Sep
11
to Oct 23

Empower Your Pregnancy: A Six Week Series

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with Stephanie Bour

**Off the week of October 9**

Goal: Empowering women throughout the journey of Pregnancy and Birth by teaching them how to maintain a serene mind in a healthy, strong, yet relaxed body.

Prenatal Yoga is a supportive practice, beneficial for both mothers and babies. It uses physical movements, breathing and meditation techniques to safely address the changing needs of the mother’s body, enhancing her mind/body connection. It is an excellent labor preparation building endurance, and giving the mother the skill to deeply relax, helping to reduce her fears and apprehensions.

Each Week, a 90 min workshop dives into a different thematic (i.e. the pregnant body changes, the pelvic floor, conscious respiration, low back care, pain coping strategies for labor ) with an education part -- a short lecture on that day specific topic -- followed by a full practice ending with a deep guided relaxation. Then, we will allow time to share and connect as a community of pregnant women, in a friendly atmosphere.

About the teacher: Stéphanie a french-native, Chicago-based yoga teacher and mother, with over 500 hours of training, including 200-hours certified by Yoga Alliance, she specialized in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, and earned a 95h certification by Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, she completed additional trainings in restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra for pregnancy and birth support, and massage therapy.

Cost $179 for 6 weeks

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Sep
13
to Oct 25

Yoga for a Broken Heart: Yoga + Psychology

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A six-week series combining yoga + psychotherapy

Often the deepest grief can spur incredible transformation within an individual. In this series, we will explore the yogic practices + Western psychotherapy techniques that can support your mind and body through loss. Blending the work of Tibetan Buddhist Pema Chodron, with ancient tantric yogic wisdom, modern psychotherapy, and practice, we will build a toolkit of practices you can use on your healing path. Included in this healing path, we will process emotions in a supportive group environment. Our focus will be to use loss as a way to cultivate compassion, develop self-awareness, and, ultimately, create more liberation (freedom, opportunity, hope, optimism, confidence). All are welcome; no experience needed. You will not be required to share details about your life and all participation is voluntary.  Email serena@roomtobreathechicago.com with questions. 

Topics include:

  • What is the opportunity in the groundlessness of loss?

  • What are practical tools you can use to take care of yourself as you grieve?

  • How does the "Hero's Journey" apply to modern life and loss?

  • How can we support each other as we move forward?

  • What tools does yoga offer to those grieving?

  • What tools does Western psychotherapy offer to those grieving?

Cost: $285 for 6-week series

***Note: We will be off the week of October 11 and finish on October 25**

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Oct
6
to Nov 10

Yoga for Back Care: A Six Week Series

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with Sarah Rodino

Saturday mornings from 10-11:30a, starting October 6

We will use yoga as a tool to ease back pain and discomfort, and take preventative measures in maintaining a healthy back.

This series will include a digestible lecture/discussion about the anatomy of the spine and possible causes of  back pain, followed by a meditation and gentle flow specifically tailored to become more aware of the sensations that arise in the lower back and find ways to address and combat pain. 

During the series you will:

  • learn different approaches in managing pain when having an episode
  • understand simple preventative techniques to foster a healthy back
  • analyze and bring more awareness to personal habitual patterns
  • enhance your yoga practice by understanding the anatomy of the spine

Plan to walk away feeling empowered, more aware of your body and any sensations that arise in your back.

Cost: $180

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Oct
20
to Dec 1

Love Your Brain FUNdamentals: Yoga for those affected by traumatic brain injury

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with Denise D'Agostino

A FREE six-week yoga series for those affected by traumatic brain injury.

The LoveYourBrain Yoga program is a 6-week yoga and meditation series, that is FREE for people who have experienced a TBI and their caregivers. The first series will begin in October and registration is required by both people with TBI and their caregivers on the LYB website: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/practice

LoveYourBrain (LYB) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury—from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community. The LYB Yoga program supports people who have experienced a TBI and their caregivers to participate in community-based gentle yoga and meditation classes tailored to their needs. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to improve and restore their physical and emotional wellbeing through these practices. LoveYourBrain is the message that embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention and recovery. Everything LYB does is about connecting, educating and empowering people to promote a brain healthy lifestyle.

Room to Breathe has chosen to partner with LoveYourBrain because we truly believe that yoga can empower everyone who can breathe.

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Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Yoga for Highly Sensitive People

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with Melissa Renzi

Have you been called “too sensitive”? Are you easily overwhelmed by your emotions and level of empathy? Do you tend to experience sensory overload?

Highly sensitive person (HSP) refers to approximately 20 percent of the population who are born with a trait called sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). HSPs are often sensitive to sensory input, feel emotions intensely, process information deeply, and notice subtleties in the environment that others may not.

