Month: January 2013

YBD 200 Hr. Teacher Training Certification Program Kicks-Off March 19th – Reserve Your Space Today!

RYS200_CMYK_300dpi_3inchYoga By Degrees Spring/Summer 2013 Yoga Alliance Certified 200 Hour Teacher Training Information & Schedule

Training led by Samantha Raphael, E-RYT, Meghan Rohde, RYT, Loreta Medoniene, RYT

and other YBD Teachers

Informational Meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM Western Springs

Tuesdays 5:30 – 9:30 PM In Western SpringsMarch: 19, 26

April: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21, 26, 28

June: 4, 11, 18, 25

July: 2

Sundays 10 AM – 6PM In WheatonMarch: 24

April: 7, 14

May: 5

June: 16, 23

July: 7



Curriculum Includes:Opening MeditationPranayama – BreathingAsanas – Poses

Teaching Skills

Review of Sequencing

Teaching in small groupsYoga For Special GroupsYoga PhilosophyKoshas – Sheaths

Gunas – Qualities of Nature

Chakras – Energy Centers


Ayurvedic Healing TechniquesAnatomyYoga EthicsBusiness of Yoga

Video Review

Written Test


10 Classes of Observing and Assisting a Senior YBD Teacher18 Hours Elective Off Site Yoga Workshops10 YBD Yoga Classes10 Hours of YBD Workshops

Teach 2 Community Classes

Observing and Assisting Reports From 5 Classes

CPR Training

Monthly Homework Assignments

Written Thesis

Required Reading: YBD Yoga Teacher Training ManualTKV Desikachar – “Heart of Yoga -Creating A Home Practice”“Anatomy of Movement” By Blandine Calais-Germain

“Anatomy of Hatha” Yoga By H. David Coulter

Pricing and Discounts:

$250 Deposit To Reserve Space (Limited to 20)Early Bird Price Due By Feb. 28: $2400Regular Price Due By Mar. 15:$2600Payment Plan : $1500 Down / $500 x 3 months – First Payment Due By: Mar. 15, 2013

20% Discount For Current Teachers

10% Discount for Autopay, Annual and Annual Plus Members

To Meet 10 YBD Class Requirement:Optional $50 Monthly Autopay (Reg. $99)Specialty Discount drop in rate ($14 per class)10 Class Packs ($125)Additional Costs:$30 per YBD Workshop x 5  = $150

Offsite Yoga Workshops  Aprox. $450

Book Costs = Aprox. $200


In The Event of Cancellation Refund of Full Amount Paid Less:

Before Classes Begins – $150After 1 Week – $250 After 2 Weeks – $500After 3 Weeks – $750No Refunds Given After 3 Weeks From Start Date

Space is limited to 20 Students; Stop by either Yoga By Degrees locations or call for more information or to register and reserve your spot today!  Yoga By Degrees Locations:

241 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton IL 60189 – 630-690-9642

4700 Gilbert Ave. Western Springs Suite 16 IL 60558 – 708-783-1226

Into The New Year On To The Mat – The “Hottest” Resolution For A Lifetime

As we enter into the New Year, many people seek ways to improve their lives by setting resolutions. This often includes health conscious goals.  Starting a yoga practice is a guaranteed way to improve your overall physical and mental health.  Unlike so many physical exercises, yoga is a life-long practice with physical and mental benefits.  It’s suitable to any body type or age.  Whether you’ve been practicing for years or it’s the first time on your mat, yoga doesn’t discriminate and invites you to start where you are. The practice embraces change on a daily, yearly and even decades-long basis.

imageIt’s no wonder yoga has been around for over 5,000 years and currently more than 11 million Americans practice it on a regular basis.  The continual rise in popularity can only be attributed to the many benefits.

In the past several years, Westerners have discovered the numerous benefits of practicing in the heat just like in yoga’s typically hot Motherland India.  Studios such as Yoga by Degrees offer heated vinyasa  (flowing) classes. The heat along with this style of yoga allows for a deeper cleanse of the body than other forms of yoga in non-heated rooms.  Heated vinyasa yoga loosens the muscles, boosts the body’s circulation and allows for a greater range of motion in joints, muscles and ligaments.

“We have really stepped ‘out of the box’ with our Yoga by Degrees concept.  At Yoga by Degrees, not only are our facilities immaculate, modern and equipped with amenities like lockers, showers and blow dryers, the studios are heated just right. We control the humidity and ventilation to help oxygenate the rooms.  Instead of being suffocated, you actually feel your lung capacity expand and experience a wonderful sense of detoxification, comfort and freedom that helps to facilitate full deep breathing linked to flowing beautiful movements,” says Samantha Raphael, Yoga by Degrees Senior Manager.


Yoga, heated vinyasa especially, detoxifies the body by cleansing out potentially harmful substances we breathe, eat and drink. During a twist, for example, prayer twist (parsva utkatasana), the organs are compressed, pushing out blood filled with by-products and toxins. When we release the twist, fresh blood flows in, carrying oxygen and the building blocks for tissue healing, which stimulates circulation and has a cleansing and refreshing effect on the internal organs and associated glands.

Yoga also increases flexibility, which prevents injury, improves posture, reduces low back pain and increases blood supply and

nutrients to joints and connective tissues. It also improves metabolism, which helps to decrease body fat. For example, plough pose (halasana) includes chin to chest compression. This chin to chest compression stimulates the parathyroid and thyroid glands which regulate metabolism.

Other benefits include an increase in bone density, stress reduction, stress relief and better sleep. The list of benefits goes on and on and the really great news is, it’s never too late to discover them for yourself!  So why not make one of your New Year’s resolutions to try heated vinyasa or other types of yoga and discover how it can change your life forever.