Showing posts with label Class Updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Class Updates. Show all posts

October 23, 2012

Change Is In The Air

Change is in the air, and it’s exciting!  As the seasons make their graceful move from one to the other it’s a good reminder to experiment with changes in our lives that might be good for us.  Most people resist change.  It’s just so much easier to leave things as they are.  But most of us also realize that without change there is not growth. And while we have this short time on the planet, let’s mix it up a bit and challenge ourselves to embrace change and open ourselves to the possibilities that it brings.

There are lots of easy ways to incorporate a little change into your life.  Mix up the d├ęcor in your home.  Try going to work a different route. Change up your diet (perhaps go veggie for awhile to see how you feel!)  Change your electricity supplier to a green one to help save the earth (talk to me I'll tell you how!) Perhaps you could change your morning ritual to include a meditation.  Maybe incorporate a new healthy habit or release an old not so healthy one.  It doesn’t have to be a big change, even little ones help us, and in turn those around us, to grow.

There’s change at Yoga with Tracy Von Kaenel as well.  The popular Aerial Yoga class is moving to a new time, or shall I say ‘flying’ into a new time.  It will now run from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Mondays starting in January 2013.  Because it’s such a fun and energizing practice, this earlier time will allow us to use that wonderful energy a little longer before it’s time to end the day. As in the past, Aerial Yoga runs in 6-week sessions so you progress safely and confidently.  Why not try something new in 2013?  Enrollment is now open.

Also, I’m excited to announce the addition of a new class.  ZEN YOGA.  It will be held on Monday nights too, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  It will be a regular open level, ongoing class, so drop-ins are welcome.  What’s ZEN YOGA you ask?   Zen Yoga combines the deep relaxation of classic Restorative Yoga and the deep stretching of Yin Yoga into a beautiful practice that will soothe the body and soul.  Deeply supported poses are held for a longer time allowing for full release of the tensions stored in the physical body.  The atmosphere of the class is soft and soothing allowing the mind to let go of the busy thoughts.  A perfect practice for anyone wanting to experience the sense of letting go and opening up into one’s true self.  And it’s the perfect practice to lull you into a good nights sleep as you let go of the daily stresses.  No prior yoga experience necessary. ZEN YOGA will also start in January 2013.

I encourage you to welcome the changing of the seasons, the opportunity to make positive changes in your life and to look forward to the growth from trying something new!   Om shanti!

May 08, 2012

Happy Spring

Ranya and Christa
 Beautiful Eagles
It's been awhile since I've posted anything and I thought I'd just bring everyone up to date a bit.

First..Yay! Spring is definitely here and doesn't it feel great.  This is a wonderful time to take stock of all the unwanted things in your life and set them free.  This could mean spring cleaning, or spirit cleaning.  It's all good.  Give yourself permission to let something go and feel the immediate lightness this brings.

Second..Don't forget (Aerial Yogis) that there's no class on Memorial Day May 28th.  Everyone enjoy your time in the sun and honor those who have made it possible for us to do so.

Thirdly..And speaking of Aerial Yoga...the new session is open for enrollment.  It runs July 9th-August 13th.  I've had quite a bit of interest in this session so if you are too, reserve your spot now!  Email me and I'll let you know how.

Finally..As summer approaches I've had lots of queries about whether I'll be doing specialty classes.  The answer is yes, but they'll not be listed ahead of time.  I feel like it was counter productive to list all the specialty classes ahead of time because some people made up their minds that they would not like a class so they skipped it.  This way, more people will be able to experience something new without pre-judgement, and who knows.....maybe REALLY enjoy the experience.  Remember that Yoga is about expanding our bodies and minds and spirits.  The minute we make the choice to block a new experience because of pre conceived notions we are stunting our own growth and inhibiting our journey on our dharmic path.  So... let's enter into summer ready to embrace ALL the interesting things our practice may bring us!!  I'm so looking forward to a wonderful summer with you all..


November 14, 2011

Holiday Class Schedule and Specials

It's that time of year again. Snowy weather, family and friends gathering, lots of extra activities, lots of potential for stress. But with a solid yoga practice foundation to help you through it all, it can be a lovely time for reflection and joy. Here's the list of classes at the Tai Chi Center from Thanksgiving through New Years. Hope to see you often. Wishing you a season of peace.

