Intro to Yoga - Four Week Series
Jan
9
to Jan 30

Intro to Yoga - Four Week Series

Start your yoga practice in a safe and informed way with this in-depth four week breakdown. Each week will tackle a different set of postures to help you slowly build your confidence and understanding of yoga. This workshop iis open to all ages and skill levels. If you have been wanting to try yoga but are intimidated, or you are new to yoga and looking to learn some fundamentals, this workshop is for you. 

Week 1 (Jan.9) - Breathing and Sun Salutations

Week 2 (Jan.16) - Standing Poses and Forward Folds

Week 3 (Jan.23) - Twists and Arm Balances

Week 4 (Jan.30) - Inversions and Backbends

Attend all four weeks for an immersive full body experience for $80 or sign up for an individual class for $25.

*Minimum of 4 participants for workshop series.

 

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The Power of Language Workshop Series with Bhairavi Shera
Jan
13
to May 12

The Power of Language Workshop Series with Bhairavi Shera

Each workshop is $30 a la carte. 

Saturday Jan 13 (3-5pm) - Meditation and Journaling with the Power of Language

Writing is a means of reinforcement of desires and dreams. We can use language power to write our dreams into being, like magic! Join this guided meditation to clear old thoughts and to make way for language connected to our highest visions. Then, write a journal entry in reflection of our highest desires with complete conviction in their emergence and presence in the world. Use the written passage as a means for reinforcement for the goal and to connect to the feelings of the vision in manifested form. Harness the magic of words and language and become a magician of your world! Bring a journal and a pen!

Register at: https://shivashack.tulasoftware.com/external_form?e=3442895&m=Buy+a+pass+for+Meditation+and+Journaling+with+The+Power+of+Language

Saturday Feb 17 (3-5pm) - Calling in True Divine Love with the Power of Language (Co-facilitated with Heather Venus Durham)

Harness this magical power to call in your most divine loving relationship... the relationship with ourselves! This workshop with take us on a hunt to discovering the language of our most loving selves and using this language to attract divine playmates of all kinds. We so forget that all of the love we've ever wanted is lying within us! Join this workshop to write letters of divine affection to our Selves and our divine mates embodying high vibrational communication to attract and nourish these love relationships. Awaken and claim the love that is all around you harmoniously reflecting our true divine nature!

Register at: https://shivashack.tulasoftware.com/external_form?e=3442896&m=Buy+a+pass+for+Calling+in+True+Divine+Love+with+the+Power+of+Language

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Bhairavi Shera is an intuitive clinical speech language pathologist whom has been using "Language Medicine" with her clients to assist in their attainment of goals. She has experience with the life-span of ages and has experienced the transformative power of language on well-being, personal healing and goal achievement. Bhairavi is also a holistic nutritional counselor focusing on whole plant-based nutrition. Bhairavi is also an energy medicine practitioner being attuned to Level II Reiki and Level I Cranial Sacral Therapy. She is also a bodyworker and yoga instructor. Among the above, she provides intuitive card readings, spiritual counseling and language coaching with vibrational language attunement. Bhairavi is also ordained through the Universal Life Church Ministry.  

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Postural Restoration Yoga with Andrew & Molly
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Postural Restoration Yoga with Andrew & Molly

Postural Restoration Yoga is an exciting new yoga practice designed to help you establish better posture. Molly and Andrew have combined over 20 years of experience in yoga, outpatient rehabilitation and exercise into a ground breaking approach to combat the causes of poor posture.

If you look at our modern lifestyle closely you will see that all we do is sit! Hours and hours with gravity pushing down! This causes forward head posture, rounded shoulders and upper back due to chronically tight chest and neck muscles. As well as creating low back and pelvic dysfunction resulting from overly active hip flexors and back extenders with weak core musculature. All resulting in chronic pain and tightness. Many times even resulting in injury!

By utilizing a specific sequence of yoga poses, motor control reprogramming exercises and fascial stretching you can begin to realize a more upright, aligned and mechanically healthy posture. Helping to alleviate neck and low back pain.

Please join us for our workshop and experience the difference that posture can make!

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Two Part Series

2:00-3:15pm Shoulders, Cervical and Thoracic Spine

3:30-5:00pm Hips and Lumbar Spine
Online registration @ shivashackchicago.com

$25 per module $40 for both

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Yin Yoga with James York
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Yin Yoga with James York

Yin Yoga is the perfect antidote to urban living! Our bodies and minds crave to be unconnected from our digital lives and re-connected within.

