The  Why 2

Q&A with a Vibe Member : Nicole Love

This week, Vibe sat down (virtually) with longtime member and yoga student, Nicole Love, and we quickly found out that “love” is not just in her name...it’s in all that she does! Nicole works at New Outlook Counseling Center as a Social Worker. Check out our conversation below, and learn about how Nicole values self-love and compassion for herself and her community!

V: What does yoga mean to you?

N: Yoga has many meanings for humans….doesn’t it?  The practice of yoga has supported and invited me to develop a deeper relationship with myself, become my own best friend, and practice compassion for those parts of myself that are unbecoming - you know; those parts of yourself you wish would stop showing up!

V: What does your practice look like these days? Do you practice with a loved one or with family?

N: My practice has SLOWED down and transformed.  Before the sequestering, I’d gotten myself in the habit of going to some 6am classes and noticed I enjoyed that experience of practicing first thing in the morning; and the ENERGY I had access to the remainder of the day.  NOW- I’m unable to do anything more than a 20-30 minute slow flow.  Practicing at home.well...for someone who struggles with executive function skills, I do best with routine and practicing AT the VIBE studio.  I get easily distracted practicing at home but have found that if I take my mat outside and leave all electronics in the house then the only distraction I have is Rizzo!

V: Is there a principle or lesson of yoga philosophy that has stuck with you while in quarantine? If so, what and why?

N: I have to be honest and say that I’m still very much a student of yoga and I don’t know about the principles/philosophies.  A thought I notice in this brain of mine when I’m feeling lonely or sad is “I have the tools to sit with this. I can handle this.”  I’ve learned enough from my teachers at Vibe to practice at home. 

V: What has quarantine/social distancing taught you?

N: I was asked this question by my therapist just last week.  I told her that I didn’t realize how much I valued the Vibe community. People don’t usually believe that I’m a true introvert at heart so I spend quite a bit of time by myself. I crave solitude. However, I deeply miss the Vibe community. I get teary-eyed thinking about the studio and the HUMANS that makeup the community. I don’t even know a lot of people’s names but I know their faces and I miss the banter/fellowship the studio provides us.  

V: What has been your go-to hobby while self-isolating?

N: Because I don’t have energy to really MOVE the way I used to like in a vinyasa class; I started a kundalini yoga practice about a week into sequestering. I LOVE it; but it’s a challenge. I think the breath work is keeping me sane, grounded, and effective in helping me manage my depression and anxiety. I must give a shout out to my baby boy Rizzo Ernest Love, my almost five year old goldendoodle. He is my pride and joy. I am so grateful and appreciative of our relationship. He keeps me laughing and moving with walks and we’ve been to Brown County to hike several times to get out of the house and be in the GREEN/NATURE. I’ve been able to take him to work with me a few times a week since we are seeing clients using telehealth. It’s been so comforting to have him by my side.  

V: Do you have a quarantine book recommendation?

N: Yesterday the sweet mail lady delivered a big haul from Amazon (that I ordered a month ago) and the book Essential Kundalini Yoga by Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa. I’d been using it as a guide on my Kindle App but I like the feel of a book - so I ordered both versions. The illustrations are lovely and I’m quite interested in deepening my understanding with breath of fire, chanting, mantra, power of sound, and prana.  

My other go to is The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristen Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. I use this almost daily in my social work practice with clients.  NOW is the time to develop a mindful self-compassion practice. You're with yourself all the time. You kind of owe it to yourself to be your own best friend. I learned that from this workbook.  

V: Do you have a favorite song that has been helping you in quarantine?

N: I LOVE music. From time to time I will send Erin T. a song I think she might like so it’s nice to have that connection with her. Right now, some of my favorites are Slime and B (Breezy and Young Thug), Will (Joyner Lucas and Will Smith), Kundalini Chill Out by: Liquid Mantra Remixes by Krishan, Bonobo Essentials, Agnes Obel, Doggystyle-Snoop Dogg, The Chronic- Dr. Dre.  I listen to a lot of podcasts: Tara Brach, Catherine Ingram, The Yogi Show, Arm Chair Expert, Metta Hour, Suze Orman Women and Money, The Punies- by Kobe Bryant, and a few more. 