Yoga offers a natural refuge of for highly sensitive people to self-soothe and find peace. In this workshop, you’ll learn practical tools drawn from yoga and modern psychotherapy to help you transform feelings of anxiety and self-judgment, embody lasting self-compassion, and care for your sensitive nature. Plus, you’ll meet other sensitive souls like you to share and learn from in a safe, non-judgmental setting.

During this session, you’ll learn:

  • key characteristics of the HSP trait, as well as common myths about what it means to be sensitive

  • how to apply the philosophy of the 8 Limbs of Yoga to take care of your sensitive strengths

  • simple yoga postures and breathing tools to regulate your sensitive nervous system when you feel overstimulated

  • a compassionate meditation technique to help you easily move out of your head and into your body

  • strategies and visualizations for releasing heavy emotional baggage regardless of whether it belongs to you or someone else

Cost: $40

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Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Yoga for Breast Cancer

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With Michelle Grim, physician's assistant, yoga therapist in training

Cancer treatment can often involve surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, all of which have shown to be highly effective in treating the cancer itself, but often leave behind challenges in their wake.  Many cancer patients experience residual pain, functional impairments, or anxiety or depression during and after the completion of their cancer treatments. 

Therapeutic applications of yoga can offer an amazing practice that promotes wellness during and after cancer treatments, and also offers an empowering and supportive environment for participants to encounter their own capabilities for healing. Yoga can offer physically soothing practices, practices that decrease anxiety, and can be modified to meet physical challenges.

In this workshop, expect to cover the following topics:

- Safety in physical practice after surgery

- Understanding pain after cancer treatments, including surgery and medical treatments

- Pain management strategies 

- Asana that may improve changes associated with surgery and other cancer treatments

- Relaxation strategies

- Creating a sankalpa and a practice that supports you through times of challenge

Cost: $40/person

Michelle has been studying the human body since she was four years old (according to her parents, at least), when she was found studying her mother's "Grey's Anatomy" book hiding in the office closet. It was clear she was fascinated by the body, and that innate passion led her into the sciences, eventually pursuing a western medicine track of study. Michelle followed a focused course through college and into her master's level education, obtaining a Master's in Physician Assistant.

Michelle’s personal yoga practice began in 2002. The mind body practices she fell in love with on the mat led her into a 200 hour training with Core Power Yoga in 2009.  Beginning in 2016, she became intensely interested in experiences of physical and emotional healing she’d had during her personal practice and was fueled into a deep exploration of the philosophy of yoga and it's approach to the mind body connection. As a physician assistant and scientist at heart, a period of deep research began, and, within a year, she found herself studying the philosophy of yoga and its integrated approach to healing through an 800 hour yoga therapy certification program with Inner Peace Yoga. The training offered her the opportunity to study with teachers such as Maria Mendola, Nischala Joy Devi, Chinnamasta Stiles, Amy Weintraub, Neil Pearson, and Jai Dev Singh. She has since completed your RYT-500 hour training and continues to explore the therapeutic applications of yoga in an 800 hour course of study with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.

Integrating both western medicine and the philosophy and practices of yoga has become an area of deep passion for Michelle.  She is committed to integrating these two worlds through education and direct experience. Allowing others to experience the mind body connection is the foundation of her teaching. 

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Sep
29
12:30 PM12:30

Deep Restore Using Yoga Therapy Balls

with Lauren Bellagamba

In this workshop, you'll learn a type of self-massage that utilizes trigger point therapy with simple tennis balls. You'll start off with a little movement, followed by self-massage targeting the hips, IT band, and quads. This is perfect if you plan to run the marathon the following weekend. You'll finish with some restorative postures to complete the deep release.

Cost: $35

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Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Yoga for Breast Cancer

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With Michelle Grim, physician's assistant, yoga therapist in training

Cancer treatment can often involve surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, all of which have shown to be highly effective in treating the cancer itself, but often leave behind challenges in their wake.  Many cancer patients experience residual pain, functional impairments, or anxiety or depression during and after the completion of their cancer treatments. 

Therapeutic applications of yoga can offer an amazing practice that promotes wellness during and after cancer treatments, and also offers an empowering and supportive environment for participants to encounter their own capabilities for healing. Yoga can offer physically soothing practices, practices that decrease anxiety, and can be modified to meet physical challenges.

In this workshop, expect to cover the following topics:

- Safety in physical practice after surgery

- Understanding pain after cancer treatments, including surgery and medical treatments

- Pain management strategies 

- Asana that may improve changes associated with surgery and other cancer treatments

- Relaxation strategies

- Creating a sankalpa and a practice that supports you through times of challenge

Cost: $40/person

Michelle has been studying the human body since she was four years old (according to her parents, at least), when she was found studying her mother's "Grey's Anatomy" book hiding in the office closet. It was clear she was fascinated by the body, and that innate passion led her into the sciences, eventually pursuing a western medicine track of study. Michelle followed a focused course through college and into her master's level education, obtaining a Master's in Physician Assistant.

