As a certified Master Naturalist of Cook County and a student in the Garden Design program at Chicago Botanic Garden I am offering ecological landscape design consultations and stewardship. Let me help you bring your dream of a yard full of butterflies and birds into fruition.
Our homes have an exterior space for life to dwell. Is it cultivated just for you or is it an invitation to a deeper conversation about our spirit of place? Sara talks native plants and makes a case for your garden to be for you and the environment.
Getting out and exploring Northern Illinois will deepen your appreciation for the natural history that abounds our rolling prairies and waterways. Here’s a list of my top nature spots and hikes in and around Cook County, Lake County, Dupage County, McHenry and Kane County.
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Yoga student Kate Bracken Johnroe of Mount Pleasant, MI shares her poetry with us for class this week. Enjoy the beauty of Practice.
Check out my pose study of Vishvamitrasana. Within the work for this advanced pose I uncover all the basics and skills to develop in order to execute with practice.
Progressive stages of a lunge quad stretch.
Diana Oppenheim, San Francisco based yoga teacher and environmentalist, spends time volunteering for conservation efforts along the Pacific Ocean. She’s here to share with us some tips on how to shift your lifestyle to be more environmentally conscious. Simple everyday efforts are actions we can take to make an impact on the future of our planet. Check out her insight as to how and why we can be “zero waste” citizens.
This super challenging hand balance has its roots in some very accessible postures. Props also elevate the work from grueling to glorious.
Considering how to practice yoga out of the studio never got so easy. All the tools you need you already have. No purchase necessary!
Reflections upon a time well spent teaching weekly classes in Southern Illinois as a new teacher.
A little sequence to break down the apex posture Kasyapasana. It’s handbalance. It’s bound. It’s includes a half lotus. It’s HARD.
How a recent hike healed my body and mind.
How Sara got her groove back.
Explore the basic underpinnings of yoga philosophy and its application to the modern practice of yoga.
The investment in a retreat far exceeds what you could’ve planned for.
Sharing part of my story to inspire students to not come to class. Yes, I’m encouraging you to stay home and be alone with yourself.
Simple meditation to help you experience more calm and presence.
Guest blogging over at Table450.com on living a life structured by and deeply immersed in a discipline.
My impulsive and spontaneous reaction to election week 2016- sit in silence for peace outside in downtown Chicago.
Fall has settled in. Each ray of sun that we take in feels like total nourishment. A little going such a long way. We know these moments are no longer in majority. We start to grip tightly to the covers at night.
Here are some thoughts and reflections on practice and study of yoga for autumn.
Matthew Remski is a gem of intellect and inspiration. His writing is so clear and thought provoking no matter the topic. However, this one hits home.
The Chicago Reader attended my Led Zeppelin tribute class in May. Good times, bad times. It’s an honor even if what actually gets the public’s attention is the times I steer from traditional asana classes.
This week’s classes are nestled around core, backbends and getting on the other side of your experience.
Illumine debuts my writing skills in an interview with Noah Maze, yoga teacher extraordinaire.
Door to Door Organics review and a free food GIVEAWAY!
Got a wall? I’ve drawn out a balanced sequence that is pretty staight-forward but also has room for upgrades. Props needed: block, strap and wall.
A recent visitation to Paripurna Navasana and Ardha Navasana in class has sparked much interest in what actually separates these two classic forms.
Get on the good foot in your yoga practice. Your feet and your head are more connected than you think.
Inversions- Better Not Done Than Done Poorly, a repost of my teacher’s blog because I couldn’t agree more.
An offering of dedication to a pioneer, an inspiration, and a lion, BKS Iyengar.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
- Sir Isaac Newton
SheKnows and I chatted it up over yoga. See what they thought you’d like to ask me…
This weak’s peak is Astavakrasana. This is the lovely Sarah Richelle Starnes in the pose.
A peak into this week’s classes during our new moon/waxing moon cycle.
How Sara Got Her Groove Back. This is a story of how 12.5 hours of yoga with my teacher Noah Maze in 3 days helped reset my fire for teaching yoga.
Bonus: Bakasana sequence
Ever wonder what your teacher is saying in Sanskrit and how it actually may be relevant to the experience you are having in your pose? This week our class focus highlighted one of yoga’s sages, Vasishta, and the poses named in his honor. Vasishtasana is a hand balancing posture that includes the feet as a foundation. Take a deeper look and the pose holds much more than your hips in the air.
Rare opportunity to give my 2 cents to women for a magazine that focuses on yoga and health. Mantra is on news stands now!
After many classes with this woman my body has been forever transformed. The secret to that transformation wasn’t easy. Turns out it was the hardest yoga I’ve ever done.
Happy Winter Solstice! The sun will stand still this weekend. What will you be doing?
After concluding a 3 week workshop series for teachers some emails have come rolling in with further inquiry on some of our discussions. This week’s musing gives you a peek into how I’ve answered and offers advice to teachers struggling with sequencing.
You’ve learned Ganesha is the lord of beginnings. Learn from his mythology to begin exactly where you are. This week in class Ganesha symbolism may help ease the transition of daylight savings and “falling back” in time a truly swell idea.
Recently DJ C and I hosted Prana Pushers at yogaview. Check out the recording on Mashit!
Most anything I read by Iyengar directs me back to the roots of Classical Yoga. Being a tantrika, this is no mere detour but an opportunity to check in with my ethics, spirituality, and ultimately my chosen path of yoga.
The old adage, “consciousness flows where energy goes”, has taken me on a trip lately. This week’s classes are a reflection of a recent home practice revelation and the fumes I’m still riding from the 3 weeks of teaching Contemplate to Elevate. Dig it.
This week in class we’ll be covering a series of postures aimed at getting us into variations on Matsyendra’s poses. Just who exactly is the Lord of the Fishes and why did his parents throw him in the ocean as an infant?
A snippet of what class planning looks like for me.
By far I look most forward to the eye popping images, the straight-forward recipes, and all the bright ideas Heather Crosby is cooking up at Yum Universe. This is your one-stop go-to for all things plant-based, gluten free, soy free, and darn right delicious.
Take a gamble, roll the dice in life/yoga practice. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose! There are many ways to enter into the symbolism imbedded in Shiva and Parvati’s game of “strip Parcheesi” and interpret it where it meets you.
The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe is a great companion read to this week’s classes.
Love to sweat in yoga? Think you are doing your body good? Check out Chicago’s very own Jessica Wilson’s research and weigh in on the matter. Jessica is a medical student, neuroscientist, yoga student and teacher. Her blog post caught on fire over the past week and since then she has written a rebuttal. It would behoove you to read the blog if you are convinced sweating = detox.
Your yoga practice can be a stepping stone to living large and posturing to shift consciousness. This TEDtalk with Amy Cuddy was the inspiration for the week’s theme and perhaps the news we all wish we had since adolescence. It is worth watching all 21 minutes!
Leslie’s candor is very easy to follow and he excites the student in me that yearns to learn about the body from different perspectives. This video is an example of something that I’m thinking when I’m instructing you but can’t possibly take the time to share in our 90 minute classroom experience. Watch to gain insight not only about the knees specifically but to get a more in-depth explanation about muscle engagement and stabilization.