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Thanks and Giving Yoga Practice at Spacious Heart Yoga Goshen, IN

Thanks and Giving Yoga Practice at Spacious Heart Yoga Goshen, IN

Thanks and Giving Yoga Class at Spacious Heart Yoga, Goshen IN, 9-10am on Thursday, November 27th, 2014. 

Join Yoga Teacher Sheri Bontrager to give thanks and share the mindfulness of practice Thanksgiving morning. The class is free but we ask that you bring a donation of canned food or monetary donation that will go to a local charity. To submit your choice of charity organization, stop by the studio and enter the name of the charity.

With all the hoopla of the Holiday’s it’s a perfect way to keep centered and mindful. So put the turkey in the oven and get yourself down to Spacious Heart Yoga for class!

Sacred Waters Kirtan

Sacred Waters  16990 Douglas Rd. Mishawaka, Indiana 46545

Join us for a night of music and mantras with Sacred Waters Kirtan at Sacred Waters 16990 Douglas Rd, Mishawaka, IN.  Friday night, October 31, 2014 at 7pm. Nearly all the events and classes at Sacred Waters are donation based. Offer what you can and join the community this wonderful event.

Recently, Sacred Waters Kirtan was featured at the 150th anniversary celebration of Vivekananda by the Vedanta Society and had the honor of leading a large crowd of swamis, nuns and other participants from around the world in celebratory song. They have played venues as diverse as the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Notre Dame, Indiana. For more news and info check out

Sacred Waters offers regularly scheduled yoga classes throughout the week as well as meditations, lectures and spiritual/philosophical workshops too. Check out the upcoming, November 2014 schedule HERE.

You can also purchase the new CD by Sacred Waters Kirtan online at cdbaby

Sacred Waters Kirtan available at

Sacred Waters Kirtan available at


If this Squirrel can bring it, so can you.


Utkatasana aka Chair Pose... not just for Humans

Utkatasana aka Chair Pose… not just for Humans

Starting May 2014, Wednesdays at 4:15 at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN– I’ll be teaching a Restorative Yoga Class. Restorative is super duper gentle and perfect for those who are healing from injuries, those experiencing chronic stress and also those who seek to balance their more vigorous practices with a softer practice.

Restorative Yoga w/Dawn at Spacious Heart Yoga

Restorative Yoga w/Dawn at Spacious Heart Yoga

Restorative Yoga is all about unraveling the body & mind through gentle nurturing & lots of restorative adjustments. Using props to help the body to release tension and allow muscle to soften, this class is suited for anyone looking to de-stress and nurture themselves. The class will end in a guided Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice to allow for the benefits of deep restoration.

A softer, quieter class like Restorative is important when developing and maintaining a regular yoga practice. Balancing your more vigorous or challenging practices with a restorative practice each week can not only help your practice on the mat be more balanced, but also remind you to practice the necessary balance of yin and yang off the mat too.

Starting May 2014…. Restorative Wednesdays w/Dawn  4:15-5:15pm at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN

Monthly Meditations at Spacious Heart Yoga

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Join me at Spacious Heart Yoga in Goshen, IN for Monthly Meditations. These Monthly Meditation Workshops offer students the opportunity to learn and practice various meditation styles to cultivate a regular home practice or to support an already established practice. Each month we will explore various styles of meditation, including: Yoga Nidra, Mantra/Japa Mala, Guided, Walking, Vipassana/Mindfulness & more.

No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. Please do not eat an overly large meal before sessions. Chairs will be available for those who are not able to sit on the floor.

Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

April 19th
June 28th
July 26th
August 30th

Investment $20 Early Bird (4 days prior to meeting)/$25 after Early Bird Rate

To register visit under Events & Workshops

Please note:  If you or someone you know, would like to attend but are experiencing financial difficulties, please CONTACT ME  to discuss arrangements. No student with a sincere interest in learning meditation will be turned away.


