What is Sound Healing?

Sound Healing is one of the most ancient and natural methods of healing known to man. Also known as vibrational medicine, the practice uses the vibrations of the human voice, as well as objects, such as Tibetan singing bowls.

It uses the power of sound to go beyond relaxation and restore the mind, body and spirit. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep, powerful effect and leave you feeling balanced and refreshed.

The Benefits of Sound Healing:

·      lessens stress and anxiety

·      heightens mood

·      lowers blood pressure/cholesterol levels

·      eases pain

·      lessens risk for coronary artery disease and stroke

·      improves sleep

Sound Healing Vinyasa Workshop

Join Sean and Lauren D for this 90 minute vinyasa flow class guided by the rhythmic vibrations of drums and the didgeridoo. Lauren will lead you through a grounding, yet uplifting vinyasa flow class while Sean works his magic musically.

Saturday, January 19
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Elmhurst Location

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Intention vs. Resolution

You are two weeks into January and already starting to lax on your New Year’s Resolution. You just know that by the time February rolls around that your resolution will become something to maybe visit again in the Spring because it will be easier then… or perhaps next week or next month when the timing is better “to achieve it.” This is a very common tale for people of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds. A very common tale. It’s a story that we re-write year after year, thinking that the ending will somehow be different this time.


According to WikiDiff, the definition of Resolution is: 


(en noun)

·  A strong will, determination. 

·  The state of being resolute. 

·  A statement of intent, a vow. 

·  The act of discerning detail.


Whereas the definition of Intention is:


(en noun)

·  A course of action that a person intends to follow.


Even in the simplest of terms, the definition of intention, resonates within me. It uses the word "course" - implying that there's a journey involved - a journey I intend to be on, not just this year, but perhaps, always. It doesn’t sound so hard to do, right? After all, we set intentions all the time in yoga class and end up feeling refreshed and hopeful after we roll up our mat. So what if this year, we made a New Year’s Intention, rather than a Resolution?


The Sanskrit word for intention is Sankalpa, which implies soul growth. A good intention nurtures your consciousness and raises your awareness. It is a positive call to action about something you want to do, rather than something you don’t want to do, but feel that you “should.”

For example:


Resolution: Lose 20 pounds 

(because if I don’t, I won’t fit in my dress, I will be the fattest of my friends, I won’t be able to run in that marathon, etc.)


Intention: I will treat my body with respect today. I will nourish it with good food, exercise, and rest.

(because I deserve it.)


Setting an intention is about giving us focus and meaning to our lives. It is all about attitude towards what we want to transform or change. The great thing about setting intentions is that you can do them daily, weekly or monthly. Unlike New Year's resolutions, intentions are meant to used as a daily tool, not as a means to an end. When we realize that our past resolutions were supposed to be of a higher nature – a daily mindset – a boundless purpose  – the Universe works hard to not only manifest it, but to keep it in your stream of consciousness.


How to Set an Intention:

  • Sit silently.
  • Fold your hands and bring awareness to your heart.
  • Relax, breathe deeply.
  • Keep your intention simple.
  • Express your intention without judgement or expectation.
  • Release your intention to the Universe.
  • Trust with complete faith that it will manifest.

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh


A Time to Renew

During the winter months we descend into our bodies, into sleep, and darkness, much like certain animals hibernate. Many find this scary, but it is actually a great time for rest and deep reflection. Many of our emotions have been hiding in the dark caves within ourselves, and it is important to visit them with forgiveness and love. To forgive is to wipe the slate clean and start over. There is nothing more invigorating than letting go of past judgement or pain, feelings of inadequacy or anger. Once acknowledged and forgiven, our souls automatically feel nourished and open to love. True freedom comes when we face our issues and learn from them. The dark caves become filled with light to guide you into the future.

Yoga/Meditation as a Coping Tool

Why do yogis tend to have cooler reactions to problems/stressful situations?

It is not all mental as many of us think. Studies have shown that those who meditate have a larger right insula (the portion of the brain that involves body awareness). This awareness is important because if you know how your mind/body will respond, you’ll have an upper hand in managing it. You learn to control your thoughts before they escalate into something damaging. Also, the reptilian part of your brain that reacts to fear, called your amygalda, may also decrease in response to stress.

“An estimated 80 to 90 percent of visits to the doctor are stress-related but only less than 3% of doctors talk to their patients about how to reduce stress. Yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices train your body and mind to be able to cope with stress better and improve overall health and well-being.

In a national survey, over 85% of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or weight-lifting in that it powerfully combines both physical fitness with an underlying philosophy of self-compassion and awareness. One of the main concepts in yoga is being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others, which is a powerful tool for stress relief since much of our stress comes from us being hard on ourselves or frustrated with others.”

The quoted excerpt is from Psychology Today, MarlynnWei M.D., J.D. Read the full article here >>>

Seeing Your True Nature

"...Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life..."
Read the full article here >>>

How to Look Put Together as a Mom

"... We set the example for our children. The work we stay-at-home moms do all day matters in their lives and in ours. As I make the trek from the car to the school each afternoon, pushing the double jogging stroller, having put in a little effot to look put together as a mom, I show my children that moms have purpose. They aren’t lazy or lacking self-worth, they are professionals doing important work every day. You are a pro mom- you are working on the nitty gritty of motherhood every day and you can feel and look empowered, not dragged down...."

 For some great tips and inspiration, read the full article here >>>

Let Yourself Rest...Slowly, Gently, Deeply.

Restorative yoga is within itself a very healing practice. Adding aerial silks to cradle and lengthen allows us to relax even deeper and to let go more.
Aerial silks are used to get into deep stretches and are held for an extended amount of time to allow the pose to affect not only your muscles, but to lengthen and strength your connective tissue, circulate synovial fluid, and lengthen your spine. You also experience a deep and lasting state of relaxation as this practice also calms your central nervous system.
Benefits of Aerial Restorative Yoga:
  • Calms the central nervous system.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Increases flexibility.
  • Increases range of motion in joints.
  • Tractions out the spine.
  • Strengthens and lengthens connective tissue.
  • Enhances mood states, helping with anxiety and depression.

Sunday, December 2  
3:30 - 5:00 pm
NEXT yoga Elmhurst Studio


Members: $30
Non-Members: $35
Day of Pricing

Members: $35
Non-Members: $40
  • Wear light, comfortable clothing and a long sleeve shirt.
  • Avoid eating at least one hour before and drink lots of water afterwards.
  • Bring mat and water.
(Mat/towel rental and water for purchase at the studio.)
Pre-Registration Required.

The Guest House

As we approach the holiday of thankfulness, we are reminded to find gratitude in all things, both good and bad. This poem by Rumi expresses a message of mindfulness… of challenges that may appear to be fearful or even loathing, yet with faith, allows us to become wiser and more compassionate to ourselves and others.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi



3-Ingredient Spray to Refresh Your Yoga Mat

To make this spray at home you need: water, witch hazel, tea tree oil and lavender or any other essential oil. Pour water with witch hazel into a spray bottle. Then add essential oils and your spray is ready. Shake it well and spray over your yoga mat. For more DIY tips, read the full article here >>>

Yoga & Breast Cancer

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, it is important that we all take a proactive approach to help prevent this disease. By getting yourself checked by mammogram, donating to breast cancer research, or helping a loved one deal with their cancer, you can make a world of difference. Read the attached article from about how yoga helps improve the lives of cancer patients...  

Research in breast cancer patients has shown that yoga may be able to help:

  • improve physical functioning
  • reduce fatigue
  • reduce stress 
  • improve sleep
  • improve quality of life
Get the full article here >>>


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