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"

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“The route of true happiness, the Buddha argued, was to achieve a visceral understanding of impermanence, which would take you off the emotional roller coaster and allow you to see your dramas and desires through a wider lens. To truly tame the ‘monkey mind’ and defeat our habitual tendency toward clinging, meditation was the prescription, and sitting and actively facing the ‘voice in your head’ mindfully for a few minutes a day might be the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Accept that challenge and improve your life drastically. It’s about mitigation, not alleviation. It’s that simple. The only way out is through.”
— ― Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
“The bargain was this: Admit the anxiety as an essential part of yourself and in exchange that anxiety will be converted into energy, unstable but manageable. Stop with the self-flagellating and become yourself, with scars and tics.”
— ― Daniel Smith, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

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

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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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Body Butter Workshop, Meditation, & Community Hatha Practice
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

Body Butter Workshop, Meditation, & Community Hatha Practice

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

Join Christina for a Body Butter Workshop this Sunday, November 5th at 3pm. This workshop will include all ingredients, essential oils, and a reusable container for your hand-crafted body butter. This 1-hour workshop will include pranayama and meditation practice, followed by a 1-hour community hatha practice.  Investment: $35, add $10 for each additional body butter made.

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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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Balancing with    Counter-Balance
Oct
21
9:30 AM09:30

Balancing with Counter-Balance

The 9:30-11 am Level 2-3 Class will be warming for the technical work we will engage in for the Arm Balances.  It will help to see and feel where the arm balances are placed in a practice.  This will be followed by a rewarding Savasana and meditation / break that will prepare us for the 11:30 - 12:30 overview intensive of the techniques and variations of Arm Balancing in Yoga.  

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Celebration of Light having Victory over Darkness
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Celebration of Light having Victory over Darkness

A crossing of paths between our two evening classes.  Come share in refreshments as we meet our fellow practitioners and partake of the joy of sharing in the gift of life.  Though obstacles will show up unexpectedly and we share in carrying one another's burdens; we pause to commemorate the wonder of how light invariably shines through all circumstances and offers us hope and new beginnings.  

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Essencia Yoga Starved Rock Retreat
Jul
8
to Jul 9

Essencia Yoga Starved Rock Retreat

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.

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How to Teach Privates
Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

How to Teach Privates

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.

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Master Class w/Jeannine B.C:  New Beginnings
Jan
14
9:30 AM09:30

Master Class w/Jeannine B.C: New Beginnings

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.”

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Winter Solstice
Dec
17
9:30 AM09:30

Winter Solstice

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.  

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