Location: Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60642.
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In this workshop, Dana will share her story with you and then share excerpts from her favorite books in combination with her own understanding of the 5 Yamas - an essential foundation of yoga practice. Whether you are familiar with the Yamas or have never heard of them, this workshop is sure to spark many points of critical thought and self awareness within you. Consider why you practice and how you’re practicing, living, on and off your mat. The Yamas have given Dana important insights that have shifted her entire experience. Come learn a bit more about where yoga comes from, why we are meant to learn the Yamas before we practice Asana (physical postures), and how they can unlock a different reality. Definitely bring a journal to this one, friends!
In this workshop, Dana will share her story with you and then provide a variety of tips, variations, and prop assists she’s learned from practicing in a larger body so that you can empower yourself in your own practice in a class setting or at home. We will cover everything from seated to standing postures, sun salutations to savasana. This workshop will also be an open Q+A, please bring your questions about postures and we will workshop them together. This workshop is open to all bodies and abilities, anybody looking for more insight to their personal practice or teaching approach.
A workshop for yoga teachers (and those aspiring to be). This is open to all teachers looking for ways to create a more inclusive class environment. Dana will share her experience as both a student and teacher in a larger body and different approaches to working with a variety of bodies. She will cover some of her favorite variations and show you how to use props for accessibility and more importantly, why we might need to use them. She will address inclusive language and being mindful and conscious of what we say as teachers. Appropriate for anybody with an open mind, looking for a different perspective, or seeking to foster a more inclusive and accessible environment. This workshop also functions as a Q+A with Dana, so feel free to bring the questions you might not know who/how to ask about teaching larger bodies, body image, etc. and get some honest answers in open dialogue. Please bring a journal and prepare for self-reflection as well.
In this workshop, Dana will share her story with you and then break down a Sun Salutation in a way that encourages you to consider what you’re actually asking your body to do in each posture. She will offer thoughtful cues each step of the way, and show you how to tailor the sequence to your personal practice. From an informed understanding of these fundamental postures you will see the rest of your practice shift. Focus will be on controlled movements, relative alignment, and connecting shapes. This workshop is suitable for total beginners and intermediate students looking for a fresh perspective. This is the perfect workshop for those who want a chance to evolve and stabilize their personal practice in a more in depth way, and tune into body awareness with further attention to detail.
In this workshop, Dana will offer a Q+A after sharing her story and thoughts, similar to a dharma talk. After, she will lead you through a healing, restorative practice. For many, stillness, quiet, having to simply “stay” can be the hardest part and there are many lessons to be learned through this more passive practice. Come enjoy a supportive community of like-minded people, sharing in struggle and triumph and every moment in between, and experience the moments of peace in between the clutter and chatter of your own inner dialogue. This workshop is open to all.