V: Do you have a favorite yoga pose? If so, what and why?

N: Savasana is my favorite. Life prior to sequestering was so fast paced. Savasana invites you to stop, rest, restore, and look deep inside to self-reflect. Sometimes I call it getting “blissed-out.” 

V: Do you have any advice for those who are struggling with isolation right now/Have you received any advice that has helped you during isolation?

N: I heard a wise human say "honor each moment." If you're sad, honor the experience of sadness; If you're lonely, honor the experience of loneliness.  Be kind to yourself in each moment even if it's a difficult moment. #selflove #selfkindness 

V: What do you most look forward to once we all can safely come together/end social distancing?

N: Practicing at Vibe Yoga studio. I am looking forward to finally being able to meet Ellis and Emerson Ruthenburg, fraternal twins, who are now five months old. These lovely humans belong to my close friends Lauren and Katie Ruthenburg who live in Evansville.    I’ve only been able to see them on FaceTime thus far. I miss my family in Illinois too; I haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving.  

(Nicole and Rizzo)

Ruthie Again

Getting to know Ruthie Cohen, Yoga Teacher, Grandmother, Care-Taker, Vegan Chef Extraordinaire

This month Vibe Yoga Studio (V) sat down with Ruthie Cohen (R) - virtually, of course - to find out what she has been up to this month, to learn what her yoga practice means to her and the role yoga has played in her life during this time of quarantine and social distancing.

V: What does yoga mean to you?

R: Yoga means diligence, discipline, and delight.

V: How did you begin your practice?

R: I began practicing 17 years ago to supplement my running and weight training regime. Guess what took over?

V: Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?

R: Curiosity. I wanted to learn more and to share more. I wanted the discipline of a teacher training. And I wanted to do something scary. There’s nothing like being a newly minted instructor and standing in front of a room full of students to get your heart racing! Even after having taught well over 1000 classes, I get that jolt of excitement and anticipation every time I enter a room to teach.

V: What does your yoga practice look like these days? Do you practice with your family?

R: Ah, my pandemic practice! Since my daughter Arianna and her children have been staying with me, my practice is even more essential. Every morning, before Jordan, 3 ½ and Isabella. 1 ½ wake up, I roll out of bed and onto a stability ball. This is functional fitness at its best. When you are carrying a 25 pound toddler around you can’t afford to throw your back out! I go through a series of abs exercises on the ball, follow that with cat/cows, a few sun As and 10 pushups. Then I call my 93 year old mother in Philadelphia. I always dress in yoga clothes. On  days that I throw on sweatpants, I feel like a slug. My formal yoga practice comes later on, during my “break” when Arianna takes the kids out for a ride or a stroll. I put myself through a fairly rigorous sequence, adding 10 more pushups to my daily quota. When I practice alone and to my own rhythms, I can let my breath dictate the duration of a pose. Also, as a teacher who has been putting together sequences for some time, I am lucky that I can change things up and keep my practice both vital and challenging. After we get the kids to bed, and before we settle into a few episodes of Brooklyn 99, I  guide Arianna through a series of yoga stretches. If we are up past 9:30pm, it’s a late night!

V: Is there a principle or lesson of yoga philosophy that has stuck with you while in quarantine? If so, what and why?

R: The structure of our days keeps us grounded and steady. We are consistent in our schedule. We eat well. We are kind. We are living our yoga!      


V: What has quarantine taught you?

R: Humility. I feel like we have taken so much for granted!--our health, our invincibility, our American-ness!

V: Do you have a yoga book quarantine recommendation?

R: Well, it’s a podcast, actually. “Nothing Much Happens,” bedtime stories for grown ups.    Turns out the writer and reader, Kathryn Nikolai, is a Michigan-based yoga and meditation teacher! 

V: Do you have a non-yoga book quarantine recommendation?

R: Yes! Courtesy of my friend and colleague, our very own Isi Owens. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne.

V: What is your quarantine go-to recipe?

