Author: Yogabydegrees

At Yoga by Degrees, we like to sweat so we turn up the heat in our classes. Heat during yoga practice has numerous benefits. It allows for a deeper cleanse of the body and boosts the body’s circulation. Heat loosens up the muscles and detoxifies the organs. Heat allows for greater range of motion in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body. Heat also has a calming affect on the mind and when the mind slows down and the heart rate picks up you have the perfect combination for a hatha yoga practice. Our classes are heated from 80º F to 105º F. Check out our website at to find the right class with right amount of heat for you.

Wellness Wednesday: Yourself as a Whole

Happy Wellness Wednesday, Friends!

“Health is a state of body, wellness is a state of being.” 

Wellness is the state of all aspects of ourselves: mind, body and spirit something we focus heavily on in yoga. Our desire to take care of ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually introduces us to a whole new level of self healing.

A self-healing day addresses your vital needs as a whole. Often times when we have the opportunity to have a day to ourselves we realize we need more solitude. Solitude is an important part of this self healing process as it allows us to renourish and reflect but it is up to us to decide what we need in order to cultivate wellness into our lives. Intentions transform what seems like a simple, peaceful day into a day of healing. Savor the stillness and simplicity by giving yourself permission to take advantage of this time. A day for ourselves is often looked at as being lazy or passive but to do so requires so much awareness and presence. It is vital for us to stay energized! We each find different activities that bring us tranquility. This can be as simple as preparing a nutritious meal, gardening, studying, journal writing. etc. The list goes on!

We begin to attune in the present moment when we draw our focus into the calm around us. The needs of the body, the heart, and the soul are then revealed. We then have a clear outlook of what we need in order to heal. Each day of healing you experience will be different because our needs are constantly changing day to day. Whatever mechanism you decide to engage in will leave you replenished. Yourself as a whole is the ideal image of health!



Workshops this weekend!

Workshops are specialty classes that go beyond our regular classes & allow you to dive deeper into an area of your interest. YBD offers workshops each month with many different topics from Acro Yoga, Blindfold yoga, Sound Therapy, & even a New Years Eve Fire & Flow!
If you are looking for some plans this weekend join Paula in a playful AcroYoga Workshop or immerse yourself in Jenny’s use of  Sound Healing to connect sound to your body’s natural vibration.
***Space is limited, sign up in any studio or online***
with Paula G

Location: Downers Grove

Saturday 11/17/2018
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Acro Yoga is a form of body movement which playfully mixes yoga with the power of acrobatics and the therapeutic benefits of massage. Working with partners, you will develop better body awareness, as well as a deepened capacity to trust yourself and others in a safe and fun environment. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Acro Yoga. It is accessible to all levels, and no partner is needed!
Sunday 11/18/2018
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the gong tuned to the planet Uranus and healing the Sacral Chakra, balancing emotions.The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Based on ancient wisdom, the gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body allowing the body to heal itself. The gong balances the central nervous system and aids in deep meditation. Singing crystal and Tibetan bowls, harmonium, drums, and flute will be added to raise the vibration and heighten the experience. No yoga practice, all relaxation.


Yoga for Every Body

Saturday 11/3/2018
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced yogi, the physical yoga practice can be frustrating and discouraging for practitioners with injuries or other range-of-motion challenges. Join Teresa in a supportive and safe environment and learn how to adapt prevalent yoga poses to meet your physical needs.This 1.5-hour workshop will be spent learning how to modify common poses and close with a relaxing level one class where we put our new modifications in practice.


Interested in becoming a Yoga Teacher?

Sundays & Wednesdays 
Date: 1/27/2019 – 3/6/2019
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays (not all) 
Date: 2/1/2019 – 12/8/2019

3 Workshops this weekend!

Location: Wheaton

Friday 10/12/2018 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm

We start with Intention cards and Essential Oils (optional) to ground and focus. Then it’s time to get comfortable, relax and clear your energy with the sounds of an Ocean Drum followed by  60 minute Yoga Nidra meditation.

End with Sound Healing – singing bowls and tuning pipes tuned to healing frequencies to facilitate transformation.

Bring a friend, bring a pillow, & get set to enjoy a blissful evening of deeper self-care that heals at the subconscious, energic and cellular levels.

Location: Western Springs

Saturday 10/13/20182:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Holding onto resentment and pain prevents our hearts from opening and limits the manifestation of our highest intentions. We’ll use gentle movement to get energy flowing and then a quiet introspective Yin practice (YBD restorative) to unfold ourselves into a more joyful experience. We’ll finish with simple breath-work and guided meditation.

All levels welcome.

Location: Glen Ellyn

Sunday 10/14/2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the gong tuned to the planet Uranus and healing the Sacral Chakra, balancing emotions.The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Based on ancient wisdom, the gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body allowing the body to heal itself. The gong balances the central nervous system and aids in deep meditation. Singing crystal and Tibetan bowls, harmonium, drums, and flute will be added to raise the vibration and heighten the experience. No yoga practice, all relaxation.