Ok, gang… If you’ve been holding on off getting a massage, you won’t want to miss this brief window of opportunity September 21st- 27th with Heather Helard.  Savannah lost one of the best Massage therapists and ‘bright lights’ when Heather moved out to the West Coast. For a few days in September, we get her back again!
I first met Heather several years ago at a social event. Our paths didn’t intersect again until years later when Heather came to one of my classes at the Yoga Co-Op. Upon talking with her, it was so clear how mindful, intuitive and awake she was and when I found out she was a massage therapist, I wasn’t surprised!

Massage Therapist, Heather Helard and Awesome Dog, Willie

I can say with all objectivity, her abilities to help her clients begin to heal themselves through her work is profound. Heather’s natural intuitiveness combined with a strong educational foundation allows her to offer Massage, Reiki and Bodywork services that are compassionate, healing and powerfully effective.

So don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Heather. It’s first come, first serve- so book now to assure your time with Heather. Appointment hours will be from 10AM-7PM daily  between September 21st- 27th.  She will be offering 65 and 95 minute massages only. Prices are $85 for 65 minutes and $120 for 95 minutes. Cash only, please.

You can contact Heather via email: or by phone:  912.596.0961

 I’m the Coordinator for this year’s event and guess what kids?

It’s time to get yer GLOBAL MALA ON!


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Global Mala is an international event held every year. Yogis from all around the world come together to practice, support each other as a community and raise awareness and awake-ness.

Founded by Shiva Rea in 2007 and now in partnership with Yoga Month and Yoga for Peace, the Global Mala Yoga for Peace is a seed of a world-wide experiment into the power of meditation in action. This event is offered in conjunction with worldwide celebrations of the Global Mala project in over 50 countries, uniting the global yoga community from every continent, school of practice, and approach to form a “mala around the earth”.

For Global Mala Savannah, we also raise money for a local cause. Each year we pick a cause to partner with and all the proceeds of the event go to supporting the needs of that cause. My hope as Global Mala Savannah Coordinator this year is to extend this event to not only the yoga community but to the burgeoning mindful community of Savannah. Those who are living, working and practicing mindfulness in all its forms.

The theme of this year’s Global Mala event is Nourish Savannah and our Recipient is the local chapter of Backpack Buddies– grassroots effort to feed school aged children who might otherwise go hungry. During the school day, most children in need are provided meals through government programs, but when Friday rolls around, many children are faced with a weekend of wondering if they will have enough to eat. BackPack Buddies organizes and mobilizes churches, temples, companies and organizations to prepare backpacks of food for students to take home for the weekend, ensuring they will be nourished even when they are not in school.

Norman and Julie Hirsch

Spearheaded by Norman and Julie Hirsch of Congregation Mickve Israel,  Backpack Buddies Savannah has enlisted congregations who are help to feed children in need. Each congregation is partnered with a school and puts together weekend food packs that they deliver to the school. Teachers and staff at the schools assemble the bags of food into the backpacks that have been provided by BackPack Buddies and distribute to the children in the program to take home for the weekend.

The event is open to experienced yogis, novices and those who don’t know a down dog from a dirty dog! There will be a vigorous practice followed by a gentle practice (you can do one or both!) as well as a kids practice. There will be a silent auction and raffle of amazing donations from the yoga and mindful community and the Savannah Food Co-Op will be there selling great local and organic goods.

This year the registration is a $25 suggested donation for adults and $5 for kids. And when I say, suggested… I mean suggested! If you have more to give, please do. If not, donate what you can and join us for the event. Your donation is valued and so is your presence.

Please join us for this event to nourish the community and nourish yourself in the process. You can register or donate to the event at the Yoga Co-Op, Savannah Yoga Center, the Yoga Room, Savannah Power Yoga and Bikram. Visit the Global Mala Savannah Blogto keep updated on the event, see what great donations are coming in and support our growing mindful community. And please spread the word- at the water cooler, on your Websites, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, etc.

Until I see you on the mat… Live. Breathe. Be.

Pass Me On To Your Friends!

Last minute subbing! Come join me tonight (Thursday Aug. 4th) at the Savannah Yoga Center for a Super Gentle class that I am subbing. Class starts at 6pm. Get there a little early to check in without rushing around. Now, you can also reserve your place and/or pay for class online.

