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From the Founder: Dare to Succeed

Dare to Succeed “If you dare to fail you are bound to succeed.” –Sri Chinmoy Life offers us a myriad of opportunities—places to go, people to meet and capacities to develop. Oftentimes the only thing standing in the way of these wonderful experiences is ourselves, and very specifically our fear of failure. Our society worships […]

The Benefits of Conscious Breathing by Kim Scullion

The Benefits of Conscious Breathing by Kim Scullion Conscious Breathing Versus Normal Breathing At the beginning of yoga class you may hear your instructor direct you to, “Connect with the breath,” or “Cultivate ujjayi breath,” or “Begin diaphragmatic breathing.” He or she is instructing the class to breathe consciously. Our bodies brea

Yoga Story – Cassandra

What first brought you to yoga? After practicing sporadically since 2008, I found myself at Pilgrimage at the beginning of 2012. Thinking about it, honestly- I was called there. Many synchronistic occurrences took place, signs that kept presenting themselves, the universe gently but firmly guiding me to the studio. I was looking for something that

From the Founder

Existentialism and Yoga “Each human being is, indeed, part of something mysterious” –Sri Chinmoy Existential philosophy and yoga teachings share some commonalities. In existentialism there is a concept called: “your historical moment.” Your physical body, your circumstances, your thoughts and your choices make up a completely unique m

From the Founder: Eagerness

Eagerness “Eagerness shows us that Everything is achievable.” –Sri Chinmoy We all have hopes and dreams. Through the power of mind and thought we are able to project ourselves forward and visualize our future and our goals: the things in life we wish to experience, become and achieve. How many of us reach our goals […]

Third Limb of 8-Fold Path – Asana by Lena Schmidt

The yogic journey, as defined by Patanjali (the ancient sage said to have authored the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text of yoga) is an eight-fold path. The eight limbs act as guidelines for how to live a healthy and meaningful life, tuned into ones own purpose and spiritual nature. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, […]

The Niyamas – Ishvarapranidhana by Lena Schmidt

The fifth of the Niyamas is Isvarapranidhana. Isvarapranidhana is surrender, devotion or a celebration of the spiritual. We can practice Isvarapranidhana in yoga by: *singing or playing devotional music (this is called Kirtan) *listening to joyful music *creating an altar that makes you happy *appreciating your space We can practice Isvarapranidhan

Yoga Story of the Month with Kim Scullion

You may recognize Kim, she’s one of our lovely front-desk employees. Today, she shares her story – how she came to yoga and lessons learned along the way. What first brought you to yoga? In 2001 a friend in Chicago invited me to a heated yoga class. Never one for sports, I liked that I […]

From the Founder

The Mysterious Each human being Is, indeed, Part of something mysterious. *         –Sri Chinmoy Yoga gives us the practical tools to delve into the mystery of our existence. We know ourselves on the surface, yet that is only a sliver of our existence. We carry with us all that Nature has done to bring forth […]

The Niyamas – Svadyaya by Lena Schmidt

The fourth of the Niyamas is Svadyaya. Svadayaya is self-study or self-inquiry. We can practice Svadyaya in yoga by: *practicing with a beginners mind *finding something new in each pose *being curious about poses and other yogis without judgment *reading yogic texts and books on yoga and seeing how yoga philosophy relates to your life […]