Month: April 2015

Tree Pose – Pose of the month

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With spring finally being here (well at least some days it feels like spring) this pose symbolizes growth and renewal.  Vrksasana aka Tree Pose 

The position helps improve posture and balance. More importantly, it strengthens calves, ankles and thighs. For this reason, you should perform this pose regularly to improve balance and overall well being.

There are also mental benefits of performing vrksasana pose, including better mood and stress reduction. In addition to performing vrksasana pose, you can also decide to add meditation techniques to your regimen to eliminate worry and anxiety. The concentration needed to execute this pose will go along way in relieving stress and can help you enjoy peace of mind away from the hustle and bustle of everyday activities.

Meet Elizabeth, YBD Teacher of the Month

Elizabeth working on her favorite arm balance right now, Eka Pada Koundinyasana II.

Elizabeth working on her favorite arm balance right now, Eka Pada Koundinyasana II.

Elizabeth B on the schedule, this girl brings amazing positivity and energy to her Yoga Sculpt classes at YBD. If you know Elizabeth, you know she loves to laugh, have fun and not take things too seriously. At the same time, you will still get worked and will be sore from her invigorating classes! When she’s not teaching sculpt, Elizabeth is getting her 200 hour Yoga Certification, working, and soon will be headed off to grad school. Here is her weekly schedule:

4:30pm Sculpt on Thursdays in Downers Grove

8:00am Sculpt on Fridays in Western Springs

9:30am Sculpt on Fridays in Western Springs

8:30am Sculpt on Sundays in Western Springs

10:00am Sculpt on Sundays in Western Springs

Check out her answers below to get to know Elizabeth better:

When and how did you come to yoga?

I practiced on and off for a few years, but I really started my yoga journey in 2013. I was looking for something to give me a good workout, and help me stay grounded. Soon enough it was as if my mat was holding me responsible and I had to show up every day! I loved it!  I gave Yoga Sculpt a try at YBD that summer in June, and found myself signed up for teacher training in July. Once I found the courage to extend my practice to level 1’s and 2’s I found that I really enjoyed it and wanted more knowledge to take to my sculpt classes! I am now 200 hour certified!

Why did you start teaching yoga?

I kept hearing from people that yoga is so great for the mind. I thought if something is so great physically and mentally, I want to give it a try. It was also a perfect replacement for running. Now in 2015 I have found so many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits through my yoga practice that I am still amazed and surprised by them every single day. These benefits spread through my life like wildfire whether I’m stuck in traffic, having a bad day, or just need to breathe.

What is your favorite pose?

My favorite pose is Warrior 3! Some days it is super easy to get into and other days not so much. It is a pose that consistently challenges me mentally and physically.

Who inspires your teaching?

My students are a huge inspiration of teaching. They inspire, encourage, and motivate me to teach them! They are my second family and I appreciate them all so much. My mentors Jill Keuhn and Nicole Orr are also huge inspirations to me and encourage me to consistently grow inside and out.

Tips for beginners…

My tips are exactly what I say to my sculptors everyday ….If you fall out of the pose 4 times, get into 5 times. Just keep trying. The only secret to a sculpt class it to BREATHE and BELIEVE in yourself.

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”

Winter 2017 YBD Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

SculptGirlAttend a free Yoga Sculpt Training Information Session at YBD: T.B.D.

Discover what Sculpt Training is all about, meet the facilitators and get all of your questions answered.  No pre-registration required.

Yoga By Degrees Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

Winter 2017

Sculpt Teacher Training Sessions

Saturday, January 7th -9:00am-4:00pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Sunday, January 8th -10:00am-6pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Tuesday, January 10th -6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Tuesday, January 17th -6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Saturday, January 21st  -9:00am-4:00pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Sunday, January 22nd  -10:00am-6pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Tuesday, January 24th – 6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

 

Certificate Requirements

Attend all 7 Class Lectures (successfully makeup any missed sessions)

Attend 6 YBD Sculpt Classes

Attend 4 YBD Sculpt Fusion Classes

Attend 2 YBD1 Classes

Attend 2 YBD2 Classes

Observe 3 YBD Sculpt Classes

Observe 2 Sculpt Fusion Classes

Complete 4 Homework Assignments

Successfully complete Practicum (Final) Exam

Teach 1 Group Community Class (scheduled by Sculpt TT Leads)

Optional:

Karma Yoga

Group Fitness Class with weights and music

 

Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training Leads

Carole Gatsch 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

Meghan Saada 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

Nadja Lalvani Yoga 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

Teresa Larem 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

Jacqueline McBride 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

 

Questions? Contact carole@yogabydegrees.net or colleen@yogabydegrees.net

 

Pricing

$1199 (includes 1 month of free yoga)

$1100 early bird and YBD Teacher Training Alumni (includes 1 month of free yoga)

$999 for Members (auto pay, annual and annual plus)

$840 for current YBD Teachers

Questions? Contact carole@yogabydegrees.net  

*Yoga by Degrees wants to offer you any help we can in being a part of our teacher training programs. We will work with your individual financial situation to help give you the opportunity to be a part of the program.

Winter 2016 Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training

Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training
Winter 2016
At the Elmhurst and Downers Grove Studio
Led by
Carole Gatsch; 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified
Nadja Lalvani; 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified
Inspire, Grow and Change lives by becoming a Yoga Sculpt Teacher

Yoga Sculpt teacher training will help you reach new heights in your personal practice, while giving you the tools to teach a safe, effective and inspiring Yoga Sculpt class.

Sculpt Teacher Training Sessions

Saturday, February 6th -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Sunday, February 7th -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Thursday, February 11th -6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Thursday, February 18th -6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

Saturday, February 20th -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Sunday, February 21st -10:30am-6pm at the Downers Grove Studio

Thursday, February 25th – 6pm-9pm at the Elmhurst Studio

 

Certificate Requirements

Attend all 7 Class Lectures (successfully makeup any missed sessions)

Attend 6 YBD Sculpt Classes

Attend 2 YBD1 Classes

Attend 2 YBD2 Classes

Observe 3 YBD Sculpt Classes

Complete 4 Homework Assignments

Successfully complete Practicum (Final) Exam

Teach 1 Group Community Class (scheduled by Sculpt TT Leads)

Optional:

Karma Yoga

Group Fitness Class with weights and music

 

Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training Leads

Carole Gatsch 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

Nadja Lalvani Yoga 200 Hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt Certified

 

Questions? Contact meghan@yogabydegrees.net

 

Pricing

$1199 (includes 1 month of free yoga)

$1100 early bird and YBD Teacher Training Alumni (includes 1 month of free yoga)

$999 for Members (auto pay, annual and annual plus)

$840 for current YBD Teachers

*Yoga by Degrees wants to offer you any help we can in being a part of our teacher training programs. We will work with your individual financial situation to help give you the opportunity to be a part of the program.