She’s on a mission from God! Seane Corn, that is. And we co-hosted her Chicago visit & book tour in partnership with fellow local indie businesses — Book Cellar, Kal-ish Vegan & Ravenswood Event Center. Seane weaved an invitation to breathe and offer prayers to ourselves & to those in our lives. A surprise vegan birthday cake baked by Gina of Kal-ish Vegan was a sweet addition to the book signing. We loved helping bring together 115 yogis to welcome this amazing human & master yoga teacher while also raising money for Seane’s yoga activism charity, Off the Mat/Into the World. A tip of the hat to our yogi friend Anne Hellman who planted the first seed to make this celebration & a yoga fundraiser happen. It was a Super Soul Sunday IRL (in real life)!
We raised the roof & philanthropy on the mat again this summer with this second annual yoga benefit to support Designs for Dignity. The Falanga Home in Logan Square was the perfect setting for yogis to raise their vibe and over $2400 for this charity that transforms non-profit environments through pro-bono design and in-kind donations. We loved partnering with our D4D colleagues to create a one-of-a-kind Sunday morning healthy, yoga party
First stop: London and teaching at Lumi Power Yoga in Hammersmith. Our fellow yoga-couple colleagues Ari & Elina were the most gracious hosts and these Lumi yogis were ready to rock. Terry’s class was actually on the 4th of July, which was a bit of a twist on how we typically celebrate Independence Day in Chicago. Beth’s class on Saturday morning was bumpin’ and local teacher Naomi was there assisting, too. We had such a great time. Cheers to the "special relationship" between the UK and the US...yoga-style!
Second stop: Paris and an outdoor, pop-up yoga fundraiser in the Champs de Mars. Our young friend Ethan Ravi introduced us to the teenage tutors at Koh-Ed in Paris & €200 raised that day in front of the Eiffel Tower. Merci to The Ravi Family for coordinating a beautiful morning of yoga. Our hearts and practice were connected with local Parisiennes and expats there. Plus, it was rather extraordinary when an Om yogi’s Mom (who happens to live in Paris) arrived along with a Chicago student in Paris on business. The world is so big yet so connected.
"I’m in love with Montana....it's difficult to analyze love when you are in it.” — John Steinbeck
Our pal Gwen recently opened LIV Yoga in Livingston, Montana. You might have met Gwen as a yogi friend from way back; she taught at Om when we first opened and also founded Tadasana Yoga Studio in Park City, Utah. Beth just returned from LIV, where she was a visiting teacher for several days. Beth brought the universal power of yoga, her gift for building community, a bit of Baptiste yoga spunk and some midwestern Om spirit on the road.
Yup, she’s in love. (Reminder: Beth to plan a Fall Montana Yoga Retreat with Gwen & LIV in the future)
Our neighbor, friend and fellow yoga teacher Shiva Singh taught his second workshop at Om on the Range today. It was a cosmic & energetic experience to raise the Kundalini energy in our bodies. Chanting, new breath rhythms, seated body movements and the gong made for a spirited introduction to the traditions of this yoga practice. His studio, Spirit Rising, is in our building and he runs it with his wife Shabad Kaur. We love that our work neighbors are another yoga couple! Like us, Shiva Singh and Shabad Kaur are committed to sharing the transformative power of yoga while also living the householder life of raising a family and being active in the community.
Om teachers love to refine their understanding of the body, movement, and functional fitness. Our Coffee & Conversation morning with Om yogi and seasoned Physical Therapist Maureen George was all about that. She brought her life-size human skeleton model from her office at Athletico, along with a presentation/primer on the shoulder. We brought the coffee and breakfast treats along with questions and specific poses to discuss. It was an illuminating, interactive morning. Thanks, Mo!
“The best part of the retreat was like-minded, yogi-loving, easy, unpretentious, curious, friendly, spirited, zestful peeps coming together from all over the world. Your yoga instruction is the bomb. The place (facilities, beautiful beach, lovely rooms, Tulum location, fresh food) is ideal.” DeDe F.
“It was a magical week. Time, space and place for quiet, supported healing and renewal.” Beth G.
“This week was an opportunity to really take care of myself; to stretch out a bit into uncharted territory. It’s a bit scary but so rewarding. But it’s also a week of indulgence: amazing food, the ocean that offers a cool breeze & endless entertainment, great yoga and new approaches. And no judgements! I find myself quieting my criticism and I am working towards listening more actively.” Judy S.
Love & yoga are in the air! Valentine’s Day, the 40th Day to Personal Revolution Culminating Class & Om’s 17th Anniversary are all today! We’ve been sharing the healthy & transformative power of yoga for a long time and this is a day to celebrate that! The foundation of the studio’s staying power is this vibrant Om community combined with these mindfulness practices for good health, sanity, possibility & transformation! We are grateful to every person who has made these 6,205 days (and counting) possible!