Michelle’s personal yoga practice began in 2002. The mind body practices she fell in love with on the mat led her into a 200 hour training with Core Power Yoga in 2009.  Beginning in 2016, she became intensely interested in experiences of physical and emotional healing she’d had during her personal practice and was fueled into a deep exploration of the philosophy of yoga and it's approach to the mind body connection. As a physician assistant and scientist at heart, a period of deep research began, and, within a year, she found herself studying the philosophy of yoga and its integrated approach to healing through an 800 hour yoga therapy certification program with Inner Peace Yoga. The training offered her the opportunity to study with teachers such as Maria Mendola, Nischala Joy Devi, Chinnamasta Stiles, Amy Weintraub, Neil Pearson, and Jai Dev Singh. She has since completed your RYT-500 hour training and continues to explore the therapeutic applications of yoga in an 800 hour course of study with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.

Integrating both western medicine and the philosophy and practices of yoga has become an area of deep passion for Michelle.  She is committed to integrating these two worlds through education and direct experience. Allowing others to experience the mind body connection is the foundation of her teaching. 

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Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Yoga: A Six-Week Series

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Have you heard about the benefit of a consistent yoga practice but you're not sure where to begin? This series is geared exclusively for those new to yoga and takes place in a comfortable non-judgmental environment. You'll learn the basics of yoga practice, including physical postures, breath work, meditation techniques, and more! You'll learn to customize the practices for your body and your goals. You'll explore how yoga and meditation go hand in hand to create focus, clarity, and self-discovery.

Some benefits many have experienced through their yoga practice are:

  • Alleviation of aches/pains through more flexibility and increased range of motion in the physical body
  • Sharper focus and clarity in their daily lives which leads to increased productivity and improved performance
  • Increased energy
  • Increased self-confidence.

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!

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Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Pelvic Floor Yoga Therapy

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With Renee Zambo, Yoga Therapist

Reconnect with the physical and psycho-emotional attributes of your pelvic floor. Our pelvis is responsible for many functions, from shaping our musculoskeletal framework, to housing our reproductive organs, as well as parts of the digestive and elimination systems. The pelvis is also an immensely impactful energy center in the Yogic tradition. Because of its significance, the pelvis can be easily misunderstood, or improperly utilized.

This workshop will bring awareness to the beauty of your pelvic floor. Yoga Therapy techniques such as a self assessment tool will establish proper alignment and body awareness of your pelvis. A movement practice will repattern how we engage our pelvic floor muscles, and how to consciously relax. Aspects of fluidity, sensitivity, and Yoga’s view of feminine energy will be woven throughout.

Expect to learn:

  • Yoga Therapy assessments for balancing the pelvis
  • Techniques for pelvic floor engagement and release
  • Hip opening postures

Mudras, breath work, and affirmations for the second chakra

$40

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Aug
22
to Sep 26

Yoga for Anxiety: A Six-Week Series

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with Nicole Vitale

Anxiety is an unique and individual experience based on how we perceive and react to stress or any given situation.  In this six week series, learn simple practices and routines to assist in managing your anxiety.  Through breathwork, meditation, journaling, yoga nidra, and slow movement you will be guided through a weekly practice that you can take home with you.

Often we are called to manage our anxiety in an instant, in a public space, where it may be necessary to use breathwork or simple movement in a very discreet way.  Sometimes the most useful tools are the ones we need to use quickly, where you may want to keep these practices to yourself and personal to you.  These ideas and routines will be discussed and approached.  

The intention of this series, is to teach you a number of modalities and slow movement sequences to ease the mind and body, but also to leave you with the simple tools to apply these practices throughout your day, potentially everyday, in the most challenging moments, when needed the most.

Cost: $180

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Jul
26
to Aug 23

Yoga for Addiction Recovery: A Five Week Series

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with Natalie McGreal, E-RYT, and Anne Carter, LCSW

Thursday evenings starting July 26 from 5:15-7:15p

Addiction does not discriminate, it affects people of all ages, genders, social and economic backgrounds. Active addiction is a habit of "reaching" for something, be it drugs, alcohol, gambling or a smart phone, etc. When stuck in the cycle of addiction we are constantly reaching for outside sources to help us feel soothed, secure and whole. Yoga shows us that often what we are yearning and grasping for already resides in abundance within.

A balanced yoga practice can help us to feel soothed, secure and whole via our inner wisdom and strength. Yogic philosophy offers guidance on how to live a purposeful and fulfilling life and can be a perfect accompaniment to 12 step programs.

This 5 week series will offer an introduction to the practice of yoga, and tools to support you on your journey of recovery. 

