Introduce a meditation option at Yoga South Loop
Yoga South Loop is expanding its services beyond the physical practice of yoga. We know how important a still, relaxed mind is for our overall wellbeing and would like to introduce a meditation option for its readers. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, improve concentration, and increase relaxation and can be a great benefit to add in addition to physical practices.
At Yoga South Loop, we are committed not just to helping our readers with their physical practice of yoga but also in offering resources to help with developing an essential part of their well-being. We have gathered together some of the best meditation practitioners in the world, who will help you create a custom practice system that suits your needs. They are available through our blog, where they offer tips on how best to fit daily meditation into your routine and access exclusive techniques only taught at Yoga South Loop.
We want all of our readers to benefit from better mental health as part of their mindfulness journey at Yoga South Loop. So come check out how we can help you take your physical and mental wellbeing up a notch!
Curated Tips & Advice from the Instructors at Yoga South Loop
1. Start off slow: Even though it can be tempting to jump right into a yoga flow, it is important to remember that everyone is starting from their own level and moving at their own pace. Start your practice with stretches and breathing exercises to ensure you warm up properly before increasing the intensity of your poses.
2. Focus on your breath: The practice of “ujjayi” (victorious) breath can help greatly during your yoga practice by connecting body, breath, and mind. Paying attention to your breath helps to keep your focus inward, while also providing energy throughout each pose.
3. Make modifications when needed: As with any physical activity, the most important thing is safety”so don’t forget to modify poses where necessary! During each pose attempt variations that may be more accessible for your body type or ability level, allowing you to get the most out of each posture without sacrificing safety for a deeper stretch.
4. Incorporate mantras/affirmations: Mantras are short phrases repeated both internally and externally during meditation as a means of redirecting our attention away from stimulating thoughts back towards a peaceful space within ourselves. Utilizing affirmations during yoga can help create structure in order to form mindful behaviors that will satisfy our emotional needs and lead us towards activities we may not have thought were possible before beginning our practice.
Expand on History of Yoga South Loop
Yoga South Loop originally opened in 2009 in Chicago’s South Loop. The original studio was small but very inviting and comfortable, with an initial staff of two certified yoga instructors. It offered a variety of classes, from beginners to more advanced levels, to accommodate the various needs of the local community.
In 2012 the studio began expanding its reach and offerings for the growing number of yogis in the area. More experienced instructors were hired and several new classes were added such as hot yoga and aerial yoga. This expansion allowed Yoga South Loop to further diversify its target clientele by creating unique experiences that sought to challenge and uplift students at every level of their practice”from pure beginner up through teacher training.
Yoga South Loop has undergone several renovations over the years as well as growing technologically advanced, particularly with regards to registering and paying for classes online. In 2020 it transitioned into a completely virtual platform due to COVID-19; this enabled members to take advantage of a wider array of classes held on Zoom instead of just being limited by physical space constraints at the main studio location.
The growth and evolution of Yoga South Loop has been steered not only by its commitment to providing top-notch instruction, but also by its mission to create an environment that celebrates each individual’s path towards self discovery. Its dedication to championing a holistic approach through yoga is seen not only on the mat but in everyday life, empowering students to go beyond their potential while connecting them with one another in meaningful ways along life’s journey.
Yoga South Loop Community Testimonies
Yoga South Loop has a vibrant and welcoming community of yogis. Their testimonies show how the studio positively impacts their lives.
Chelsea, who has been practicing yoga with Yoga South Loop for two years, says that she found it helped her deal with stress. She states that, “Before joining this group, I was overwhelmed and unable to cope with the demands of work and life. The classes helped me quiet my mind and relax my body, allowing me to be more present in my daily life.”
Luca praises the supportive environment at Yoga South Loop. He raves about his experience saying, “I love coming to this studio because the atmosphere is so uplifting! It’s incredibly encouraging ” even when we push ourselves in class, there’s always a sense of compassion that starts in the instructor’s voice and radiates throughout the studio.”
