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Workshops & Classes

"From years of practicing Ashtanga and Dharma Mittra yoga and maintaining a yogic diet, she is stunningly flexible (yes, she can put her foot behind her head). To accommodate attendees of all abilities, Kali demonstrated several modified versions of each pose. Throughout the workshop, Kali wove in teachings from the Yoga Sutras and wisdom gleaned from her teachers."

 

-Yoga Chicago magazine

 

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ATMA BODHA: SELF-KNOWLEDGE
Philosophy & Meditation Course with Kali Om
Thursdays, 6:30-8PM, October 3 to November 21 (8 classes)
Andersonville location | $185 before 9/28, $210 after

Class meets Oct. 3, 10, 27, 24 & 31 and Nov 7, 14 & 21

 

Tired of suffering? Stop trying to fix yourself / the world, and find out who you are.


This course is based on Swami Chinmayananda's translation of Adi Shankaracharya's early 8th Century jnana yoga text, Atma Bodha (Self-Knowledge). Atma Bodha contains the essence of Vedanta or Jnana Yoga – the most direct and efficient path of yoga – and its study is highly recommended by Sri Dharma Mittra. Atma Bodha answers fundamental questions about the nature of reality and truth – of who we are and why we are here; class will include open discussion, self-inquiry, meditation and other practices to help us apply these timeless principles to daily life. This course is for anyone who is seeking lasting happiness and is tired of suffering; the book is included in the course fee.
 
Space is extremely limited: please sign up early to reserve your spot. You may pay in person via cash or check payable to Kali Om, via US mail (Kali Om, P.O. Box 60401, Chicago, IL, 60660) or via PayPal (3% fee):

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Workshop and Course Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the event receive a 50% refund. For cancellations less than 30 days prior to the event, a 50% credit will be applied toward any class or workshop. No refunds or credits for cancellations less than one week prior to the event / course start date.


 
Private Lessons, Corporate Yoga and Workplace Yoga Classes
Interested in private yoga sessions? Workplace yoga lessons? 

 

Kali offers private yoga lessons in the yoga studio, via Skype or at your home or workplace, for any level of student. Students with busy schedules, injuries or specific goals will benefit from a yoga practice that begins exactly where you are. Pure beginners are welcome!

 

She is also certified in Senior's Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics and Yoga for Menopause, and can teach you hatha yoga sequences that alleviate everything from asthma to neck problems to weak ankles. She also teaches people with cancer through Gilda's Club at Rush Hospital, and at a local nursing home.

 

In addition to teaching postures, Kali can help you develop a home asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) or meditation practice - or work with you on a particular pose or area of the body. She can design a program for you for general fitness and health. She can also teach you how to work around an existing injury. 

 

Kali specializes in yoga sequences designed to help reduce lower back pain, sinus headaches, anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression. She can also advise you on diet and lifestyle. 

 

Packages and sliding scale are available. Please call 773-315-5489 or e-mail kaliom108 [at] yahoo [dot] com for more info.

 

 

 

KALI'S TEACHING SCHEDULE

highligted classes are small and focused, and draw commited participants


SUNDAY
-10-11:30AM Dharma Yoga Level I-IV, Blair Holmes Prod, 3759 Ravenswood, 228B

^^small-group class; drop-ins welcome^^

-12:30-2PM Ashtanga Half Primary Series, East Bank Club (Level II-III)
-2:15-3:30PM Gentle/Restorative Yoga, East Bank Club 

-3:45-4:45PM Yoga Nidra, East Bank Club

 

MONDAY
-Available for Workplace and Private Lessons
-4:30-5:30PM Dharma Yoga I-II, LPAC

-6-7:30 PM Ashtanga Primary Series, DePaul Univ. (Level II-III)

^^Small-group class; open to the public.^^

 

TUESDAY
-11-12:30 Ashtanga Half Primary Series, East Bank Club (Level I-III)
-5:30-7PM Dharma Yoga I-II, LPAC

-7:15-8:15 Dharma Yoga I-II, DePaul Univ.