Come on down and do something nice for yourself for dealing with all this heat!

See you on the mat!

Thanks to all who made Saturday’s leg of Yoga-Fest a fantastic day! It was great to see you all for my Flow and Restorative classes today. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Savannah Yoga Center today, you still have tomorrow to take part in our FREE classes. I won’t be teaching tomorrow, but you can head on down and take class with an aray of SYC’s teachers.

For all you dedicated yogis and to those who are just embarking on your yoga path, I’ve got a little treat for you. Usually my classes at Savannah Yoga Center are $14 ($12 for students/firefighters/military & public teachers) however, my classes next week will only be $10.

7/13……….Wed. 5:30pm Beginners

7/13………..Wed. 7:30pm HOT Dynamic Flow

7/16………..Sat. 11am Flow

7/16………..Sat. 1pm Restorative 

Nothing to print. No secret handshakes. Just come in to one of the classes above and get yer yoga on for just $10. Namaste, and see you on the mat

Yogi Fun at Yoga Fest 2010

It’s Yoga-Fest time again y’all! This Saturday and Sunday, July 9th and 10th,  morning and afternoon classes are FREE at the Savannah Yoga Center. The classes for Yoga-Fest are 40 minutes long and there are classes for every style of yoga and a Bhangra Fit Class to boot!.

It’s our way of giving back to the community and giving those who are flirting with the idea of yoga a chance to get a taste of what it’s all about at the Savannah Yoga Center.

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to secure your spot. Bring your own mat if you have one, if not we have some for you to use (first come first serve, though) and if you plan to take a Flow/Hot or Dynamic Class, bring water and a towel.

I’ll be teaching Saturday 11:20 Flow Class (fairly vigorous) and 12:10 Restorative (super duper gentle) so come on down and have some yoga fun. You can take as many classes as you’d like. Bring your friends and family too. Class Cards and select items in the Boutique will be on sale. Click HERE for a printable Yoga-Fest 2011 schedule.

NOTE: Regularly scheduled classes that fall after 4pm will be held as usual.

I’ll be permanently teaching the Sunday night 5:30pm Yin Class at the Yoga Co-Op Savannah. In this Yin class we will not only focus on holding poses to increase connective tissue mobility, but we will also incorporate gentle muscle releasing poses, calming pranayama and restorative poses. Come join me to practice slowing down and letting go. (Members $10/Non members $13)

I’m subbing at the Yoga Co-Op Savannah for Power Hour, Friday 5:30, May 13, 2011. Bring water and a towel. It is Power hour after all. One potent hour of asana to get your weekend started right. Classes are $13 for non-members and $10 for members. The Yoga Co-Op Savannah is located at 2424 Drayton StSee y’all there!

Check out this yoga article, featuring yours truly, by fellow yogini and writer Adrienn Mendonca in Shaping Savannah. To enlarge, click the article until your eyes are content.

In honor of Earth Day this Saturday April 23rd, (everyday should be Earth Day don’t you think?) my Saturday 11am-12:30pm Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center (usually $14) is only $10! An Earth Day treat for you.

So come down, get yer practice in and then walk down to Forsyth Park to join the Earth Day Festivities. See you on the mat!

Photo Courtesy of Hospice of Savannah

Beginning April 11, 2011, I will begin teaching a Monday night 5:30pm Intermediate Yoga Class at the Hospice of Savannah.  I’m thrilled to be offering yoga to those who offer so much of their love and energy to the care of others. George Cox, who developed this yoga relationship with Hospice will also be teaching Beginner’s classes at Hospice during the week. Currently the class is open to Hospice Staff and volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Hospice of Savannah click HERE for more info.

The Yogathon in Forsyth Park is this Saturday: April 9th, 2011 from 12-3pm. This is a benefit organized by Louie’s Kids to raise money to bring a ‘Fit Club’ to a school here in Savannah through COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education) The program will provide children with nutritional, physical and emotional tools to prevent and reverse the effects of obesity. I’m honored to be one of the yoga teachers leading the 108 Sun Salutations this Saturday.

