Yoga is everywhere these days, it seems. It’s held at studios, senior centers, and local parks, woven into music festivals, beckoning from Youtube and even showing up on farms, with goats. There’s hot yoga and naked yoga and swear-like-a-sailor yoga, and any other kind of practice you can imagine — and probably some you don’t want to.
Here in Lapeer County, tucked away in Hadley Township, is a place where the yoga isn’t as in-your-face.
Not far from the Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area, 4655 Yoga is nestled on a quiet, wooded lane. There, a short path takes you to a screened-in gazebo, the Yogazebo, where it’s easy to find tranquility.
4655 Yoga matriarch Linda Podgorski became certified to teach yoga about six years ago, and the pondside gazebo in their beautiful backyard was built by her husband and four sons. Since then, the gazebo has held classes large and small, yoga events and benefits, parties, and more. Linda has even taught yoga on stand-up paddleboards in the pond.
Attending a class at 4655 Yoga is a unique experience, blending nature therapy with the benefits of yoga practice. Studies are showing that time in nature is something that can help reduce stress, facilitate joy and just make people all-around healthier. While it’s an enclosed structure, the setting and open screen walls of the Yogazebo allow the participants to experience the wind, rain, and wildlife while comfortably practicing their yoga.
Because the classes are intimate, they are never the same. Linda tailors the classes to whomever shows up, tuning in to what they need. She’s a truly nurturing soul who loves to care for people, and it shows. Her classes often end with a soft blanket, a neck rub, and plenty of time to rest quietly and take in the peaceful atmosphere.
Once, I attended class on my birthday, and she surprised me with a crown of daisies and some absolutely beautiful snacks.
Oh, yeah, I forgot to add, she also offers catering as The Cooking Pod.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 10 a.m., 4655 Yoga will be offering a workshop with inspiring yogi Dianne Bondy.
Saturday is also the last day to sign up for the upcoming yoga retreat on Drummond Island. Spaces are still available for this unique experience, which would make the ultimate stress-melting getaway:
Untie the physical and mental knots left by everyday stresses and pamper your mind, body and spirit at the 4655 Yoga Wellness Retreat on beautiful Drummond Island, Michigan.
Known as the Gem of the Huron, Drummond Island is the perfect location to relax into the soothing embrace of nature for a refreshing experience that will leave you at peace. The retreat includes three nourishing homemade meals per day, happy hour appetizers, yoga, tai chi, meditation, kayaking, hot tub, bonfire, hikes featuring shinrin-yoku (forest therapy), earthing, crafts and nature art, cooking and a pastry class, community and fellowship with like-minded individuals. There will also be unscheduled time in the afternoon and evenings to explore the serenity of the island with its healing blue waters, green landscapes, and rocky shorelines where you can listen to the waves and hunt for your own Michigan Puddingstone.
The 2018 retreat dates are September 9-12 and 13-16. Choose one session for $450 or two for $850. The cost includes lodging, all meals and activities.
As summer begins its descent into autumn, find the peace your soul desires in beautiful northern Michigan.
For more information about 4655 Yoga classes, the Dianne Bondy event or the Drummond Island retreat, call Linda at 810-241-9046.