~Week 1 you will learn about yoga, it's liberating "8 fold path" and what makes it ideal for healing addictive behaviors. Come prepared for some light lecture and a yoga practice that includes a sequence you can take home with you.

~In the following weeks, each session will begin with a yoga practice filled with relevant concepts, and themes useful to recovery. Class will also incorporate light journaling, and other helpful tools that can be used on and off the yoga mat. Practice will be followed by a peer sharing circle led by Natalie and Anne.

~You are not required to have an addiction or identify as an addict to participate

~You will not be required to share details about your life 

~Regardless of your situation, your preferred substance(s), how addicted you may or may not be, you are welcome here 

~Participation is optional

~This series is for anyone who is interested in learning about how yoga can be implemented in a program of recovery

Cost: $230; payment plans available (email serena@roomtobreathechicago.com for details)

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Jul
10
to Aug 14

Empower Your Pregnancy: A Six Week Series

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with Stephanie Bour

Goal: Empowering women throughout the journey of Pregnancy and Birth by teaching them how to maintain a serene mind in a healthy, strong, yet relaxed body.

Prenatal Yoga is a supportive practice, beneficial for both mothers and babies. It uses physical movements, breathing and meditation techniques to safely address the changing needs of the mother’s body, enhancing her mind/body connection. It is an excellent labor preparation building endurance, and giving the mother the skill to deeply relax, helping to reduce her fears and apprehensions.

Each Week, a 90 min workshop dives into a different thematic (i.e. the pregnant body changes, the pelvic floor, conscious respiration, low back care, pain coping strategies for labor ) with an education part -- a short lecture on that day specific topic -- followed by a full practice ending with a deep guided relaxation. Then, we will allow time to share and connect as a community of pregnant women, in a friendly atmosphere.

About the teacher: Stéphanie a french-native, Chicago-based yoga teacher and mother, with over 500 hours of training, including 200-hours certified by Yoga Alliance, she specialized in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, and earned a 95h certification by Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, she completed additional trainings in restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra for pregnancy and birth support, and massage therapy.

Cost $179 for 6 weeks

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Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

POSTPONED Yoga for the Love of Feet

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With Natalie McGreal

Your feet carry you through life. With each step you are given the opportunity to explore, move, seek, wander, share, grow. This special yoga class is an opportunity to show our amazing feet the love and respect they deserve! Explore techniques to strengthen, stretch, stabilize, and massage your feet! Wear your yoga clothes and come prepared for movement. Loose, soft & cozy socks for savasana highly recommended!

Cost: $35

 

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Jun
9
to Jun 16

The Power Within Yoga Retreat to Croatia

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With Lauren Bellagamba

June 9-16, 2018

Create calm on and off the mat by uncovering the power within on the beautiful island of Brac. Practice yoga, meditation, learn self care techniques and take part in an awesome journey.

 

You will have the opportunity to indulge in a daily yoga and mediation practice, enjoy delicious meals on the veranda made by our private chef, sun bathe and swim in the infinity pool, kayak in the ocean right out front your bedroom door, hike in the lush surroundings, and have the ability to experience beautiful Croatian culture.

You will stay at the gorgeous Villa Gumonca in the town of Mirca. The villa is situated just a few meters from the beach with spacious outdoor areas to practice yoga, a heated pool, a garden to pick fresh veggies and fabulous views of the sea and mainland.  Use this retreat to disconnect from city life, reconnect with nature and your inner power while you unwind in the sun or be adventurous on the island. 

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Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Meditation + Art Therapy

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with Alma Omeralovic, meditation teacher, and Savannah Flores, art therapist

Yoga and Art Therapy are healing modalities by themselves but together they present an added dimension of care. The body and our creative intuitions can express the truth of one's experiences in a completely transformative way. Our bodies hold our emotions, so by doing Yoga and Art Therapy, you can access deep emotions and then express those emotions on a fundamental level, perhaps even being able to bypass our typical rigid defense mechanisms. Join us as we develop insight into our selves and improve our ability to make conscious choices through Yoga and Art Therapy.

Cost: $40/person

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Meditation

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With Suzette Hammond

For thousands of years, the quiet spirit of tea has been used as an intuitive guide for meditation. Tea calms the busy, anxious mind. It grounds the body and connects us to our senses. It teaches us to listen to our instinct and to trust our reactions. In this peaceful, introspective class, we’ll explore

  • Basic info about tea (a newbie’s guide!)
  • How and why tea is used in meditation
  • Creating an easy to follow, highly adaptable practice
  • Choosing teas for your personal needs and support
  • Understanding the effects of tea on the body and mind during meditation

No prior meditation experience is necessary. Cups and a variety of teas will be provided. It’s recommended to eat a light meal before this workshop, and avoid heavy/sleepy foods right before - we’ll be meditating, after all! Printed handout material will be provided. Please note: These are traditional “true teas” from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, and not herbal or medicinal teas. They have some natural caffeine. Participants will be guided on how to self-regulate within their comfort zone. Unlike many herbal teas, there are no major contraindications for Camellia sinensis tea. For more information about tea meditation training, visit BeingTea.com.

