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Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire Art of Yoga Restructures ProgrammingJordan Davis, director and teacher, at the Art of Yoga studio. Photo by Stephen Takacs.
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“We really want affordable yoga in Downtown Columbus and the Franklinton area,” said Jordan Davis, director of the non-profit Art of Yoga at 566 W. Rich St.

“I strongly believe that we can help so people many achieve well-being thru movement and other arts,” she says. “We have great teachers and classes that are very accessible. We definitely have one of the lowest class passes in Columbus.”  

Since its founding in 2015 by Ryan Bauer, the Art of Yoga has offered a variety of movement classes in Downtown Columbus.

From the beginning, this urban yoga studio encouraged a synergy of yoga and multiple art forms combining Bauer’s love of the yoga he learned on the West Coast with local artworks. Artists could hang art and use the yoga studio as a gallery for events without the fees charged by commercial art galleries. Davis was a long-time instructor at Art of Yoga and helped pick up the pieces when their building they were in suddenly became unavailable.  

“I had been talking with my theatre community about moving yoga into the Franklinton Playhouse for awhile, and we made it happen much faster than planned,” she says.

Art of Yoga moved to West Rich Street in 2017, and under Davis’s direction, it recently made a number of changes. 

“One thing we did was survey our community members about their wishes,” noted Davis. “We made several changes in types of classes and class times based on our community’s feedback. Also, I added a ballet class because ballet has been a passion of mine for many, many years.”

Art of Yoga has also periodically offers history, philosophy and mediation courses.  

“We have a unique synergy with the visual arts and theatre community in Columbus,” says Davis. 

The yoga studio operates under the aegis of the non-profit theatre company Red Herring which has staged many award-winning productions. Davis also directs productions for Red Herring.  

Art of Yoga also hosts teacher trainings by Yoga Journal model and author, Alexandria Crow who travels all over the world and teaches online courses that help a person deconstruct and reconstruct a yoga practice.  

The Art of Yoga is at 566 W. Rich St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Special summer rates and a revised schedule started May 19, 2019. For more information, visit artofyogastudios.com.

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