 

WEDNESDAY
-Available for Workplace and Private Lessons
-4-5:15 PM Dharma Yoga  I-II, LVAC 
-6-7:15PM Dharma Yoga I-II, LSAC

 

THURSDAY
-6-7AM Dharma Yoga I-II, LPAC

-1:15-2:15 Yoga Nidra at Gilda's Club (free monthly class)
-Available for Workplace and Private Lessons

-6:30-8PM Jnana Yoga and Meditation (e-mail for info)

 

FRIDAY
-Available for Workplace and Private Lessons
-4-5:15PM Dharma Yoga I-II, LVAC
-6:30-7:30PM Dharma Yoga I-II, EAC


Dharma Yoga is a flowing classical yoga originated by NYC-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra and is suitable for students of all levels. Its foundation is the challenging-yet-meditative Shiva Namaskar vinyasa sequence, which purifies and energizes the body, calms the mind, and opens the hips and shoulders. Students are guided through the sequence according to their needs and abilities, and the emphasis is on practicing in a relaxed manner and feeling content. Class may conclude with a simple breathing exercise and brief meditation. Kali is the senior teacher of Dharma Yoga in Chicago and has completed Sri Dharma Mittra's 200, 500 and 800-hour trainings as well as his 500-hour refresher. From him, she received the name Yogi Kali Om. 

 

Ashtanga Yoga is a challenging and dynamic series of poses linked together through coordinated breath and movement to create energy flow and an internal purifying heat. The rigorous sequence calms the mind and develops strength, balance, concentration and flexibility. Kali spent over 12 months studying directly with the source of ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – including five trips to India - and does her best to transmit the system as she learned it from him.
 

 

 

Kali at Abby Falls, India, 2002 (by Sean Miller)

PAST WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

 

AUTUMN EQUINOX SUNRISE PRACTICE AT THE LAKEFRONT
Saturday, September 21, 6-7:30am
27 Sun Salutations + Sunrise Meditation + Gayatri Mantra + Vegan Treat
Lake Michigan at Lawrence Avenue (4800N)
$20 or pay-what-you-can
See the video here.

 

Meet at 6 a.m. at the lakefront near a grove of trees just north (left) of Lawrence Avenue – where there is free parking and easy access via bicycle and public transport. We'll do sun salutations on grass (not sand) and chant the Gayatri Mantra as the sun rises; then we'll finish our asana practice. All levels (rest as needed). Please bring your own mat and plan to arrive 10 minutes early so you can get settled before we begin at 6:00am sharp. Please note that there is no bathroom facility at this site.

 

Pre-registration strongly encouraged to insure your spot/treat. You may pay in person via cash or check, or via PayPal (3% fee)

 


 DIVINE PURIFICATION COURSE

Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM | Andersonville Location
5 Classes | $90/$100
Please register early; space is limited and this course has sold out in the past

 

Divine Purification improves physical and mental health and is an essential step along the path of yoga. It includes specific breathing, chanting, visualization and concentration techniques to balance the chakras, clear out the nadis (subtle energy channels) and calm the mind. This is a quick and excellent antidote to depression, anxiety and fatigue.  It will also help you develop your breathwork/meditation practice. This powerful sadhana was learned directly from Kali's guru, Sri Dharma Mittra.

 

Pre-registration is required. You may pay in person via cash or check, or via PayPal (includes fee), below. Registration is not confirmed until payment is made and a confirmation e-mail is received.

 

 

TAMING THE MIND MAHA SADHANA

DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP

Saturday, May 18, 11:30-2:30
Sweet Pea's Studio, 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave. (773.315.5489)

Includes asana, pranayama, chakra-balancing & Yoga Nidra (Psychic Sleep)

 

"For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy."     -Bhagavad-Gita

 

Learn how to make your mind your humble servant -- and not your tormentor! Suitable for all levels, this calming, grounding, and complete practice will leave you feeling refreshed, calm and focused.

