Any kind of retreat from the daily ritual has it’s benefits, but one that focuses on healthy, active, restful forms of connecting to oneself and others while being present for the benefits, invigorates one right to the core. There will be yoga, meditation, and workshop trainings, the great outdoors, paddle board yoga :) and much much more.
In order to give the most of yourself to your teaching and to your life you must begin from a place of fullness. Anything less will leave you feeling depleted and ultimately not be in service of yourself or others.
You are invited to the morning Asana Practice at 9:30am that will assist in preparing you for the full experience of engaging the Subtle Body. We will have a light lunch available to snack on along the way. Vegan hot lunch, vegetables, fruit, nuts and hot tea.
In this workshop you will learn about G.I. Yoga, its background, why we are focusing specifically veterans, what is special about this population and why we include caregivers and families.
Practice your standard yoga postures under the anatomically focused guidance of five exceptional advanced teacher trainees.
In this workshop, we will be looking at a well-known template, where there are steps that can methodically be taken in most every pose to improve your alignment. We will learn not only what they are, but we will practice how to integrate them into our practice.
In this workshop teachers will learn how to plan and teach a private yoga session. Private yoga sessions are an invaluable experience for students to deepen their practice and receive important feedback. Teachers are able to apply their specialties and use their knowledge to a fuller extent than a class setting. The central focus is to understand correct structuring of privates and how teaching a private differs from a class setting. Participants will have the opportunity to create a partial private, demonstrate and receive feedback in class. The goal is for every teacher to walk away feeling confident working one on one with a student.
The theme of this class will revolve around new beginnings. There will be something for everyone. We will need to be open to see our own blockages and judgments and then the potential of having each challenge uncover the potential for growth through healing that comes from being empowered to see. And then from seeing, we breathe, and then from breathing we are able to behold the “Source” of breath … the Divine. While engaging in this union, we come away with clarity, love and deepened peace.”
Come spend the beginning of 2017 moving, breathing and being with ease.
This class involves combining pranayama, traditional Sun Salutations with mantras, gentle asanas, chakra balancing, and an optional silent meditation, followed by a beautiful closing practice chanting the Gayatri mantra.
This special two hour workshop, has been prepared for those who are looking to create space for healing through relaxation.
Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. It is celebration of light and the rebirth of the sun, as well as our own rebirth; a time of letting go.
This practice enables us to remain focused on our intention, without losing sight of all that is available in the moment.
Kundalini yoga strengthens the aura, nervous system, physical body, and mind through asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation, and savasana to help stimulate your inner light.
This workshop explores the depth, alignment, fun and support we can achieve in our yoga poses. We will be exploring floor based poses and Inverted acrobatic poses.
Holiday Artisan Fair at Essencia Yoga Wellness Center November 19th 12-7pm!
Thai Yoga Massage is an elegant and interactive form of meditative bodywork that combines assisted yoga stretching, acupressure, gentle rocking, and rhythmic compression along energy lines. In this workshop, participants will learn to effectively use their hands, forearms, elbows, and feet to open and gently release blockages that inhibit the flow of energy, or Qi. Essential elements of Thai Yoga Massage, its historical context, and fundamental techniques applied in the supine, prone, side-lying, and seated positions will be taught.
This specialty class is an accessible way to expose all level practitioners the variations of experiences available with yoga.
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 a workshop using the model of "how to create your own home practice." You will be given a template through which you can create a workshop. - Continued Education
This workshop is for those who are ready to move from balancing on their feet to balancing on their hands. We will work with the intention of moving beyond our mental framework to new heights.
It is not always easy to sit for meditation, sometimes we need a distraction in order to help us focus.
Intro to yoga class series with Rachel Russin
Join us for this 90 minute Vinyasa Flow with a hip hop beat!
This workshop will include basic information on anatomy and biomechanics in relation to the usage of props in yogasana. Demonstrations and performance of the postures is the majority of this workshop. Students and teachers will learn various methods of propping for specific intentions, especially dealing with student limitations, injuiries, and further exploration of postures. Also, if a student cannot perform the full pose , the usage of props can give the rudiments neccessary to receive the benefits of the full posture without adding taxing intervention. This workshop is intended to be educational as well as experiential.
*Peter Stadalsky has an attention to detail, safety and anatomy while maintaing a light-heartedabd kind nature in his delivery. He is dedicated to teaching yoga in a traditional manner while making it practical and accessible to all ages and physical capabilities. Peter is a 500 hour ceritifed yoga teacher, relying heavily on the Iyengar method.
$30.00 Registration Fee
($25.00 Memeber Discount Registration Fee)
Loving-Kindness meditation focuses on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards others. We begin with our self and gradually extend the wish for well-being happiness to all beings. Loving-Kindness is a meditation practice which brings about positive attitudinal changes as it systematically develops the quality of "loving-acceptance". The ways to bring about feelings of loving-kindness: *by visualization, *by reflection, * auditory or by repeating an internalized mantra. Just a few of the many benefits that come with the practice can include: well-being, healing, stress reduction and social connectedness.
This will be a donation based event. Donations will go to I Grow Chicago.
I Grow Chicago’s mission is to provide a safe, inter-generational haven to children and at-risk community members. Through sustainable farming and educational programs in nutrition, movement yoga and the arts, we foster creativity, wellness and empowerment for individuals in the community as a whole.
Become immersed in the rich tonal vibrations of 2 harmonious gongs as you detach from the pressure and content of the mind. Evoking physical, emotional, and spiritual responses, the vibrations of the gong stimulate and work on multiple levels to heal and transform.
Ayurveda, one of three ancient life-disciplines, which includes Yoga and Tantra, is known as the ‘science of life’. Ayurveda states that health is not just the absence of disease; it is physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. To best experience yoga, one must understand Ayurveda, or the foundation of man’s spirit.