Thrive
Mar
4
to May 20

Thrive

Ready to Thrive?

A Twelve Week Program with all the bells and whistles to supplement your journey towards thriving.

This 12-week course combines group work and self-study and is appropriate for anyone who is ready to evolve their daily habits and step into the next version of their personal thrive. For participants who are registered through Yoga Alliance, this course is eligible for 30 CE credits.

Meets weekly on Mondays, March 4 - May 20

Cost: $850 This includes Course Materials: Text, Workbooks, and access to Videos and other Online Resources.

Our amazing human bodies are refined machines, the result of thousands of years of evolution. We evolved to live in sync with the rhythms of our environment - the sun, the moon, the seasons - and the ancient yogis studied and incorporated these rhythms into daily life with Ayurveda, the "science of life". Over the last century, our culture as a whole has gotten out of sync with nature. We find ourselves over scheduled, over stimulated, and under nourished. We've become disconnected from our bodies and our environment, and the consequences are catching up with us. Chronic fatigue, allergies, autoimmune disorders, and countless other diseases of body malfunction are on the rise. So how do we find our rhythm again?

THRIVE distills the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda into simple daily habits for life today to reconnect your body and mind to the rhythms of nature. We'll dive deep into the Ayurvedic philosophy behind the Doshas ("constitutions") and learn to recognize these qualities in ourselves, when they are out of balance, and the self-care practices to restore balance. With the help of modern behavioral science and a dynamic group setting, you will learn how to build the habits into your daily routine to support your long term growth. 

For more information please email Jill directly at: anandamamayoga@gmail.com

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Third Saturday Social - April
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Third Saturday Social - April

We are grateful for every time we gather and enrich one another's lives in so many ways.  

Please join in for this special evening of growing as individuals and as a community.  

Bring a favorite dish, if you would like, or come as you are.  We cant wait to share in this time together.  

TOPIC: Community Values

Watch: Documentary The Sweedish Theory of Love

FILM THEMES

With dry humor and swaths of statistical data, director Erik Gandini paints a portrait of the Swedish utopia that isn’t as rosy as it may at first appear.

THE NUCLEAR FAMILY IS NO MORE

Gandini’s film begins in one of the many sperm banks that provide single women the opportunity to become pregnant without the need for a partner. It’s becoming increasingly common for single woman in Sweden to long to start a family without wanting the burdens and semipermanence of romantic and sexual partnership. With financial selfsufficiency and gratifying solitude in one’s singleness, why not?

INDIVIDUALISM CAN LEAD TO LONELINESS

In the 1970s, the Swedish government promoted a manifesto titled “The Family of the Future,” calling for a shift away from traditional households toward personal independence. Today, that trend has resulted in a society in which 47.5 percent of households consist of a single adult with no children, while 1 in 10 deceased citizens of Stockholm are now laid to rest with no family or friends present at all.

CULTURAL INDIVIDUALISM SACRIFICES COMMUNITY VALUES

In the film, Gandini contrasts the sterile existence of “perfect” modern Sweden with that of a field hospital in Ethiopia and a doctor who long ago abandoned his cozy, lavish life in Sweden. As a doctor, he could be making a significant amount of money, pampering himself and those he loves. Instead he feels that living with those who desperately need medical attention, but cherish the social aspects of livin that they share together as part of the community, is invaluable. Gandini makes it seems as though many Swedes only leave their house for food or to partake in group activities like watching their kids play sports or joining a social weekend searching for missing persons.

HAPPINESS IS NOT HAVING A PROBLEM-FREE LIFE

At one point the film presents a chart depicting the types of worries people in certain areas of the globe deal with. Tellingly, there are no parts of this chart that depict a worry-free portion of society. Everyone has problems, but as the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman states, this is not a problem. A key to happiness, and what makes life emotionally fuflling, is confronting and overcoming problems. Without some form of strife, we would all be somewhat miserable.

Discussion Questions:

1. Prior to seeing THE SWEDISH THEORY OF LOVE, what was your opinion of Sweden as a country? Had you ever wanted to visit or even move there? Maybe you live there already!

2. Which value do you hold more strongly and why: individualism or community?

3. Is loneliness something that you or a loved one has ever struggled with?

4. What was your reaction to the single women looking to start families alone? Is this something you’ve considered for yourself?

5. Did any portion of the film speak to you more than others? If so, which section?

6. Have you ever felt compelled to work outside of your comfort zone in order to help those in need, like the doctor who moved to Ethiopia in the film?

7. Do you believe that socially-promoted individualism can actually lead to loneliness, or do you think there are unexplored factors that may play into the statistics found in the film?