Come to this special 2 hour yin practice and you will tap into your body’s flow of energy while cultivating mindfulness and experiencing a rejuvenating meditative experience.

During the workshop, we will practice a series of floor postures, each held 3 to 5 minutes. 

Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissues, stimulating the energy meridians throughout the body. While this form of yoga is more passive, it can also be quite challenging.

Yin Yoga is a great complement to the more muscular, dynamic forms of yoga such as astanga or vinyasa. Because of the longer holds in Yin Yoga, you will gain a deeper understanding of the the poses, both physically and energetically. 

All levels are welcome and modifications will be provided for any sensitivities or injuries.

James began practicing yoga in 1997. He has traveled to Mysore, India three times to study with V. Venkatesh and completed 200 hour teacher trainings with Shivakali and Suddha Weixler. His teachings have been shaped by yin masters, Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.

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A Yoga Class with Rachel Sherron Matrejek to Benefit Sienna Homan
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

A Yoga Class with Rachel Sherron Matrejek to Benefit Sienna Homan

Please join me for this special afternoon of gentle yoga and guided meditation to support Sienna and the Homan Family. We will move through a simple sequence of yoga postures, let our stress melt away in a passive and restorative portion of class, and then meditate on health and healing for this beautiful little girl as she fights Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

If you cannot make it to class, but wish to donate or read more about Sienna’s journey please follow her GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/4m1c6so

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Yoga Nidra with Reiki and Singing Bowls
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Yoga Nidra with Reiki and Singing Bowls

Enter deep relaxation as you are guided through Yoga Nidra “Conscious Sleep”.  Simply lay comfortably on your back or seated, and you will be guided through varying breathing, body awareness and relaxation techniques to progressively enter a deeply relaxed awareness. In this meditative state, it is easy to disengage from negative mental talk and detach from unconscious habit patterns that may be limiting your life.  While in this relaxed state you may choose to receive Reiki, an ancient energetic healing technique used to balance your energy, opening any emotional or spiritual energetic blocks.  Seal the experience and wash away that which no longer serves you through the beautiful healing sounds of crystal singing bowls to restore your body, mind and spirit  bringing a renewed sense of self.  There will be time to share heartfelt insights and experiences to close the experience.

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Christy Guyer is a certified Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki Master Practitioner and has been practicing Reiki since 2010.  Earlier this year she discovered her enthusiasm for sound healing with Crystal Alchemy Bowls.  Christy is passionate about reuniting folks with their authentic selves through energetic healing and self-awareness work, with particular focus on women's empowerment.

Becky Kopec is currently working towards a Master's in Chinese Medicine. She was introduced to the practice of Yoga Nidra in 2015, and was quickly drawn to learn more. In 2016 she completed the Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Certification program in Vancouver, BC under the instruction of John Vosler. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and studies in holistic medicine and the healing arts.

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Yoga and Sound Healing with Pavla Haluskova
Jan
7
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga and Sound Healing with Pavla Haluskova

Please join Pavla for this special evening filled with moments that connect you more deeply with your soul.

The first part will prepare the body through delicious and creative asana sequences, warming the muscles & opening flexibility. To restore and relax, the second part will be an hour-long Savasana.
Pavla will sing Mantras and create a sound bath with harmonium, crystal bowls, gong and much more.
This will stimulate and soothe your mind and body.

Yoga is one of many ways we can bring grounding and balance to our busy lives. The power of sound and vibration deepen the experience. The relaxation is bone-deep, healing and realigning body, mind and spirit.
This is a powerful gift to offer yourself - use it to deepen the connection to your own truth.

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Crystal Creations: Wire Wrapping Workshop with Andrew Fleisher
Dec
2
2:30 PM14:30

Crystal Creations: Wire Wrapping Workshop with Andrew Fleisher

Come learn the art of making wire wrapped Crystal jewelry!

Crystals have energetic benefits that can be experienced by wearing them. Wrapping crystals with copper or silver wire while putting your intention into the creative process creates a uniquely charged conductor of the crystal’s energy. This workshop will teach you simple techniques to create beautifully intricate pendants that harness and amplify the energetic properties of various stones.

Clear quartz Crystals, wire and tools will be provided. Please feel free to bring your favorite Crystals to use instead or pair with the quartz! At the end of the workshop the finished pendant is yours to wear or give as a uniquely handcrafted gift.