Cost: $20/person

About Suzette: The art of teaching and training tea – for a living and for life.” This is the work of Being Tea, founded by Suzette Hammond. For 15 years, Suzette has traveled extensively as a professionally working tea trainer. Along the way, she realized her clear passion is shepherding connections through tea. After more than a decade in training management and director roles for leading tea companies, Suzette created Being Tea, offering Sensory Skills Workshops, Teacher Training and Tea Mindfulness Therapy. She collaborates with World Tea Academy, World Tea Expo, and Tea Journey Magazine. She also judges for the Global Tea Championship, and teaches at the Northwest Tea Festival, the Midwest Tea Festival, and other regional and national events. You can connect with Suzette at beingtea.com

 

 

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May
19
2:00 PM14:00

POSTPONED Deep Restore Using Yoga Therapy Balls: Lower Back Relief

Stay tuned for a new date this fall!

 

with Lauren Bellagamba

In this workshop, you'll learn a type of self-massage that utilizes trigger point therapy with simple tennis balls. You'll start off with a little movement, followed by self-massage targeting common tight spots in the body. You'll finish with some restorative postures to complete the deep release. This edition will be targeted to lower back tension. 

Cost: $35

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May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga and Breakfast Club

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Delphine and Stephanie from Chicago Breakfast and Yoga Club are happy to invite you to their second spring edition this year.

Following our chakra series events, this time we will explore our connection to our third chakra or solar plexus, the seat of power, transformation, and warrior energy.

The whole experience, from the yoga flow to the recipes are designed to strengthen and balance your solar plexus energy.

We will start with a 60 minute morning yoga flow focused on cultivating a strong yet supple center stocking our inner fire, exploring twists and playing with balance.

We will then enjoy a healthy vegetarian breakfast full of seasonal ingredients, particularly relevant to Manipura, the power chakra, like naturally metabolic-boosting foods, to complement the benefits of our yoga session.

Join us for this mindful morning and leave, feeling motivated and energized for your weekend.

Chicago Breakfast and Yoga Club creates experiences that blend mindful yoga movements, meditation and healthy nutritious food, shared within a community of yogi foodies.

Cost $40/person

About our Chef:

Delphine is the blogger behind Del’s cooking twist, also author of “25 Healthy Everyday Recipes” . Visit her blog and download your FREE e-book here:http://www.delscookingtwist.com

About our Chef: Delphine is the blogger behind Del’s cooking twist, also author of “25 Healthy Everyday Recipes” . Visit her blog and download your FREE e-book here http://www.delscookingtwist.com

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May
12
1:30 PM13:30

Meditation Exploration

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with Angie Starz

A consistent Meditation practice has a slew of scientifically proven health benefits including increased immune function, decreased stress and the ability to regulate and navigate your emotions. But for
many people a Meditation practice seems unapproachable and unattainable.
In the Meditation Exploration, Angie will:
• Share the scientific evidence that supports Meditation as a healing modality for the body, mind and heart
• Break down barriers that hold you back from Meditating
• Guide a full exploration of different Meditation styles and techniques so that you can find the right fit
• Help you design a custom Meditation practice that ensures your commitment and encourages tangible results

Cost: $40

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May
10
to Jun 14

Yoga for a Broken Heart: Yoga + Psychology

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A six-week series combining yoga + psychotherapy

Often the deepest grief can spur incredible transformation within an individual. In this series, we will explore the yogic practices + Western psychotherapy techniques that can support your mind and body through loss. Blending the work of Tibetan Buddhist Pema Chodron, with ancient tantric yogic wisdom, modern psychotherapy, and practice, we will build a toolkit of practices you can use on your healing path. Included in this healing path, we will process emotions in a supportive group environment. Our focus will be to use loss as a way to cultivate compassion, develop self-awareness, and, ultimately, create more liberation (freedom, opportunity, hope, optimism, confidence). All are welcome; no experience needed. You will not be required to share details about your life and all participation is voluntary.  Email serena@roomtobreathechicago.com with questions. 

Topics include:

  • What is the opportunity in the groundlessness of loss?
  • What are practical tools you can use to take care of yourself as you grieve?
  • How does the "Hero's Journey" apply to modern life and loss?
  • How can we support each other as we move forward?
  • What tools does yoga offer to those grieving?
  • What tools does Western psychotherapy offer to those grieving?

