Happy Halloween !

Array Yoga will be closed tonite, 10/31, for Halloween festivities, and we’ll be back to the regular schedule tomorrow, 11/1. Have a Happy Halloween!

Article about the 2018 Yoga Championship

Hello,

Below is an article I wrote after winning the 2018 USA National Yoga Championship to capture the moment in time, and to pass it along to different news papers. Along with it is a fundraiser link to help me get to the International Yoga Championship in China the first week of December. There is no pressure to donate. Below is the fundrasier link, and the Championship article.

Glenn’s Championship trip fundraiser link

The 2018 National Yoga Champion from New Albany Indiana


The Monona Terrace was a magical setting for the 2018 USA Yoga National Championship on the first weekend of July. This convention center in Wisconsin was designed by the world renown architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the structure is hard to describe outside of that it reminds you of something out from the Jetsons, or Star Wars. Glenn Brown came to the event thinking of it more as a family vacation with his wife & son, even though him & his wife were both competing. His wrist had become sore the week leading in so he had to change his routine, and had no expectations of winning even though he was ranked first in the nation. At this point, after 15 years of competing he continued just for the personal motivation, constructive posture criticism, and community.

Upon seeing the scores after the finals he shrieked like a surprised child, and then raced out of the auditorium to find his family. It’s hard to keep a 7 year old boy cooped up in an auditorium all day, so his wife was entertaining their son, Rumi, with the escalators, and big open lake view rooms. He couldn’t immediately find his family, so he ended up texting his wife “ I WON ! “. A 5 character text it took 15 years to earn. As a 37 year old man, he was shocked to have finally won. There are moments in life where we can see that all of our work & struggle can lead to such beautiful moments. Where every move expresses thousands of repetitions, every calm breath is in place of millions of labored breaths that led to that moment, and every interaction can lead to a lifelong friendship. It is hard to wrap up a 37 year journey into one paragraph, so here is a little glimpse of Glenn’s road to becoming the 2018 USA Yoga National Champion.

Glenn Brown moved with his family to New Albany, Indiana when he was 6 years old, and it is still his home. As the last of 6 kids he attributes sibling rivalry to the beginning of his competitive edge. He began practicing yoga as a 17 year old as a complementary practice for meditation & kung fu. Finding his way through depression in high school he shifted his focus from swimming & wrestling to art, music, kung fu, yoga, and meditation. He decided then he wanted to work toward being a teacher of kung fu & yoga, and be an artist & author. His search for a school, teacher, and work was difficult, but full of great life lessons. He finally met his Kung fu teacher, Sifu Keith Dwan of the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, while Keith was visiting Louisville from England with his school for a Martial arts tournament. Glenn expressed his interest in form over fighting, and was invited to a Hsing-i Kung Fu, Qigong, and Acupressure training, which he attended in England in 2001.

In the spring of 2002 he went to his first Bikram Yoga class at Bikram Yoga Indiana where he met the woman who would become his wife, Ayanna. She was the only teacher at the time, and the co owner. She believed in his potential, and the studio sponsored him to go to Bikram Yoga teacher training the same year in the Fall. Glenn has taught at Bikram Yoga Indiana from 2002 to the present. He fell in love with yoga because of its similarities to kung fu & qigong, and its amazing diversity of postures & styles.

The day of his Teacher Training graduation he & Ayanna were invited to be competitors in a mock yoga championship at a judging & coaching clinic for the Bishnu Ghosh Cup International Yoga Asana Championship to be held in 2003. That experience lit the competitive fire for Glenn again, and he has competed every year except for one, taking a year off to focus on coaching, and is the 14 time Indiana men’s Regional Yoga Champion. He also continues his work as an artist & author, and self published his first book of poetry & art “ Four in the Fire “ in 2007. More work is coming soon.