Please RSVP in advance to ensure enough supplies are provided.

$30

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Healing with Plants, Essential Oils & Vibrations
Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

Healing with Plants, Essential Oils & Vibrations

This workshop will demonstrate how Vibrations and Essential oils can help re-tune the mind, body and energy to their proper state. 

Our energy centers which are connected to our state of mind and overall health, operates and vibrates in certain frequencies. Over time exposed to trauma, emotional and mental pressure, as well as EMF, our energetic centers can be affected, resulting in blockage, under active or over active. These deviation from our normal well balanced healthy state parallels to our perception and challenges we encounter in our lives. 

• Plant Essence and Aromatherapy
Opening or hearts and mind to the power of plant medicines, we enter the world of plant essence, essential oil and Aromatherapy. Each plant is unique and offers a variety of medicinal value. Plant essence and essential oils focuses and concentrates these medicinal properties and greatly increases the effectiveness of the energetic healing process and aids the body in reconnecting and re-establishing

• Power of Vibrations and Sounds Healing
Everything is Vibrations, as everything has a frequency. Using sounds, beats, and vibrations, we can alter the mind and body to relax, re-energize, or re-tune the energetic centers. Come and learn how to use frequencies and tones to tune the mind and body to their proper healthy state.

About Simon Jay:
Native to the Philippines, Simon Jay a.k.a. “Shaman Jay” was raised and taught by his grandmother who was a “Hilot/Babaylan” meaning she was the family/community healer, elder sage and soothsayer. Jay came to America to master energy healing, crystals, sound therapy, Reiki, and aromatherapy. His specialty is working with shamanic healing and ceremonies. Today Jay is a painter of visionary art and a sound healing musician/therapist with over 10 years of musical experience. He is a student of the Chicago Shaolin Temple and leads qi gong/tai chi classes. www.shamanjay.com

Admission: $25 pre-register $30 at the door

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Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy + Reiki + Mantra Bath
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy + Reiki + Mantra Bath

A restorative yoga class to help you release, relax and re-set. You will be guided through a nourishing yoga practice to help relax the body, quiet the mind and calm the nervous system. Aromatherapy will be used throughout to enhance and deepen your experience and specific essential oil blends will be used with the power of intention and affirmations to help you gently release mental and emotional blocks.

You'll end in an extended savasana, where you will receive Reiki, as you are bathed in the beautiful sounds of mantras sung with the harmonium. These potent healing vibrations will wash through you and over you, helping you to release and let go, while purifying your mind, body, heart and soul.

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Kristy is enchanted by all things that connect her deeper to herself, Spirit and life. She’s spent the last 7 years studying and practicing Yoga and deepening her knowledge in different healing modalities like aromatherapy, chanting and mantras. Maximilian loves to find aliveness within himself and others, to find what ignites that spark of life, whether it be through healing work, spiritual practice, adventure or play. He is a Licensed Spiritual Healer, Raindrop Practitioner and Reiki Master who is humbled to share this work with others. Together, Kristy and Maximilian bring a beautiful yin and yang energy and co-create a safe space for people to show up just as they are. It is their deepest passion in life to empower and inspire others to heal and transform their lives through deeper connection with themselves and their Truth.

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Understanding Chakras and Crystal Healing Grids with Shaman Jay
Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Understanding Chakras and Crystal Healing Grids with Shaman Jay

The Kundalini and Chakra system is a known and used systems by many different cultures, including Chinese medicine with the Meridians and Shamans of the Amazon describing energetic light centers when they have visionary experiences. While they have different names, the principle and locations of these energetic centers are consistent and an effective way of understanding how our physical health parallels our mental, emotional, and spiritual states. 

 

The power of earth, crystals are one of the oldest and known technology in storing energetic information, healing, and re-tuning our physical body to their proper frequency. Every crystal has its own unique properties and vibrational frequency that affects us and our energetic field differently. In this class we will explore some of the major benefits of crystals and different techniques we can use to incorporate in our energetic healing treatments. We will also learn grounding techniques and how to build a crystal grid in promoting flow of energy, growth, and alignment in our bodies and or space.