Weds. Nov. 23rd...Pre-Thanksgiving "Raise your Metabolism Yoga", 6:00pm
Monday Nov. 28th...Aerial Yoga (final class of session), 7:40pm
Tuesday Nov. 29th...Beginning Yoga, 6:00pm
Wednesday Nov.30...Intermediate Yoga, 6:00pm
Monday Dec. 5th...Candlelight Yin Yoga, 7:45pm
Tuesday Dec. 6th...Beginning Yoga, 6:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 7th...Intermediate Yoga, 6:00pm
Monday Dec. 12th...Candlelight Yin Yoga with Guided Meditation, 7:45pm
Tuesday Dec. 13th...Beginning Yoga, 6:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 14th ...Intermediate Yoga, 6:00pm
Monday Dec. 19th...Candlelight Yin Yoga with Gong Bath, 7:45pm
Tuesday Dec. 20th...Beginning Yoga, 6:00pm
Wednesday December 21st...Intermediate Yoga, 6:00pm
Monday December 26th....NO CLASS
Tuesday December 27th...Beginning Yoga, 6:00pm (bring a friend for $8!)
Weds. December 28th...Intermediate Yoga, 6:00pm (bring a friend for $8!)
Monday January 2nd...NO CLASS

June 01, 2011

Aerial Yoga Classes Begin

Aerial Yoga is completely different from any yoga you have ever tried. It does not replace a regular yoga practice, but rather compliments it. Inversions become gravity free, allowing the neck, shoulders, arms to relax while giving the full benefit of inverting.

The upper body muscles develop strength with Aerial Yoga, which is an area most of us are challenged by. And stretching takes on a new feeling when suspended.

The element of fun is evident from the first time you get in the sling and swing....just try to resist the temptation to sat "weeeeee". And the Savasana is like nothing you can even imagine....some have described it as pure bliss.

I would love for everyone to try it, because I think you will love it! Especially if you enjoy being upside-down!

The class will be offered in 6 week sessions for 5 students at a time. This will give you a full immersion feeling with a great amount of personal attention from me! Here's the schedule for the sessions. Classes meet at 7:40pm Monday nights at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago, 4043 N Ravenswood, Suite 228. The cost is $150 for a six week session. Secure your spot now with a check!
All sessions for Aerial Yoga in 2011 are full. The 2012 session is as follows:

Aerial Yoga 6-week sessions 2012

Session I- January 9th-February 13th (FULL)

Session II-February 27th-April 2nd (FULL)

Session III-April 9th-May 14th (FULL)

Session IV-May 21st-July 2nd (No class May 28/Memorial Day)

Session V-July 9th-August 13th

Session VI-August 20-October 1st (No class September 3/Labor Day)

Session VII-October 8th-November 12th

Session VIII-November 19-December 17th (5-week session/$125)

Come fly with me to a place of peace.....

February 09, 2011

Aerial Yoga comes to the Tai Chi Center

Ever wonder what it feels like to defy gravity? To float just above the ground as you expand into your yoga pose? Well now you can find out! The studio has been rigged, and the sling has been purchased so that you can experience Aerial Yoga! With over 20 years of yoga experience and 5 years of aerial experience I'm excited to blend these two very different but equally awesome mediums. I'll be offering lessons on a private and small group basis first, and if there's enough interest, I'll purchase more slings and offer it as a class.
To get you started I'm offering special introductory rates through May of 2011.
  • One Private Lesson: $65
  • Two Private Lessons: $110
  • Three Private Lessons: $155 (your best bargain and recommended amount to get a true feel for the sling)
Small Group Private Rate:
  • Two students: $40 per person per session
  • Three students: $30 per person per session
Call or email me to set up your personal aerial yoga sessions! Branch out and try something new in a safe, comfortable, personalized session.
773-720-YOGA or

December 02, 2010

Holiday Schedule 2010

Amazingly enough the holiday season is upon us once again. I am happy to report that none of the holidays occur on any regular class there will be no cancellations. So take advantage of this time when the stress levels can rise, to return home to your practice and to the solace that it brings. There is no better time than the present to be at one with yourself so that you can freely share your spirit with others.

Whatever this season brings for you I hope it is filled with much love, light and laughter. All of which we can find within ourselves.


May 24, 2010

The Summer Schedule is Almost Here!