After 8 years of teaching primarily Bikram Yoga he started teaching more private lessons based on his private practice. His kung fu teacher had encouraged him to continue developing his home practice so he could lead a personalized warm up & warm down for Kung fu students. Over the years this developed into his own method of qigong & yoga blended together. In 2010 Glenn founded Lionflow Progressive Yoga & Arts LLC , and has focused the past 8 years on practicing, teaching, and training teachers in Lionflow Yoga.

He feels Lionflow Yoga benefited his championship routine by teaching him to express where he is in the moment without heat, extra time in the pose, or intense breathing for body heat. The style focuses on calm intentional motion, breathing, and short holds in stillness. Learning to accept where you are today, and to have a conversation with your body instead of an argument. Also learning to grow by grains of sand as opposed to straining for progress right now. He still loves hot yoga for its intensity & cleansing, but can see the purpose of each style on his journey.

In 2016 Glenn began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Southeast, and also earned his certification in Sun style Tai Chi. At IUS he teaches accredited Yoga & Tai Chi classes about history, method, and different styles of practice. In 2018 inspired by his college course he transitioned his Yoga studio from “ Lionflow Yoga Studio “ to “ Array Yoga “ to open the doors to more styles, and teachers with a new yoga studio mission. To be “ The Gallery of Yoga Styles “, for both classic, and modern styles, and other movement & meditation arts.

It has been a long journey to this national victory, and it indeed took a village for this to happen. Glenn looks forward to competing, coaching, judging, and helping USA Yoga continue this tradition for the generations to come, and to seeing his son have an opportunity to take part in it in the future. He also wants to express the deepest gratitude to his wife Ayanna Brown for supporting & believing in him always, through every up & down. Also to his son, Rumi, for challenging him in ways he didn’t know he could be challenged, his parents & siblings for the family love that is so valuable & enriching, and to the communities of Bikram Yoga Indiana, Array Yoga, USA Yoga, and New Albany & Louisville’s rich art & yoga cultures. “ It is an honor to be part of this community, and a life goal to offer it my best. “

Written by : Glenn Brown

New Fall Schedule

So we just posted a Fall Schedule, but then some things came up. So we have new prices, and some adjustments to the schedule. Some Specialty Classes and Workshops will be posted soon as well. Right now we still have the Classic 84 Breakdown on Sundays. So much more is coming ! We look forward to seeing you in class !

Array Yoga Studio Weekly Schedule
Monday

9:30 – 10:15 am Lionflow Yoga Intro

6:30 – 7:45 pm Lionflow Yoga L1

Tuesday

6 – 7 pm Hatha Yoga Wild Card ( Any class by request )

Wednesday

9:30 – 10:30 am Hatha Yoga

6:30 – 7:45 pm Lionflow Yoga L1

Thursday

6 – 7 pm Restorative Yoga

Friday

9:15 – 10:30 am Lionflow Yoga L1

4:30 – 6 pm Lionflow Yoga L2
6:30 – 7:15 pm Lionflow Yoga Intro
Saturday

10 – 11 am Yin & Yang Yoga

11:15 am – 12 pm Lionflow Yoga Intro

( 11:15 am Community Class $5 )
Sunday
9:30 – 11 am Classic 84 Break Down ( 8 sessions between 9/30/18 & 11/25/18, off on 11/11, donation only class, no minimum donation )
6 – 7 pm Yin Yoga

Address – 37 Bank St. Suite #6

As the Leaves Fall

As the leaves change & fall with the season… so have our package prices! We have lowered the package prices to an all time low & competitive price points. Our mission is to make it possible for you to practice as much as you like. We are not lowering the value of the classes, or the single class rates, just the cost of packages. The cost of Private lessons has been raised respecting the value of the teachers time, but regular schedule classes are to be as accessible as possible, and so now they are more than ever. This is not a sale, this is a staple in our mission. For current subscribers your contract price will be adjusted. Here are the new Prices below –

Single Class Prices

Lionflow Yoga L2 – $15

All other regular weekly classes $10

Accept $5 Community Class

☆ You can also sign up for class & pay online. Link is on the website – array.yoga