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Zen Drummer Concert
Oct
29
7:30 PM19:30

Zen Drummer Concert

The Zen Drummer (Damon Grossman) weaves the African djembe under a resonant voice chanting mantras both ancient and original. He will facilitate a transcendent experience with his resonant voice and powerful rhythms, skillfully layering these elements with a smorgasbord of nature sounds using a live-looping device. This effectively creates Zen Drummer's rhythmically reverberating relaxing melodic mantric sound bath. Relax and let the combination of these elements calm your nervous system. You will be guided on a journey beyond the mind.

Bio:
Damon's musical sensibilities were refined by his immersion experiences of living in Self-Realization Fellowship ashrams in Escondido and Encinitas from 2013 to 2016 and studying djembe at the Dagbe Institute in Ghana, Africa for extended periods in 2003 and 2007.

Testimonials:
"Amazing!" "An experience!" "Reverberations!" "A journey with the drum and his amazing voice" "Carried by Zen Drummer's presence"

$20 @ Shiva Shack 1942 N LEAVITT STREET, CHICAGO IL 60647
 

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Candlelight Downtempo Yoga with Amy Becker
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Candlelight Downtempo Yoga with Amy Becker

Candlelight Downtempo Yoga with guest instructor Amy Becker

$15 (complimentary for members)

Amy Becker is a long time yoga teacher who returns to Chicago from the east coast and Iowa. Teaching an engaging and empowering class, Amy uses her breadth various yoga backgrounds to encourage students to move more deeply into their practice while feeling supported by a community. Through the awareness of mindfulness, freedom of movement and deep peace of meditation she brings students to a deeper level of connection with themselves in order to use yoga more purposefully in their day to day lives.

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Baby and Me Yoga with Maureen Zwierzynski
Oct
22
12:30 PM12:30

Baby and Me Yoga with Maureen Zwierzynski

This is a fun class for new mothers and babies. Baby and Me provides an opportunity for mothers to regain strength and tone muscle while bonding with their babies. 

You and your baby will practice, play, sing, and explore movements all while connecting with other moms and their babies in the community. It is natural for babies to cry, get a diaper change, or feed during class so come with an open heart, a blanket, and any essentials you will need for your little one. This class provides a comfortable, supportive environment where moms can meet and create special memories with their babies. Prior yoga experience is not needed to join class. New moms should receive permission from their care provider to join this class.

About Maureen: 

Maureen Zwierzynski is the founder of Awaken Yoga & Energy Healing where she teaches meditation and yoga, offers 1-1 life coaching and Reiki/energy healing services designed to reconnect the individual to their true purpose. She also leads meditation circles and Life Classes, empowering spiritual seekers to live life awake. Since 2013, Maureen has been dedicated to creating empowering experiences to cultivate inner strength, transformation, and clarity. She enjoys spending time with her new baby, Lahna, who teaches her everyday to be present in each moment. 

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Finding Balance Within: A New Moon Ceremony with Emma Goldman
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Finding Balance Within: A New Moon Ceremony with Emma Goldman

Ceremonies serve as a chance for us to engage with our souls in a sacred space. The New Moon is a time to anchor in our hearts intentions. It is a time to plant seeds for our future and realign our energy systems. The New Moon is a time for rejuvenation, reconnection and harmony.

Join me on October 19th for a ceremony honoring the New Moon in Libra. Libra represents finding balance and harmony in ones life. In this ceremony we will create sacred space to engage in discovering harmony and peace within ourselves through expansive movement, meditation, dialogue and ritual.

http://consciouscityguide.com/findingbalancewithinanewmoonce

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Live Music Yoga with Christy Depue and Tenderbros
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Live Music Yoga with Christy Depue and Tenderbros

Join Christy for a 90 minute vinyasa flow for a well balanced practice to leave you feeling envigorated. Three piece band, Tenderbros will be playing an acoustic set that will blend smoothly into the background while you move. Embrace music to expand your practice, and go with the flow. All levels are welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be available afterwards.

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Post Flow Game Night
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Post Flow Game Night

Join us and friend of Shiva Shack, Kevin Reader for a post flow game night! Kevin is a local board game designer and comedian. He is the Artistic Director of Cards Against Humanity. He has made some fun independent titles such as Competition Kitchen, Fisticuffs! and Who Took My Eggs?! He'll be bringing some games that get people talking and/or moving. Also, we are purchasing a giant twister game! BYOB!

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Special class with Katie Calihan
Oct
9
4:00 PM16:00

Special class with Katie Calihan

Join Katie for a fun afternoon class at Shiva Shack!

