen.  Now they can actually learn to use a sewing machine and make everything from headbands to clothes!  Hip Stitch provides the sewing machines, materials and instruction.

My friend Bea also told me about a fun and free day of yoga  at Down Under Yoga in celebration of their new location.  Classes are for both adults and children!  This studio is great because it has many different styles of yoga classes including Iyengar and Vinyasa and some of the most renowned teachers in the area including the photo featured above of one of their instructors.  Don’t worry, you will be that good soon and tomorrow is a great day to begin!


Hip Stitch

437 Newtonville Avenue, Ste 4

Newtonville, MA 02460


Also a Bead and Jewelry class for children 7 and up, 617-275-3253, Vani Sayeed

Call or email for FREE trial class!

Teen Sewing Classes begin Nov 1st (8 Week sessions or drop in on Saturdays!)


Free Taster Classes to Celebrate Down Under Yoga’s New Location in Newtonville, MA on Sunday, Oct. 17.

My friend Bea teaches Vinyasa Yoga at the new, spa-like yoga studio, Down Under Yoga, in Newtonville.  There are free classes all day on Sunday, Oct 17th as a kick off celebration.  She will be teaching at 10:00 for half an hour and there are other amazing yoga teachers also teaching in half hour blocks including classes for children.  Please sign up for the sessions you want to attend though!  They expect a full house.


9 am to 4:45 pm        Free 30- to 45-minute “taster” classes with Down Under’s teachers

Spaces are sure to fill up fast, so please email to reserve your spot in a free taster class or in Shiva Rea’s master class fundraiser (see below).

Tristan Iyengar*
Power Flow
Power Flow
12:00-12:45 Peentz
Power Flow
Prana Flow
Chanel Prana Flow
Shiva Rea Prana Flow Master Class**
West Studio 9:00-9:45
Nadja Iyengar* (focus on hips)
Family Yoga for Parents and Kids age 3-6*
Christyn Kids age 7-11*
Power Flow
Carin Iyengar*
2.30-3:00 Bonnie Acro Yoga 3:00-3:45
Fez Foundations*
Jared Flow
* These classes are appropriate for those new to yoga.
** Registration required.
3:00-4:30 pm Master Class Fundraiser: Prana Flow with Shiva Rea
Minimum donation: $25; advance registration required.  Proceeds will be used to buy a bike rack for Newtonville (to encourage our cyclists) and environmentally greening our space around Walnut Street.
5:30-6:15 pm Welcome Celebration with remarks by Justine Wiltshire Cohen, Barbara Benagh, Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden, and Chanel Luck and faculty asana demonstration
6:30-7.30 pm Panel Discussion: “Balancing Acts:  Poses, Products, and the Future of Yoga in America”
Featuring Barbara Benagh, Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden, and Justine Wiltshire Cohen
Moderated by Stephen McCauley

Today, more than 16 million Americans practice yoga on a regular basis, most emphasizing the physical rather than the spiritual side. The amount of money spent on yoga clothing and accessories, yoga vacations and retreats, water bottles, underwear, and videos stretches well into the billions. We all celebrate this new popularity, but it raises some important questions. For the opening of Down Under Yoga, founder Justine Wiltshire Cohen and Director of the Iyengar Program Peentz Dubble have invited Barbara Benagh and Patricia Walden to discuss the changes, the benefits and pitfalls of commercialization, and where yoga in America is heading.

7:30 pm Please stay for nibbles and juice.

Since we expect to have a full house, please email to save your space for either or both of the evening events–5:30 pm Welcome Celebration and 6:30 pm Panel Discussion. We’ll hold your space until the event begins and then give any unclaimed spots to drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Down Under Yoga

304 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460

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