Cost: $270 for 6-week series

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT Yoga for Anxiety: A Six-Week Series

This event is sold out. We have added a second series beginning August 22. Click here to register!

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with Nicole Vitale

Anxiety is an unique and individual experience based on how we perceive and react to stress or any given situation.  In this six week series, learn simple practices and routines to assist in managing your anxiety.  Through breathwork, meditation, journaling, yoga nidra, and slow movement you will be guided through a weekly practice that you can take home with you.

Often we are called to manage our anxiety in an instant, in a public space, where it may be necessary to use breathwork or simple movement in a very discreet way.  Sometimes the most useful tools are the ones we need to use quickly, where you may want to keep these practices to yourself and personal to you.  These ideas and routines will be discussed and approached.  

The intention of this series, is to teach you a number of modalities and slow movement sequences to ease the mind and body, but also to leave you with the simple tools to apply these practices throughout your day, potentially everyday, in the most challenging moments, when needed the most.

Cost: $180

Get on the wait list or the list for next time by emailing: serena@roombreathechicago.com

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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

SOLD OUT Intro to Pelvic Floor Yoga Therapy

This event is sold out. To join the waitlist or hear about future events, please email serena@roomtobreathechicago.com

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With Renee Zambo, Yoga Therapist

Reconnect with the physical and psycho-emotional attributes of your pelvic floor. Our pelvis is responsible for many functions, from shaping our musculoskeletal framework, to housing our reproductive organs, as well as parts of the digestive and elimination systems. The pelvis is also an immensely impactful energy center in the Yogic tradition. Because of it’s significance, the pelvis can be easily misunderstood, or improperly utilized.

This workshop will bring awareness to the beauty of your pelvic floor. Yoga Therapy techniques such as a self assessment tool will establish proper alignment and body awareness of your pelvis. A movement practice will repattern how we engage our pelvic floor muscles, and how to consciously relax. Aspects of fluidity, sensitivity, and Yoga’s view of feminine energy will be woven throughout.

Expect to learn:

  • Yoga Therapy assessments for balancing the pelvis
  • Techniques for pelvic floor engagement and release
  • Hip opening postures

Mudras, breath work, and affirmations for the second chakra

$40

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Excavation and Integration: Finding Steadiness and Comfort Through the 8 Limbs of Yoga

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With Emily Thornton, psychotherapist + yoga teacher

This workshop will focus on exploring yoga philosophy as a guide for achieving mind-body integration, using creative expression to gently pave the way for deeper personal growth. Emily Thornton (psychotherapist + yoga teacher) will incorporate gentle movement, meditation, readings, and written reflection. All readings and a writing/sketch pad included. Appropriate for all levels of experience.

Is this for you? This session is designed for those who are:

  • curious about yoga on & off the mat
  • interested in the intersection between yoga practice and psychotherapy
  • interested in a deeper understanding of the origins of yoga
  • interested in poetry/creative expression
  • seeking safe space to pause and reflect

Cost: $45

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Apr
14
9:15 AM09:15

Donation Class for Rape Victims Advocates

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with Kathleen Katsikeas

Our friends down the street at Rape Victim Advocates are fundraising for April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). An issue that is near and dear to our hearts at Room to Breathe, all proceeds from this hour-long yoga class with Kathleen Katsikeas will be donated to RVA and the incredible work they are doing.

"Join RVA for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2018 to break the silence and stand with survivors. [RVA's] goal is to raise $25,000 for prevention education, which provides young people with the tools they need to identify elements of rape culture, reduce risk factors for sexual abuse, and become agents of change within their own communities."

---Rape Victim Advocates

 

 

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Apr
8
1:30 PM13:30

Attitude of Abundance

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with Natalie McGreal

In an abundant mindset we feel confident, inspired and plentiful. We share what we have with others joyfully and with ease. Our lives feel full and without limits.
Existing  within a mindset of lack can look like fear of failure, comparing ourselves to others and feeling as though there are no opportunities in life. This mindset can cause us to feel anxious, disheartened and like we shouldn't even try. These are all symptoms of a scarcity mentality. The practice of yoga is a wonderful vehicle for moving away from a scarcity mentality and into a mentality of abundance. On our mats we have a safe place to build confidence, connect with gratitude, feed and inspire creativity and to realize our wholeness.
This class will offer tools for shifting perspective and get us out of a "grass is always greener on the other side" mindset and into a "the grass is greenest where you water it" way of life! 

Cost: $35

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Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Refresh and Restore: Healthy Happy Hour

with Natalie McGreal

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Looking for a healthier happy hour? Unwind from the rigors of daily life with restorative and gentle yoga, essential breath work, and meditation. This asana practice is designed to draw you effortlessly into a beautiful deep relaxation, offering you a clear opportunity to experience your natural state of peace. You will also learn basic meditation and simple breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety and increase clarity and calm. Sip on herbal tea as you take good care of yourself and rediscover your body as your most comfortable home.

