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BEGINNER FLOW classes introduce the fundamentals of proper alignment in a flow class. Students will practice finding the link between breath and movement while working towards building the energy for a more vigorous flow class. Explore the foundation of sun salutations, simple backbends, twists and balance poses. It is best if you are able to bear weight on the hands, wrists and knees for poses like downward facing dog and plank pose. Upbeat music is played and some physical assists are offered. Beginner friendly.
FLOW classes sequence postures linked by breath that stretch and strengthen the body. Explore sun salutation variations, more vigorous backbends, twists, balance poses, introductory inversions and arm balances. Students should be able to access an easy downward facing dog and plank pose. Upbeat music is played and some physical assists are offered in most classes. Prior yoga experience and familiarity with basic poses is recommended.
FLOW LEVEL 2 classes are for students with experience in flow looking to advance their practice. Classes include more vigorous sequences of postures linked together by breath and exploration of more challenging poses, such as arm balances and binds. Upbeat music is played and some physical assists are offered. Proficiency with foundational yoga poses, including a pushup, and familiarity with safe backbends and twists is recommended. Prior yoga experience is required.
GENTLE YOGA classes help you slow down and reap the rewards of a gentle approach to yoga. This class moves at a slower pace to allow for an increased emphasis on breathing and quieting of body and mind. Practiced primarily in standing, seated and reclining positions, gentle yoga is appropriate for students of all levels, including those who are brand new to yoga, students who are recovering from injuries, as well as continuing yoga students seeking a more introspective practice. Chairs and other props are available to help students access each pose. Beginner friendly. Note: 9am Gentle on Saturdays is held at The Center for Psychological Services (CPS) located at 10735 S. Cicero, Oak Lawn, 60453. Advance sign-up required for Gentle at CPS due to limited space.
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA is a four-week session that provides a solid foundation in the essential yoga poses and is recommended for those who are just beginning their yoga practice. You will work with a different teacher each week. Each session builds on the previous week’s class. It is helpful if you are able to bear weight on the hands, wrists and knees for poses. However, modifications will be made to help all participate successfully. Purchase required prior to registration.
MEDITATION & REIKI classes integrate mindful movement, guided visualization, mantra meditation and Reiki energy practices. A variety of techniques and positions will help to make this experience of mindfulness more accessible. Music, group chanting (singing) and healing touch are a part of this class. This class helps you take your practice beyond asana (poses) to find greater peace and calm. No previous meditation experience is necessary. Beginner friendly.
MEDITATION & YOGA classes offer breath-centric movement and stretches paired with breathing and meditation. An emphasis is placed on feeling and sensing the body, moving in a way that is respectful of your experience and cultivating an inner friendliness. The class begins with a restorative pose and breath practice. Movement is then introduced, followed by a 10-15 minute meditation. All classes end with a period of final rest. All levels are welcome, however, it is helpful to be comfortable on your hands and knees and be able to move easily in your body. No music is played and some physical assists are offered.
MINDBODY YOGA classes offer opportunities to move through breath-centric movements and stretches that emphasize strength and flexibility. Focus is placed on feeling and sensing the body, moving in a way that is respectful of your experience and cultivating an inner friendliness. The class begins with a breathing practice and a grounding restorative pose, transitions into movement and ends in a final rest and brief meditation. All levels are welcome, however, it is helpful to be comfortable bearing weight on the hands and knees and to move easily in your body. Soft, gentle music is played and some physical assists are offered.
MINDFUL YOGA classes focus on moving through a variety of poses using props – such as straps, blankets, and blocks – to achieve optimal alignment. These classes bring balance, strength and calmness to mind and body. Students should be comfortable bearing weight in the hands and knees and be able to move easily in your body. Background music may be played and physical assists are offered in most classes. Beginner friendly. (Saturday, 9am Mindful Yoga classes held at Center for Psychological Services located at 10735 S. Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453).
MINDFUL YOGA W/ YOGA TUNE UP® THERAPY BALLS classes bring balance, strength and calmness to mind and body through the strategic use of YTU therapy balls. YTU therapy balls help eradicate common aches and pain in the neck, shoulders, back, legs and feet, improve posture and enhance performance through a unique blend of corrective exercises, self-massage and yoga. Beginner friendly.
RESTORATIVE & REIKI Restorative Yoga is a practice that works to reduce stress while fostering relaxation and healing. The use of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, sandbags etc) allows you to feel fully supported so you unwind and calm your nervous system into a relaxed state. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Beginner friendly.
RESTORATIVE YIN classes are the perfect complement to the dynamic, muscular (yang) styles of yoga that build internal heat and emphasize the lengthening and contracting of muscles. Yin Yoga incorporates long, passive holds in asana (no standing poses) to penetrate the body deeper than the muscle tissue, generally targeting the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Breathwork and mindfulness techniques are also incorporated to help the student experience peacefulness deep at their core and a sense of heightened energy throughout the entire body. Background music is played and physical assists are offered in most classes. The use of props and modifications makes this class suitable for students of all levels of experience. Beginner friendly.