Though she lives and teaches yoga full time in the Pacific Northwest now, Katie will always be a Chicago girl at heart. Chicago is where her love of yoga started 10 years ago and where she first found her voice as a teacher. As a life long athlete, figure skater mostly, she has a clear understanding of how the body works and knows how to use efficient cues to get her students into their poses correctly. Her teaching style is rooted in strength and alignment, and always delivered from a place of joy.

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Moving Meditaion with Nadine Lollino and Bob Garrett
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Moving Meditaion with Nadine Lollino and Bob Garrett

Movement and music have been used throughout time as language, medicine, meditation, expression. This moving meditation practice is a space for you to use movement to connect to your inner rhythm and its resonance with everything else around you. You don't need anything but yourself, no past dance experience. Our whole being exists on vibration, it knows how to move without instruction.

Your sensory experience is enhanced by live instrumentation. The synergy of musician and dancer uplifts the spirit in a way that has been utilized through generations of communities. (When Bob Garrett cannot play, Nadine will design the playlists). The practice is lightly guided to encourage you to relax the thinking mind and consciously connect to your intuitive self.

Nadine will lead warmups from different somatic techniques. This freeform practice of dancing/moving brings up the ah-ha of who we are beyond ego, limitations, judgements. Our community is strengthened when we move and see each other as partners on the same journey.

Nadine Lollino has a background in dance, dance/movement therapy, yoga and massage. She is co-founder of performance group, PosterchildArt with musician/artist Bob Garrett, based in Pilsen at their home studio Temple Gallery. Her interest in performance, teaching yoga and dance, and in massage therapy is to offer a safe space for self-exploration and transformation. To invite everyone to feel, play, explore, and heal.

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Healing the Luminous Body: Discover & Learn Energy Healing with Shaman Jay
Sep
29
6:30 PM18:30

Healing the Luminous Body: Discover & Learn Energy Healing with Shaman Jay

Hosted by Simon Jay, this workshop will be focusing on developing our self-awareness, inherent abilities, and teaching techniques on healing the luminous energetic body for self and others.

• Discovering Your Energy Field
What is Qi(Chi)? Discover the luminous body and learn how to feel and detect your energetic field. We will start with cultivating our Qi with Qi Gong, breath work and consciously creating energetic motions with intentions. We will learn various techniques in feeling, sensing, and how to begin seeing our energetic field. By gaining awareness we affect our physical world and bring balance with our own emotional and mental state. Participants will learn how to become aware of their energies as well as distinguish how others are affecting them.

• Energy Constructs, Transfers, & Channeling
Delving into Dao-ist understanding of cultivating Qi (Chi) energy from the Universe, we will learn how to channel and draw it into ourselves for health improvements and creating energetic constructs. Expanding our awareness and control, we explore the various techniques in creating: Energy shields, Creating Sacred Space, and Protection. In addition, participants will also experience partner and group energetic transfers.

About Simon Jay:
Native to the Philippines, Simon Jay a.k.a. “Shaman Jay” was raised and taught by his grandmother who was a “Hilot/Babaylan” meaning she was the family/community healer, elder sage and soothsayer. Jay came to America to master energy healing, crystals, sound therapy, Reiki, and aromatherapy. His specialty is working with shamanic healing and ceremonies. Today Jay is a painter of visionary art and a sound healing musician/therapist with over 10 years of musical experience. He is a student of the Chicago Shaolin Temple and leads qi gong/tai chi classes. www.shamanjay.com
 

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Freedom Flow: An All Women's Topless Yoga Class with Rachel Sherron Matrejek
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Freedom Flow: An All Women's Topless Yoga Class with Rachel Sherron Matrejek

Ladies, let’s come together for an of evening of yoga, togetherness, and liberation. In this yoga class, we will support each other in working towards self-love, self-acceptance, and creating gratitude for these beautiful bodies of ours! If you’ve ever been in a yoga class and wanted to strip down to your bra, but felt shy- this class is for you. If your body has changed due to age, motherhood, or illness- this class is for you. If you are working to let go of self-criticism, negative body talk, or shame- this class is for you. In this private and non-judgemental space, we will flow through yoga postures, breath deeply, and let go of how we think we should look to embrace who we truly are. Please join me for a night of empowerment, embodiment, and connection.

All women and transfeminine people are welcomed. ♥

$25
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Sign up early. This event will sell out. 

