Practice Yoga on Fifth focuses on Ashtanga (breath synchronized with fixed postures) and Vinyasa (linking movement with breath) yoga styles, emphasizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the practice. The staff of talented instructors teaches a varied set of classes appropriate for both beginners and yogis more bendable than taffy warmed in a British child’s pocket. A drop-in beginner's class (currently offered Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.) takes a slow, gentle pace to acquaint brand newbies with postures, and open-level Vinyasa teaches accessible endurance-building, flexibility-enhancing sequences in a room heated to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. More-advanced classes include Hot Vinyasa—a sweaty, stretchy 90 minutes of challenging poses in 95-degree heat—and the Ashtanga primary series, a fast-paced sequence of 72 postures with synchronized breath. See the schedule for dates and times.
Garden Station has recently installed a wheelchair ramp and ADA-accessible entryway, and now volunteers aim to build wheelchair-accessible community-garden beds for residents with disabilities. Three 2-foot-wide and 6 foot-long garden beds will sit in each 18-foot-long table, which sits 36 inches off the ground. The beds all have 6 inches–8 inches of soil to accommodate growing vegetables. The specifications of the beds allow wheelchair users to easily access the table, reach across the bed, dig into the soil, and plant seeds. Garden Station requires additional funding to purchase untreated, weather-resistant western-red cedar to ensure that the plants the beds produce will be free of unwanted chemicals and safe to eat.
The World Series of Comedy brings together a horde of more than 100 humorists from all over the country to compete for laughs and a grand prize of 37 weeks of work at comedy clubs across the nation. The competition gives audience members the pleasure of acting as judge and jury without the moral and legal gray areas of serving as executioner, allowing fans a say in which comics move on to the final showcase (panels composed of comedy bookers have the most influence in the judging process). Pick from 13 shows—three wild-card shows, eight preliminary shows, and two final rounds—each sporting a lineup of eight, 15, or, in the final showdown, three comics toiling for your approval. Call to reserve your tickets.
Winning best haunted house in Active Dayton's 2011 Best of Dayton awards and lauded by the bloggers of Ohio Valley Haunts for a "very loud soundtrack [that] assaults the senses in accompaniment to the various atrocities," the designers of Dayton's Haunted Butcher House horrify guests with new macabre spectacles each year. Characters, such as clowns wielding meat cleavers and the undead springing forth from oversize jack-in-the-boxes, are just some of the haunts that have rattled visitors in years past on the unguided tour. To further heighten fear levels, the building itself becomes another character, confounding the living with moving floors, strobe lights, and mysterious voices that predict another year of slow economic growth.
The Gallery for Young People offers summer art camps, field trips, and classes for kids and teens, helping them create art using a variety of media. Kids aged 3–5 start out by working with charcoal, paint, pastels, and papier-mâché. As students get older, lessons become more challenging, encouraging them to craft mixed-media self portraits and study printmaking. The studio also hosts exhibitions of the children's work to showcase their unique accomplishments.