Jane speaks fondly about how her practice has evolved since joining Yoga South Loop. She says; “I’ve been coming here for nine months now and my practice keeps unfolding in different ways every day! I’m stronger than ever before thanks to this studio and great instructors”.
The testimonies from Chelsea, Luca, Jane clearly demonstrate why Yoga South Loop is such an important part of so many yogis’ lives. Not only does the studio offer an atmosphere conducive to relaxation and growing strength through yoga practice but their warm community also facilitates personal growth on both mental and physical levels.
Women’s Empowerment at Yoga South Loop
Yoga South Loop is dedicated to the wellbeing of women and offers a variety of events to further this mission. These events focus on holistic health, sustainable lifestyle, self-care practices, and mindful meditation. It hosts “Embody Power” workshops, “Women’s Community Circles”, sunrise yoga practices, and The Reclaiming Your Power Intensive which is designed to help women reclaim their personal power through healing trauma and creating consistency with healthy habits.
Other workshops hosted by Yoga South Loop include creating daily rituals for self-care, mastering sound healing techniques, learning how to embody one’s worthiness and grow in Self-Love and manifesting supportive relationships. At present they are hosting ongoing drop in meditation classes once a month as well as virtual workshops like pleasure rituals and affirmations practice.
The studio also offers private sessions that involve understanding your relationship with food as well as how movement can be used as a tool for healing and cultivating empowerment. In summary, Yoga South Loop is committed to helping women heal themselves holistically and empower themselves through mindfulness based practices.
Healthy Eating at Yoga South Loop
At Yoga South Loop, health and wellness are taken seriously. The studio offers an array of fresh and nutritious options after every class that they host. Whether you’re looking for something savory or sweet, there is something delicious to enjoy post-workout. For a savory option, you can select from their homemade wraps with quinoa, hummus, and roasted vegetables to get your protein fix. If you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter, opt for their smoothie bowls made with organic fruits and vegan yogurts that are full of nutrients.
The studio also has recipes featuring ingredients found in the studio available on their website. Enjoy cooking at home with dishes like beet lentil burgers, Thai-inspired salmon noodle bowls, and cauliflower tacos. All of these recipes contain fresh plant-based ingredients that will let you enjoy an amazing meal while following through on your commitment to healthy eating!
Investigate the Science Behind Yoga
Yoga South Loop promotes a healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga. The understanding and awareness of the science behind yoga can help individuals reach their fitness and wellness goals and lead to an overall better quality of life.
The physical benefits of practicing yoga include improved flexibility and strength, increased muscle tone, reduced pain, increased respiration, heart rate stability and improved posture. In addition to physical benefits, numerous psychological advantages have been linked to regular yoga practice. These beneficial outcomes include increased focus and concentration, improved body image and self-esteem, decreased stress, decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety all resulting in an overall sense of peace, balance and well-being.
At Yoga South Loop they believe that knowledge is power! That’s why they strive to educate their students on the science involved in each pose so they can understand how yoga is affecting their body at a cellular level. Their experienced instructors are here to guide both new yogis on their journey as well as helping advanced yogis hone their skills. Ultimately it is up to you on where your practice takes you but Yoga South Loop is here to support you every step of the way!
Spotlight Local Partnerships
Yoga South Loop is proud to collaborate with several wonderful local partners to bring clients the best in health, wellness, and holistic experiences. We love teaming up with café Maltexo for our 5pm class where we enjoy a nourishing lunch after the class. We also work closely with Chicago Herbology to provide yoga classes that incorporate herbology and natural healing methods. Finally, we have been thrilled to collaborate with Revolution Yoga for our recently released Yoga-For-Beginner’s series which provides a comprehensive guide for first time yogis. Through these partnerships and others, it is our aim to deepen the connection between South Loop residents and businesses as well as our larger community.
I am passionate about yoga and this is my blog. I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 5. Yoga has transformed my life in so many ways and I love being able to share that with others. My hope is that through this blog, I can help people learn more about yoga, connect with other yogis, and find inspiration to live a healthier, happier life.