Workshops This Weekend!

Chakrasana AUM: 108 Aums to Celebrate the Fall Equinox with Kristin S

Glen Ellyn // Friday September 21 7:30 – 9:30pm

108 is a mystical number in the yogic tradition, especially at the fall equinox. Come celebrate the beginning of the season of change. We will work to balance the chakras with chanting 108 AUMS, sacred sound healing, restorative practice and some guided meditation. All skill levels, passive practice.


Advanced Arm Balances & Postures Workshop: Beyond Crow and Headstand with Stacey Z 

Downers Grove // Saturday September 22, 2:30 – 4:30pm

This fun, challenging, and informative workshop will help you to take your physical practice to the next level. Explore how to playfully amp up your poses and incorporate creative transitions that will help you to stay focused, present, and, most of all, have a good time on your mat.

This workshop is appropriate for those with a strong understanding of foundational poses.

Sign up online: or call any studio

Yoga by Degrees Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training – Information

Yoga by Degrees Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training – Information

Training Led By 200 hour RYT and Sculpt Certified Instructors: Teresa Rizzo, Hillary Prager, and Andrea Brockert

Free Information Session: Sunday, January 13th, 11:30am in Downers Grove. Ask questions, get answers, learn more about the program, meet the facilitators and alumni. Advance sign up suggested but not mandatory. Sign up here!

2019 Winter Teacher Training Schedule:

  • Sundays 10 AM-6PM in Downers Grove: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3
  • Wednesdays 6-9 PM in Western Springs: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6
  • Community class (Time / Location T.B.D.)

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend all 12 Class Lectures (successfully makeup any missed sessions)
  • Attend 8 YBD Sculpt Classes
  • Attend 2 YBD Sculpt Fusion Classes
  • Attend 2 YBD1 Classes
  • Attend 2 YBD2 Classes
  • Observe 5 YBD Sculpt/Fusion Classes
  • Complete 4 Homework Assignments
  • Successfully complete Practicum (Final) Exam
  • Teach 1 Group Community Class (scheduled by Sculpt TT Leads)


  • Karma Yoga
  • Group Fitness Class with weights and music


  • $1199 (includes 1 month of free yoga)
  • $1100 early bird and YBD Teacher Training Alumni (includes 1 month of free yoga) deadline 12/15/18
  • $999 for Members (Annual and Monthly Platinum Memberships)

*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.

Questions? Contact

Yoga By Degrees Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training

There is always a million reasons not to start but you will never regret the decision to take the first step. There is still time if you are thinking about joining us. 

2018 Fall / Winter Teacher Training Info. & Schedule:

  • Tuesdays 6-9:30 PM in Elmhurst: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
  • Saturday 11:30 AM – 6 PM in Downers Grove (Anatomy): 10/20
  • Sundays 10 AM-6PM in Downers Grove: 9/16, 9/23 9/30, 10/14, 10/21 11:30 AM – 6 PM (Anatomy) 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16
  • Community classes on two of the following dates (Times / Locations T.B.D.): 1/12, 1/13, 1/19, 1/20 (& Satsang on 1/20)

Curriculum Includes:

  • Opening Meditation
  • Pranayama – Breathing
  • Asanas – Poses
  • Teaching Skills
  • Sequencing
  • Teaching In Small Groups
  • Yoga For Special Groups
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Koshas – Sheaths
  • Gunas – Qualities of Nature
  • Chakras – Energy Centers
  • Ayurvedic Healing Techniques
  • Anatomy
  • Yoga Ethics Business of Yoga
  • Practical Test
  • Written Test


  • 5 Classes of Observing a YBD Teacher
  • 10 Hours Elective Off Site Yoga Workshops
  • 20 YBD Yoga Classes
  • 10 Hours of YBD Workshops
  • 12 Hour Anatomy Workshop
  • Teach Two Community Classes
  • CPR Training
  • Monthly Homework Assignments Written Thesis

Required Reading:

  • YBD Yoga Teacher Training Manual
  • T.K.V. Desikachar – “Heart of Yoga- Developing A Personal Practice”
  • “The Key Muscles of Yoga” – Ray Long
  • “Inside The Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Source Book For The Study & Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras” – Jaganath Carrera
  • “Light On Yoga” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Pricing, Plans, and Discounts

Course Fees

  • $250 Deposit to reserve space (applied towards tuition). Class Size Limited To 20.
  • Tuition – $3000 – Due at least three weeks prior to training start date (Includes Anatomy Training)

Additional Costs

  • 3 YBD Workshops – $30 each, totaling $90 ($20 each for Platinum Members)
  • Offsite Yoga Workshops – Appoximately $350
  • Book Costs – Approximately $100

Payment Plans

Based on your individual situation, we can arrange a monthly or bi-weekly auto-payment plan. First payment due at least three weeks prior to training start date and last payment due at least three weeks prior to training end date.


