October 8, 2013 |

Breathe. Stretch. Breath. Relax. Breath. Glow… Glow!

Neon paints, black lights and yoga will meet for a night of visual art and music this Saturday evening, October 12, at Tucson Yoga on South 4th Avenue. The studio will be providing participants with body paints and glow stick bracelets and necklaces and will engage in a not-so-standard yoga class followed by a a music infested night of dancing.

“The glow paint on the outside with celebrate the inner light inside all of us,” yoga instructor Alyssa Kratz said.

And even though it may seem that neon colors may not make for an environment conducive to meditation and peace, Kratz says the class will still be spiritually based.

But why neon paints and black lights? Because the vibrant night doesn’t stop after the glowing yoga (glowga!) class. Anyone in the community are welcomed to join the already colorful participants from the yoga class in a night of color and music. Let the dancing commence!

The night of neon was the brainchild of Kratz who is soon embarking on a new journey of her own when she moves to Hawaii this November.

“I’m sad to leave my Tucson yoga family and my Tucson family,” Kratz said. “But excited for my new journey.”

Kratz explained that the night of yoga and dancing manifested itself as a great way to celebrate together as a community but to also say farewell, as the night is also her going away party.

“We wish her the best in her new experiences,” said Ian Williams who will be DJing the event with Just Add Music (J.A.M.) Events. “We’re sending her off in style.”

Williams explained that he has taken Alyssa’s yoga class and that she approached him with the idea to have this fun community event.

“We love having opportunities to play music for people who are receptive,” Williams said. “It’s going to be upbeat and very danceable music.”

Williams said that he and his counterparts will be experimenting with fun mixing and Nu Disco and House music. And since it’s a night of celebration and farewell, J.A.M.’s involvement and contribution is free of charge.

The collaboration of yoga, music and color is exciting for Tucson Yoga who offers fun variations and many different forms of yoga.

“I think for me, a big draw is that they have so many options of yoga classes,” said University of Arizona student and yoga enthusiast Allison Field. “Going to a place with such a variety is great. Very original.”

Field added that yoga is a great social and community thing.

“It’s great for my body and mind and a great way to make friends.” Field said. “It’s definitely a community here.”

Tucson Yoga suggests that participants arrive at 6 p.m. to get decked out in neon colors. The yoga class will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and is $6. The dance party will follow beginning at 8:30 p.m. and is free for anyone. Tucson Yoga is located at 150 S. 4th Ave. For more information visit and check out the Facebook event here.

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