Founded in 1974, Yoga East has spent nearly four decades guiding visitors along the path to mental serenity and physical wellness. The nonprofit educational organization holds more than 75 classes a week at three Louisville studios, inviting guests of all fitness backgrounds to flow through the tableaux of multiple yoga disciplines. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and gentle yoga cull tension from muscles and foster flexibility. Classes can accommodate skill levels from gentle to advanced by modifying maneuvers and demanding that the tree and mountain poses be performed atop their namesakes.
Each Yoga East instructor has earned certification from Yoga Alliance. Their collective expertise enables the studios to offer teacher training as well as workshops, community events, and additional fitness courses, such as Pilates.
Discovering the mission of The Artist In You is as simple as reading its name—to help every guest unleash their creative side. A knowledgeable staff guides participants through pottery-painting and glass-fusing experiences. Hundreds of pieces of pottery, ranging from dishes to tiles to figurines, await personalization from paint, fingerprints, stamps, stencils, and image transfers before taking a toasty trip into one of the studio's three kilns. Bits of colorful glass gain new life during fusing sessions in which visitors can assemble gleaming jewelry or prismatic plates. The studio hosts private birthday parties, bachelorette gatherings, fundraising events, and children's camps, and individual walk-ins are allowed during all of these events.
Whether by outfitting customers with colorful materials and patterns, or teaching them how to sew quilts themselves, Among Friends Quilt Shop's creative staff enjoys aiding customers with their quilt-centric desires. Inside the 1,200-square-foot classroom, the shop's instructors lead quilting classes, ranging from beginners-quilting classes to those for more advanced students that focus on equipping students with the necessary skills to create fun quilts and home decoration items. Among Friends' online shop outfits shoppers with the materials they need to sew their own items, including fabric, kits, and patterns, and their physical shop stores more than 6,000 bolts of cotton fabrics and 1,000 book and pattern titles. Also inside the shop— named one of the top 10 quilting shops in the country in the Fall and Winter 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens' Quilt Sampler magazine— is a "Husband Parking Area" with seats and cable TV, a kiddie corner with toys, and a cafe that serves steaming cups of fresh coffee on the house.
One of the earliest forms of expression, pottery has endured as both a practical and creative skill for thousands of years. At Payne Street Pottery—equal parts gallery, classroom, and studio space—expert ceramicist Tonya Johnson shares her experience with both students and fellow artists. For more than two decades, Tonya has honed her skills at the potter’s wheel, where mounds of earthen clay transform into bowls, pitchers, and platters beneath the fluid pressure of a master's touch. During classes, Tonya begins with the basics of centering and shaping, working with students to craft simple pots before moving on to more advanced projects, such as bottles, pitchers, and models of yourself that might seem believable to the CIA when thrown out of an airplane.
Casey Hyland's passion for creativity has led him to craft schools all around the United States. He parlayed a knack for drawing into a knack for conceptualizing and blowing intricate glass pieces. Eventually, he landed back in Louisville, his hometown, where he opened Hyland Glass in 2002. There, Casey designs contemporary hand-blown glass objects both for pure aesthetic joy and for all kinds of occasions. More than just reserving the space for his own creative endeavors, Casey opens the studio up to others and offers glass-blowing classes. During these sessions, groups craft seasonally themed treasures such as raindrops in the spring, sun discs in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, and abstract representations of endless darkness and frigidity in the winter.
Since 1971, Doo Wop Shop has outfitted musicians and event hosts with a bevy of rental equipment, instruments, and music accessories at discount prices. Four locations burst with Roland keyboards, Zildjian cymbals, Washburn guitars, and live sound and recording gear for rent as well as sale. The shop also has everything needed to throw a full-on karaoke bash, from PA systems to discs of the latest hit songs and tongue-twisters.