Cost: $40

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Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

POSTPONED Celebrating the Warrior Woman

With Kathleen Katsikeas

When we think "warrior," often we describe an ancient hero (usually in a cheesy Hollywood movie), who defies all realms of reality to overcome immense obstacles, and has a 6-pack on top of that. But in reality, the warrior woman is one who lives in present time AND overcomes obstacle after obstacle. Her triumphs are often silent ones, or silenced; she has to fight her way to be seen, because she is asked so often to disappear. 

In this workshop we will delve in to what it means to be a woman/female-identifying in our day and age, looking at the overall perspective of woman-hood, and the social programming that interweaves. We will discuss where women are discouraged/encouraged, invalidated/validated in both general and personal experience. As well as, how we can support and uplift ourselves and one another.

This event is open for all women/female-identifying persons. 

Lecture & Discussion, Gentle Asana, and a mini-female energy healing on all students.

Class size limited to 10 people.

Register early to save your spot.

Cost: $40

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Mar
10
1:30 PM13:30

Gifts of Embodiment

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with Angie Starz

The physical body is a gift that so many of us take for advantage. We look at the skin we’re in and pick apart the areas that don’t live up to the standards mainstream media has set. We choose to compete and compare. We’re taught to hide for fear of putting ‘too much’ out there. When we sense pain, we ignore it or pop a painkiller. When we feel tired, we push through or chug caffeine. This silent cycle of neglect and abuse can lead to disembodiment and disassociation. Sadly, this usually happens slowly and unconsciously until we don’t even remember what it’s like to be at home in the precious body we’ve been given. Disembodiment can show up in so many ways:
• Not being able to sense when you’re hungry, tired, sick or in pain
• Uncertainty about how to nourish yourself
• Inability to hear the feedback your body is giving you during yoga or other movement modalities
• Clumsiness
• Struggling to lose or gain weight
• Discomfort when looking in the mirror or compulsion to always look in the mirror
• Inability to isolate muscular engagement in group classes like yoga
• Confusion when given directions for movement based activities
• Feeling scattered and ungrounded
• Feeling awkward or embarrassed about your body
• Self loathing

In this workshop, we start to rekindle one of the most important relationships we have – the relationship with the physical body where the mind and heart reside. Through my signature system that utilizes movement, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness practices and journaling, participants will:
• Sharpen the skill of awareness
• Develop stronger proprioception (ability to sense the movement + position of one’s own body)
• Tap into interoception (ability to sense from the inside out)
• Get really honest about limiting beliefs surrounding the physical body and begin the process of letting those go
• Discover the gifts of embodiment they may not have even realized they were missing out on
• Leave with a customized plan to continue feeling more and more at home in their body

This empowering workshop balances lecture and experience with plenty of space for conversation. It is accessible to all levels and not limited to yoga practitioners.

Cost: $40

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga for Female Survivors of Sexual Trauma

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A six-week series with Kathleen Katsikeas and Sara Buxton, LCPC

The healing journey after sexual trauma requires compassion, understanding, and patience with self. This 6-week yoga course is focused on beginning or continuing the healing process in a new way. Using breath work, gentle movement, and mediation in a trauma-focused space can help to center and balance. With a new theme each week, we'll move and connect with our bodies, supporting the healing practice of yoga and cultivated inner-awareness.

Classes are an hour and 30 minutes: 60 minute trauma-focused yoga class and 30 minutes of peer-supported sharing.

This 6-week program is limited to 7 people. This is in conjunction with an ongoing research study at R2B. Participation in research is voluntary.

$120. Sliding scale and payment plans offered.

Google Hangout with Kathleen to ask questions and get to know a little more about the program (dates to be announced).

The path of healing sexual trauma can feel immense, impossible, and even lonely. You are not alone, and we are here to help.

Offered in conjunction with Center-CBM, an integrative counseling practice. 

Questions? Email us at info@roomtobreathechicago.com

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Mar
4
11:30 AM11:30

The Art of Relaxation

with Natalie McGreal

True relaxation calls for certain effort. Join Natalie for a workshop focused on the practice of letting go. Together, we’ll explore different techniques to quiet the mind, and loosen the body in order to prepare for a deeper relaxation. Pranayama, self-care/ massage, and gentle and restorative asana (postures) will come together to take you away from daily stresses and into a more serene body and mind. 

Have you ever wished you could receive massage and body work daily? Natalie, a licensed massage therapist will share self-care and massage techniques for releasing restricted fascia, soothing tension headaches, and promoting general wellness. You will walk away from this afternoon empowered with new tools to be your own advocate on the path of wellness and relaxation.

