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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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Featured Event

Pigeon-Palooza - August 4 - 4-6pm - Ascend - 409 W Huron - Chicago, IL

It's that time of year again when Lollapalooza rolls through Chicago in all its festival glory. As a way of paying homage to your favorite musical artists and your favorite hip stretches - please welcome Pigeon-Palooza! Come ready for a hip-tastic practice featuring all your favorite pigeon friends set to a Lollapallooza inspired playlist. Chill out while opening your hips to some amazing tunes - without all the crowds and mud pits. Temporary glitter tattoos and crop tops optional. All levels welcome. Class size is limited.

Price: $40   Registration: Ascend