Aug 27

New Yoga-Inspired Studio Space at AuSable Dance Center + Open House!


Check out our press release for our new studio space in Grayling, plus our Open House on September 6th!

AuSable Dance Center (ADC) in downtown Grayling has completed a substantial remodel of a large, second studio space in their building, which will be used for not only dance classes, but yoga classes as well.

ADC has partnered with Higgins Lake based Stone Turtle Yoga to offer a full schedule of yoga classes in this new studio space, which has a new wood floor, a large selection of new yoga mats and props for complimentary use, and a clean, peaceful, ambiance.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with ADC, and put this new space to use for our growing yoga community in Grayling and surrounding areas,” says Mariah Frye Colie, owner of Stone Turtle Yoga who, along with Lexi Bondar, a Grayling native, teach 10 classes per week between Grayling and Higgins Lake.

“The more opportunities for people in northern Michigan to enhance their health and wellness, the better.”

A variety of yoga classes will be taught at ADC this fall and winter, including high-intensity Core Yoga, beginner-friendly Hatha Yoga, and Hot Yoga for those who want a real detoxifying workout.

There will also be two Kids Yoga classes per week, one for kids ages 6-9, and the other for ages 10+.

The new studio will also allow for an expanded youth dance schedule, which will accommodate the growing demand for the highly accomplished dance instruction offered by ADC.

“This expansion means smaller class sizes, more offerings and happier students,” says Chelsea Partello, who co-owns ADC with head dance instructor, Felicia Phillips. “Our goal is to have something to offer everyone who walks though those doors, children or adult. Partnering with Stone Turtle Yoga is a huge step in that direction.”

New Yoga-Inspired Studio Space at AuSable Dance Center

New Yoga-Inspired Studio Space at AuSable Dance Center

To welcome the community to this new space, a New Studio Open House will take place on Saturday, September 6th from 10:00am-3:00pm. During this time, the public is invited to stop by and see the space, and also participate in one of the many free events throughout the day:

10:00am – 11:00am: FREE Community Yoga Class

11:15am – 12:00pm: Tea and Yoga Philosophy Chat

12:15pm – 1:00pm: FREE Kids Yoga Class

1:00pm – 1:45pm: FREE Kids Competitive Dance Workshop

2:00pm – 3:00pm: FREE Yoga Workshop: Sun Salutations & Standing Poses

The full fall/winter class schedules for ADC dance classes can be found at, and the Stone Turtle Yoga will continue to offer classes in Higgins Lake as well as Grayling, and their class schedule can be found at

Contact information:

AuSable Dance Center

N. 600 James St.

Grayling, MI



Stone Turtle Yoga




Aug 23

Labor Day Weekend Class Schedule and New Studio Open House in Grayling

This coming week is our last week of class in the Stone Turtle Day Lodge at Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Below is the class schedule for both studios for the whole upcoming week, plus Labor Day Weekend. We have also posted the Higgins Lake schedule for the whole month of September.

We will be changing and adding classes to the Grayling schedule too, but not until September 6th, when we’ll open the brand new, beautiful studio space at the Ausable Dance Center! More details on the New Studio Open House below… Mark your calendars!

*NOTE: starting with Empower Yoga on Saturday, August 30th, we will be in our Fall/Winter location at the Gerrish Township Hall, just 1 mile south of Cross Country Ski Headquarters. There will also be no Empower in Grayling that day.

Week of August 24 + Labor Day Weekend class schedule:

Monday, Aug 25: Hatha Yoga 9:00am – GRAYLING

Hatha Yoga 11:00am – HIGGINS LAKE

Tuesday, Aug 26: Core Yoga 9:00am – HIGGINS LAKE

Hatha Yoga 5:30pm – HIGGINS LAKE

Wednesday, Aug 27: Core Yoga 9:00am – GRAYLING

No class Thursday, Aug 28 or Friday, Aug 29

Saturday, Aug 30: Empower Yoga 10:00am – GERRISH TWP HALL in HIGGINS LAKE (No Grayling Empower class)

Sunday, Aug 31: SUP Yoga at B&B Marina at 10:00am

Monday (Labor Day): Hatha Yoga 9:00am – GRAYLING

Monday (Labor Day): Hatha Yoga 11:00am – GERRISH TWP HALL in HIGGINS LAKE


Higgins Lake Class Schedule for September:

Mondays 11:00am – Hatha Yoga – HIGGINS LAKE

Tuesdays  5:30pm – Hatha Yoga – HIGGINS LAKE

Thursdays 6:00pm – Slow Vin/Yin Flow + Meditation – HIGGINS LAKE (First Thursdays of the month will be at 5:30)

Saturdays 10:00am – Empower Yoga – HIGGINS LAKE

As mentioned, the Grayling schedule will stay the same as it has been until the week of Sept 7th, when we will have a schedule change with even more classes! Stay tuned for that schedule being published within the next week.

And finally, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 6th, when we will have a New Studio Open House for our new space in Grayling! The Ausable Dance Center is transforming another space in their building into a beautiful yoga studio, with wood floor paneling and lots of space. The Open House will offer free yoga classes, a yoga chat, package and membership specials, door prizes, and more. Stay tuned for more details!

Have a great last week of August. We have loved seeing both familiar and new faces this summer, and feel so grateful for this community. As always, thank you for continuing to share your practice with us!


Mariah, Lexi, Sarah & Stu

Aug 07

Last Thursday Empower with Live Music tonight, plus Upcoming Schedule Changes!

SUP Yoga on Higgins Lake. Class is every Sunday at 10:00am until August 24th!

SUP Yoga on Higgins Lake. Class is every Sunday at 10:00am until August 24th!

Tonight (Thursday 8/7) is the last Thursday Empower Yoga with Live Music in Grayling for the summer. This is your last chance to experience this truly beautiful yoga practice, led by Sarah Lange and accompanied by Rodel Rosin of local band Oh Brother Big Sister. Class starts at 6:30pm at the Ausable Dance Center. Don’t miss it!

Our last Free Yoga Basics class of the summer is this Sunday, 8/10, at 1:00pm in Higgins Lake. For new students the class is FREE, or only $5 for existing students who wish to have a refresher course on the fundamentals of yoga. This Sunday’s class will be taught by Mariah. Tell your friends!

There are a couple schedule changes for next week, as Mariah will be out of town. Here they are:

Thursday 8/14: NO Empower Yoga in Grayling at 6:30pm

Saturday 8/16: NO Empower Yoga in Grayling at 10:00am

All other classes will remain the same, except that Mariah will teach Monday’s classes and Lexi will teach all classes from Tuesday through Sunday.

The last week of classes at the Higgins Lake studio will be the last week of August. Classes will run until Wednesday, August 27th, with the last class in the studio being Tuesday (8/26) evening Hatha Yoga at 5:30pm. We will then switch to our Fall Schedule, which we will publish within the next 2 weeks. Stay tuned!

Thanks everyone, hope to see you in class soon!


Mariah, Lexi, Sarah & Stu



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