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 www.yogabydegrees.net to find the right class with right amount of heat for you.

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)

Optional:

  • Karma Yoga
  • Group Fitness Class with weights and music

Pricing

  • $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 Teresa@yogabydegrees.net

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

Requirements

  • 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.

Discounts

  • 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

Cancellations

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.

Contact

Email

Meghan@yogabydegrees.net

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!

Mondays

5:45 YBD HOT, Downers Grove

Tuesdays

6:00AM YBD 2 95, Elmhurst

Thursdays

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?
Savasana!!!
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.

Meet Teri, YBD Teacher of the Month

Trying something new and challenging in the new year? Our South Naperville and Glen Ellyn locations offer Traditional Hot classes; the perfect way to detox after the holiday season! Our Traditional Hot instructor, Teri, has been teaching for over a decade! Her experienced classes are nurturing and welcoming. She adds a lightness and humor to her classes that provides a sense of comfort and fun! She is a very helpful and dedicated part of our YBD team and we hope you get a chance to spend time with her on your mat this year!

When and how did you come to yoga?

My yoga experience started with Bikram yoga in 2004. I graduated Yoga College Of India Los Angeles in spring 2006. I wanted to teach yoga because I am a people person. It’s my nature to want to help people and i saw first hand the many benefits a yoga practice can bestow on the regular practitioners, myself included.

Why did you start teaching yoga?

My personal practice has led me to Vinyasa where I love the gymnastics of it, the upside downs & backbends… however I feel the mix of the different yoga styles is best.

What is your favorite pose?

Currently Scorpion (Vyaghrasaba-Vrscikasna)

Who inspires your teaching?

Students are my best inspiration for teaching! Seeing their practice grow hearing the personal wins, healing, and accomplishments is so rewarding and encouraging. My favorite mentor is Emmy Cleaves a long time hot yoga teacher that is still teaching beyond her 85th year.

Tips for beginners…

The best tip I can pass on to new students is to come well hydrated and to begin an electrolyte regimen.

What’s your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is more of an expression – Live, Love, Teach!

Pose of the Month January 2018

Prasarita Padottanasana – Wide Leg Forward Fold

Benefits:

* Stretches as well as strengthens inner & outer legs & ankles – perfect for post work or after a long car ride.

* Great for fatigue or headaches by getting blood moving towards your brain – it is an awesome pick me up.

* Rushes fresh healthy oxygenated blood to the face giving you that beautiful post yoga glow.

How to:

* Begin in Tadasana & turn towards the long edge of your mat.

* Take a wide step out allowing your feet to take up 3-4 feet of mat space.

* Press firmly into the outer edges of your feet, your arches/big toe side has a tendency to collapse, bring your feet closer together to maintain a solid foundation rooted through parallel feet. Option here to bring toes in & heels out.

* Bring hands to hips & inhale to lengthen your spine, keep your chest open & reach the crown of your head to the sky.

Exhale hinge at the hips & begin to fold over your legs, keeping hips over heels. Do not allow your weight to press back.

* Encourage your shoulders away from your ears & put more weight into the ball mounts of your feet (imagine being able to slide a piece of paper under your heels.)

* Take a couple of breaths & ease into the position.

Options:

* For low back pain allow a gentle bend in your knees.

* Place your hands on the earth, reach for your ankles or legs.

* Place one palm on the earth & reach up introducing a twist into your spine (Pictured – repeat on opposite side). 

* Interlace your fingers at the base of your spine & lift your fists up away from your hips.

Allow yourself time to explore this pose, feel the sensation of being upside down. If you are working towards handstands or tripod headstand you can place your palms down & begin lifting your heels off the earth to strengthen the backs of your legs even further & feel yourself growing confident in the change of gravity.

 

Meet Jenny P. YBD Teacher of the Month

Tis the season to sweat! The perfect place to warm up during the chilly days is on your mat in Jenny P.’s sculpt and pilates classes. Jenny’s classes are fun, challenging, and inspiring. Her sequences and playlist are thoughtfully created to cultivate a personal connection to her students in the space. No doubt a great addition to your day and a great way to take time for you this holiday season. Read more about Jenny P here:

Jenny’s Schedule:

Tuesdays in Western Springs

9:30am Sculpt

Wednesdays in Western Springs

12:00 HIIT Pilates

When and how did you come to yoga?

I started yoga years ago in the city ago practicing Bikram. I loved the repetitive nature of the sequence because it forced me to let go of any outside thoughts, stresses and insecurities and focus on the intricacy of each pose. The heat left me feeling cleansed and more limber each time I practiced. Fast forward a few years and I was living in the burbs with babies.

Exhausted and craving that same mental focus I found with Birkam, I found my way back to hot yoga, but this time it was with a yoga sculpt class. You hear this all the time, but it’s true for so many of us. After the first class I was hooked, and never looked back. Each yoga sculpt class is a competition with myself. Before each class I take, I set a goal for myself…do every chaturanga, every push up, or truly surrender at the end of class. I have fallen in love with yoga. The flow with a Level 2, the intensity of sculpt, the release of a restorative class…
Why did you start teaching yoga?

