Summer Solstice Celebration
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Summer Solstice Celebration

5:30 Group Photo,

6 - 7 Variations of Salutations

7 - 8 pm:  Meditation/Intention/Snacks

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Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, which also means, energetically the sun’s healing energy is top notch!  When we consciously practice around this awareness, immense gratitude unfolds.  It is a time of reflection for all that we have received in the past year and set your intentions for the upcoming year.  

It can serve as a gateway into the second half of the year, a great time to get some clarity around your goals.  The energy of our body, reflecting the energy of this time of the year which can heighten the effects and amplify the practice.

The earth’s yearly rhythm brings a pivot and allows for a time to identify what our personal cycles are engaging in and release unhealthy patterns. We can use this shift as leverage to focus on what we intend to nurture as we move toward the winter solstice.   

This year the if falls on Thursday, the 21st of December. Come and celebrate Summer Solstice with a community of sojourners that will remind you that you are not alone and will empower you to stand on the threshold and shine from new depths.  

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3rd Saturday Social
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social

Our vision at Essencia Yoga Wellness Center is to create a space where we can not only come together to do yoga, but also where we can create a supportive and nurturing community of friends in order to bring about and to spread awareness. To that end, please join us for a fun, informal gathering on the third Saturday of each month where we will explore a topic of interest related to yoga and wellbeing. Join the conversation, enjoy a nourishing meal, meet new friends, and feel uplifted!

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3rd Saturday Social
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social

Our vision at Essencia Yoga Wellness Center is to create a space where we can not only come together to do yoga, but also where we can create a supportive and nurturing community of friends in order to bring about and to spread awareness. To that end, please join us for a fun, informal gathering on the third Saturday of each month where we will explore a topic of interest related to yoga and wellbeing. Join the conversation, enjoy a nourishing meal, meet new friends, and feel uplifted!

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3rd Saturday Social -- Reiki and Chakra
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social -- Reiki and Chakra

Our vision at Essencia Yoga Wellness Center is to create a space where we can not only come together to do yoga, but also where we can create a supportive and nurturing community of friends in order to bring about and to spread awareness. To that end, please join us for a fun, informal gathering on the third Saturday of each month where we will explore a topic of interest related to yoga and wellbeing. Join the conversation, enjoy a nourishing meal, meet new friends, and feel uplifted!

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Gong Bath and Singing Bowl Meditation
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Gong Bath and Singing Bowl Meditation

Join Essencia Yoga for an evening of powerfully transformational healing gong and singing bowl meditation, a.k.a. gong bath with Marian Kraus, among the finest sound therapy work in the greater Chicago area. The sound immersion generated by the vibrational and mystical characteristics of Marian’s three large gongs, four Burmese whirling gongs (KeeZees), set of harmonic tuning forks, the Ocean Drum and several authentic Himalayan singing bowls will energize and quiet your mind & body simultaneously in a unique and unforgettable fashion.

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Open Mic Night
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Night

Having experienced poetry’s wondrous power to heal,  Mehret sought to share the gift of poetry with others by starting Fresh Poems in 2010. Little did she know the adventures that would ensue.   

Mehret penned poems in coffee shops, airplanes and  busy street intersections.    New York, Wheaton, Elmhurst, Addis Ababa, Philadelphia, Wicker Park, the Gold Coast...all  became locales that hosted  the healing and connecting wonder of poetry. 

Fun Facts: 
Mehret came to Wheaton as an Ethiopian/Eritrean refugee at the age of five.  She now resides in Wheaton and teaches English Learners at Franklin Middle school. She can’t resist French Vanilla Icecream and loves growing her  yoga practice at Essencia Yoga Studio

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Full Moon Practice
Mar
31
9:30 AM09:30

Full Moon Practice

The Moon Salutation nourishes and supports the subtle body, the energy that moves deeply in us but cannot be seen with the eye.  This practice is grounding and is formed out of nine basic standing poses.  It opens up the side-body making way for deeper breathing.  There are forward bends that help quiet the central nervous system.  There are lunges and squatting to both  stimulate and quiet the vibrations ruminating deep within.  Find a depth of stillness results from this practice.  

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Vernal Equinox Celebration
Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Vernal Equinox Celebration

Spring Equinox is celebrated as the first day of Spring, when day and night are equal in both hemispheres. All of nature is stirring now and showing signs of activity after the Winter sleep. Buds are bursting on the trees, Spring flowers are coming out and seeds are germinating.

 

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Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social -- Narrative Workshop

Our vision at Essencia Yoga Wellness Center is to create a space where we can not only come together to do yoga, but also where we can create a supportive and nurturing community of friends in order to bring about and to spread awareness. To that end, please join us for a fun, informal gathering on the third Saturday of each month where we will explore a topic of interest related to yoga and wellbeing. Join the conversation, enjoy a nourishing meal, meet new friends, and feel uplifted!

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Fundamentals of Arm Balance:  Crow
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Fundamentals of Arm Balance: Crow

It’s time to break down instruction for the arm balancing ... flying poses into the component steps. Well-crafted instruction and sequencing, will help prepare our bodies for liftoff.

In order to invite practitioners to be challenged in class, we might offer for those who have an arm balance in their practice, to engage in it.  By including them we also offer possibilities for growth, to those interested.  However, arm balances are not the "culmination" of a practice, or even demonstrate a "level" of experience.   