8. Do you think there is a balance that can be struck between individualist ideologies and communal ideologies? What might they look like?

9. Many Swedes maintain their social lives by joining social group activities. Are there any groups or activities you partake in to maintain a healthy social life?

10. Overcoming challenges in one’s life is one key to happiness. What are your own personal keys to happiness?

As we embrace our passions and delve into the mystery of life, we unite with the majestic complexity of nature; and if we follow the signs, this can help us understand who we really are.
— Sebastian Pole, Discovering the True You with Ayurveda: How to Nourish, Rejuvenate, and Transform Your Life
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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 Friday, 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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Third Saturday Social 6 YEAR Anniversary SPECIAL
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

Third Saturday Social 6 YEAR Anniversary SPECIAL

LET'S CELEBRATE Together!  

We are grateful for every time we gather and enrich one another's lives in so many ways.  

Please join in for this special evening of growing as individuals and as a community.  

Bring a favorite dish, if you would like, or come as you are.  We cant wait to share in this time together.  

Self awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies.     
— Stephen Covey
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Svādhyāya

Self awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies.

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Teaching Private Yoga
Feb
19
12:30 PM12:30

Teaching Private Yoga

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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Third Saturday Social - February
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Third Saturday Social - February

Please Join us for an evening of fun Watching a movie together.

Moment in Yoga

A prominent New York-based photographer with five decades of experience and a portfolio studded with shots for the New York Times Sunday MagazineFortuneTimeLife, and Vanity Fair, Michael O’Neill had done portraits of everyone from J Lo to Richard Nixon when the idea to do a series of yogis occurred to him.

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AcroYoga
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

AcroYoga

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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Hearts Wide Open
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Hearts Wide Open

Let go of fear and embrace love as you tap into the powerful energy of your heart chakra.

The heart chakra is the center of love, the balance point between body and spirit, and the seat of your True Self. Its sanskrit name anahata means "unhurt", meaning that beneath any layers of past pain or heartache, you are innately a whole and compassionate being. In this workshop, you will peel back the layers to allow your bright loving Self to shine through.

Jill will lead you through a guided meditation and passionate asana practice filled with energizing backbends as well as introspective forward folds, opening your heart to more readily give and receive love. You will learn the "symptoms" of an over- or under-active heart chakra and how to balance your energy with pranayama.

This workshop is open to all levels - all you need is your authentic and beautiful heart.

Drop-in: $35

Early-Bird Registration: $25

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Breath Series: Learning from our “Best Teacher” The Breath
Feb
5
12:30 PM12:30

Breath Series: Learning from our “Best Teacher” The Breath

A series of classes focused on the breath.

These classes are not necessarily sequential, but are most effective in getting the full practice and exploration of the breath.

Pranayama, like yoga, is best understood through practice, versus the study of theory. It is best approached with gradually introduced exercises from simple to complex. . The eight limbs of yoga as written by Patanjali, Pranayama evolves from the practice of asana, while building toward meditation. One of the important aspects of asana practice is awareness of the breath and following it. This class will attempt to develop that awareness using both asana and mudra so that by viewing and feeling the breath one understands the actual breath. This will aid in transitioning the focus from the outward practice to the inner practice.

We try to improve breathing patterns by strengthening the muscles that allow easier breathing while loosening muscles that constrict the breath. This will lead to an understanding of how the breath moves in the body, how it changes, how it can be guided, and especially how limited our breathing may be, often using less than our full lung capacity. In fact, we often “work too hard” resulting in breathing less rather than more, while using a great deal of effort.

These classes are an attempt to “unfold the breath” from a mental conception into an understanding of the breath and then evolving into Pranayama practice leading toward meditation.

$20/class for Essencia Yoga Members

$40/class for Non-Members

Pre-Registration Required

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AcroYoga
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

AcroYoga

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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Breath Series: Exploring Union with the Breath
Jan
29
12:30 PM12:30

Breath Series: Exploring Union with the Breath

Pranayama, like yoga, is best understood through practice, versus the study of theory. It is best approached with gradually introduced exercises from simple to complex. . The eight limbs of yoga as written by Patanjali, Pranayama evolves from the practice of asana, while building toward meditation. One of the important aspects of asana practice is awareness of the breath and following it. This class will attempt to develop that awareness using both asana and mudra so that by viewing and feeling the breath one understands the actual breath. This will aid in transitioning the focus from the outward practice to the inner practice.

We try to improve breathing patterns by strengthening the muscles that allow easier breathing while loosening muscles that constrict the breath. This will lead to an understanding of how the breath moves in the body, how it changes, how it can be guided, and especially how limited our breathing may be, often using less than our full lung capacity. In fact, we often “work too hard” resulting in breathing less rather than more, while using a great deal of effort.