  • Platinum Members Receive A $250 Discount On Tuition. (i.e. Platinum Member Tuition Rate is $2750)
  • Optional $59.50 Platinum Monthly Membership for 5 months during training (Reg. $119)
  • Specialty Discount Drop In Rate: $22 per class
  • 10 Class Packs: $160


In the event of cancellation, we will refund the total amount paid, minus the following cancellation fees:

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

Question about pricing or the program? View frequently asked questions

Space is limited to 20 Students; Stop by any Yoga by Degrees location or call for more info.



Mindful Eating Workshop this Friday!

Join Nikki and Alisa at our Elmhurst studioAugust 17 6:30p – 8:30p , as they guide you through an evening of mindfulness. Learn the tools needed to help you cultivate a healthier relationship with food and your body. The first half of the workshop led by Nikki, Registered Dietitian, is designed to teach you the fundamentals of Mindful Eating, a non-diet approach to health and wellness that helps you tune into your body signals, break the cycle of chronic dieting and heal your relationship with food. The second half of the workshop will help you bring awareness and kindness to your body as Alisa guides you through an amazing “mindful” vinyasa flow practice. All levels welcome!


Sign up today in studio or by calling: Elmhurst 630.782.9642 // Downers Grove 630.969.0820

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Meet Denise, YBD Teacher of the Month

As one of our very own teacher training graduates, we are lucky to have Denise as part of our teaching staff. Originally from Singapore, Denise came to love yoga after finding that breath to movement connection could be very therapeutic. She thoughtfully sequences her classes in a unique and enjoyable way. Her kind smile greets students at the desk and she strives to personally connect with everyone she encounters. Here’s where you can find her!


5:45 YBD HOT, Downers Grove


6:00AM YBD 2 95, Elmhurst


4:30 HIIT Pilates, Downers Grove

When and how did you come to yoga?

I came to yoga when I experienced the loss of a loved one and was seeking comfort and some form of catharsis. I actually started out with martial arts yoga, which is yoga with a little bit of martial arts movements and I found the linking of breath to movement very therapeutic.

Why did you start teaching yoga?

I have always wanted to teach yoga after experiencing the benefits of it but I was working long hours in a corporate job back then. After making a big move to Chicago from Singapore, I decided that it was time to take the plunge after discovering Yoga by Degrees by a flyer that was mailed to my house and it was one of the best decisions I have made.

What is your favorite pose?

Eight-angle pose. It is a strong pose which requires a stable foundation even though it is an arm balance and there are many fun transitions that you can play from this.

Who inspires your teaching?

Everyone and everything. I have always been an observer and just watching how things move around me, even how the trees sway and how animals and people move inspires me to create movements that are enjoyable and fun.

Tips for beginners…

Keep breathing no matter what.

What’s your favorite quote?

By one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut Jr: “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

Meet Chantel, YBD Teacher of the Month

‘And though she be but little, she is FIERCE’

Chantel greets you warmly with her sweet smile at the desk and gracefully challenges you on the mat. Her classes are thoughtfully prepared and leave you feeling balanced and strong. She puts her heart and soul into each and every class and that is certainly felt by her students. Here’s where you can experience some Chantel magic:

Wednesdays (South Naperville)
YBD1 85   6:30pm
YBD2 105 8pm
Thursdays  (Wheaton)
YBD HOT   9:30am
Saturdays  (South Naperville)
HIIT Pilates 8am
YBD2 9:30am
Restorative 11am
When and How did you come to yoga?
My mom was my first yoga teacher.   As a teen I would watch her teach and on occasion I would join in and practice with her, however it wasn’t until about six years ago that I started with a committed practice.  As a way to rehabilitate a back injury, I decided to commit to a bi-weekly practice.  Not only did I heal my back, but I found a powerful source of total connection and peace every time I stepped onto my mat.  Needless to say I was hooked!
Why did you start teaching yoga?
I wanted to connect with like minded people that shared the same vision on heath and wellness as I do.  Completing my teacher training here at YBD served as a beautiful foundation for  cultivating these relationships and essentially helped springboard me into my teaching career.
What is your favorite pose?
Who inspires your teaching?
There are so many people that inspire me every day!   My family, my students, and other teachers are a great source of teachings and wisdom. Some personalities in particular that I look to for inspiration are Tara Brach, Rolf Gates, and Leigha Butler.
Tips for beginners…
Practice!  Keep showing up on your mat!  Get curious!  Shift from your “thinking” mode to “feeling mode”.  Your yoga practice is so much more than just getting in and out of each posture, it is about reconnecting with yourself…body, mind, and soul.  In a beginners mind lies great potential for growth and self discovery, so try to surrender to the uncertainty of it all and just breathe and observe.
What is your favorite quote?
“Practice, and all is coming…” – Sri Pattabhi Jois
What you practice, you will become, so it is important to observe what you practice.  What are your habits and how are they serving you?   Finding a pause in your day, EVERYDAY, allows time and space for self reflection.