3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Balancing Poses: Power and Grace
with Jim Bennitt
When we practice postures on one foot or the hands, we find the perfect balance of power and grace. These postures also give the mind the ability to focus deeply and make it very one-pointed. In this class, we will explore some of the complicated postures and learn a few 'tricks of the trade' to make very difficult poses seem simple and fun. We will also practice more subtle techniques to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Open to all levels.
About Jim Bennitt:
Jim began his studies in Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda in 1997. He was experiencing hip pain and decided to see a friend who was a physical therapist. The therapist told him that tight hamstrings were the cause of his hip pain and Jim decided to take an introductory yoga course. Not only did this solve the hamstring trouble but he learned that Yoga was concerned with much more than the physical.
For the next three years, Jim bounced around from one yoga studio to the next, until he met Paul Weitz, a teacher at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. Two classes a week turned into five classes a week as well as weekend workshops with top teachers from across the U.S. who stopped in at Moksha.
Jim then completed Moksha's teacher training with Daren Friesen, traveled to Ukraine for a two-month intensive training with master teacher Andrey Lappa and assisted Gabriel Halpern in his therapeutic classes at The Yoga Circle.
Since then, he completed and now assists in several teacher trainings in Rod's Para Yoga lineage. Jim is also a popular presenter at conferences, workshops and retreats in the U.S. and abroad and is a co-owner of Tejas Yoga in Chicago.
Cost: Pre-register and paid by October 25 $45/$55 thereafter
10, 17, 24 & December 1
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mom and Baby 4-Wk Yoga Series (Ages 6 weeks to crawling)
with Karin Decicco
Mommy and Baby Yoga is fun yoga class for new mothers and babies. This class provides moms the opportunity to regain strength and tone muscle while bonding and playing with their babies. You and your baby will play and practice yoga while you explore movement, practice infant massage, and connect with other moms and babies.
Moms can slowly regain strength while cultivating confidence and alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain through yoga postures. We will enjoy this most precious time between mother and child. Know that it is natural for your baby to cry, so change a diaper or feed your baby anytime during class to make them comfortable. Come to class with an open heart, a blanket or boppy pillow and some toys for your wee-one, your yoga mat (or we have extra in the studio) and water.
Come without expectations and let go of the feelings that your baby must be a certain way... It is so important to connect with other moms and share in this journey of motherhood!
This class provides a comfortable, supportive environment where moms can meet other moms and create special memories with their babies. Prior yoga experience is not needed to join this class. New moms should receive permission from their care provider to begin this or any exercise postpartum.
Karin DeCicco is a certified yoga instructor and mommy to her 3.5 year old son, Arthur, and her newest son Harry, born September 22, 2015! Little Harry will be joining her in class!
Cost: Pre-register and paid by November 5 $60/$70 thereafter
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
I AM WOMAN, Hear Me ROAR: Hormone Harmony for the GODDESS WITHIN
with Felicia Schmid
Our endocrine system directly affects our hormones. These hormones tie into our mental and emotional states on a very deep & emotional level. Hormones work together as messengers in your body: They tell your physiological systems when to jump and how high. They direct your emotions, tell you when you need rest and sustain you mentally. So it makes sense that hormonal imbalances are felt and seen.
Some symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:
- joint pains
- low sex drive
- weight gain
- skin problems
- hair loss
- mood problems
- accelerated aging
Yoga poses pressurize and de-pressurize specific glands. These subtle compressions and decompressions can regulate secretions. Yoga Poses balance and stimulate endocrine function.
Today's workshop will focus on a restorative practice influenced by the Iyengar, Integrative Yoga & Ayurveda Therapy traditions. Props will be utilized to enhance the experience in a format that will be both releasing and invigorating. Come learn a sequence of postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama) and hand seals (mudras) to bring harmony back into your system.
A SIDE NOTE: My journey in the use of Hormone Harmonizing practices goes back to the Early-2000s when I was diagnosed with anovlutation and early onset of peri-menopause. I decided at that time that I would 'practice' the lessons learned through my Integrative Yoga, Ayurveda & Iyengar therapeutic trainings and commit to healing myself vs. taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
I was and continue to be able to stimulate ovulation once again and enjoy normal moon cycles through these practices. I am now currently entering peri-menopause at the proper time in my life. (a whopping 8 years later!).
Cost: Pre-register and paid by November 6 $35/$45 thereafter
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