These classes are an attempt to “unfold the breath” from a mental conception into an understanding of the breath and then evolving into Pranayama practice leading toward meditation.

$20/class for Essencia Yoga Members

$40/class for Non-Members

Pre-Registration Required

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Gong Bath and Singing Bowl Meditation
Jan
26
6:30 PM18:30

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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Breath Series: Witnessing the Miracle of Breath
Jan
22
to Feb 5

Breath Series: Witnessing the Miracle of Breath

Learn breathing techniques proven to relieve stress and improve mood and mental focus. These benefits have been enjoyed by thousands of adults and children worldwide, health-care practitioners, yoga teachers, military veterans, and individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, cancer, and other medical conditions. Many people who have practiced these techniques say they have been transformed, and that they never would have imagined something so simple could be so powerful and helpful.

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Pranayama, like yoga, is best understood through practice, versus the study of theory. It is best approached with gradually introduced exercises from simple to complex. . The eight limbs of yoga as written by Patanjali, Pranayama evolves from the practice of asana, while building toward meditation. One of the important aspects of asana practice is awareness of the breath and following it. This class will attempt to develop that awareness using both asana and mudra so that by viewing and feeling the breath one understands the actual breath. This will aid in transitioning the focus from the outward practice to the inner practice.

We try to improve breathing patterns by strengthening the muscles that allow easier breathing while loosening muscles that constrict the breath. This will lead to an understanding of how the breath moves in the body, how it changes, how it can be guided, and especially how limited our breathing may be, often using less than our full lung capacity. In fact, we often “work too hard” resulting in breathing less rather than more, while using a great deal of effort.

These classes are an attempt to “unfold the breath” from a mental conception into an understanding of the breath and then evolving into Pranayama practice leading toward meditation.

$20/class for Essencia Yoga Members

$40/class for Non-Members

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Third Saturday Social - January
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Third Saturday Social - January

We are grateful for every time we gather and enrich one another's lives in so many ways.  

Please join in for this special evening of growing as individuals and as a community.  

Bring a favorite dish, if you would like, or come as you are.  We cant wait to share in this time together.  

TOPIC: THRIVE

Why are some people inherently joyous, while others carry the weight of the world on their shoulders? Modern genetics offers some insight, but what about the characteristics and idiosyncrasies that make every person unique? Ayurveda answers all of these questions with the Three Doshas: VataPitta, and Kapha.

The doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment.

The doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties. 

  • Vata is composed of Space and Air, 

  • Pitta of Fire and Water, and 

  • Kapha of Earth and Water.

Taken from Ayurveda 101

Jill will be giving us a bird’s eye view on what will be happening in the 12 week Special Series starting in March, guiding us through 10 habits of building health in all major areas of our life.

  1. Take a test and get to know what Dosha you are

  2. Be-friend your Dosha

  3. understand what helps you and what depletes you

  4. gain tools to use in day to day life that will keep you in harmony.

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AcroYoga
Jan
19
12:00 PM12:00

AcroYoga

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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New Year Special Acro Yoga in January
Jan
5
12:00 PM12:00

New Year Special Acro Yoga in January

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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New Years:  Master Class
Jan
1
6:00 PM18:00

New Years: Master Class

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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New Years Morning with Jill Rehm
Jan
1
9:30 AM09:30

New Years Morning with Jill Rehm

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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Open Mic Night
Dec
29
6:00 PM18:00

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 Ice cream and loves growing her yoga practice at Essencia Yoga Studio

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Year End Special AcroYoga December
Dec
29
12:00 PM12:00

Year End Special AcroYoga December

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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Holiday Hatha
Dec
24
9:30 AM09:30

Holiday Hatha

All Levels Practice, from beginner to advanced, everyone is welcome. Modifications and Variations will be offered through out.

Give yourself the gift of space to nourish your being and enhance your mood for these special days. If you have friends or family visiting, this would be a wonderful way to elevate the mood and bond with each other over a memorable practice.

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Join us for this special holiday class –amidst the hustle and bustle around, allow for a moment to turn inward and find calm.

The class is specially designed so that you will build heat through a flow of postures for 45 minutes, release stress with 30 minutes of restorative poses, and completely relax in an extended Savasana.