It’s a new year and we all had a fresh experience with Molly Cofman of Inspiration Heals who led a Bhakti Flow Master Class on Friday. She also taught a Yoga & Chinese Medicine Workshop on Saturday. Everyone loved it! Molly’s been a friend & student at Om for a decade so it was a sweet twist to be her student as she wove her studies in Oriental Medicine, Evolutionary Biology, Dance and Yoga into classes this weekend. Molly’s a world traveler leading retreats & trainings all over the globe…fingers crossed that she will visit Om again in 2020.
We offered this new program at the studio today and it worked! You know something kinda magical has happened when the kids ask to come back again. Maybe it was Lindsay with her yoga poses, games and holiday craft in the reception area. Maybe it was Nina sharing a strong, clear class with the Parents in the practice room. Maybe it was the coming together at the end to enjoy yoga together. What is for certain is the sweet delight in having two generations of yogis in the House of Om!
They say that small businesses add character to local communities. We believe that Om does just that...plus we attract the local characters!
Built on Passion. Committed to Excellence. Mom & Pop. Local. Brick & Mortar Studio with Service at our Heart. We check all the boxes! We are part of the 28 million small business in America. And we are fulfilled and fortunate to be able to open our doors every day (except Christmas Day) for the past 17 years to share yoga, connection & mindfulness in our community. Thanks everyone! #smallbusinesssaturday
Hear ye! Hear ye! We have audio classes on our website for you to use at home, on vacation or any time you like. Recently, students sent us accolades and social media shout-outs for these complimentary classes. Many Om yogis don’t know about them. Do you? We sure hope so now!
Classes range from 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Plus, there are guided meditation classes that are 5 - 20 minutes long. http://www.omontherange.net/podcasts/
Today is the first day for the Chicago Public Schools and we got THE BEST delivery of over 200 hundreds thank you cards from the students @ Inter-American Magnet School. They really put Om’s donated mats to good use last school year with yoga classes for all students. And now we brightened up Om’s couch corner with these sweet thank you notes. We got a big smile out all of them especially being told “You are Lit!” Shout out to teacher Kristen Rehfeldt for this hand-delivery and, most of all, for bringing yoga to the next generation!
We are always game for new summer adventures in our hometown...anytime! Like teaching yoga at the Shore Club on North Avenue Beach. It was the perfect combination to be on the majestic lakefront while teaching class to new & old friends of Om. Thanks to our buddy Luke @ VIBEUP for the sweet summertime invitation to take it to the beach! #omontheroad
Ok, so we just love yoga fundraisers! And we got to participate in a number of them recently to help out Clearbrook, Designs 4 Dignity and I-Grow Chicago. If you call, and we can help, we will! It’s that simple and it warms our hearts each & every time. These little events are grass-roots, sweet and simple. They are chock full of health, high vibes, clear connection along with charitable gifts and community spirit! #omforothers
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
— Chinese proverb
We got to celebrate our youngest son Jack’s 8th grade graduation from the Whitney Young Academic Center today! Being together for milestones is simply THE BEST. These are the good times with plenty of reflection, too. We learn so much from our two teenage boys and they, along with our yoga practice, are cherished sources of discovery. Treasures, indeed! We are so proud of you, Jack! Your interests, adventures and ideas bring so much into all our lives and beyond.
This spring was all about service, community building, healthy habits and giving back to our local schools. Om is surrounded by many vibrant neighborhoods and in partnership with local, volunteer school leaders, we came together for good vibes & good fundraising. We love and thank the parent communities that helped us co-create Coonley Karma, ZenFest and yogaBELLooza! These collaborations truly warm our hearts. Almost $1,000 was raised for each school.
There’s a natural connection between your golf swing and vinyasa flow. And that is at the heart of Terry’s annual Yoga Fore Golfers workshop. Each spring, he brings his two passions together so that students can bridge smooth vinyasa flow directly into their golf practice. Kinesthetic awareness and moment-to-moment awareness abound in both disciplines!
While this has typically been a male-centric event for the past decade, the 2018 workshop had a new twist with over a dozen ladies and just a handful of gents. But there is a universal truth for all and that is that yoga, like golf, can sustain your interest for decades. The more you study, the more interesting and connected they are.
Tulum — healing vortex, natural wonder, peaceful atmosphere, ancient Mayan energy, water so blue, city of dawn — it’s all true. Beth is just back from leading a retreat there and she can’t seem to stop humming about it. It’s more than daily yoga & meditation with Om yogis and new friends. It’s more than sunshine, wellness, barefeet, healthy meals, beach living, new adventures & experiences at Amansala eco-resort. How do you wrap that up in one word? Tulum. (Note: planning for #tulum2019 is underway)
We marked the studio’s 16th anniversary today! And in keeping with tradition, we hosted Om’s annual Valentine’s Partner’s Yoga fundraiser. We’ve taught more than a hundred couples through the years and all for charity. It’s always a fun, peaceful & healthy way to connect with a loved one. Plus, thousands has been raised for local charities that are doing important work in Chicago.