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Moving Meditation with Nadine Lollino and Bob Garrett
Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

Moving Meditation with Nadine Lollino and Bob Garrett

Movement and music have been used throughout time as language, medicine, meditation, expression. This moving meditation practice is a space for you to use movement to connect to your inner rhythm and its resonance with everything else around you. You don't need anything but yourself, no past dance experience. Our whole being exists on vibration, it knows how to move without instruction.

Your sensory experience is enhanced by live instrumentation. The synergy of musician and dancer uplifts the spirit in a way that has been utilized through generations of communities. (When Bob Garrett cannot play, Nadine will design the playlists). The practice is lightly guided to encourage you to relax the thinking mind and consciously connect to your intuitive self.

Nadine will lead warmups from different somatic techniques. This freeform practice of dancing/moving brings up the ah-ha of who we are beyond ego, limitations, judgements. Our community is strengthened when we move and see each other as partners on the same journey.

Nadine Lollino has a background in dance, dance/movement therapy, yoga and massage. She is co-founder of performance group, PosterchildArt with musician/artist Bob Garrett, based in Pilsen at their home studio Temple Gallery. Her interest in performance, teaching yoga and dance, and in massage therapy is to offer a safe space for self-exploration and transformation. To invite everyone to feel, play, explore, and heal.

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Om Sun Healing Gong Wash Sound Journey with Shaman Jay
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Om Sun Healing Gong Wash Sound Journey with Shaman Jay

Be transported with the sacred sounds of the flute, bells, singing bowls, drums, and Gong as you journey through tones, frequencies, and live sound healing. This immersive and meditative journey is designed to clear the energetic and physical body while bringing harmony to the system. Be transported through this transient transformative auditory and vibrational trip that can facilitate a cleansing, clearing, calming and energizing effect.

The powerful Gong serves as a facilitator to break up emotional, physiological and spiritual blockages. Featuring the “Atlantis Gong”, it carries deep full bodied sounds that can conjure up lots of emotional depth, creating sensations with deep body effects followed by sweet harmonic overtones that echoes through like waves that ring and feels like gentle electricity washing through your body. The Atlantis gong is tuned to the healing frequency that stimulates: Emotional Balance, Clear Energetic Blockages, and Heighten Intuitive Connection. Be immersed in this tantalizing sound bath, wash away negative blockages, transform through the intensity and be reborn through the Journey.

About Shaman Jay:
Native to the Philippines, Simon Jay a.k.a. “Shaman Jay”was raised and taught by his grandmother who was a “Hilot/Babaylan” meaning she was the family/community healer, elder sage and soothsayer. Jay came to America to master energy healing, crystals, sound therapy, Reiki, and aromatherapy. His specialty is working with shamanic healing and ceremonies. Today Jay is a painter of visionary art and a sound healing musician/therapist with over 10 years of musical experience. He is a student of the Chicago Shaolin Temple and leads qi gong/tai chi classes.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

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Mayan Awakening ¤ Cacao, Fire and Yoga Ceremony
Aug
27
1:30 PM13:30

Mayan Awakening ¤ Cacao, Fire and Yoga Ceremony

A powerful afternoon of mind/body balance, detoxification, and ancient ceremony with delicious, organic Cacao.

We begin with a ceremonial portion of Guatemalan Cacao Elixir to relax the body, awaken the mind, and open the heart space.
Then, completely unwind and de-stress as you are guided through a series of collective yogic movement, pranayama, meditation, and intention setting.

In our deeply healing extended savasana,
receive a personal sound/aroma/reiki healing
while you journey deeper into spirit and
emerge feeling refreshed, renewed and connected.

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We will work with the seven directions through traditional Mayan Prayer and enjoy a ceremonial portion of Cacao, which has been ritually prepared in love. As the cacao begins to work itself through our system, we will assist the opening and expansion of our Heart Chakra through collective yogic movement and guided astral journeying.

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Soul Investment $30
SPACE IS LIMITED to 20 participants.

Please register early to ensure a spot by visiting:
http://tinyurl.com/mayachicago

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About Ceremonial Cacao:

According to both archeologists and Mayan spiritual elders, the Cacao Spirit was one of the most powerful deities in ancient Mayan cosmology. While the ancient Mayans and Aztecs of Southern Mexico and Guatemala are best known, there are contemporary Indigenous cultures in Central and South America who continue cacao use in shamanic ceremony, preferring it to locally available psychedelics.

