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2017 Workshop Calendar with Allison English

#SweatForALSTO Yoga and Meditation Event - September 6, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:30pm - Ascend - 409 W Huron - Chicago, IL

Allison is teaming up with Ascend Wellness Collective and Harvest Juicery to bring you a charitable giving yoga and wellness event. Join her for an evening of yoga, guided meditation, healthy drinks and a swag bag - all for a great cause! ALTSO is a charity dedicated to helping provide funds for children with limb disabilities in the developing world. Come to breathe, sweat, move and be mindful for a great charity. Stay and mingle after the practice. Tickets are $50 and all the funds are donated to the charity! Save your mat spot HERE.

iRest Meditation: Come Home to Your True Nature - October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8, 15 - Ascend - 409 W Huron 3rd Floor - Chicago, IL

Have you always wanted to start a meditation practice but worried that your thinking mind was too chaotic or your body too fidgety to sit and meditate? Then this course is for you! Come experience a 6 week introductory offering that will teach you the foundational practices of iRest Yoga Nidra. This easily accessible form of meditation done lying down in a supported position is proven to bring you lasting peacefulness and clarity in body, mind and emotional state. It connects you with an inherent freedom of Being and a deep state of relaxation through 10 simple steps. Each week will include a short discussion on a particular element of this practice and a guided meditation session. There will be ample time for learning, experiencing and then debriefing together as a group. This type of meditation is for anyone and everyone! (All the sessions will be recorded and shared with the group for practice or in case of absence during the course.)

Price: $200     Registration: http://bit.ly/AEiRest

Fall Back Into Being - October 21, 2017 - 1-3:30pm - Namaskar Yoga Studio - Chicago, IL

The deepening of the season of autumn is a fantastic time to come back to our practices of Being that may have gotten lost in the “busyness” and “doing” of the summer. Being is that innate sense of wholeness and presence with all that is – but it can at times be a state that we forget. Using practices of chanting, pranayama and mudra in combination with a seated non-dual meditation in the lineage of iRest Yoga Nidra, this workshop will take you back into your natural state of Being. From the seated meditation flow seamlessly through a bodysensing practice – a slow guided movement period where you more deeply embody and explore how every sensation, breath movement, thought and emotion are calling you back into Being. Finish with a delightful and restorative full yoga nidra practice lying on your back supported into remembering the fullness of your Being. Appropriate for all levels and abilities of practitioners. Register HERE. Price: $40/ $35 by October 7

Soul Camp: California - October 24-28, 2017 - Wonder Valley - Sanger, CA

Sleepaway camp meets adult wellness vacation in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains of California for an experience like no other - Soul Camp! Allison is thrilled to be bringing Forrest Yoga, drumming and iRest Yoga Nidra to a playful and retreat-like experience on the West Coast. She is joined by a tribe of mindfulness teachers, authors, motivational speaks and healers to help you build a fun and freeing week away. Think all the best of camp combined with beautiful accommodations, delicious food, fun activities and inspiring environment. All are welcome! It's time to go back to camp! More information, purchase tickets and check it out HERE.

Awakening to the West - November 18, 2017 - 1-3:30pm - Namaskar Yoga Studio - Chicago, IL

In the archetypes of the cardinal directions, West is associated with the season of Fall and the composting of the old to feed and nourish what will grow forth again next Spring. The westward direction calls upon the powers of death, decay and release in the journey to new life. In this Forrest Yoga workshop, feel how you can tap into the wisdom of the West by identifying old habits and energy that no longer serve you. Use a Seven Directions Ceremony and physical backbending practice to seek out and send these patterns back into the Earth so they may come back to you as fuel for what you want to harvest in your life. Weave in deep twists, strong standing poses and hip openers and bring heartfelt gratitude to each thing that has brought you to this moment now even if it no longer serves you moving forward. Finish the workshop with a gratitude circle to reflect together on what we are each grateful for during this transition into the upcoming season of reflections. Appropriate for all levels and abilities of practitioners. Register HERE. Price: $40/ $35 by November 4 

Sacred Space with Live Sound Experience from Mike McGuigan - December 2, 2017 - 1-3:30pm - Namaskar Yoga Studio - Chicago, IL

The end of the year can be a stressful and challenging time – there are deadlines to meet, so many parties in so little time, and many times extra family engagements are added to the already busy mix. Sugary foods and extra libations can leave you feeling drained of energy or out of sorts. It is essential in the midst of all of this to carve out some sacred space for yourself. Take time to remember what is sacred about your practice time – especially during this month. This workshop will refresh you with a Restorative Forrest Yoga practice followed by a deep immersion into the meditative path of iRest Yoga Nidra - both set to live healing sounds by the amazing musician and holistic healer Mike McGuigan (www.soundsforhealth.com). Breathe deeply, release tension from your hips and lower back, neck and shoulders, and recharge your brightness for the season of lights. Finish off with a talking circle where you can choose to share your reflections on the sacredness of the season through your experiences or to sit with the sacredness of silence. Appropriate for all levels and abilities of practitioners. Register HERE.

 

 

Testimonial

"I would travel to the ends of the earth for Allison; she never ceases to amaze my mind, body and
soul with Forrest yoga. Yoga in Telluride was amazing, not just for the beautiful scenery,
but for the gift that keeps on giving, Allison! Her energy engages you in a way that is
so genuine and keeps you coming back for more. She is able to reach everyone, whether
doing yoga for 2 or 20 years. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and Allison embodies
that saying like no other. Her classes are always challenging but her sequences leave me
feeling like I got exactly what I needed, even though I didn’t know I needed it. Telluride
was no different, in fact it was more! The first session, Intro to Forrest Yoga, was a
heart opening class. Thanks to Allison’s systematic sequencing
and focus on the importance of breath, my body generated enough heat to be able to
experience all her class had to offer. During savasana, I could not stop seeing the color
red. People talk of seeing different colors, an experience I have never had, until this
class in Telluride. The second class, liberating your life force, a hip opening class went
beyond my highest expectations. Thirty minutes into a 90 minute class, I had an out of
body experience. With my eyes closed and while deeply opening my hips, I was able to
experience the most amazing feeling of clarity. I was able to see my little self looking
at my big Self, through a small window. And finally, her third class, transform through
twisting ended the yoga festival with as much enthusiasm as her first class." - Victoria