Before I had kids, I was a 5th grade teacher, so the teaching bug has been a part of  me for a long time. I thought about teacher training for a good year and a half before taking the plunge, and I can’t really express how happy I am that I made the decision to do it. Teaching yoga has given me so much joy and satisfaction. Seeing my students leave class happy and refreshed is what it’s all about.

What is your favorite pose?

My favorite pose is child’s pose. I love everything it represents…a clean slate, fresh start, and in class, I like to say a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th chance, because life is full of amazing, wonderful things, and it’s also full of making mistakes and feeling guilt, so to have the opportunity at the end of class to breathe in forgiveness and leave with a fresh start is a beautiful thing.

Who inspires your teaching?

Oh my gosh, where do I start?!

First and foremost, my fellow teachers. I take their classes to feed off their strength and get inspired, and we are so lucky to have a team of amazing teachers who set the bar so high for me week after week. Also, each playlist I make is personal. I choose music that I have a real connection to…a song might take me back to a specific memory of my childhood or remind me of a dear friend or loved one.

Tips for beginners…

I say these things time.. Take class at your own pace. Use weights or don’t. Listen to your body, it knows best. Each day in your body is different, find where you are today and go with it. It’s your class, not mine, I’m just here to guide you through. The point of this class is to leave feeling happy and challenged, not pushed beyond your ma and frustrated…I could go on and on:)

What’s your favorite quote?

‘If you can’t fly then run, If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do keep moving forward.’

MLK

Student Spotlight: Read Why Former NFL Player and YBD Member Chris Watt Hits the Mat

Those who practice yoga have all begun their yoga journey for different reasons. Among the many reasons, some start off by being dragged by a friend, some heard it can help with stress, some came to try something new, and others just came because they were curious. Retired NFL player, Chris Watt started his practice via DVDs watched during college football practice but really found his true enjoyment of yoga, and in turn his habitual practice of yoga, following major injuries acquired during his lifelong sport play. Born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Chris went on to play offensive line at Notre Dame. He was then drafted by the San Diego Chargers where he continued to play offensive line for three years before tearing his PCL and stepping down from his NFL career. His focus on healing his body took him to his yoga mat with us at YBD.

What got you started practicing yoga?

I felt like my injuries combined with finishing my career in football, I felt a little lost. A former teammate of mine had told me about the benefits he had experienced. His neck was so compressed until he started practicing and actually grew a half inch taller. He had benefited from an injury standpoint so I thought I would give it a try.

How has your practice benefited you?

I love practicing in the heat. I feel it loosens up my joints so I try to get to class early to move on my mat. There are definitely postures my range of motion prevents me from moving into. But it’s definitely helped with improving my range of motion thus far. I’ve seen changes in my sleep, my stress levels have lowered. I’ve been able to get out of my own head and focus more. My flexibility has improved and I do feel a lot better in general.

What advice do you have for athletes hesitant to try yoga?

I think that you should always do something that’s going to benefit you as an athlete. More people are starting to realize the benefits of yoga. It’s not just for women it’s for men too. You can get so many benefits out of it like flexibility and better sleep, all of these things so important to staying healthy and healthy on the field. I wish I would’ve done it sooner! Don’t worry about being judged on your skill level. Everyone is different and teachers are encouraging.

What is your favorite style of yoga to practice?

I like the 105 YBD HOT class and I occasionally do the sculpt classes which is tough! It’s definitely humbling as well. When I first started I had to go into child’s pose four or five times. Slowly I’ve built up my practice.

What is your favorite pose?

Going into downward dog feels good, especially as my flexibility has improved. Chair pose is probably my best pose that I’ve focused on improving on. I couldn’t do it at first because of my knee but now that it’s getting better I feel that I’ve been able to improve.

 

November Pose of the Month

Half Moon Pose; Ardha Chandrasana (ARD-uh chan-DRAHS-uh-nuh) 

* Ardha – Half  * Chandr – Moon * Asana – Pose * 

In the body Ardha Chandrasana strengthens the thighs, ankles, abdomen, and buttocks. It opens the chest, shoulders, and torso, while lengthening the spine. This pose also stretches the groins, hamstrings, & calves.

Therapeutically Ardha Chandrasana helps to relieve anxiety, backache, menstrual pain, Sciatica, & is very energizing helping to fight off fatigue. This pose is not one to practice right before bed, but bright & early in the morning or to rev up during the 3pm lull in the day.

Most of all Ardha Chandrasana improves your sense of full body coordination, increasing body awareness & proprioception (your sense of your body’s position in space). Ardha Chandrasana brings a new found grace & poise to your life making you more aware of your body’s movements & that can help prevent injury. So as the sidewalks get slippery with cool autumn rains that lead to snow & ice of winter you will be prepared to weather the weather the most balanced you that you can be!

How to Ardha Chandrasana

1: Begin in Triangle pose; Trikonasana placing your top hand on your hip. Inhale bend your front knee & begin to slide your back foot forward & up. Your bottom hand slides forward as well in front of  your grounded foot.

2: Exhale place your bottom hand & foot firmly onto the floor (block optional & very helpful under your hand). Lift back leg parallel to the earth & extend actively through heal to keep the raised leg strong.

3: Rotate your trunk to the sky, option to raise top hand. Lengthen your spine & keep head in a neutral position, gaze forward.

4: Stay 30 seconds to 1 minute then return softly to Trikonasana & repeat on the opposite side. Feel amazing!

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