Prior yoga experience not necessary; warm, loose fitting clothing is. Leave watches, jewelry and tight pony tails at home, bring the willingness to cultivate your own inner peace.

Cost: $35

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Mar
1
to Apr 5

Empower Your Pregnancy: A Six Week Series

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with Stephanie Bour

Goal: Empowering women throughout the journey of Pregnancy and Birth by teaching them how to maintain a serene mind in a healthy, strong, yet relaxed body.

Prenatal Yoga is a supportive practice, beneficial for both mothers and babies. It uses physical movements, breathing and meditation techniques to safely address the changing needs of the mother’s body, enhancing her mind/body connection. It is an excellent labor preparation building endurance, and giving the mother the skill to deeply relax, helping to reduce her fears and apprehensions.

Each Week, a 75min workshop dives into a different thematic (i.e. the pregnant body changes, the pelvic floor, conscious respiration, low back care, pain coping strategies for labor ) with an education part -- a short lecture on that day specific topic -- followed by a full practice ending with a deep guided relaxation. Then, we will allow time to share and connect as a community of pregnant women, in a friendly atmosphere.

About the teacher: Stéphanie a french-native, Chicago-based yoga teacher and mother, with over 500 hours of training, including 200-hours certified by Yoga Alliance, she specialized in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, and earned a 95h certification by Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, she completed additional trainings in restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra for pregnancy and birth support, and massage therapy.

Cost $179 for 6 weeks

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Sankalpa: The Power of Intention

With Stéphanie Bour

Explore the yogic perspective on new year's resolution: sankalpa. This powerful practice for realizing your most heartfelt desires, doesn’t ask you to change who you are but assumes that you already are who you need to be to fulfill your dharma, your purpose in life.

All you need to do is focus your mind and take time to listen to your inner wisdom. By allowing us to see clearly what we really seek, sankalpa empowers the mind to move from intention to realization.

This workshop will guide you through this process as we:

  • Learn the meaning of sankalpa in the tantric tradition.
  • Practice postures, breathwork and meditation designed to support self-inquiry.
  • Experience a guided process of journaling to reveal our heartfelt desires.
  • Create a strong and lasting resolution connected to our own truth and purpose.
  • Practice Yoga Nidra to cultivate a deep relaxed state and plant the seeds of sankalpa in our receptive and prepared subconscious mind.

The most effective sankalpa is made when you are not intellectually active but when your mind is calm and quiet. Yoga Nidra is one of the most powerful technique to find this state of pure-being.

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Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT! The Power Within: Create Calm On and Off the Mat

with Lauren Bellagamba

In this workshop you will learn how to create calm on and off the mat through different yoga postures, breathing techniques, hand mudras and the use of essential oil. The workshop will begin with a discussion on how the power is within you, the student, to create calm in your body and mind. You will move through a specialized sequence targeted at soothing the body and mind by tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system. You will experience certain breathing techniques, hand mudras and essential oils which will allow you, the student, to delve deeper into how to create calm when you are off of your mat. You will receive a Calming Package which includes an essential body oil, gratitude journal, breathing technique and mudra for you to use in your every day life to create calm.  Cost: $40

 

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Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Circle of Hope: A Peer-Support Group for Those Affected by Trauma

With Kathleen Katsikeas

Circle of Hope classes are donation-based and confidential classes that marry a peer-support, group-sharing experience with a trauma-informed yoga class that is specifically designed to be sensitive toward those individuals who have experienced trauma or have struggled with its effects. Teachers have been specially trained in trauma-sensitive yoga. This is for anyone directly impacted by trauma, as well as those friends, family members, or others that have been vicariously affected.

Teachers Natalie McGreal and Kathleen Katsikeas will rotate teaching.

Cost: donation based, cash only

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Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Rewriting Your Self-Contracts: Shed Limiting Beliefs & Empower Your Life

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With Melissa Renzi

Need a boost to take charge of your life? The relationships we have with ourselves and others are based on “contracts” or agreements. Beneath these contracts live our beliefs, which can either be limiting or empowering. Our beliefs have a significant impact on how we see ourselves, others, and the world at large.  

In this workshop, we’ll explore our limiting beliefs and rewrite our self-contracts using reflective exercises, interactive discussion, and mindfulness techniques. We’ll move through a brief yoga class designed to awaken self-compassion and resilience.

This workshop is for you if:

+ You want to strengthen your commitment to yourself.

+ You’re ready to change unhealthy ways of thinking.
+ You feel parts of your life are misaligned with your values.
+ You find yourself shrinking your voice in relationship to others.
+ You benefit from the support of other sensitive souls like you.
+ You’d like greater intimacy and meaning in your relationships.

**We expect this workshop will sell out quickly, so register now to reserve your spot.**

Cost: $35

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