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Grounded and Growing
Posted 03-22-2018

Yesterday was the Spring Equinox and the official start of this new season...I don't think Chicago got the memo :) There is a still a blustery, coldness to the air here today, and a huge winter snowstorm on the East Coast. We all know the wild oscillations in the weather are probable in the upcoming weeks of this new season. We can also feel the changing light levels: the sun rises earlier and sets later giving an expanding quality to each day. The first green things are just starting to show themselves out of the brittle soil even with the cold temperatures. These are precisely the qualities that are so prevalent in Spring: a mutability of temperatures, a broadening growth of all things and a sort of beautiful chaos as nature remembers how to move again after the Winter - clumsy and slow at first, but then gathering steam. It is essential because of these qualities that we turn to our grounding practices and feel the ways we are growing in new directions too so as not to get swept up in the chaos or lost in the fast expansion of energy in the environment. My yoga practice come springtime takes on a whole new energy. I find myself lingering in long standing sequences, opening my hips and exploring balance poses. I am drawn to deep almost vigorous breathing exercises that help me remember my own expansion into this new season. My quiet, restful stretches of long, bundled up winter savasana give way to a certain eagerness to spread out at the end of my practice. I awaken at the end of my savasana these days completely splayed out with arms and legs wide as if to say with my whole body, "I'm ready to move and grow again!"

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Gather in Gratitude - November 22 - 9-10:30am - Ascend - 409 W Huron 3rd Floor

The beginning of the holiday season can be equal parts of fun and stressful! I'm so happy to be offering my yearly holiday practice on Thanksgiving so we can gather together and practice yoga in gratitude for one another. If you are in Chicago and in need of a grounding, fun, centering and peaceful practice, please come join me for this all levels class. This all levels practice will combine a Forrest Yoga practice with iRest Yoga Nidra meditation for a balanced experience at the start of your holiday. Sure to be an ab-tastic, stretch-ful, breath extravaganza with a side of laughter to prep your belly for all the feasting. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat)

Price: $25   Registration: http://bit.ly/GatherinGratitude

 

Digest and Rest - November 24 - 1-3:30pm - Namaskar Yoga - 3946 N Southport - Chicago, IL

After indulging in the bounty of a Thanksgiving Day feast, digestion can feel stagnant and overloaded. Take some time over this holiday weekend to recharge your digestion with a core-based practice aimed at encouraging gut movement. Come ready for a gradual exploration of abdominal breathing, activation and movement techniques to stoke digestive fire and simultaneously calm any overwhelmed areas. Move through a delightful Forrest Yoga twisting practice to add physical and energetic flow to your mid-section. Finish the workshop with a long and restful iRest Yoga Nidra to fully assimilate the wisdom of Thanksgiving as well as the food! Leave steeped in lightness and gratitude for the abundance around and within you. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners and modifications will be given for pregnant students.

Price: $35/$40 after Nov 10  Registration: Namaskar