Dates: 8/31, 9/7, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2
The postpartum period can be immensely rewarding and challenging in equal measure. Changes to both your body and your lifestyle can sometimes be overwhelming. Yoga can help relieve tight muscles, release tension, calm nerves, boost energy, and calibrate and rebuild pelvic floor and abdominal muscles that have been tried and tested over nine months of supporting a heavy baby.
I am the only teacher in the area with the specialty Yoga certification in Prenatal Yoga registered with Yoga Alliance. I understand the physical and emotional challenges facing new mothers; I established my own personal Yoga practice after the birth of my second daughter. This practice will address some concerns for women who have recently given birth by acknowledging possible hormonal shifts and a recuperating body, and will also including modifications for women who are nursing and recovering from C-sections. However, this class will also work on general toning and stretching, overall body mechanics in order to build stability, and will highlight the importance of self-care, restoration, and emotional resiliency (even in the midst of sleep deprivation), and may support women years after giving birth (adoptive mothers also welcome!).
All six classes pre-pay discount $75
Drop-in $15, or use your punch card
(punch card 10 class=$125)
(punch card 25 class=$250)
I have been practicing yoga since 2006. As a yoga teacher I encourage personal body awareness and emphasize working at your own pace to maximize individual growth. I strive for a warm, approachable teaching style, and with over 2,500 hours of teaching experience I excel at giving clear instructions for the beginner, safe modifications for those with limitations, and options for advancement for those seeking a challenge. My classes are varied in focus with a wide variety of postures. We will work on strength, flexibility, balance, and core awareness, while fostering a sense of calm and connection through breath and mindfulness.
I graduated from Yoga Gyan Jyoti School for Yoga and Ayurveda with an initial 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in May of 2014. I've also completed the 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification, as well as the Level I and Level 2 iRest Yoga Nidra teacher training. I am currently enrolled in Prairie Yoga's 500 hour advanced yoga certification program (completion December 2019).
I teach Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Meditation in DeKalb and Sycamore.
Yoga Nidra means "yogic sleep." Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation, so there are no poses or physical practice. You will lie down or you can sit in a chair for the entire practice.
iRest (Integrative Restoration) Yoga Nidra is non-denominational and incorporates the ancient yogic practice of Yoga Nidra as well as principles from modern psychology and neuroscience. iRest Yoga Nidra is a research and evidence-based transformative practice derived from the ancient teachings of meditation that leads to psychological, physical, and spiritual healing and well-being. iRest Yoga Nidra meditation is a practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry, which is currently being utilized in VA hospitals, military bases, hospitals and clinics, hospice, homeless shelters, community programs, and schools. Research has shown that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency while increasing health, resiliency, and well-being.
iRest Yoga Nidra will be held the first Wednesday of the month at Creative Therapeutics, in place of regular Wednesday evening Yoga class. The meditation begins at 5:45 pm and lasts about an hour. The room opens at 5:30 if you'd like to come early for personal practice or to get centered before the meditation begins. Creative Therapeutics provides mats, blankets, and bolsters, although you are welcome to and encouraged to bring anything that might aid in your comfort, such as your own blanket or favorite pillow. Cost of the class is $15, or you can use your punch card.
November's iRest Yoga Nidra session will be held on Wednesday, November 6th; Yoga Nidra starts at 5:45 pm at Creative Therapeutics. (815) 758-5508
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