With today’s psychedelic buzz, you may not have heard much of them. Although one of this world’s finest spiritual or shamanic partners, cacao was ignored in the ‘60’s resurgence of medicine plants because it does not act like a psychedelic – it does not take you on its trip, but facilitates your own.

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About Your Guide:

Hey there, I'm Monica :)

I am an insatiable spirit nerd, who has been studying consciousness-based wisdom traditions for over a decade, and am an international certified teacher of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and Reiki.

Vedic philosophy has been the cornerstone of my teachings, as I was a master educator with The Chopra Center for over 6 years. In late 2015, I moved to Guatemala to study the Mayan Cosmovisión and ancient ceremonial practices of the Maya. I've since traveled to Belize, Honduras, Mexico and Panama to deepen my understanding and offerings.

With the offerings of my company, Soulbare, I am exploring the juxtaposition of these ancient traditions to bring to you interactive workshops and adventure retreats sure to be unlike anything you've experienced before. Let's journey together!

All my love ~

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Ayurveda 101: Ancient Wisdom, Modern wellness
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

Ayurveda 101: Ancient Wisdom, Modern wellness

Summer is well underway and, Baby - it’s HOT outside! 
Have the seasonal affects fully crept in?
No matter your best of intentions, are you…

Feeling over-committed and overwhelmed? Unsure of how to create balance between
work, play and rest? Wondering where in the #$*! the year went and FINALLY ready to tackle your 2017 wellness goals?

Take a deep dive into Ayurveda – a 5,000-year-old system of health and healing that teaches you to harness the infinite wisdom of nature to feel more balanced, energized, and recharged – top to bottom, inside and out!

Ayurveda 101 is a unique, experiential, hands-on workshop that takes the guess work out of creating and maintaining your personal wellness ritual. In just 3 hours, you will:

Understand your unique mind/body personality type and how it relates to seasonal change. Play with color, sound, food, breath and movement to promote total wellbeing. 
Create a personalized daily wellness ritual that you will WANT to stick with.

Reduce stress, anxiety, inflammation and fatigue with simple, practical, effective life-hack techniques. Increase energy and vibrancy to last all year long

Together, we will distill this ancient wisdom into a modern approach to health and well-being that will work for you.

No experience necessary – just a real desire to Be Well.

$40 - SPACE IS LIMITED

About Your Guide

Hey there, I'm Monica :)

I am an insatiable spirit nerd, who has been studying consciousness-based wisdom traditions for over a decade, and am an international certified teacher of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and Reiki. 

Vedic philosophy has been the cornerstone of my teachings, as I was a master educator with The Chopra Center for over 6 years. In late 2015, I moved to Guatemala to study the Mayan Cosmovisión and ancient ceremonial practices of the Maya. I've since traveled to Belize, Honduras, Mexico and Panama to deepen my understanding and offerings.

With the offerings of my company, Soulbare, I explore the juxtaposition of these ancient traditions to bring to you interactive workshops and adventure retreats sure to be unlike anything you've experienced before. Let's journey together!

All my love ~

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Kids Yoga! 4-6 yr old
Aug
24
4:30 PM16:30

Kids Yoga! 4-6 yr old

This one hour class will be full of stories, adventures, songs, yoga games & more! This series helps little yogis develop new skills through engagement and listening, creative thinking, the exploration of yoga poses and breathing exercises. Ages 4-6 welcome (or close to). $15

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About Christy: 
Christy has been practicing yoga for five years and is a certified yoga instructor through YogaView and a certified Kids Yoga Instructor through Cosmic Kids Yoga. She enjoys teaching adults and kids for a very different, yet always exciting experience. Songs, games and storytelling are the main ways she explores yoga with young children. Interacting with kids in a judgment free zone makes it so rewarding for her to see them progress and grow. Christy lives in Logan Square with her husband and two cats and loves biking, reading, camping and yoga.

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Yoga Nidra, deep guided relaxation
Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga Nidra, deep guided relaxation

Fully unwind, and simply be with this workshop that will take you on a deeply restorative journey through the 5 layers of Self, creating an opportunity for the consciousness to expand and allowing you to connect to your true intuitions and wisdom.

We'll begin with a few restorative yoga poses  to promote relaxation, then we'll dive into a peaceful yoga nidra experience. While comfortably lying, you'll be guided through breathing techniques and easy visualizations to find body-stillness and complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
 

This workshop is accessible to anyone - mama-to-be are welcome :-)

Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce body and mental tensions, anxiety, enhance memory, improve sleep and is used to help people with PTSD.