Those of you that have studied with me for any length of time know two things. 1) That summer is unequivocally my favorite time of year and 2) that means specialty classes during June, July and August at the Tai Chi Center. Most years I've jammed packed the calendar with every variation of yoga I can teach making for a fun but perhaps dizzying array of practices. So this year will be a little different. We will continue to explore fun and new styles, but with a little more time for each one to evolve. Each exploration will develop over the course of a few weeks, and will be taught in the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night classes so everyone can be a part of it. Of course the teachings will be level appropriate. I am currently putting the final touches on the schedule and I will post it on the web page as soon as I do. As always, I'm looking forward to a summer of great yoga, and I hope you are too!

November 12, 2009

Holiday Schedule

Seems like we just reluctantly said goodbye to summer and suddenly the Holiday Season is upon us.
We are fortunate this year that none of the traditionally celebrated holidays fall on any of our regularly scheduled classes, so for the first time in a long time I'm happy to say that there will be NO cancelled classes for this holiday season. Yeah!
The Wednesday night class before Thanksgiving is a great time to rev up the metabolism for the feasting that follows. In addition, the classes during the holiday season will be focused on stress reducing, deep breathing, and joy seeking. Don't miss out!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or the arrival of the New Year, may this time be a reflection on the good in your life and in your heart. Again this year the holidays symbolize an opportunity to connect with the ones we love and to what is really important in our lives. As this season can bring out increased emotions and sometimes be quite stressful, please remember to take the time to breathe.....literally! Set aside a little time each day for stillness and you will find this time even more enjoyable. A blessed holiday season to you all!

August 12, 2009

Vacation Time

It has been a delightful summer of study. There has been wonderful participation in such classes as Sensory with Gong, Yin Yoga, Inversion Workshop, Pranayama and Chant, Partner Yoga, and many more. Thank you all for your willingness to participate in new and different focuses. It is a wonderful way to expand our awareness, learn new techniques, and perhaps face and conquer some fears. Those of you that participated in the specialty classes should be quite proud of yourselves!

We still have a couple more coming up. This Friday (8/14) is the special Dance of Yoga Workshop. It should prove to be a really wonderful evening. Find more info on the webpage calendar. Go to, then click on Adult Yoga, scroll down to find the calendar, click on the class for more info. And, last but not least, Tuesday the 18th is Restorative with Gong Bath. Plan on leaving class blissed out!!

The following week (August 24-26) I will be on vacation so there will be no classes. Perhaps boost your home practice this week! As we move into fall I look forward to another season of learning, breathing, expanding and exploring. Let's enjoy the rest of summer and look well to approaching season....

July 08, 2009

Important Class Update

I hope you are all enjoying summer! I've seen many of you at regular class and some of the specialty classes. We've had some great experiences up to this point (Restorative, Partner, Chakras, Moon Salutations) and I'm looking forward to many more!(Sensory with Gong, Yoga by the Lake, Yin Yoga to name a few) There is one change to the specialty class calendar that you need to know. The Inversion Workshop was scheduled for August 19th, but because so many of you said you couldn't make it that date I've switched it to August 12th. Please make a note of it...

Also a reminder about the Special Workshop on Friday August 14th. We'll start with a super fun Yoga Dance class, follow it with Yoga Discussion, and finish the evening with a veggie pot luck. The evening will begin at 6p.m. and go until 9-ish. The cost is $20 and a veggie dish for the pot luck dinner. Sign up at the studio or send me an email. Please sign up by July 24th....I envision this to be a wonderful gathering of all my students, a chance for us to work together, breathe together, play together, eat together and share those deep philosophical thoughts!

So here's to summer, a chance to have some fun exploring different aspects of yoga, and connecting with the wonderful community of yogis and yoginis you share this beautiful practice with. Thank you all for sharing your practice with me.


May 06, 2009

Important Class Updates

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes a couple adjustment to the regular schedule. Most of you know that I am a performer in the acrobatic/aerial dance company AMEBA and our concert this year is June 4-6 and 12-13. Due to numerous technical and dress rehearsal before the concert I need to cancel a few classes. So, here's the scoop. If you would like more information on the concert check out It's a great show...something for everyone, tickets are cheap, and if you go with a group of 10 or more they are even cheaper! The show usually sells out early, especially for the second weekend, so if you are interested in coming, get tickets quick!
Thanks for your support and understanding. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Classes will be cancelled the following days:
Monday May 25th--in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday June 2nd
Wednesday June 3rd

Stay tuned for more information about the specialty classes for summer! And keep sending in those ideas....

February 09, 2009

Have You Tried YOGASSAGE?

