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ArtHouse: Yoga with Cassandra Powell

  • ArHouse: A Social Kitchen 411 East 5th Avenue Gary, IN, 46402 United States (map)


This beginner’s yoga series introduces the fundamentals of yoga, meditation, and breathwork. In this Hatha Yoga-based class we will practice poses (asanas) and stretches, in combination with breathwork and meditation in order to develop flexibility, tools for stress and anxiety reduction, better health, and relaxation. These classes will help to bring balance, strength, and calmness to you, the practitioner. This class is great for Beginners to Levels 1 and 2 yoga practitioners.

 Please Note: Yoga mats and/or Yoga blocks will NOT be provided.

Classes are each week February 15 - March 22

This event is free, and open to public. CLICK TO RSVP, strongly encouraged!


  • GET THERE EARLY: Arrive at least ten minutes before your yoga class to get a spot where you feel most comfortable.
  • WHAT TO WEAR: Wear clothing that is both comfortable and made from breathable fabric (like cotton, bamboo or jersey).
  • WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your own yoga mat and an optional 1-2 blocks if possible. There will NOT be any mats provided.
  • AFTER YOU ARRIVE: Take off your shoes and socks in the room. 
  • COMMUNICATE: Before class starts, introduce yourself to the instructor. Tell the instructor whether you have any injuries, especially a recent one, so he or she can give you modifications.
  • BREATHE: It's common for new students to hold their breath during yoga poses they find challenging. Breathing deeply can help you relax. In the beginning, don't worry about matching the instructor's breathing instructions exactly; just don't hold your breath.
  • DON'T LEAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF CORPSE POSE: Most yoga classes end with Corpse pose, also called Sav asana (pronounced sha-VASS-ahnah). With this pose, you lie flat on your back, close your eyes, and relax. You never want to walk out of a class when they are in Corpse pose. If you must leave, do it before.
  • NAMASTE: Don't be scared off when your instructor bows her head as if in prayer, clasps her hands together in front of her heart and says, "Namaste" (pronounced nah-mas-TAY). You'll notice the class says it back as well. This Sanskrit word means "I honor you" and is normally said at the end of class.



Cassandra has been a practitioner of yoga for more than 20 years. Her yoga teacher training is in Samapatti Yoga, a form of Hatha Yoga which is a practice that seeks to make yoga accessible to Every Body. She believes that in yoga’s 8-fold path, there is something for Every Body – regardless of frame, size, weight, medical conditions, gender, life experiences and circumstances, or any of the other ways that we perceive ourselves to be different. From meditation to asanas (body work) to pranayama (breathing), and all other areas that yoga entails on the 8-fold path, she believes that Every Body can benefit from some element of yoga practice.

In addition to studying Samapatti Yoga, Cassandra also studies and practices Hatha, Iyengar, and Kundalini Yoga. When not practicing yoga, Cassandra is a Linguistics & Communications Professor.


Special free events are hosted weekly at ArtHouse to compliment the business and training activity in the facility. Culinary + Art Exploration events are facilitated by local and regional experts, and are free and open to the public. Events are appropriate for novice to expert: growers, food hobbyists, enthusiasts, culinary entrepreneurs, butchers, caterers, bakers, food vendors, chefs and restaurateurs. No experience is necessary to participate in Culinary + Art Exploration events.


Earlier Event: February 13