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.
It's freezing outside, but SKATEYOGI's summer camp catalog is now ready! You can come pick up a copy at our store or just view here. Registration will open on Jan 24.
The new mini ramp is ready to shred!
This Tuesday during afterschool we put the last screws into our brand new mini halfpipe and the kids dropped right in testing out the new plywood waves! Now you can choose between the miniramp, the low impact area and the long lane for faster street skating obstacles. We've already seen the benefits of having these distinct zones during sessions for even more opportunities to learn and skate!
School Break Day Camps! We're looking forward to having our students try out the new setup during our upcoming day camps! Next up is the Lunar New Year school holiday on Feb 16 followed immediately by the Mid-Winter Recess Day Camps. Check our full day camp schedule here!
Winter/Spring Afterschool is kicking off Jan 29! Registration is open for the next session of our afterschool program. Learn more and register here.
Our tots class took a break during the holiday weeks, but it will resume this weekend! We have received a lot of requests for weekend Tots classes, so here we are adding a weekly tots class on Sundays! It's a 45-min class for tots to move around, balance on boards and have fun!
Wednesday 10:45am class allows you to stay until 12:30pm to play indoor and have lunch or snacks.