In case you haven't heard, I'm now offering a special practice called Yogassage! Yogassage is comprised of passive yoga stretching (meaning you lay there, I gently stretch you), acupressure, a little Reiki, a little traditional massage, a little meditation, a little chakra balancing, and a whole lot of tension release. It's very similar to Thai Yoga Massage, but with added stuff (Tracy style). Sessions are done on the padded floor, you stay fully clothed, and they last about an hour to an hour and 1/4. The fee is $85 a session. You will leave feeling soothed, refreshed and relaxed.

Here's what some Yogassage recipients are saying:

"Yogassage is a truly unique, therapeutic, wonderful form of body relaxation! It really ought to be called YogAHHHssage. I liked so much about it: the combination of beneficial elements that Tracy (and ONLY Tracy!) knows how to employ; the fact that it is not entirely passive (There is no risk of falling asleep and drooling or snoring, during a yogassage session!). With her extensive knowledge of the entire body, glandular and muscular-skeletal points, Tracy addresses very gently all regions, tip to toe. I had not requested work on any particular problem area nor muscle strain, but it is apparent that this kind of relaxation therapy would be quite helpful for sore muscles. I did find it to be very relaxing, releasing, healing and pampering. Afterwards, I felt distinctly soothed, invigorated and cleansed! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone----it is a delightfully innovative, highly effective experience! I look forward to my next yogahhhssage!" Miriam Sturm
"I've had a variety of massages across the globe and always like to try out new treatments. I'd recommend Yogassage for dancers, yogis, and other active people who exercise regularly. I don't think it would be a good option for people who are out of touch with their bodies as they probably don't know how to relax! There's something unique about how the stretches and manipulated adjustments lead to relaxation verses a Swedish massage where it's motionless. The closest examples of similar massages would be Thai or Shiatsu. By relaxing and giving into the movement, a deeper relaxation is achieved than typical massage. Still, it's completely relaxing since the practitioner is doing all the work and the recipient is passive. I think a few sessions will ultimately help anyone's yoga practice as one benefit is a better understanding of the range and limits of movement. I'd recommend Yogassage to all your students, friend, and family as a way to both be pampered and learn a little more about their own bodies." Sona

"Yogassage: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! What more is there to say? Tracy’s Yogassage is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. A large part of Yogassage is Tracy moving your body in Yoga or yoga-like movements while you’re on the floor. The more you relax, the more she can move you deeper than you can go by yourself. This sounds scary, but it feels wonderful and I have felt released, not sore, afterwards.

I’ve had three Yogassages so far. Twice I’ve gone because of shoulder pain and stiffness in my neck (not surprising considering this winter!). Once I went for general tuning and relaxation. After each Yogassage I feel like I’m floating, and the tightness and pain are gone. It’s difficult to decide if I should stay for Yoga afterwards (which I’ve done twice and have felt an amazing level of fluidity and joy), or if I should go home and wrap myself in the peace that follows the Yogassage.

I think the critical element of Tracy’s Yogassage is Tracy. The same compassion and strength/gentleness and knowledge that are the hallmark of Tracy’s yoga teaching style come through in her Yogassage technique. She just KNOWS where I need work. I think the biggest responsibility we as Yogassage recipients have is to make sure we tell Tracy beforehand of any injuries or medical issues we have so the level of massage will be appropriate.

I found that I got more out of the 2nd Yogassage, and even more out of the 3rd, because I knew what to expect and was able to relax into them more. Can’t wait for the next one!"
Renee Schwartz

So why not treat yourself to a Yogassage session soon? Just contact me anyway that's convenient to set up an appointment. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!


December 29, 2008

Class Changes and Additions

Starting January 1st, 2009 there are a few changes and additions to the current schedule at the Tai Chi Center.

First,unfortunately, due to lack of attendance, the Wednesday 12:30-1:30 class will no longer run. There may be a chance to re-establish this class in the future if there is enough interest.

On the flipside, I'm happy to announce that I will now be offering private lessons. The current sheduled time available for privates is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, right before the Tuesday night class. Other times may be available as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on something specific that we may not get to in class, or if you are working with an injury and need modifications to help you in class. It is also a great chance to learn how to deepen your practice.

