I teach "Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra" at Nature Yoga and yogaview studios. * At Nature Yoga Studio, I teach on the second Sunday of every month from 6-7PM. My next class at Nature Yoga is October 8, 2017. * At yogaview, my next classes are November 17 and December 15, 2018.
I teach a blend of yoga systems to private clients and at corporations. I also occasionally teach at SoHo House Chicago.
What I Teach
I teach tantra yoga that includes daoist approaches to deep mind, body, and energy/spiritual integration.
Tantric yoga is an eclectic style that weaves together asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation and visualization. However, the Tantric style tends to place more of an emphasis on the energetic effects of the practice through the control of prana (life force energy). Physically, Tantric yoga classes integrate dynamic asana, static classical postures, and flowing vinyasa sequences together. Energetically, classes will explore bandhas, marma points, meridians mudras, kriyas and extended breathwork for a truly integrative experience that will leave you feeling vibrant from the inside out.
Yoga nidra, or guided relaxation, is also a Tantric practice that I'm passionate about teaching. Read more about yoga nidra here.
2017 and 2018 Yoga Trainings
I love teaching workshops and teacher trainings because they allow me to go deeper into topics that I'm passionate about. Descriptions are below.
Jan 29: Advanced Yoga Nidra Teacher Training at Alternative Health Group April 15-16: Learn to Teach Guided Relaxation: The Art of Yoga Nidra at yogaview Sept 8-10: Learn to Teach Guided Relaxation: The Art of Yoga Nidra at yogaview Oct 20-22: Subtle Body Sequencing at Alternative Health Group Oct 28: Advanced Yoga Nidra Teacher Training at Alternative Health Group March 24-25, 2018:: Learn to Teach Guided Relaxation: The Art of Yoga Nidra at yogaview
Subtle Body Sequencing
October 20-22, 2017 Alternative Health Group 1834 W. North Ave Chicago, IL Fri., October 20: 6-9pm Sat., October 21: 10am-5pm Sun., October 22: 10am-5pm This advanced yoga training is intended for teachers and experienced students who want to deepen their understanding of subtle body techniques in their practice and teaching.
Our physical bodies function in tandem with inner forces that comprise the subtle body. The power of a yoga practice depends on the ability to access this inner, subtle body. Working with this nuanced energy can bring deep mental, physical and emotional balance, as well as bring a deeper sense of fulfillment and enrichment to your personal practice as a student and teacher.
You will be introduced to the philosophy, theory and practical application of: Prana Vayus Koshas Gunas and Doshas Marma Points and Nadis Bandhas Mudras Meditation Expect daily yoga practices applying these techniques and practice teaching them. Learn to intelligently sequence a yoga practice considering its subtle body effects. Journaling homework will be given; please bring paper and something to write with.
There will be a one-hour lunch break on Saturday and Sunday. This workshop must be taken in its entirety, no daily drop-ins permitted. Continuing education certificate available. Cost: $250 50% discount for previous attendees. Discounts for volunteer yoga teachers, contact me for more information.
October 28, 2017 Alternative Health Group 1834 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 10am-5pm This training is intended for teachers already teaching yoga nidra. Refine your teaching skills, receive new scripts, review how yoga nidra works, receive feedback on how you guide others into a state of deep relaxation, go deeper into sankalpa work, and more. Learn about yoga nidra teaching opportunities and learn how to better practice. There is little to no movement in this training. There will be a 45-minute lunch break. Continuing education certificate available.
Learn to Teach Guided Relaxation: The Art of Yoga Nidra
March 24-25. 2018 yogaview 2211 N. Elston Ave #200 Chicago, IL Sat., 3/24/18: 9:30-6 Sun., 3/25/18: 9:30-6
Learn to safely and confidently teach guided relaxation, yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is Sanskrit for "yogic sleep", a powerful healing and transformational technique from the Tantra Yoga tradition. Yoga nidra is both the name of a state of mind and the name of a deeply restful practice. It is safe for all practitioners and is used to relieve symptoms of PTSD in clinical studies. Yoga nidra can be taught as a stand alone practice or as part of a complete yoga practice. Bring this powerful technique to your students to offer a deeper yoga experience. Teaching, counseling, healing, or working therapeutically with clients is strongly suggested to take this workshop. Expect to practice different styles of yoga nidra from the Himalayan tradition as well as the style popularized by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. There is a slideshow lecture explaining the history of yoga nidra, its intention, an explanation of how it works, its physical and subtle body effects, and the different components of a yoga nidra practice, including sankalpa. You will receive scripts and practice teaching in this nurturing, safe environment. Delve deeply into yoga nidra through the refinement of teaching techniques and methodology.
Continuing education credits are available. You must commit to the full weekend, single day attendance is not permitted. Required reading is “Yoga Nidra” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, please bring your book. There is minimal movement. There will be a one hour lunch break each day. Cost: $200 until September 1 $225 after September 1