R: Ah, you know me well. Of course I have a recipe!!! 

Beer Bread

          1 ½ cups all purpose flour

          1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

          ¼ cup brown sugar

          1 tablespoon baking powder

          1 teaspoon salt

          1 12 oz can or bottle of beer

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a loaf pan. Mix dry ingredients. Add beer, mixing until the dry ingredients are absorbed.  Spread into a loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes.

(I bake a loaf every other day for my gang here. It goes quite quickly and it is almost too easy!)

V: Do you have any advice for those who are struggling with isolation right now?

R: Get up and get dressed. Try to give your days structure. Have something to look forward to every day, be it a delicious lunch,  a house project, or a good movie. Get in a brisk walk or bike ride when the weather is nice. And by all means, seek out your friends. Stay in touch. Do yoga.

Ruthie and her granddaughter, Isabella.

Clockwise: Arianna (Ruthie’s daughter), Ruthie, Jordan (Ruthie’s grandson) & Isabella (Ruthie’s granddaughter)


Ruthie and Jordan

Ruthie and Isabella

The  Why

A Few Students "WHY"

We. Heart. Yoga. And we 🧡our students "WHY."  These individuals have shared the reason they show up and we couldn't be more inspired. Have you asked yourself recently why you show up? 

Janet Decker

I’m a teacher, lawyer, professor, and mom, but never considered myself a “yogi” until a friend introduced me to Vibe.
Yoga seemed like it was for someone else—someone more flexible and more fit. Because I was in my forties with arthritis and all kinds of aches and pains, I doubted that I belonged in a yoga studio. I wrongly assumed it would be intimidating.
Instead, what I found was a welcoming community that includes a beautiful cross section of all shapes, ages, and experience levels. I’ve found a sustainable and enjoyable way to build physical and mental strength—which is more important than ever before.
I’ve also discovered extraordinarily gifted teachers. They inspire and teach me about much more than yoga poses; I’m learning to be a healthier and more accepting person.
Since joining Vibe, the only things I’ve lost have been aches and pains (including plantar fasciitis) and 30 pounds. What I’ve gained is immeasurable.
Vibe has been a life changer for me and I’m so grateful that the Vibe community showed me that yoga is truly for Every Body.

Michael Cervantes

Staying with Vibe, especially during this period, grounds and centers my thoughts, brings back happy memories at Vibe, and makes me feel accomplished.
What I discovered I need in this chapter is restoration and poses feel stronger than ever. From child's pose to savasana, I get that from maintaining my connection at Vibe. 

Liz Peterson

During this time in particular, I continue to practice; as this is what I’ve been practicing for.  To find grounding during time of uncertainty, maintain a sense of community in a time where isolation is necessary, and to maintain a sense of routine during a non-routine time.  Whether it is a day that I feel like having my camera on and waving to fellow yogis, or camera off and hearing the voice of my teacher; I ALWAYS feel better at the completion of a class. Sending you a post run selfie, as it’s the last individual photo I have in my phone, and it’s another example of my calm in all of this. 

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Studio Temporarily Closing

Vibe Yoga Studio Temporarily Closing   

After much thought and deliberation, we feel that it is in the best interest of our community for us to do our part to help flatten the curve. As we have heard more information from Yoga Alliance and national updates, we feel simply downsizing our classes is not enough.  We will be closed starting Monday 3.16.20 due to COVID-19. 

We will continue to monitor this very fluid situation taking it day by day and plan to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will be reaching out this week with the logistics of membership pauses, pass extentions, and online options. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation. Your health and wellbeing is at the core of our decision.

For updates please visit our website and social platforms. 

Connection Blog

Connection At Vibe

Connection is one of Vibe's core values. 

Meaningful connections among teachers, students and staff is the foundation of our community. 

Connection is also a synonym for yoga: to yoke.

February's theme of connection is an opportunity to look at how the connections of what may appear to be separate (strength + flexibility; body + breath; self + other) evoke deeper presence in all we do.

Consider these workshops and events to explore connection in your practice.Consider these workshops and events to explore connection in your practice.

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