You will notice that we don’t call our classes hatha or vinyasa or ashtanga or power or any mashup of the foregoing. For a beginning student, these terms are often confusing and not terribly descriptive. (“Hmmm, do I want to take hatha vinyasa flow or gently flowing vinyasa or vinyasa hatha mix?”) We also don’t like Level 1, 2 and 3. That’s too judgy, in our opinion. The following descriptions are hopefully useful to you. Give us a call any time if you have questions about a class. T(w)eens ages thirteen and older are welcome to attend any class with a parent.
NEW!! Holistic Fitness Fusion
Holistic Fitness Fusion is a unique mindful movement experience. Enhance your mind/body connection through the combination of three alignment-based movement practices. Bookended by an opening meditation and a well-earned closing savasana, this class will offer thoughtfully sequenced segments of low-impact cardio, isometric (body-weight only) strength training, and an alignment-based yoga flow. All segments will focus on creating awareness in the body through breath, mindful movement, even mantra and mudra. The entire class will be practiced barefoot or with traction socks on a yoga mat. Suitable for all fitness levels. Expect to sweat, work “in” and have fun.
Align and Flow
Why is alignment so important? Well first things first, proper alignment prevents injury. But proper alignment can also be healing and energizing to injured, tired, or inactive muscles and joints. This class is active, yet therapeutic. You will learn key alignment actions that unleash your untapped energy and leave you feeling enlivened and refreshed. Simple yogic breathing techniques (pranayama) are also taught to increase focus and bring alignment of body and mind (see? there’s that word “alignment” again.) This is a healing and exploratory practice for all who want a flowing class.
Gentle Chair Yoga
Pretty much any yoga pose you can do on a mat can be adapted to be done in a chair. So if you have mobility or range of motion constraints, chair yoga can provide you with deep stretching, and improvements in strength and flexibility. Really good for seniors, people recovering from injury, or anyone with chronic conditions that may limit endurance or mobility.
Ganesha Flow (formerly Yoga-all levels)
This is an all-levels yoga class that focuses on flowing movement from pose to pose. We recommend that you are familiar with basic yoga poses so that you don’t have to think too much about what’s coming next and you can shift your attention inside. If that doesn’t describe you, consider Yoga Basics or Mellow Flow instead. We encourage each teacher to bring their unique perspective and style to the class, so some might be very spiritual, others not so much. We think you’ll enjoy the additional cardio benefits that a flowing practice brings.
Yoga has an image problem. Everywhere you look, you see pictures of thin, bendy women in impossible poses, and it makes it seem like you MUST look like that to be serious about yoga. Well, you don’t. That’s why we offer Ganesha Plus, where everyone is welcome, regardless of their body’s shape, size, gender or flexibility. Our teachers have studied with Adaptive Yoga gurus like Abby Lentz, founder of HeavyWeight Yoga, Sherry Zak Morris, one of the superstars of Senior and Chair Yoga (both of whom are fabulous friends and mentors, FYI), Patricia Meera Kerr (Big Yoga), and Anna Guest-Jelley (Curvy Yoga). We design classes that nurture you, challenge you and make you feel great. We offer lots of pose variations and give tons of encouragement to help you build a personal yoga practice that sings. Seriously. We will make sure you can do everything in this class, because yoga is for everybody. And every body, for that matter.
Yoga truly is good for what ails you. This is a therapeutic class where you can bring all of your aches and pains, conditions and challenges, and emerge from class feeling refreshed, stable, and at ease within your body. Class will be gentle, with lots of somatic movement and a liberal use of props. The majority, if not all of the class will take place on the floor. If you have more going on than musculo-skeletal issues, we’d love it if you dropped us a line before coming so that we can best prepare to assist you during class. But if that is not possible, just come on in.
If you like a flowing practice but sometimes feel rushed moving from one pose to the next, then this could be the class for you. We will do typical flowing sequences but at a pace that allows for slow and complete inhalations and exhalations. Your breath will dictate the speed at which you move your body. We will also explore some dynamic pose sequences. This class is very suitable for beginners, but experienced practioners who want a change of pace may enjoy it as well.
The human body contains more than 600 muscles. Learn to release every single one of them in this deeply relaxing class. Lights will be dimmed. Props will be abundantly used to support your body as you sink into the bolster, blanket or floor, completely letting go of all the tension you store. So ask yourself—what part of your body needs some serious tension relief?
Stiff Guy Yoga
Let’s face it. A lot of you guys are as flexible as a sheet of plywood. But there is hope for you. You may never be able to touch your forehead to your shins, but this class will absolutely help you loosen a stiff back or tight hamstrings, and strengthen all the tiny intrinsic muscles of your body that you are unaware of 98% of the time. Athletes from many sports use yoga as a cross-training tool – think Lebron, Ray Lewis, Evan Longoria, the entire Seattle Seahawks roster, and others. But even if most of your game playing is done on an Xbox, Stiff Guy Yoga will help you.
Our instructors will give you lots of encouragement and personal attention as you become comfortable with body alignment, breath, and pose sequences. We recommend that you keep attending Yoga Basics classes until you feel like you’ve got the hang of it, at which time you might consider trying Ganesha Flow or Mellow Flow.
Nia®: Move and Groove
Nia is a feel-good workout that combines a motivating fusion of world music with unique moves and dynamic combinations that allow participants to dance away their cares. It is based on the principle that a workout should be “Joyful, Fun and Easy to Do” allowing Nia participants to stick to the program and achieve long-term health benefits in both body and mind. A mixture of body-sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps, the routines utilize the principles of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts (like yoga). A combination of fast and slow rhythms maximizing caloric output, fat burning and total body toning from head to toe. It is mostly structured, but allows for improvisation too. It is low impact but high energy. Anyone can do it. And the music is a blast. Trust us – you will love it.
Ease into your weekend with Moonrise Yoga. A gentle sequence of poses flow into an extended, candlelit savasana and meditation, sparking empowerment and joy along the way. We’re a community that’s friendly to all students; all bodies, skill levels and expressions of self are embraced. Offered as a cash-only, sliding scale community class, with all payments donated to Chicagoland non-profits.