 

It will include postures, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation and other practices designed to help understand and calm your mind so you can focus on what is most important to you. Based on the classical, flowing system originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one's full energetic potential.

 

Our philosophical focus will be the mind - what it consists of (antahkarana), its different states or fluctuations (vrittis), and its colorings or obstacles along the path to liberation (kleshas). Understanding the mind is the foundation of Raja Yoga and leads to inner bliss. 


Please note that space is extremely limited, and our workshops often sell out. Your space is not guaranteed until payment is made and a confirmation letter is received.

 

 

NEW COURSE! AWAKENING TO REALITY: TATTVABODHA

Thursdays 6:30-8PM | April 18-June 6

8 classes, limited to 8 people |  Andersonville location

April 18 & 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & June 6

ONE SPOT LEFT!

$205

 

Are you seeking lasting happiness? Are you tired of suffering?

 

This course will answer fundamental questions about the nature of reality and truth – of who we are and why we are here – and will include open discussion, self-inquiry, and other practices to help us apply the timeless principles of Vedanta to modern daily life.

 

This course is based on Swami Tejomayonanda's translation of Adi Shankaracharya's early 8th century jnana yoga text, Tattvabodha (Awakening to Reality). Tattvabodha outlines the foundational ideas behind Vedanta or Jnana Yoga – the most direct and efficient path of yoga. The book is included in the course fee.

 

Highly recommended for those who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice, and/or wish to have the support of satsang (spiritual community). As the Bhagavad-Gita says, "Even a little of this knowledge saves one from the great fear."

 

Please note that space is extremely limited, and that these courses usually sell out. Your space is not guaranteed until payment is made and a confirmation letter is received.

 

Pay in person via cash or mail a check made out to Kali Om to Kali Om,  P.O. Box 60401, Chicago, IL 60660. Or use Paypal (3% fee):

 

 

 

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES:
YOGA FOR ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & STRESS

 

Does winter get you down? Does LIFE get you down? You're not alone!

In this workshop we will learn about the body-mind connection, and how timeless yoga techniques can be used to cultivate a sense of inner peace. We will use basic yoga postures, breathing practices and chanting to manage symptoms associated with the season — such as lethargy, racing thoughts and negativity. We will also discuss how small changes in diet and lifestyle can help you manage your moods. You will go home armed with practical, time-tested tools to help you weather the season's darkest days.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of student who are currently experiencing mild to moderate seasonal-related symptoms. It is not intended to be a substitute for therapy or medical treatment, but can serve as a support to current treatment.

Read Kali's related article here.

 

WINTER RE-SET MAHA SADHANA
DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
Energizing and Detoxifying Practice
With Psychic Development and Yoga Nidra
Saturday, March 2, 11:30-2:30
Sweet Pea's Studio, 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave. (773.315.5489)
$50 | Space is extremely limited
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE AND TIME


Suitable for all levels, this calming, grounding, and complete practice will leave you feeling restored, refreshed and focused.

 

It will include postures, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation and other practices designed to help clear your mind so you can focus on what is most important to you. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one's full energetic potential.

 

Our focus will be on detoxifying the physical and subtle bodies and tuning into the inner voice that  is always guiding us in the right direction. We will also do plenty of poses - including some that you may not have seen before. This workshop will also include practical ways to calm the mind, and is a wonderful antidote to fatigue, anxiety, tension and stress. We will conclude with Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep; a lying-down meditation).

 

Please register early! Our workshops can sell out and space is extremely limited. Registration is not complete and your spot is not reserved until payment is made and you have received a confirmation letter.

 

 
NEW COURSE: Jnana Yoga: The Path of Self-Knowledge
Thursdays, 6:30-8PM, Jan. 10 to March 14 (8 classes; limited to 8 people)

Sometimes called Vedanta, Jnana is said to be the most direct path of yoga and answers the question of who we are and why we are here. We'll use classic concepts from the Bhagavad-Gita, Shankaracharya's Viveka Chudamani, and the Upanishads as well as open discussion and other practices to explore this path and apply its principles to daily life and meditation. Highly recommended for those who are looking to deepen their spiritual practice, and/or wish to have the support of satsang (spiritual community). As the Bhagavad-Gita says, "Even a little of this knowledge saves one from the great fear."