You can be part of this great event in several ways: Click HERE  to donate. No donation is too modest… every bit helps! Or if you’d rather, you can Click HERE to join my team and participate (minimum $20 donation required- this can be your money or from sponsors that you recruit.)

I WILL be teaching my regularly scheduled Saturday, 11am Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center the day of the event, then I’ll be heading down to Bandshell at Forsyth Park to join in on the Yogathon. For those of you who aren’t able to participate in the Yogathon, you can still get your practice in with me and then come down to the park to cheer us on!

We only have a few days left so don’t wait! If you can, please DONATE or register to PARTICIPATE right now. Whatever you do, spread the word and cheer us on from wherever you are!

Savannah Zen Center - 505 Blair St.


Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7-8pm, I’ll be subbing a Super Gentle Yoga class at the Savannah Zen Center. This class will focus on bringing the body and mind back into balance through restorative asana, pranayama and a 20 minute Yoga Nidra (deep yogic sleep) practice. Bring your mat and water.


Space is limited so if interested please reserve your spot  by using the form below (none of your info will be published). Class Cost is a $10 donation.


Photo Courtesy of Human Society of Greater Savannah


It’s SOOOOOO EASY. No excuses! Just CLICK HERE and vote for the Humane Society of Greater Savannah to help us qualify in the first heat to win $100k.

They only ask for your email and you can opt out of any future emails. This money would do so much to help the many strays, abused and neglected animals here in Savannah. This contest is sponsored by the ASPCA.

You can VOTE once a day until April 15, 2011. Please vote each day and post this on your BLOG, FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  etc. and EMAIL everyone you know and chat it up at the water cooler and with strangers you meet! This is BIG! We can do it!


Come out to support fellow Yoga Teacher and talented musician, Lauren Lapointe at the official launch party of her new band, Red Clay Halo with Georgia Kyle Shiver.  See below for details.


Just a reminder: tomorrow, March 26th, 2011, in addition to my usual Saturday 11am, All Levels Yoga Flow class at the Savannah Yoga Center, I’ll be subbing for the Saturday 9am, HOT Detox class too. Two opportunities to get yer yoga groove on together. See you on the mat!


Ok, kiddies! Buckle those car seats in… we’re going to Yoga-town! It’s kinda like Funky-town, with less disco and more Om’ing.

Starting March 21, 2011,  every Monday, I’ll be teaching a Kids Yoga class at the the Yoga Co-Op Savannah.  Through yoga, we’ll  learn balance and gain strength through asana (poses). We’ll learn to focus through pranayama (breathing) and we’ll end class just like the grown-ups do… with a nice rest pose!

MONDAYS 4-4:45pm 

at The Yoga Co-Op Savannah

Kids ages 3-7

Parents can purchase a 4 class package for their little yogi for $45 or drop in at $13 per class. The Yoga Co-Op Savannah is located at 2424 Drayton St. Savannah, GA.  For contact info click HERE.

12-3pm, Saturday, April 9th in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA is hosting a Yogathon to raise money for Louie’s Kids and COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education). The goal is to help raise money to fund a Louie’s Kids Fit Club in a Title I (low income) Savannah School next fall.  The Fit Club is a daily program that teaches children not only nutrition and physical fitness, but also addresses emotional blocks that keep children from living the best life that they can.

I am one of the teachers who will be leading the 108 Sun Salutations for the Yogathon. I’m thrilled to be part of this event and I’d love for you to be part of it too!


If you can participate in the 108 Sun Salutations (you don’t have to do them all, just do what you can),  click here to JOIN THE TEAM .  Our team name is FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, I SUN SALUTE YOU! Team Dawn Smith.  Once you register with the team, email everyone you know for donations. They can donate right online. Every little bit counts.

If you can’t participate, you can always donate to the team anyway and spread the word. Click here to DONATE.

The day of the Yogathon, you can still join me at my regular class Saturday morning 11am-12:30 at Savannah Yoga Center and then  head down to the Forsyth Park to cheer the Yogathon participants on. I would love for you come down and share in the fun of the day, even if you don’t want to do the sun salutations, I hope you’ll consider being part of this event in anyway you can.