In addition, I'm offering a new style of privates called YOGASSAGE. What's that you ask? It's a combination of passive yoga stretching (meaning you lay there, I gently stretch you), gentle accupressure, a little Reiki, a little traditional massage, a little meditation, and a whole lot of tension release. It's very similar to Thai Yoga Massage, but with added stuff (Tracy style). Sessions are done on the padded floor, you stay fully clothed, and they last about an hour. It's very peaceful and soothing.The fee for all private sessions are $85 a session and usually run about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. If you would like to schedule a private lesson of any sort please contact me either in person, email or phone.

November 10, 2008

Holiday Schedule

The following classes will be cancelled due to the holidays. Take advantage of the classes that are still running! Anyone is welcome at any class and will be challenged appropriately.

I hope to see a lot of you during this busy time!

Cancelled Classes:

Wednesday November 26th 12:30-1:30 only
(the evening class WILL run)

Wednesday December 24th 12:30-1:30 and 6:00-7:30

Wednesday December 31st 12:30-1:30 and 6:00-7:30

July 18, 2008

Vacation Week

Just a reminder that there will be no classes the week of July 28th through August 3rd. Take this time to deepen your home practice or do your yoga on the beach! Enjoy the week and be ready to go Monday August 4th!

May 17, 2008

Memorial Day Holiday

Class will be cancelled on Memorial Day, Monday May 26th. Enjoy the day!

February 20, 2008

Important Class Announcements

Due to my upcoming dance performance with AMEBA dance company there will be a few changes in the schedule for the first two weeks of March. They are as follows: Tuesday March 4th, Beginning Yoga 6-7:15p.m. will be taught by Maryann Lewis.
Wednesday March 5th, Intermediate Yoga 6-7:30p.m. will be CANCELLED.
Wednesday March 12th, 12:30-1:30p.m. will be CANCELLED.
All other classes will run as normal.
Thanks for your understanding...and come see the show!
Shanti, Tracy

January 16, 2008

Yoga Etiquette

Here are some reminders to help you and your classmates get the most out of your yoga classes.

1) Before entering into a yoga classroom, please remove your shoes. It is a sign of respect for the practice as well as a symbol of transitioning from your daily life to your practice.

2) Try not to eat for two hours before a yoga class, and if possible, for one hour after class. Food in the stomach makes some of the poses uncomfortable, and can actually create digestive and circulatory problems. Food and drink also dampen the internal fire or “agni” that is an important aspect of the practice. Never bring food or drink into the classroom. If you feel you must drink during the class, please be discreet and use water only.

3) Try to arrive five to ten minutes early for the class. This will give you time to sign in, get situated, and calm and clear the mind. It will help you let go of the days events and bring yourself into the present moment. Try to use the time for this purpose. Out of respect for the practice and the fellow yogis, anyone arriving more than five minutes late will not be allowed to join class.

4) Do not leave class early. It is quite disruptive to the class as well as unsettling for your body and mind. The Savasana at the end of class is extremely important. It helps to calm the mind and connect the preceding asanas to the spirit. Schedule your time appropriately so that you can enjoy the whole experience rather than having to rush in or rush out.

5) Yoga is a journey within to please be sure to turn off all outside disturbances such as cell phones, pagers, watch alarms and any other external distractions.

6) Make sure to let your instructor know if you have any conditions that may affect your practice such as injury, emotional disturbances or pregnancy. And be sure to always work within your comfort level.

7) Avoid wearing strong scented products. Yoga increases our awareness of all the senses and perfumes or other strong scents may be disturbing for others.

8) If you have any questions about the practice please ask me! I want each and every one of you to get the very most out of your yoga practice. Communication is a key aspect of the learning process.

9) Consider beginning a “sadana” or daily personal practice. Whether you take class everyday or practice at home, yoga was meant to be a daily practice. It is hard to maintain the physical, emotional and spiritual gains of the practice by only taking one class a week. You needn’t do a whole hour each day, but see if you can commit to at least a few poses everyday and a moment of meditation. You will be glad you did.

Reach within your spirit, and execute yama and niyama, two of the basic principles of yoga –---codes of respect and restraint for yourself and respect for others-----


December 05, 2007

Parent’s/Grandparents/Friends Day

Hi All,
Just a reminder that Tuesday December 11th 4:30-5:30 is Parent’s/Grandparents/Friends Day at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago (4043 N Raveswood Suite 201). Come and see the Preteen/Teen yoga class in action. They are working on a little routine to show you and you’ll also be able to see a sampling of how the class is run. And there will be cookies at the end!! This is the last class of the session and the new session will start January 8th. Feel free to sign up for the new session while you are there!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thank you!