Practice with Me // Upcoming Yoga Events this May & June

This winter, I put out into the Universe — and at a handful of networking events, private conversations and at places in between — that I wanted to start teaching more yoga but in special event formats. Well, a few people were listening and that effort has provided me with some great opportunities to share the practice of yoga with Clevelanders this Spring!

I’ve collected some upcoming opportunities here in today’s post, including pertinent details and ways you can register for each. Each class features all-levels instruction, so no matter if it’s your first class or thousandth, I’ve got you covered with plenty of poses, options and modifications as we move and flow. I’ve also included links for the Facebook event pages for each event to make it incredibly easy to share with your friends. As I always say: the more, the merrier!

YOGA BRUNCH at Dante Next Door

YOGA / BRUNCH series with Dante Next Door
2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month — May sessions: May 14 & May 28
9:30am all levels yoga class at KOAN Pilates (formerly The Cultural Center; right above Dante Next Door)
10:30am-ish brunch at Dante Next Door
At KOAN Pilates (2253 Professor Ave) & Dante Next Door (2247 Professor Ave) in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood
More info / Registration here
Facebook event page for May 14th session here

ILEA Zen Networking

ILEA Cleveland’s Zen Networking
Tuesday, May 17
4:00pm: 45-minute all-levels yoga class led by yours truly
5:00pm-7:00pm: Happy hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar
at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake, OH
More info / Registration here
Facebook event page here
***You do not have to be a member of ILEA Cleveland to attend — non-member pricing is available***

rising star roasters

Rising Star Yoga Brunch
Saturday, June 4

Two class/brunch time options: 9:30am and 12:00pm
at The Roastery in Cleveland, OH
Rising Star Coffee Roasters, catering by fire food & drink and I have teamed up to throw a yoga brunch at Rising Star’s Roastery on the West side of Cleveland. Each session that day will feature a yoga class suitable for all levels, brunch and freshly brewed coffee.
SIDENOTE: I got a sneak of the brunch menu from the Chef Cameron at fire — you yogis are in for a treat! Will share details in the upcoming weeks!
Register for the 9:30am class here // Register for the 12:00pm class here
Facebook event page here

Keep an eye on the blog and my social media feeds as I share updates in the near future. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these in the upcoming weeks!

For more information on available yoga services — including corporate classes, private sessions, birthday parties, other special events, just because — click on over to the Yoga page on the blog or contact me at aliciamhansen(at)gmail(dot)com.

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#CLEfood: Brunch at Dante Next Door

WARNING: Shameless plug ahead!  You might have heard about these YOGA/BRUNCH sessions I’ve recently started up after taking a brief hiatus from teaching yoga. (More on that on Thursday, folks.) The first session was this past Saturday and I will provide a bit of a spoiler: it felt so right to be teaching again.

dante next door sign

After a sold out 60 minute class filled with probably too many food references, we headed downstairs to Dante Next Door to enjoy the second (and some would argue more important part) of the YOGA/BRUNCH combo. I was lucky to have long time friends and students attend the class, and I caught up with a few of them — my gals Abby and Lisa, plus my husband Hans — during brunch. After a round of complimentary mimosas made available to all yoga class participants care of the Dante Next Door team was served, we placed our order for brunch…

Hans started with the Greek Yogurt with honey and berries, then for his entree enjoyed the Blueberry Pancakes with candied lemon zest and toasted almonds:

dante granola and pancakes

Always a member of the clean plate club, Hans enjoyed brunch to the fullest. A fan of Greek Yogurt myself, I couldn’t help but grab a bite of his “appetizer” —- so rich and flavorful.

Abby made my day and scored major points for ordering the Cinnamon Bread French Toast with apple compote and vanilla cream — it sounded divine!

dante french toast

All four of us might have celebrated when the dish was set down and we discovered that French Toast Crunch cereal was a topping of this decadent breakfast dish. Abby was a fan!

Lisa (of @Lisasands1 Twitter fame) went with a dish I almost ordered myself — the “Occhio di Bue” (Bullseye) with tomato braised eggs, ceci beans, braised greens and focaccia:

dante bullseye

I wish I could remember Lisa’s words exactly, but it was something about how content she was in selecting her meal. This is definitely on my list for next brunch session.

As for me, I decided to treat myself with the Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, fresh tomatoes and pecorino cheese:

dante next door pizza

Gluten free eaters rejoice: Dante Next Door offers a gluten free pizza crust that is 1) delicious and 2) doesn’t taste like cardboard. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve ordered pizza out, so I happily ate half, saving the other half for leftovers for Sunday… which I had to share.

dante next door pizza box

LONG STORY SHORT: A lovely sunny, Saturday morning with yoga and great food — hard to top that as an enjoyable way to start a weekend day! And the best part — I get to repeat it every other Saturday! The next YOGA/BRUNCH session is schedule for Saturday, March 26th. Class starts at 9:30am and all yoga participants receive a complimentary mimosa for brunch that morning. The first session sold out, so I encourage you to learn more and register in advance at the Eventbrite page.  Again, many thanks to the Dante Next Door team for their partnership and great food!

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Presenting Yoga / Brunch at Dante Next Door

If you know me, you know I’m pretty passionate about a few things: Golden Retrievers, social media and Hall and Oates. Also: yoga, the Cleveland food scene and bringing people together. An until I find a way to bring together the first three things, there’s been the opportunity to craft a fun new combo from the second set — thanks to a partnership with a local chef I deeply respect and a local spot you may not know about, right above one of his restaurants.

YOGA BRUNCH at Dante Next Door

I will start offering a 60-minutes all-level yoga class on select Saturdays starting on March 12, 2016 at The Cultural Center in Tremont. You may not know about this wellness spot, located right upstairs from Dante Boccuzzi’s Dante Next Door.

dante pizza

Photo c/o Dante Next Door’s Facebook page

After class, join me and your fellow classmates by heading downstairs to enjoy brunch together at Dante Next DoorA complimentary mimosa is included for all participating brunching yogis! (PLEASE NOTE: One mimosa per yogi. All students are responsible for paying for their own brunch food and beverage orders. Separate checks will be available.)

Yoga Class Costs:

  • First class introductory rate — $10 — please use promo code FIRSTCLASS when registering (one per person)
  • Price per class after first class — $15

Save your spot today for the March 12th or any of the upcoming events by registering on the Eventbrite page. If you prefer to pay cash in person day of each class, email me at to reserve your space.

Things to know: Yoga class starts promptly at 9:30am in the Cultural Center located upstairs at 2247 Professor Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113. Please access the Center by the red door on the right side of the front of the building. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early to check in. After class, students are welcomed to stay for brunch downstairs to Dante Next Door. 

Can’t make it on March 12th? Check out this page on my website to learn more about the YOGA / BRUNCH events. Many thank yous to Monica from The Cultural Center, Dante from Dante Next Door and their entire team for helping to make this “yoga bucket list” item possible!

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