To add relaxation to the weekend, Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe is hosting its first-ever “Sunday Cup of Joe-ga” event on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon.
The public event is an hour-long yoga session with the chance to treat yourself to a free drink from its cafe afterwards. A $13 cash or check fee will be taken at the door prior to the event and Indigo Bridge highly recommends bringing your own yoga mat or other yoga equipment.
Tory Hall, the assistant cafe manager, said Indigo Bridge has done kids’ yoga events in the past, but not sessions for adults. She realized that with the yoga space they have in their bookstore and the coffee they have to offer, it could become a place for adults to come enjoy yoga and a drink from their cafe.
“We are always looking for new ways to bring people into the store,” Hall said.
According to Hall, Indigo Bridge is hoping to host “Sunday Cup of Joe-ga” twice a month on every second and fourth Sunday if the turnout for the event is strong.
Indigo Bridge also encourages people to stay after their hour-long yoga session to enjoy their drinks and check out the bookstore.
“Something that I’m looking forward to for the Sunday yoga practice is that the [parking] meters are off,” Hall said. “And I think that meters are something that keep people from wanting to come here.”
The cafe in Indigo Bridge is a nonprofit shop, where all the drink sales go straight to Lincoln community programs. Through the money made, Indigo Bridge has been able to donate books to Lincoln schools and help with the Summer Peace Camp with the F Street Community Center.
“When we can tie that coffee nonprofit and giving-back spirit into yoga, it was kind of a no-brainer,” Hall said.
The assistant book manager of Indigo Bridge and yoga instructor, Alison Downs, will be leading the class on Sunday. With almost 20 years of yoga experience, Downs said she wants to provide a calming class for all levels of yoga skills.
“I just want to provide a class that allows people the time to slow down, take a deep breath and learn more about yoga and themselves,” Downs said.
According to Downs, yoga focuses a lot on slowing down and taking time to connect with yourself and your breathing.
“I love offering that opportunity in my yoga classes,” Downs said.
Indigo Bridge also hosts other events throughout the week. Every Tuesday and Saturday there is free storytime for children, and once a month there is an inclusive feminism discussion series. There are book clubs that meet at the bookstore, and Indigo Bridge also participates in First Friday. More information can be found on their website or Facebook page.
“We would like it to be where people just want to hang out and chill out during their Sunday morning,” Hall said. “You might as well just relax with your friends.”