Month: October 2013

Happy Halloween: Pose of the Month


Spider Pose 1
Spooky variation of: Prasarita Padottanasana


Hip opening, ankle and quadriceps strength, shoulder and upper back stretch, strengthens back muscles that improve posture, lengthens hamstrings, offers a fun, seasonal variation of a common pose


Spider Pose 1: Come into a wide leg stance, feet parallel. Bend your knees deeply, sink your hips in line with your shoulders until your spine is parallel to the ground. Cross one arm in front of the other. Lengthen your spine, gaze forward, make a scary face!

Spider Pose 2: For a more challenging variation, widen your stance, point your toes out, lift your heels, and round your back, tucking your chin.

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Spider Pose 2

Elmhurst Yoga by Degrees Announces It’s Open House on 10/19, 10/20 And Start of Classes On 10/21!

Yoga by Degrees is opening in the City of Elmhurst bringing the highest quality of instruction in a warm, open, and beautiful new studio setting. We would like to welcome the public to take a first look inside.

After a successful start in Wheaton, nearly three years ago, and the unprecedented success of their second space in Western Springs, the owners of Yoga by Degrees set out to find a third location in an area that they felt could benefit from a Hot Yoga Studio.

Ken Jones will be the Manager of the Elmhurst location.  After starting his journey as a student with Yoga by Degrees in August of 2011, he opened the Western Springs studio as the Studio Lead in the fall of 2012.  Kara Pluth came to Yoga by Degrees as a student in 2012 and has been the Studio Lead for the Wheaton studio since early 2013 and will be assisting Ken as the Studio Lead of Elmhurst.

Yoga by Degrees classes are heated from 80º F to 105º F and classes range from beginner through advanced levels.

Heat during yoga practice has numerous benefits. It allows for a deeper cleanse of the body and boosts the body’s circulation. It also loosens up the muscles and detoxifies the organs and allows for greater range of motion in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body. Besides that, heat has a calming effect on the mind and when the mind slows down and the heart rate picks up you have the perfect combination for a yoga practice.

The public is invited to come take a look at the heated yoga studios, sign up for a free week of yoga, meet the teachers and enter in a raffle. There will also be food, refreshments and much more.

The Open House takes place at Yoga by Degrees located at: 1042 S. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126 from 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. on Saturday, October 19th   and 12 P.M. – 4 P.M. on Sunday, October 20th. Classes start Monday, October 21st.Image

Visit: for more information and a complete schedule of classes for Elmhurst, Western Springs and Wheaton locations.