Tippi Yogis: What is that?

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.

10592922_527986603999224_2354111489812221144_nShe 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.

12115634_716362688494947_204836061846852845_n“I wanted to give people a place to practice outside of a studio in an environment that felt less pressured. Where you can be comfortable to laugh, to giggle, to fall.”


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

12187786_725601907571025_5439481295834799852_nClasses 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.



About the author

Deborah Davis Deborah Davis, otherwise known as QCAlegirl, was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, where she currently resides. A self-proclaimed craft beer fanatic, she spends her days either working at a local nano-brewery or researching and writing for her blog, qcalegirl.com. While she’s not traveling around the Midwest in search of new experiences, she also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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8 comments on “Tippi Yogis: What is that?

  1. I am so not in shape, 62 & suffer from depression. I want a reason to leave my apt. There’s lots of yoga poses I can’t do. Is this more for in shape flexible people?

    1. Hi Dawn,

      I went last week and it was amazing! Michelle is wonderful and you do not need to be in shape or flexible! She will help you with any pose and it was a wonderful community feeling! I would highly suggest it!


    2. Dawn,

      Tippi Yogis is built for all levels of yoga practitioner. Please feel free to join us.
      If you have more private concerns, please contact me via private message on the Tippi Yogis Facebook page.
      We look forward to seeing you!

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