Yoga Classes Zion IL

There are yoga classes offered in all types of yoga, with hatha and Vinyasa yoga being two of the mian types. Other types of yoga include Integral yoga, hot yoga, and Kundalini yoga. Different yoga classes are more fitness-based, while others are more spiritally oriented. See below for yoga studios in Zion, IL that gives access to qualified yoga instructors who teach a range of styles of yoga classes.

Vernon Hills Bally Total Fitness
30 W Phillip Rd
Vernon Hills, IL
Programs & Services
Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Martial Arts, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Steam Room, Yoga

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yoga - learn about yourself for a change
(847) 366-0173
909 Alton Ct
Winthrop Harbor, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha

Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Reiki
(847) 975-9642
33 E North Ave
Lake Bluff, IL
 
lotusyoga /Suzanne Norman R.Y.T.
(847) 549-7443
150 E. Cook Ave.
Libertyville, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha

Yoga Teacher
(847) 975-YOGA
758 Judson
Lake Forest, IL
Yoga Styles
Flow

Deerfield Bally Total Fitness
260 Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Mindful Yoga Studio
(262) 859-2151
6127 Green Bay Rd. Suite 150
Kenosha, WI
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Raja

Yoga: A Gift to Yourself
(847) 338-4332
P.O. Box 103
Grayslake, IL
Yoga Styles
Multi

Yoga with Marlene
(847) 546-7190
272 W. Treehouse Lane
Round Lake, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha - very informal

total body yoga
847-772-9642 (YOGA)
210 Terrace Drive
Mundelein, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Vinyasa, Kids, Prenatal, Family

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Breathe and Heal

Yogic breathwork helps your body absorb more oxygen while shedding stress.

by Linda Melone

June 2010

As the owner of a financial consulting firm, Jon Farber considers stress part of the job. “Even when business is good, it’s still stressful,” says the 44-year old New Yorker. A self-proclaimed “tightly wound” person, he began taking yoga classes a year ago that included conscious breathing techniques.

A lifelong runner and swimmer, Farber didn’t feel he needed instructions on how to breathe. However, he learned that he was breathing too shallowly, resulting in an oxygen deficit that added to his stress. Ten minutes of yogic breathing at the end of each class left him feeling relaxed and focused. “Yogic breathing helps me reframe myself for the week,” says Farber. “It takes a lot of concentration for me, but I feel completely different afterward; even my heart rate slows down.”

Farber attends a weekly class and practices yogic breathing four nights a week on his own before going to sleep. “Yogic breathing has made a big difference in my everyday balance and temperament,” he says.

Few of us pay much attention to our breathing, despite it being a bodily function we can control consciously. Yet yogic breathing can have profound effects on mind, body and spirit, proponents say.

Breathe For What Ails You

Yogic breathing comprises a branch of yoga called Pranayama, a Sanskrit word that means lengthening of the prana, or breath. Pranayama in yoga is used before performing asanas (yoga postures) to cleanse the mind and body.

“Yogic breathing decreases pain for chronic pain sufferers, decreases stress and helps people with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” says Stephanie Mihalas, PhD, NCSP, founder of The Center for Well-Being in Los Angeles. Stress often triggers shallow breathing, which leads to more stressful feelings, creating a feedback loop. “When people are stressed or in a state of panic, they stop breathing,” says Mihalas. “Although you may think you’re breathing, you’re actually panting, taking in short bursts of air.” As a result, less oxygen is in circulation, which adds to a fight-or-flight feeling.

Conscious, diaphragmatic breathing lowers levels of cortisol (a hormone released during stress), produces a sense of calm. Studies show that athletes who practice diaphragmatic breathing increase their antioxidant defenses after strenuous exercise. This may protect them from the long-term adverse effects of free-radical damage from vigorous exertion (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 10/29/09 online).

Why does it seem so natural to breathe shallowly? It’s simply become part of our fast-paced lifestyle. “It’s easier and faster to breathe shallowly from our upper lungs. It takes time to practice slow, deep breathing,” says Mihalas.

Air In, Stress Out

Mihalas suggests the following healing breath practice for quick relief of stress and anxiety. She uses it in her pract...

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