We've given alot of thought to the structure and content of the classes we teach, so that you can choose what you'd like to experience and understand what to expect when you come to one.
In every class we emphasize the breath, proper form and alignment, and mindfulness. These elements are foundational.
Classes may begin as well as end with supine relaxation to allow time and space for us to come fully into our bodies and connect with the rhythm of long deep breathing.
Instructions often contain reminders to breathe deeply or clarify when to inhale and exhale in postures and movements.
The Yoga Fundamentals series and the Beginning Yoga classes are structured to have more explicit and detailed instruction in form and alignment in light of what they are designed to impart.
Beginning Yoga builds on the foundation established in the Yoga Fundamentals series. Each class will focus on understanding and practicing a basic beginning posture, with preliminary warm-ups and stretches designed to lengthen and strengthen the muscles used in that posture. Correct form and alignment for each posture are emphasized, yogic breathing is reviewed and reinforced, and other basic breath techniques are introduced over the course of several months. Stay with it until you've worked with all of the major beginning poses and feel comfortable and confident about moving into Open or Continuing classes.
Open Hatha assumes knowledge of basic postures and body positioning. From this starting point directives are given for different levels of ability and interest. Several variations may be given for each posture so that students can choose where they want to focus, but no one will ever be pressured to move into a version they prefer not to do or don't feel ready to do. Proficient students may challenge themselves in any posture by choosing the more challenging option.
Continuing Hatha is not for beginners, please! Warm-ups and preliminary postures may be given with minimal instruction ~ knowledge of form and alignment in these is assumed. More challenging postures will be given and instructed more completely. Often a particular pose or body region is selected as a class focal point, with opening sequences designed to support this focus. Backbends and introductory inversions are a distinct possibility! Basic breath techniques (pranayama) will be taught, although not in every class.
The mindfulness component of our instruction emphasizes a gentle, gradual training of the mind to rest on the flow of the breath, the movement of the body, and the physical sensations created by breathing and moving.
The mental posture can be the most challenging as well as the most rewarding.
Each of us has the inner capacity to move beyond and beneath the busyness of our minds and tap into a wellspring of alert yet still attention. Dropping down into this experience during classes and during daily life is rejuvenating and expansive.
We encourage you to be in your body, to stay with your breath, to be fully present and alive from moment to moment.
About Contemplative Practice Yoga with Marianne.
Marianne Steenvoorden CPYT, E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga in the
area since 1998. Her journey began in
Chicago La Jolla when she was introduced to Master
Yoga while studying with Deepak Chopra. The gentle approach and the precision
of the alignments, including supports, appealed to her so much that she decided
to enroll in the teacher training course. In November of 2000 she opened "Heaven On Earth Yoga" in River Forest,
followed by a second studio in Orland Park. She relocated
the River Forest
center to Elgin Ave
several years ago. Forest Park
Her journey is ongoing as she continues to learn with courses that call to her. In 2012, she trained with Kim Orr to learn Contemplative Practice Yoga. She finds this approach makes teaching even more joyful and effective. Contemplative Practice Yoga uses the same supports, with some little changes here and there in alignments which create profound results.
Marianne has closed her
She has logged thousands of hours of teaching, is certified in two schools of yoga, and has a warm and gracious presence that connects easily and genuinely with students. We love her energy and are happy to welcome her into our space.
Marianne will maintain her own class fee schedule,
which currently is as follows:
One drop-in class is $20
5-class pass is $85, to be used within 2 months
10-class pass is $145, to be used within 4 months
Checks should be made payable to Marianne
and not to Dancing Cranes
About Sunday Morning Hatha with Diane Dombeck.
Beginning Sunday, September 22, Diane will be teaching weekly at Dancing Cranes Yoga.
This is great news for those of you in the area who haven't had an opportunity to conveniently take classes with her since she left the Park District of Oak Park.
And for those of you who have never been her student -- you are in for a treat!
This class is appropriate for those who are newer to yoga as well as continuing students who are looking to refine their experience of the foundational poses. Classes emphasize developing strength, flexibility, and ease in the body in order to quiet the mind. A variety of poses will be explored with the intent of developing a greater sense of body consciousness and release of engrained holding patterns.
Registration for a series of 4 classes: $56. Drop-in rate if there is space available: $16 per class. Pre-reg and Pay Pal payment option coming here soon. In the meantime you can email us your intention to attend and drop a check in the mail.
Diane Dombeck is an exemplary hatha yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher. With a strong foundation in Iyengar yoga, she studied, apprenticed and taught Master classes twice weekly with Gabriel Halpern at Yoga Circle.
For many years she served as one of the main instructors in the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in
. (In fact, she was one of Tom's instructors in the 1997-1998 program!). She taught weekly for the Park District of Oak Park, at Chicago Dole Center on , for over a decade, attracting a committed group of regular students with her knowledge, innovation and vibrant energy. We are honored to host her at Dancing Cranes, bringing her back to the near west suburbs once again! Augusta
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