Now is the time for transformation. To evolve consciously, we must practice consistently. Let's make it happen this fall.
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Happy Fall, Yogis!

Are you ready for some change?

How did you celebrate the return of fall? I made myself a spicy chai latte, turned on some Miles Davis, and snuggled in with a good book. As the sun sets earlier, we are drawn into a more contemplative time. We are always in transition, and I've noticed that life is more like swimming in a river than stepping on solid ground. Though circumstances are always changing, the wonderful part about the practice of yoga is that it allows us to influence the direction of change. Now is the perfect time to tune into that deep, guiding wisdom through a regular practice. Enjoy the offerings below, and please contact me with questions, thoughts, or topics you'd like to explore deeper in your practice. See you soon.

With love,

To evolve consciously, we must practice consistently. I'd love to see you on the mat.

Mondays, 10a-11:30a, Moksha Lakeview (starting November 4)
Thursdays, 5:15-6:15p, yoga nidra, Moksha West Bucktown (select dates)
Saturdays, 8:30a-10a, Moksha Lakeview (ongoing)
Sundays, 6p-7:30, with live ambient music by Boundary Waters, Moksha Riverwest (ongoing)

Details, directions here.

Practice. Whether I can grab a little space in an airport, a tiny square of a hotel room floor, or a relative's basement, I practice in some way each day, even when I travel. As we head into the busiest travel season of the year, I thought I'd share my favorite travel routine. This practice is great because it incorporates breath work, meditation, and asana to unwind the stresses of travel. It's quick and it gets the job done! When you're traveling and out of your routine, it can be easy to lose sight of your yoga practice and other nurturing self-care measures. However, this is often the time when we need these practices the most. Here's what I like to do to start my day when I'm away from home.

Philosophy, made personal. It's all over the yogic texts. The ancients devoted thousands upon thousands of words and hours of study to letting us know about it. There's no escaping it: Every warrior must have An Ordeal. Read about my journey with chronic pain and what I learned.
Food. OK, I'll admit it. Chilly weather, cozy sweaters, more time indoors watching movies and reading books? It makes me crave comfort food. My many comfort food fantasies include creamy mashed potatoes and warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven. What's a health-conscious yogi to do? I am constantly on the hunt for recipes that are a little spiffed up, health-wise. I present two of my favorite, yogified comfort food recipes: "Mashed potato" bowl and grain-free chocolate chip cookies. Click and enjoy!

Lifestyle. In the yogic tradition, the fall months are known as "vata season," vata having the qualities of air and movement. It's a time of great transformation and introspection, but also a time when it's easy to feel overwhelmed and chaotic. This makes it all the more important to take the time to nurture and care for yourself. How? Three suggestions.

Free things. (1) As my student, any friend of yours is a friend of mine. As such, I have postcards which get NEW students into my class FOR FREE. Want to bring a friend to class one week? Ask me for a couple cards and share the love. Each is an $18 value. Don't be shy! (2) Every quarter you are signed up for my newsletter you have a chance to win a customized yoga nidra session with me. This season's winner is Jenny Gavacs! Jenny, write back to claim your prize!
Book club. I've always got something new in the works for you, yogis! Last month we had the first meeting of the Official Yoga Book Club, Chicago Edition in my tiny apartment. Want to join us? Over the next few months we will be making our way through Anodea Judith's Eastern Body, Western Mind (one chakra per month). This book seamlessly unites Western psychology with Eastern wisdom. Judith makes the chakra system relevant to your daily life in a way that few can. Want to join us? All serious students of yoga welcome, just send me a message for the details.
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