Stéphanie is a native of France now based in Chicago. She loves to share the gifts of yoga with everyone. Yoga found her 10 years ago when she was working in Paris doing corporate marketing.

The practice of Vinyasa and Integral Yoga in the lineage of Satyananda Saraswati helped her to offset stress, find balance in her daily life, and connect to her intuition. Deeply moved by the practice, she decided to share the incredible benefits she received. She truly believes that yoga and meditation can be powerful tools for healing transformation and sparking the creativity we all have within us.

Stéphanie strives to establish a safe space and nurturing yoga experience. She aims to support her students on their own journey to self-awareness by empowering them to feel good in their body and mind and to find their own inspiration to grow.

She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Moksha Yoga Center. After becoming a mother herself, she came to specialize in prenatal and postnatal yoga by training extensively with the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga.

Stéphanie has additional training in Yoga Nidra, a powerful ancient Tantric technique of guided, progressive relaxation, about which she is particularly passionate, especially for its therapeutic applications.

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Kids Yoga! 4-6 yr old
Aug
10
4:30 PM16:30

Kids Yoga! 4-6 yr old

This one hour class will be full of stories, adventures, songs, yoga games & more! This series helps little yogis develop new skills through engagement and listening, creative thinking, the exploration of yoga poses and breathing exercises. Ages 4-6 welcome (or close to). $15

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About Christy: 
Christy has been practicing yoga for five years and is a certified yoga instructor through YogaView and a certified Kids Yoga Instructor through Cosmic Kids Yoga. She enjoys teaching adults and kids for a very different, yet always exciting experience. Songs, games and storytelling are the main ways she explores yoga with young children. Interacting with kids in a judgment free zone makes it so rewarding for her to see them progress and grow. Christy lives in Logan Square with her husband and two cats and loves biking, reading, camping and yoga.

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Creating from the Center - A Mandala Workshop with Ryan Blume
Aug
6
12:30 PM12:30

Creating from the Center - A Mandala Workshop with Ryan Blume

In this "Mandala Workshop: Creating from the center", participants will be guided through a mandala making process. Starting from the center, our shared eternal soul essence, we will move outward in concentric circles, creating and expressing our unique selves in shape and color. 
All materials are provided. No experience needed, as guidance will be provided on a group and individual level as needed. Each participant will leave with their mandala, as an embodiment of their unique expression and an artifact of their workshop experience that can help them recreate more mandalas on their own.

 

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Thai Body Work Open House
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Thai Body Work Open House

Join us on Saturday afternoon for a taste of Thai Bodywork with Rich, Patti & Adeoye (15 minutes - $15 / 30 minutes - $30) 

Firm pressure, stretching, and contracting/ relaxing of the muscles are a few techniques used to release taut muscle fibers and expand range of motion. You will stay fully dressed while on a large, futon-style mat. Weekend warriors, office workers, commuters, parents, students…anyone can benefit from the healing touch of Thai Bodywork.

Sign up ahead of time to reserve a certain time or just show up between 2 and 4pm.

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Expanding Intuition, Intuitive Drawing & Divination
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Expanding Intuition, Intuitive Drawing & Divination

This workshop will introduce technique in developing the third eye, intuition and practices into tapping our psychic ability.

Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired. Some people think of intuition as a mystical power. Skeptics write it off as a matter of lucky guesswork. But scientists who study the phenomenon say it's a very real ability that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans. In this class we will learn one of the many ways we can use our intuition and process of divination into learning more about someone and gaining insight into another person.

Hosted by Simon Jay, Shamanic Healing Workshop is a series focusing on healing the mind, body & spirit. By developing our inherent healing abilities, awareness to the world around us, participation in our co-creative manifestation, we bridge a stronger bond of connection to source and spirit world. This class will focus on learning about Shamanic techniques and how to implement them into your own healing practices.


Cost: $30 (door) or $25 (online)

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Introductory Yoga Workshop
Jul
16
12:30 PM12:30

Introductory Yoga Workshop

All ages welcome regardless of injury or experience! - $20 -

If you have always wanted to try yoga but have been too intimidated, this workshop is for you. If it's been a while and you would like to get back to basics, come in for a refresh. If you jumped in head first and never took the time to start slow, check it out.

A workshop to build your yoga practice from the ground up, you will learn basic breath work and postures to help balance strength with flexibility.

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