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Techniques of Arm Balances, Inversions, Supine and Prone Postures
Dec
18
12:30 PM12:30

Techniques of Arm Balances, Inversions, Supine and Prone Postures

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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3rd Saturday Social: End of the Year Celebration and Reflection
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social: End of the Year Celebration and Reflection

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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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Techniques of Seated and Kneeling Asana
Dec
11
12:30 PM12:30

Techniques of Seated and Kneeling Asana

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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Standing Yoga Postures - Techniques and Teaching
Dec
4
12:30 PM12:30

Standing Yoga Postures - Techniques and Teaching

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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Art Yoga AWAKEN the SENSES: TASTE
Dec
1
3:30 PM15:30

Art Yoga AWAKEN the SENSES: TASTE

AWAKEN the SENSES: Fall Workshop Series will be interactive experience of integrating art, yoga, and lifestyle.

There are 5 sessions total, each surrounding one of the 5 senses. You are welcome to pick and choose which ones you would like to participate in! They will take place at Essencia Yoga Studio every other week, our next session is October 27th!

TASTE: during this session, we will be focused on taste. During this workshop class, we will be explorig how the power of taste can influence how we practice yoga as well as our disposition off of the mat. Kendall, our intern and teacher in training, will be leading us through each session with community art, crafts, lifestyle discussions, and a yoga practice integrating what we have learned. This means you get to make and take some goodies home with you! Also, all of these activities are kid friendly, so feel free to bring them along with you!

Sessions are rich with meaning as independent classes and need not be done as a series. This final session will occur on 12/1 from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Register Now $20

Drop-in: $30

A fantastic opportunity to make connections and explore the meditative art of being present. There will be great reward of integrating knowledge and craft to take home a keep-sake, ensuring you are reminded regularly of the gift of your senses.

If you have any questions, please Email contact@essenciayoga.com for more information!

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Intro to AcroYoga December
Dec
1
12:00 PM12:00

Intro to AcroYoga December

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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3rd Saturday Social:  Master Your Mind  ---- Master Your Life
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

3rd Saturday Social: Master Your Mind  ---- Master Your Life

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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Art Yoga: AWAKEN the SENSES: HEARING
Nov
17
3:30 PM15:30

Art Yoga: AWAKEN the SENSES: HEARING

AWAKEN the SENSES: Fall Workshop Series will be interactive experience of integrating art, yoga, and lifestyle.

There are 5 sessions total, each surrounding one of the 5 senses. You are welcome to pick and choose which ones you would like to participate in! They will take place at Essencia Yoga Studio every other week, our next session is October 27th!

HEARING: during this session, we will be focused on hearing. During this workshop, we will be exploring how sound and the lack thereof can influence our yoga practice. Kendall, our intern and teacher in training, will be leading us through each session with community art, crafts, lifestyle discussions, and a yoga practice integrating what we have learned. This means you get to make and take some goodies home with you! Also, all of these activities are kid friendly, so feel free to bring them along with you!

Sessions are rich with meaning as independent classes and need not be done as a series. They will occur 11/17 and 12/1 from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Register Now $20

Drop-in: $30

A fantastic opportunity to make connections and explore the meditative art of being present. There will be great reward of integrating knowledge and craft to take home a keep-sake, ensuring you are reminded regularly of the gift of your senses.

If you have any questions, please Email contact@essenciayoga.com for more information!

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Intro to AcroYoga Series
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Intro to AcroYoga Series

Class Breakdown:

-Each class will start with yoga and movement to warm up and increase blood flow thru the body, as well as core and strength exercises to activate the muscles.

-we will flow into partner/group exercises to get calibrated with our fellow practitioners and work on breaking down barriers of doubt and uncertainty and build foundations of trust while expanding comfort zones.

-explanation on the theory of the classes acroyoga postures and the roles of the base, flyer and spotter

-we will move into AYfit (acroyoga fitness) to develop strength and coordination in safe partner exercises to understand the feel of inversions and finding strength with a new physical foundation to ground into.

-next we will move into our first main pose of the class, and work with progressions and variations, for individuals with injuries, and work to get to our APEX pose with ease and comfort.

-repeat for two to three more acroyoga posture.

-towards the end of class or at the 3 quarters mark depending on the energy level and endurance of the practitioners, we will move into therapeutics to decompress the spine and muscles, eventually moving into stretching for a deeper cooldown.

-closing circle, experience share.

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Abhyanga Workshop
Nov
5
7:30 PM19:30

Abhyanga Workshop

Short days, cold nights, and busy social calendars can feel more exhausting than celebratory without self-care in the mix. Learn to harness the energy of the season with the ancient Ayurvedic practices of abhyanga (self-massage) and dry brushing. These simple yet vital practices will energize your mornings and help you unwind for deep, restful sleep at night. Plus, supercharge your immune system and give skin a radiant glow - be vibrant from the inside out.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to do abhyanga and dry brushing, and make massage oil customized for your dosha (body constitution). We'll finish with restorative yoga to leave you feeling grounded, nourished, and ready to embrace the season.

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