October 23, 2012
May 08, 2012
|Ranya and Christa|
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
June 01, 2011
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.
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)
February 09, 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)
- Two students: $40 per person per session
- Three students: $30 per person per session
December 02, 2010
May 24, 2010
November 12, 2009
Seems like we just reluctantly said goodbye to summer and suddenly the Holiday Season is upon us.
August 12, 2009
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 www.yogachicago.us, 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
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
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
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!"
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
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
I hope to see a lot of you during this busy time!
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
May 17, 2008
February 20, 2008
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!
January 16, 2008
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 stillness...so 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
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.