 

HOLIDAY CHAKRA-BALANCING
DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
With Yoga Nidra
Saturday, December 15, 11-2
Chicago School of Yoga, 2442 N. Lincoln Ave. (773.315.5489)


The holidays can bring out the best in us, the worst in us - or both. Suitable for all levels, this calming, grounding, and complete practice will give you some "you" time to restore balance in the physical and energetic bodies so you can shine at your best. We'll also share some strategies for dealing with difficult situations during the holidays.

 

It will include postures, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation and other practices designed to help balance your chakras and heal body and mind so you can weather the holidays. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one's full energetic potential.

 

Our focus will be on balancing the chakras, relaxing deeply, and developing our intuition - the inner voice that is always guiding us in the right direction. We'll also do plenty of poses - including some that you may not have seen before. This workshop will also include practical ways to calm the mind, and is a wonderful antidote to anxiety, tension and stress. We will conclude with Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep; a lying-down meditation).

 

DEALING WITH ANGER MAHA SADHANA
DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
With Chakra-Balancing and Yoga Nidra
Saturday, November 3, 11-2
Chicago School of Yoga, 2442 N. Lincoln Ave. (773.315.5489)

 

Suitable for all levels, this calming, cooling and complete practice will include postures, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation and specific practices to help dispel anger and negativity. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one's full energetic potential.

 

Our focus will be on diffusing anger, reducing attachment, and developing our intuition - the inner voice that is always guiding us in the right direction. We will also do plenty of poses - including some that you may not have seen before. This workshop will also include practical ways to calm the mind, and is a wonderful antidote to anxiety, tension and stress. We will conclude with Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep; a lying-down meditation).

 

Our workshops often sell out, and space for this workshop is extremely limited; please register early to insure your spot. Please note that you are not registered until payment is made and you have received a confirmation e-mail.


MAHA SADHANA DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
FOCUS: HELP WITH DECISION-MAKING
with Yoga Nidra
Saturday, October 6, 11-2
Chicago School of Yoga, 2442 N. Lincoln Ave. (773.315.5489)
$50
Drop-ins welcome!

 

Suitable for all levels, this calming, grounding, and complete practice will include postures, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation and other practices designed to help clear your mind so you can make good decisions. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one's full energetic potential.

 

Our focus will be on distinguishing between shreya (what is good) and preya (what is pleasant) and developing our intuition - the inner voice that is always guiding us in the right direction. We will also do plenty of poses - including some that you may not have seen before. This workshop will also include practical ways to calm the mind, and is a wonderful antidote to anxiety, tension and stress. We will conclude with Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep; a lying-down meditation).


PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION II COURSE
Thursdays, Sept 13 to November 8
(September 13 & 20, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1 & 8)
6:30-7:45pm | West Andersonville
8 classes | $185


In this course, we will continue to explore pranayama (breathwork) and meditation. We will start with a review of the basics of breathing and concentration/ meditation, and then delve into more subtle practices as well as their inclusive, non-dogmatic spiritual underpinnings and the obstacles that can appear on the path. We will also learn how to use a mala.

 

Students will ultimately receive individualized plans designed to calm the mind and attune it the Supreme Self, which they can then continue after the course.

 

This course is suitable for those who have completed courses in Pranayama & Meditation I, Psychic Development and Divine Purification; those who have attended our retreats; and those who have explored these areas with other teachers. Not sure if it's for you? Send us an email: kaliom108 [at] yahoo [dot] com

 

Space for this course is extremely limited; please register early to insure your spot. Please note that you are not registered until payment is made and you have received a confirmation e-mail. You may pay Kali in person via check or cash, or use Paypal (3% fee):


BOOK RELEASE PARTY & WORKSHOP FOR KALI'S NEW BOOK:
'BEYOND THE MAT: JUST DON'T DO YOGA - LIVE IT'
Saturday, September 15, 1-4
Yoga Now, 742 N. LaSalle
312.280.9642 | www.yoganowchicago.com
$40/$45 at the door

 

In this workshop – which is based on Kali Om's new book of Yoga Chicago magazine columns -- you'll learn how yoga's timeless and universal philosophy can be applied to life and off the mat, and help us cultivate contentment in an increasingly chaotic world. Her book also includes practical yoga remedies for overcoming anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, constipation and more.

