Workshops & Special Classes

"You are SO bailing me out this week! That nasty cough in Chicago has me (very temporarily) back on the industrial strength asthma meds that make me depressed and anxious. I unearthed the handout from your workshops last winter, read the poem, did your calming breathing and was good to go. Thanks a WHOLE lot!"
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WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL CLASSES

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)
$50

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).

Please register early! Our workshops often sell out and space for this one is limited. Registration is not complete until payment is made and you have received a confirmation letter.

You may pay in person via cash or check, or use PayPal (3%fee):









NEW COURSE!
Jnana Yoga: The Path of Self-Knowledge
Thursdays, 6:30-8PM, Jan. 10 to March 14 (8 classes)
Andersonville location
$175 before January 1, $200 after
Class meets Jan. 10, 17, 31; Feb. 7, 21, 28 & March 7, 14

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."

Limited to 8; please sign up early to reserve your spot.

You pay pay in person, via cash or check payable to Kali Om, via US mail (P.O. Box 60401, Chicago, IL, 60660) or via PayPal (3%fee):





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NEW YEAR'S INTENTION-SETTING MAHA SADHANA
DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP
With Chakra-Balancing and Yoga Nidra

Saturday, January 5, 11:30-2:30
Sweet Pea's Studio, 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave. (773.315.5489)
$45 before 12/​25, $50 after
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE AND TIME


Suitable for all levels, this calming, grounding, and complete practice give you all the tools you need to set your goals for 2019 - and fulfill them.

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 creating a logical and doable plan for 2019 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).

Please register early! Our workshops often sell out and space for this one is extremely limited. Registration is not complete until payment is made and you have received a confirmation letter.

You may pay in person via cash or check, or use 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 /​ starting date.


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

Saturday, February 2, 1-4 PM. $45/​$50 door
Yoga Now, 742 N. LaSalle, 312-280-9642

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.


PAST WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

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
We still have space for you!

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.

More info and registration here.


SUNRISE SUN SALUTATIONS AT THE LAKE
Saturday, September 8, 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 before 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 6am sharp. Bring a towel if you plan to jump in! 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)

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)
$50

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.


DIVINE PURIFICATION COURSE
$100 | 5 Classes
SOLD OUT: WAITING LIST AVAILABLE.
Please register early; space is limited and previous courses have sold out.

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 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, and will help you develop your meditation practice. This powerful sadhana was learned directly from 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.


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.

Space is limited! Please register early, either in person via cash or check or using Paypal.


MAHA SADHANA: DHARMA MITTRA VINYASA YOGA WORKSHOP:
The Mysterious Mind: What it is and How it Works

Saturday, September 17, 11:30-2:30 $40 before 9/​11, $50 after
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 (breathwork) 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 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.

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


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.


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