In appreciation of Earth Month, I’ve been reflecting on the notion that we can all live a little kinder. I’m not necessarily talking about not flipping the bird during your rush hour commute, but more of an overall sense of awareness of our actions. I don’t have the mental capacity or any profound knowledge to solve our global problems, but I do know that if we each do a little, we can complete a lot.
For example, in yoga there is a simple sound said to contain the entire universe. OM vibrates through you and your classmates, and into the universe to connect you with all things. It might surprise you that I am not a yoga person. I live perpetually 10 minutes late, I often yell at my boys until my voice dulls, and sugar is my main food group. I have a recycle bin, but I make far too many excuses on being confused about whether something belongs in there or not, and end up adding it to the landfill.
Roughly two or three times a year when I happen to find myself in a yoga studio, I quickly realize that I instantly slow down, breathe and move slower, and reflect on my small role in something far greater.
If you find yourself in my same fast-paced, loud and lazy habits, here are Chicagoland yoga spots to help you find your center, live kinder and be more mindful of your carbon footprint this April.
Ahimsa means non-violence, and there are five studio locations around Chicagoland. Ahimsa yoga is mindful yoga. They also Operate Yoga Shala, a non-profit to introduce yoga to kids and teens.
Locations: Oak Park, Berwyn, La Grange, Elmhurst
This yoga practice offers both heated and unheated, and restorative to simple meditation.
Locations: Oak Park and River North
SPENGA adds two extra components to your yoga workout for those who are used to a higher level of intensity. 20 minutes of spinning is followed by 20 minutes of strength, and then your workout ends with 20 minutes of yoga.
Locations: Evanston, St. Charles, Glenview, Downers Grove, Oak Park, Elmhurst and Mokena
Shying away from corporate aerobic yoga, La Luna offers a calm and restorative yoga.
Location: Oak Park
This yoga studio offers a variety of yoga classes, workshops, events and teacher training opportunities as well as a vegan cafe in the Oak Park location.
Locations: Oak Park, Wicker Park
Opening soon: Local Yoga in Forest Park