As Yogi Cameron says, "In 'Beyond the Mat,' Kali Om beautifully brings our awareness to how true yoga starts once our morning practice has finished and our interactions with the world begin."

Please bring your questions to this all-levels event. Our healing practice will include asana, pranayama, philosophy, chanting and Yoga Nidra in the tradition of Sri Dharma Mittra. Copies of Kali's book will also be available for purchase. Plus we'll share a vegan treat.

 


DEALING WITH ANGER MAHA SADHANA
DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
with Yoga Nidra
Saturday, August 4, 11-2
Chicago School of Yoga, 2442 N. Lincoln Ave. (773.315.5489)

Suitable for all levels, this calming, cooling and complete practice will include postures, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation and other practices to help dispel anger and negativity. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one's full energetic potential.

 

Our focus will be on diffusing anger and developing our intuition - the inner voice that is always guiding us in the right direction. We will also do plenty of poses - including some that you may not have seen before. This workshop will also include practical ways to calm the mind, and is a wonderful antidote to anxiety, tension and stress. We will conclude with Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep; a lying-down meditation).

 

Our workshops usually sell out, and space for this workshop is extremely limited; please register early to insure your spot. Please note that you are not registered until payment is made and you have received a confirmation e-mail.

 

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE
Manifesting Your Dreams: Psychic Development with Kali Om
June 7 to August 16 (10 classes; no class 7/19)
Thursday nights 6:30-7:30 | Andersonville location
Pre-registration required | $225 first-time | $125 for repeat students


Psychic Development is an ancient practice to improve your concentration and put power behind your thoughts. This active meditation practice includes pranayama (breathing) exercises, chanting and visualization, and will help purify and calm the mind, dispel negativity, and bring you in touch with your inner intuition. Some yogis believe that intuition is the most valuable faculty we have, because it is through intuition that we recognize spiritual truth.

This rare course will be taught in a ten-class sequence, and is limited to eight people. When it's completed, you will have all the tools you need to continue this very powerful practice on your own. The specific sequence is unique to the Dharma Yoga lineage, and was learned directly from Kali's spiritual preceptor, Sri Dharma Mittra - who learned it from his guru, and so on.

If you took this course in the past, you may repeat it for $125.


PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION COURSE
Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, February 1, 15, 22, March 22, 29
SOLD OUT
6:30-7:30pm | West Andersonville location
8 classes | $180
773.315.5489 www.yogikaliom.com

In this course, we will explore pranayama (breathwork) and meditation. We will start with the basics of breathing and concentration/meditation, including everyday practices and "special occasion" breathwork - including Calming Breathing and Positive Breathing to stabilize the emotions. We will then delve into more subtle practices. We will also learn how to use a mala.

Students will ultimately receive individualized plans designed to calm the mind and attune it the Supreme Self, which they can then continue after the course.

 

 

MAHA SADHANA: DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
Focus on Nadis, Chakras and Yoga Nidra

Suitable for all levels, this complete practice will include asana, chanting, pranayama, philosophy and meditation as well as Yoga Nidra. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one’s full energetic potential. Our focus will be on purifying the subtle body, where thoughts and feelings are stored.


YOGA NIDRA & DIVINE PURIFICATION
Saturday, December 10, 11:30-1:30
Meditate - Yoga & Meditation Center
4237 N. Lincoln Ave. (773.315.5489) | $30 before Mon. 12/5, $40 after

Yoga Nidra or Psychic Sleep is an active, lying down meditation that purifies, rejuvenates and energizes all of the body’s systems, bolstering its natural healing capacities and allowing the joints, organs and systems to become healthy, balanced and refreshed. This Deep Healing Relaxation technique dispels tension and fatigue in the physical body, calms the mind, and relieves depression, anxiety, headaches, cravings and desires.

