The Road to Bliss with Kali Om

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Maha Sadhana means “The Great Practice,” and this amazing intensive will help you overcome imagined limitations, deepen your spiritual connection, and make rapid progress in your practice. We'll do plenty of hip, spine and shoulder-opening postures - some of which you may not have seen before - and focus on how they fit into the philosophy of yoga, including its ethical roots and scripture. We’ll also do mantra (chanting), pranayama (breathwork) and concentration – the goal of which is to settle the mind into silence so that we can experience our true, blissful nature. These practices were learned directly from Kali's spiritual preceptor, Sri Dharma Mittra. All levels with previous yoga experience are welcome; Ashtangis will find this to be a wonderful adjunct to their regular practice.

Kali Om has been teaching yoga since 1998 and is registered at the highest (E-RYT 500) level. She has completed 200-, 500-, and 800-hour trainings with her guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, and studied five times in India with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is also certified to teach pranayama (breathwork), meditation, Hormone Yoga Therapy for Menopause, Prenatal yoga, Yoga Nidra, Psychic Development, Gentle/Restorative yoga and yoga for seniors, as well as yoga therapeutics. She leads retreats locally and in Belize, and is a columnist and cartoonist for “Yoga Chicago” magazine. She’s a lead instructor for the Chicago School of Yoga’s teacher training program, and is co-chair of the Vivekenanda East-West International Yoga Festival. She teaches as an offering to her guru. More at wwwyogikaliom.com

Friday, November 10th I 5:30 - 8 p.m. I Shiva Namaskar: Intro to Asana & Pranayama

An introduction to Sri Dharma Mittra’s challenging-yet-meditative Shiva Namaskar vinyasa, which is designed to open the body quickly and efficiently; variations will offered for different levels. We’ll also explore how asana and pranayama fit into the larger yoga system.

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Saturday, November 11th I 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. I Raja Yoga Maha Sadhana

Our focus will be raja yoga, or the royal path of yoga (the yoga of mind control, from the Yoga Sutras). We’ll weave the Eight Limbs of Yoga into our practice - which will include asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and meditation. Sri Dharma Mittra says “Without Yama, there is no yoga.” REGISTER ONLINE

Saturday, November 11th I 4 - 6:30 p.m. I Chakras and Nadis: Divine Purification and Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an active, lying down meditation that purifies, rejuvenates and energizes all of the body’s systems, bolstering its natural healing capacities and relieving depression, anxiety, headaches, and cravings. Divine Purification includes special breathing, chanting, visualization and concentration techniques to help open the nadis (subtle energy channels), calm the mind, and stimulate the chakras. REGISTER ONLINE

Sunday, November 12th I 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. I Bhakti Flow Maha Sadhana

Bhakti, or the yoga of devotion, will be the focus of our final practice, which will include asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and meditation. REGISTER ONLINE

TUITION:

Full Urban Retreat I $130 prior to October 1st - $160 thereafter

REGISTER ONLINE for FULL RETREAT prior to OCTOBER 1st

Individual Workshops I $50

Getting Out of the Norm: Discover the Anomalies of Vinyasa Yoga

by Hannah Greenstreet

Traditional yoga methods, whether Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikhram, etc., are founded on specifically designed techniques, poses, and sequences. These sequences are purposeful creations that offer a beacon to physical and energetic health and wellness. By utilizing the practice consistently with proper technique, we train our minds and bodies to find clarity, strength, and balance. So why explore the anomalies? Why venture outside the well-crafted poses of these long lineages of yoga? 

On August 12, Hannah will lead a workshop that will explore unusual variations rarely taught in a standard yoga class; unique and creative postures that challenge us to enhance our awareness of our bodies and reinvigorate our minds. So often today, it is easy to get comfortably stuck in routines, following systems that establish a safety net for our reality. There are many benefits to routines, often encouraged in the health and wellness world, as a gateway to ease and happiness. However, holding ourselves to a steadfast structure can also put limitations on our growth. We can get unconsciously caught in “autopilot” mode, often going through the motions with less and less intention and presence. When we lose grip of our experience in the present, we can get caught in expectations and norms that may not align with what we truly need and desire.

Therefore, this workshop will dive into anomaly (a.k.a. irregular) poses of yoga. Fun, interesting, out of the ordinary poses to mix up the orthodox and innovate some flare into your practice. By moving in new ways, we can access ideas and ways to get into our bodies further. This process allows us to step out of boxes and beliefs of ‘right and wrong’ and reinvent our asana practice to hopefully inspire and motivate.

Discover the Anomalies of Vinyasa Yoga Workshop with Hannah

Saturday, August 12th I 12-2 p.m. I $30

Register ONLINE prior to Friday August 11th to reserve your space!