We will be closing early on Sunday 3/18. 9am Tots class & 10am 6-week series class are held as usual. All the classes in the afternoon are canceled for the day. Please come see us at House of Vans or at Brooklyn Camp Expo in Williamsburg!
Our day camp and afterschool are in session as usual, but we canceled all the evening classes due to inclement weather.
Adult students – hope to see you at our weekend classes on Sat or Sun at 1pm!
Stay safe out there!!!
SKATEYOGI on News 12!
Hi SKATEYOGI friends and families!
The good folks at News 12 came to check out the action during our Day Camp last Wednesday! They did a little piece that has been airing around the NYC metro region. Check it out here but please disregard the part where they call me a "former yoga teacher" lol. Not sure where they got that from. (I'm actually a former environmental professional, but that's a story for another day.)
It was a rad week of mid-winter camps! Check our schedule and save your spot for upcoming school holiday camps! Looking forward to more outdoor adventures as Spring approaches :)
Next round of 6-week kids series will start this weekend! There's still a few spots left. Please register now!
Last call for Summer Camp early bird registration! Sign up now to hold your spot and save $50. Space is limited and last year we did sell out so sign up now and lock in your week(s)!
Psssst: be sure to bookmark the HOV events page to RSVP for our monthly series. It's compliments of Vans but space is limited. Our next one is March 18 and they usually open up RSVPs two weeks in advance. Registration's not open yet but should be pretty soon ;)
Come join the fun at SKATEYOGI where we will learn some dog-themed tricks in celebration of Lunar New Year! $145 for single day registration (8:30am-3:30pm). Save by getting a 5-pack for $675! Extended day (until 6pm) is available. Contact us if you have any questions.
The Metamorphosis of SKATEYOGI
SKATEYOGI turns 5 this Spring! In anticipation of our anniversary, here's a little analogy from nature to tell the history of SKATEYOGI so far. Let's explore our evolution through the lens of a butterfly's life cycle!
A butterfly starts life as a very small egg usually laid on the leaves of plants. In the case of SKATEYOGI, the egg was laid on a tree in Brower Park back in the Spring of 2013 when we taught our first adult beginner skateboarding class in collaboration with Urban Asanas. When the egg hatches the caterpillar emerges and goes straight to work eating the leaf they were born on. This meant hosting more weekend classes until the winter forced us indoors. The SKATEYOGI caterpillar then sought shelter, where we "molted" several times expanding to kids classes, afterschool and summer camp.
Last year the concept of SKATEYOGI had reached full weight and formed itself into a chrysalis at 140 Empire Boulevard. From the outside of the chrysalis, it looks as if the caterpillar may be just resting, but the inside is where all the action is. With each project, the parts have undergone a remarkable transformation, called 'metamorphosis' to become a beautiful butterfly. As soon as the butterfly has rested coming out of the chrysalis, it will pump blood into the wings in order to get them working and flapping - then they get to fly! In the fourth and final stage of their lives, adult butterflies are constantly on the look out to reproduce and when a female lays their eggs on some leaves, the butterfly life cycle will start all over.
I wonder where the next SKATEYOGI egg will be laid?
Looking forward to some more fun sessions this weekend on the new ramp setup! If you haven't stopped by to check it out yet, come through for a weekend class. You may also notice that the sweet sound of our little shredders has been dampened by the addition of echo reducing panels mounted throughout the ramp area. We've even started doing silent time to get things started in circle before each class. Pretty cool!
Hope to see you soon!
"So, is this like, yoga on skateboards?"
It's always fun to hear interpretations of what people think SKATEYOGI is. Some think we'll be doing downward dog on our boards while the kids come up with even funnier ideas relating to Yogi Bear or even yogurt. The truth is, on the surface, we originally called it Skate Yogis as kind of a joke when it first began as an adult skateboard class taught through an actual yoga studio Urban Asanas in Crown Heights. But on a deeper level, skateboarding can be thought of as a kind of yoga, a moving mediation that brings you into the moment. Instead of bowing with our hands in prayer, we slap high fives and cherish the experience together. You still might catch me skating around in tree pose every now and then ;)
Be sure to check the SKATEYOGI Instagram story and our Facebook page for daily morning updates on classes and any open skate times.