Purification improves physical and mental health and is an essential step along the path of yoga. We will use special breathing, chanting, visualization and concentration techniques to help clear out the nadis (subtle energy channels), calm the mind, and stimulate the chakras. We will also explore how diet and yoga’s ethical roots relate to success in yoga. This workshop is a good fit for those wishing to explore pranayama (breathwork) practice.

This sitting and lying-down program is open to all levels. These practices were learned directly from Kali’s guru, Sri Dharma Mittra.

Space is extremely limited! Please register early to insure your spot, either in person via cash or check, or via Paypal.

FOCUS ON PRANAYAMA (BREATHWORK)
MAHA SADHANA: DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP

Saturday, November 12, 11:30-2:30 $50
Meditate - Yoga & Meditation Center, 4237 N. Lincoln. (773) 315-5489

Maha Sadhana means “The Great Practice,” and this amazing, classical yoga-based intensive will help you make rapid progress in your practice. Suitable for all levels, it will include asana, chanting, pranayama, and meditation as well as direction toward the true goal of yoga. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra, its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one’s full energetic potential. The emphasis is on overcoming imagined limitations and offering every pose to one’s highest Self.

Our focus will be the pranayama or breathwork. We'll explore traditional pranayama (breathing) methods that calm the mind , and which can be incorporated into one's daily practice. We'll also cover some "special occasion" practices for healing.

MAHA SADHANA: DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP:
Jnana Yoga - The Path of Self-Inquiry


Maha Sadhana means “The Great Practice,” and this amazing, classical yoga-based intensive will deepen your yoga experience. Suitable for all levels, it will include asana, chanting, breathing and meditation as well as direction toward the true goal of yoga. Based on the classical, flowing style originated by New York City-based yogi Dharma Mittra (creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Poses), its foundation is the dynamic Shiva Namaskar sequence - which opens the hips and shoulders, makes the spine supple, and unleashes one’s full energetic potential. Some poses are repeated, so that students may go more deeply into them each time. The emphasis is on overcoming imagined limitations and offering every pose to one’s highest Self.

Pose variations will be given for all levels; please e-mail kaliom108 [at] yahoo [dot] com with any questions.

You may pay in person using cash or check, or use Paypal to reserve your spot:


GURU PURNIMA PROGRAM

What are you putting off that would deepen your yoga practice?

Guru Purnima is a special full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad in which yogis honor their teachers and all spiritual preceptors dating back to the sage Vyasa

In this special workshop we will discuss how to make and keep a sankalp (vow) and commit to a new level of practice for a four-month period starting on Guru Purnima - which this year falls on Tuesday, July 19. This complete yoga practice will also include asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation as taught by Kali’s guru, Sri Dharma Mittra.


BEYOND THE MAT:
Don't Just "Do" Yoga - Live It! $35/45
Monday, February 23, 11:45-1:45
(Optional Dharma Yoga Asana Practice from 10:30-11:30)
Asanas & More Yoga in St. Charles

Yoga postures are just one part of an ancient science that leads the practitioner towards a state of sattva (peace, purity and harmony) and helps us deal with problems, achieve our goals, and find inner peace.

The science of yoga is as vital and relevant today as it was when it was developed over 5,000 years ago. In this workshop, we will use The Yoga Sutras and other texts to explore practical methods of weaving the classical teachings of yoga into modern, daily life. We will also incorporate chanting and meditation into the practice; participants will be inspired to go from “doing” yoga to living it.


Satsang is a spiritual gathering and includes kirtan, Q & A, meditation and discussion of scripture. It is fueled by questions from the participants. Satsang, or spending time with other aspirants, accelerates one's spiritual practice and removes doubts. Open to all (chairs provided, or you may sit on the floor).