Special Class Packages

First Class Special 2 week unlimited for $30 . ( Available your first class only )

6 Classes – $50 ( 6 month expiration, includes 1 month pass to $5 Community Class )
1 Month Unlimited – $75
3 Month Unlimited– $200

Students, Teachers, City Workers, Seniors, and Veterans1 month unlimited for $70. ( Expiration 1 month )

Auto Debt Packages

$70 / month – 1 year Contract of monthly payments at a fixed rate.
$65 / month – Special Package for Students, Teachers, City Workers, Seniors, & Veterans 1 year Contract of monthly payments at a fixed rate. ( $30 Early Cancelation fee for all Auto Debt)

Harvest Homecoming Schedule

One schedule change for New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming will remain afterwards. Thursday nights will have a 6 to 7 pm Restorative Yoga class, and that will be the only Thursday night class for now.

On Friday night just the 6:30 pm Tai Chi class is canceled for Harvest Homecoming, and the rest of the schedule is open for business .

Please allow extra time to park & walk during the Festival from Thursday through Sunday .

During the Festival there will be some more schedule & workshop announcements. Have a great week & we’ll see you in class!

Classic 84 Breakdown

Classic 84 Breakdown 8 Session Workshop

Description – This workshop will be a posture clinic for 8 series out of the Classic 84 class. Instead of rushing through the whole class we will use the first half of class as a warm up each time. After the warm up we will breakdown a series from class in detail, practice a few sets with adjustments, followed by a warm down. After the warm down will be an opportunity to participate, learn about, or watch a Yoga Championship Practice.

Glenn Brown will be leading this 8 week class Breakdown. Glenn is the 2018 National Adult Men’s Yoga Champion & is currently preparing for the International Yoga Championship in Beijing this December. This 8 week workshop is a chance to join him in his training for Internationals.

This Classic 84 Breakdown is a great opportunity for teachers & students to deepen their knowledge of what is thought of as an ” Advanced Class “. With the knowledge to move with intention & control, advanced classes are just classes with more postures, and more challenges, but present the same opportunity for therapy as any other yoga class.

This workshop is also a great opportunity for anyone interested in participating the Yoga Championships to learn the rules, posture details, and to have help creating a series & recording it for the video submissions required for the first round of the Championship.

What is the cost ? This 8 session workshop is for donations only, and there is no minimum donation, walk ins are welcome, and you do not have to sign up for all 8 sessions. This workshop will help Glenn raise money for his coming trip to the International Championship in China, and any size contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Schedule for Classic 84 Breakdown

Sunday’s 9:30 – 11ish am , on the following dates focused on the following series;

  1. Balance 9/30/18

  2. Arm Balance 10/7/18

  3. Lotus 10/14/18

  4. Splits 10/21/18

  5. Backbends 10/28/18

  6. Tortoise 11/4/18

  7. Inversions 11/18/18

  8. Breathing 11/25/18

Welcoming Steven McGuire

We would like to welcome Steven McGuire to the Array Yoga crew. He will be teaching the 5:30pm Restorative class on Thursday’s starting this week. A few other schedule changes for the Fall will be posted tonite.

Here are a few words from Steven –

My Journey with Yoga began back in 2001 back home in Portland Oregon after a back injury. I needed to move but found a lot of other activities challenging. I practiced by watching DVD’s eventually making my way to local studios. Eventually I discovered Kettlebells, got certified and started teaching. I loved teaching and always new that becoming a yoga teacher was next on my list. Fast forward to 2010, after discovering Crossfit, I had another serious back injury and major setbacks. I avoided surgery through the practice of Yoga.
After relocating to Louisville Kentucky I finally went after my 200 hour Teacher training. With my previous injuries and new mobility limits, I have learned to really appreciate the power and benefits of yoga. I am a fun and patient teacher. There is no wrong way to do anything in my classes. I understand limits and I remember what it feels like to walk into a studio for the first time.
I look forward to getting to know everyone and be apart of this community.