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Grounded and Growing
Posted 03-22-2018

Yesterday was the Spring Equinox and the official start of this new season...I don't think Chicago got the memo :) There is a still a blustery, coldness to the air here today, and a huge winter snowstorm on the East Coast. We all know the wild oscillations in the weather are probable in the upcoming weeks of this new season. We can also feel the changing light levels: the sun rises earlier and sets later giving an expanding quality to each day. The first green things are just starting to show themselves out of the brittle soil even with the cold temperatures. These are precisely the qualities that are so prevalent in Spring: a mutability of temperatures, a broadening growth of all things and a sort of beautiful chaos as nature remembers how to move again after the Winter - clumsy and slow at first, but then gathering steam. It is essential because of these qualities that we turn to our grounding practices and feel the ways we are growing in new directions too so as not to get swept up in the chaos or lost in the fast expansion of energy in the environment. My yoga practice come springtime takes on a whole new energy. I find myself lingering in long standing sequences, opening my hips and exploring balance poses. I am drawn to deep almost vigorous breathing exercises that help me remember my own expansion into this new season. My quiet, restful stretches of long, bundled up winter savasana give way to a certain eagerness to spread out at the end of my practice. I awaken at the end of my savasana these days completely splayed out with arms and legs wide as if to say with my whole body, "I'm ready to move and grow again!"

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Sacred Space - December 15 - 1-3:30pm - Namaskar Yoga - 3946 N Southport - Chicago, IL

The end of the year can be a stressful and challenging time – there are deadlines to meet, so many parties in so little time, and many times extra family engagements are added to the already busy mix. Sugary foods and extra libations can leave you feeling drained of energy or out of sorts. It is essential in the midst of all of this to carve out some sacred space for yourself. Take time to remember what is sacred about your practice time – especially during this month. This workshop will refresh you with a Restorative Forrest Yoga practice followed by a deep immersion into the meditative path of iRest Yoga Nidra - both set to live healing sounds by the amazing musician and holistic healer Mike McGuigan (www.soundsforhealth.com). Breathe deeply, release tension from your hips and lower back, neck and shoulders, and recharge your brightness for the season of lights. Finish off with a talking circle where you can choose to share your reflections on the sacredness of the season through your experiences or to sit with the sacredness of silence. Appropriate for all levels and abilities of practitioners.

Price: $35/$40 after Dec 1  Registration: Namaskar