Divine Purification improves physical and mental health and is an essential step along the path of yoga. We will use special breathing, chanting, visualization and concentration techniques to help clear out the nadis (subtle energy channels) and calm the mind. It is an excellent antidote to depression, anxiety, fatigue and the winter blues.

Yogic Diet. The goal of the soothing yogic diet is to create a calm, peaceful mind that is easy to control. In this workshop we will explore the traditional yogic diet and its benefits as well as the reasoning behind it. Participants will also learn practical ways to transition towards a yogic diet and seamlessly weave it into daily life.

Mantra and Vedic Chanting. One of the most efficient ways to calm and focus the mind and destroy negativity is through chanting and mantra. We will explore some of the most important Sanskrit mantras and Vedic chants in this special class. Please bring a mala (108-bead rosary) as we will also practice japa (mantra meditation with beads).

Yoga Nidra is active, lying down meditation that purifies, rejuvenates and energizes all of the body’s systems, bolstering its natural healing capacities and allowing the joints, organs and systems to become healthy, balanced and refreshed. It dispels tension and fatigue in the physical body, calms the mind, and relieves depression, anxiety, headaches, cravings and desires – and puts power behind your thoughts.

Psychic Development is an ancient practice to improve your concentration and put power behind your thoughts. It includes pranayama (breathing) exercises, chanting and meditation, and will help purify and calm the mind and bring you in touch with your inner intuition. Practitioners should have a regular asana practice and a vegetarian diet.

MEDITATION. NOT MEDICATION: Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Stress
Saturday, June 7, 1-4pm,
Creative Therpeutics, 400 East Hillcrest in DeKalb. 815-758-5508.

In this workshop we will learn about the body-mind connection, and how timeless yoga techniques can be used to cultivate a sense of inner peace. We will use basic yoga postures, breathing practices and chanting to manage symptoms such as lethargy, racing thoughts and negativity. We will also discuss how small changes in diet and lifestyle can help you manage your emotions. You will go home armed with practical, time-tested tools to help you deal with the mind's many moods.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of student who are currently experiencing mild to moderate mood-related symptoms. It is not intended to be a substitute for therapy or medical treatment, but can serve as a support to current treatment. Read Kali's related article here.

YOGA BEYOND ASANA:
Pranayama (Breathing) and Meditation


The goal of yoga is to settle the mind into silence so that we can discover our true, peaceful nature. In this session we will explore a variety of classical yoga breathing, concentration and meditation techniques designed to quiet the mind.

We will explore traditional pranayama (breathing) methods as well as "special occasion" practices for healing. Participants will also be exposed to yogic concentration and meditation techniques to make the mind single-pointed – which makes it easer to perform one’s daily tasks. We will conclude with deep relaxation - which Sri Dharma Mittra calls the greatest antidote to impurities.

This workshop will include some light asana (postures), and is suitable for all levels of student - particularly those who wish to develop a home sitting practice. These practices were learned directly from Kali’s guru, Sri Dharma Mittra.

YOGA FOR BACK CARE
October 2010 at YogaNow and Creative Therapeutics

Do you have lower back or neck pain? In this workshop, Kali will share the yoga poses, stretches and relaxation techniques that have helped alleviate and prevent her own lower back pain and SI joint issues. We will explore back-friendly variations of common yoga poses, and focus on those that can lessen discomfort or stiffness in the neck and upper back. We will also discuss how small changes lifestyle can help keep your spine healthy.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of student who are currently experiencing mild to moderate back issues. Prior yoga experience is helpful, but not required. This workshop It is not intended to be a substitute for therapy or medical treatment, but can serve as a support to current treatment.


ADJUSTMENTS 101
February 25: Standing Poses, Backbends and Inversions
March 5: Seated Postures and Balances
Chicago Yoga Center

This hands-on workshop will focus on (but not be limited to) the poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series, plus backbends and inversions. Participants will learn how to analyze postures and give gentle verbal and physical cues to safely help students gain proper alignment and explore poses more deeply.