Whether it’s practicing with us out in the park, or donating money- know that you are doing good… for others and yourself. Even the seemingly smallest of offerings matters.

I’ll be subbing the 9am Hot Detox Class Saturday, March 5, 2011. Bring water and a towel. Yer gonna sweat. My regular 11am All Levels Flow will follow as usual. See you there!




Starting March 6th, SUNDAY NIGHTS 6:45-7:45pm at the Savannah Yoga Center, Amanda Masnyk will be teaching a Bhangra-Fit Class. This traditional, northern Indian dance is jazzed up, resulting in a fun dance that gets you sweatin’.

Suitable for All levels-new to experienced!

Sundays 6:45pm-7:45pm (Starting March 6)
6 week Series, $65 for all 6 Classes.
$15 per session (pay at the door)

Read more about Amanda’s class HERE.

Savannah Yoga Center located at 1319 Bull St. 3 blocks from Forsyth Park

It’s YOGAFEST time again at the Savannah Yoga Center. Saturday & Sunday, January 15-16, 2011, come join us for FREE YOGA! There are classes for every style of yoga that you’d like to try: Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga, Flow, Hot Classes and more. And all classes are FREE during YogaFest.

Wear clothes that you can move comfortably in and bring a mat if you have one (if not, we have some to borrow but first come first serve.) Plan to get to class 10-15 minutes early to sign in, especially if you are new to the center as you will need to fill out a new student form.

The full schedule of YogaFest class schedule is posted online at the Savannah Yoga Center site. I will be teaching the Saturday, Jan 15th, 11am Flow Class. It’s a fairly vigorous class. You might break a sweat. If you are already a regular to my Saturday class bring your family and friends… it’s all FREE!

NOTE: My Sunday evening 7:30pm Level 2 Class will follow YogaFest as usual.


As a thank you to dedicated students and a welcoming incentive to new students for the New Year, during the month of January 2011, I want to extend a little treat to you:  Click on the $9 Pass below to print and bring it into the Savannah Yoga Center.

Normally, $14 classes, you pay only $9 for any of my classes when you bring the pass in. Print as many as you like and use them for any and all of my classes in January 2011 at the Savannah Yoga Center. Pass it on to friends and family as well. Spread the fun!


1. Click on the Pass. 2. Print as many as you want! 3. Have Fun!

I’ll be subbing this Saturday’s  Jan 8th, 9am HOT Detox Flow Class at the Savannah Yoga Center. Bring water and a towel. My All Levels Flow Class will follow as usual at 11am. See you there!




Poised Yoga teacher, Dawn Tanis

Savannah Yoga Center has it’s very own calendar. Featuring SYC’s own lovely teachers, the calendar was photographed by Geoff Johnson and graphic design by fellow yogini, Leslie Geer, the calendar was created to help raise money for a good cause.

Lovely and wacky yoga teacher, Jessica Hedrick

Long before my bicycle accident, Kelley Boyd (owner and director of SYC) proposed the idea of us doing a calendar. After my accident, Kelley announced that I would be the recipient of the what we raised from the calendar. I’m truly grateful for this generosity AND super excited to see just how beautiful the calendar has turned out to be!

For more info and to pre-order your own calendar, click HERE.

I am healing nicely and I have built up my stamina from the Bike Incident, so that I could come back to teach one week of my regular classes at the Savannah Yoga Center before I head out to the Wild West for a month and a half.

I will be returning to Savannah mid August, so these are the last opportunities to catch one of my classes until then. Join me at the Savannah Yoga Center for the following classes:

Saturday— June 19th—- 11am-12:30pm—— Flow Class

Sunday—June 20th—-7:15-8:30pm——-Level 2 Class

Wed——June 23rd—–4- 5pm—–Community Class

Wed——June 23rd—–5:30-6:45pm—–Beginner’s Class

Wed—–June 23rd——7:30-8:45pm——Super Gentle Class

I miss all of the wonderful students at the center and kind teachers who have graciously covered my classes. I hope all of you come join me for a great time on the mat…. I can’t wait to see all of you there!

Dawn Smith

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