ILLIO special events for AUGUST 2015

Saturday, August 8th, 7:30pm

Song for the Owl Concerts is pleased to present two incredible solo guitarists, Chuck Johnson and Mike Fekete.

Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards the faults and instabilities that reveal latent beauty, and with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and "folk minimalist" composition.
Chuck is touring in support of his new LP, "Blood Moon Boulder", on Scissor Tail Records. He will be performing on acoustic, electric, and lap steel guitars.

Mike Fekete is a native of Northeast Ohio. He composes for and performs solo guitar drawing influence from American folk and blues traditions. He was included on the fourth volume of the acclaimed guitar anthology series, Imaginational Anthem, and George Winston has called him “one of the great new 21st Century guitarist/composers.”

Doors will open at 7:30, music at 8:00. $5-10 suggested donation. Please invite your friends.

Saturday, August 15th, 8:00pm
Try The Pie, Maryn Jones, Kiddo 

Kiddo (local duo's first show ever!) 

Try The Pie (soloist)
San Jose, California

Maryn Jones (soloist) 

Friday August 21st, 7:00pm

Experience local kirtan, reggae & blues fusion in Clintonville! Asheya Ragna and Chris Florian make heart-opening, soulful music for the healing of the Earth! Anahata = heart chakra. 

$5-$15 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds

Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook/

Weekly at ILLIO

Weekdays, 6:15am - 7:30am
Living Well - MOVE 

Small group training is ongoing, in a convenient drop-in setting.  Each day has a varied focus and approach to fitness.  You choose your own adventure and decide how many and which days you join the group! Group size could vary from 2-8 participants, giving you a semi-private training experience with greater attention to your technique and abilities, and an individualized and goal-centered training program.

Mondays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Tuesdays*– Cardio Intervals & Agility Drills – Energy system development through cardiovascular and agility drills using small hurdles, cone drills, interval training, and sprints.
Wednesdays – Core & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance.
Thursdays* – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Fridays – Wild Card/Trainer’s Choice! 

Try your first session for free! Session Passes are available. Passes are valid for two months from the date of purchase, and are for individual use only.
                            1-Hour    45-Minute
8 Sessions (~1x/week)    $80          $60 
16 Sessions (~2x/week)  $128        $96 
24 Sessions (~3x/week)  $168        $126
Drop-In                            $12          $9

Questions? Email or call/text 614.306.9634

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8-8:45am
Wake Up - Buddha Teaches Buddha - Morning Meditation 

Bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the year with a 20/25-minute seated meditation, occasional Zen Buddhist chanting service, and a short Dharma-sharing check in. Hosted by Seth Josephson and friends. A poem may be read. Most sit on floor cushions, chairs also available. Those new to the practice are welcome. For more information contact   

Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice. Usually taught by Michael J Morris in an Anusara style. 

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat. 

Wednesdays, 7-8:00pm
BREATHE into life with Simone Clayborn

Pranayama has been source of both physical and psychological healing in my life. Prana refers to a basic, universal, all-pervading life force energy long recognized by eastern thought, which is now being more fully appreciated and studied by western science. Yoga practitioners all over the centuries have found that practicing pranayama or Yogic breath we can access this energy, harness and utilize its power. Yoga Breath is thus a wonderful key to good health, longevity and it is also a superb lead-in to meditation. Simone is finishing her Pranayama teaching certification through Yoga On High.  

Please join Wednesdays at 7PM (free/by donation) for a practical, step-by-step explanations about the practice of basic yoga breathing techniques.  

Fridays, 8-10:00am 
Intro to Ashtanga with Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee, a new yoga instructor finishing up her teaching certification at Yoga On High, will lead a Mysore-style Ashtanga class for new students. $5-7 suggested donation. 

Sundays, 11am-12:15pm
Good Morning Hatha Yoga with Jason Farrington
Jason Farrington is back with Morning Hatha on Sundays. Jason is currently wrapping up his 200 hour yoga teacher training program from Balanced Yoga University, and has been practicing yoga for about 4-5 years now. This class is targeted to beginners, but it has benefit for all. All classes are free or by donation. 

Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact with any inquiries.

Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass.

The Kraken Quartet, Small Songs, Aaron Michael Butler

Wednesday, July 22nd

The Kraken Quartet is a four-piece, all percussion band comprised of Chris Demetriou, Andrew Dobos, Taylor Eddinger, and Sean Harvey. Founded in Ithaca, NY in 2011, the group takes influences of pop, rock, experimentalism, and minimalism to create their own exciting brand of music. To date, the group has released 3 recordings of original and commissioned music, and performed throughout cities in the Northeast and Midwest. 
Columbus based Small Songs will also be playing. They are a free jazz ensemble led by Alex Burgoyne that plays pieces based on his young piano students' compositions.
This will also be the first date of the solo tour for Aaron Michael Butler. He made a little video trailer for the tour:

Wake Up Sangha - Community Mindfulness Practice

Sunday July 13th, 1:00-3:00pm 

I'm just back from Blue Cliff Monastery. It's nice to have a retreat but it's more important to maintain a regular practice. Come for community support at Wake Up Columbus. Our monthly Sangha meetings consist of sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and sharing from the heart.

Wake Up is an active global community of led by young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, and inspired by the teachings of Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. All ages are welcome at our gatherings.

Wake Up Columbus sessions are either led by Claire W. or me, Seth Josephson.

Claire is also developing mindfulness community in Westerville, Ohio. Updates and contact here:

And, I am also sitting in meditation three mornings a week at ILLIO, 13. E Tulane, 8:05-8:30 AM.

All worldly things are brief, like lightning in the sky. This life you must know as the tiny splash of a raindrop; a thing of beauty that disappears even as it comes into being. Therefore set your goal. Make use of every day and night to achieve it." -Tsongkhapa

For more information contact