Without forcing any sort of outcome, we invite you to learn what the basic steps to breakdown this posture might be and see what you learn in the process.  All Levels are encouraged to participate in this practice.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
— —Leonardo da Vinci
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EmPower Yoga Flow Series
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

EmPower Yoga Flow Series

In EmPower Flow you will experience an empowering vinyasa flow class the will include both breath work and body work. The creative sequences and transitions will challenge your body and mind, but you will leave feeling like warriors and warrior goddesses! This practice will stoke your inner fire, and you will feel it in your core.  With a strong core, we are able to practice inversions and arm balances safely and with grace. Together we will work on our strength, flexibility, and balance while flowing through the asanas and being mindful of our breath to create a deeper connection with your true self. All levels are welcome! Current practice of arm balances or inversions is not required, you can learn how to safely incorporate these into your practice here in EmPower Flow.

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Meet Mai

 

When life seems to spiral out of control, my yoga reminds me I can control my breath and my reaction to any situation.”

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Adjustments and Modifications for the "Teacher's Toolbox"
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

Adjustments and Modifications for the "Teacher's Toolbox"

This workshop will provide the resources and time to learn the theory and involve practicing effective ways of inspiring your students in a creative and knowledgeable way. How to create and offer a safe and nurturing atmosphere that invites practitioners into a transformational practice of yoga.

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Moon Salutations
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Moon Salutations

The Moon Salutation nourishes and supports the subtle body, the energy that moves deeply in us but cannot be seen with the eye.  This practice is grounding and is formed out of nine basic standing poses.  It opens up the side-body making way for deeper breathing.  There are forward bends that help quiet the central nervous system.  There are lunges and squatting to both  stimulate and quiet the vibrations ruminating deep within.  Find a depth of stillness results from this practice.  

Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.
— BKS Iyengar
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3rd Saturday Social
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social

Our vision at Essencia Yoga Wellness Center is to create a space where we can not only come together to do yoga, but also where we can create a supportive and nurturing community of friends in order to bring about and to spread awareness. To that end, please join us for a fun, informal gathering on the third Saturday of each month where we will explore a topic of interest related to yoga and wellbeing. Join the conversation, enjoy a nourishing meal, meet new friends, and feel uplifted!

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A WORKSHOP ON PRANAYAMA, MUDRA AND MEDITATION
Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

A WORKSHOP ON PRANAYAMA, MUDRA AND MEDITATION

Join us for a joyful and rejuvenating exploration of the subtle body - the energy within us which guides our mental, emotional and spiritual experiences. This 2 hour workshop will teach you how to find deep relaxation and a heightened sense of awareness through pranayama (breath work), mudra (sacred hand gestures) and meditation. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for new or seasoned practitioners who are interested in going deep inside their mind and developing inner calm. 

Class Structure:

  • Deep relaxation with restorative postures and essential oils
  • Pranayama with corresponding mudras for creating balanced within the subtle body
  • Guided Meditation for finding clarity of mind after we have brought our energy into a harmonious state
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Alignment in a Posture
Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

Alignment in a Posture

For a beginning teacher or a teacher in training, assisting a yoga class is an invaluable experience. It affords the opportunity to practice observing the students' bodies. You can check and encourage proper alignment without having to worry about leading the class.

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Proper Thinking Workshop:  the "Yellow" "Monkey Mind"
Dec
30
12:30 PM12:30

Proper Thinking Workshop: the "Yellow" "Monkey Mind"

Join us as Marge facilitates for us the work we are engaging in, to understand how to work with our amazing mind! 

Marge Sekowski has been a therapist in private practice for over 25 years.  She specializes in treating adults, couples, and families as well as clients dealing with all types of addiction.  Marge works on a client-centered model with the development of treatment goals and effective strategies to achieve them in a timely manner.  Marge is respected by colleagues, peers, and clients for her professional and caring approach.

Marge received Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elmhurst College and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University.  She has received additional education in addiction recovery from the Adler Institute of Chicago as well as the Illinois Gambling Treatment Institute.

Marge recognizes the uniqueness and individuality of each person in every case. She diligently strives to provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming environment which respects these values. Once therapy has been initiated, she works with each individual to develop clear goals and strategies which enable symptom reduction and an improved quality of life.

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Community Compassion Project
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Community Compassion Project

Donation Based Workshop

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There is no charge for this workshop, instead please bring a donation of new or gently used women's and/or children's clothing, and new socks and underwear for the women and children affected by domestic violence at the Family Shelter Service.

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Body Butter Workshop, Meditation, & Yoga
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Body Butter Workshop, Meditation, & Yoga

hatha yoga teacher

Christina Graham asks ... 

Have you ever wanted to make your own natural body products?

Join me at Essencia Yoga this Sunday, for a one-hour All Levels Hatha Flow, then learn to make your own homemade body butter!
— Christina Graham
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body butter

This workshop will include all ingredients, essential oils, and a reusable container for your hand-crafted body butter.

yogic treats

snacks

 

We will snack on plant-based and gluten free treats!

All are welcome to bring and share a favorite dish, but not required.

Investment - $30, add $10 for each additional body butter made. Hope to see you there!

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Sequencing Fun
Nov
4
11:30 AM11:30

Sequencing Fun

This Workshop will cover the fundamentals of sequencing a balanced class. There will be discussion on the basic forms and function of a Hatha Yoga Class. Several examples will be given for the trainees to experienced. Various formats that are popular today will be sampled, including engaging in the cultural expectations of that style of class. Most importantly concrete examples of constructing a class will be explored together and applied.

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Embodiment of a Teacher & The Skills of Manifestation
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Embodiment of a Teacher & The Skills of Manifestation

This workshop will provide the resources and time to learn the theory and involve practicing effective ways of inspiring your students in a creative and knowledgeable way. How to create and offer a safe and nurturing atmosphere that invites practitioners into a transformational practice of yoga.

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