It’s been over a year now since local yoga instructor, Michelle Ladwig, began holding her Tippi Yogis classes. These classes are a bit different than your standard session; they take place outside of a studio in out-of-the-ordinary places, typically in local taverns. I met with Michelle recently to learn about what inspired her to begin practicing on bar tops.
She was born in Louisiana and after adventures and travels a plenty, she set up roots here in Moline with her husband, who is from the area. Michelle is an English Professor at Scott Community College and has also taught yoga locally for many years.
She started Tippi Yogis with the hopes of creating a more welcoming and relaxed environment for those who may be intimidated by visiting a yoga studio, or for those people who feel they themselves might not belong in such a strict, quiet environment. The name ‘Tippi’ comes from being able to have a cocktail during your practice session, lightheartedness and fun are encouraged.
And it has been well received. There is a loyal following of yogis as well as new comers each session. Coming up in March, you’ll have three days a week to choose from if you want to give it a try. The upcoming schedule will be:
- Sundays at 12pm at The Starting Line in Davenport
- Mondays at 5:30pm at Me & Billy’s in Davenport
- Thursdays at 5:30pm at the Phoenix in Davenport
Classes are $10 each, an hour long, and there’s snacks and cocktails afterwards, making it a much more social event than a typical yoga class. You do not have to be 21 to participate, though many who attend will have a cocktail or two. It is a very relaxed and groovy way to try out yoga as well as feel like you’re part of a little community.