Chicago Beast + Balance Yoga and Brunch

Wanna feel the flow this weekend and get your balance back?  Whether you’re  beauty or a beast when you workout, you’ll love Beast + Balance‘s pop up combo strength training and yoga classes.  Top off your kick a@^ experience with a smattering of sexy services at the post flow market or bop on to brunch at Siena Tavern.  Wanna sleep in tomorrow?  Try the afternoon flow after you bite.

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Come get sweaty and wild with us tomorrow for “fitness, feasts and facials” with Beast + Balance!

When: October 15th 2016, 10-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.

Where: 444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago

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What: Get it that yoga practice crackin’ with a cool community.  Mingle it up at the market with these bangin’ local brands:

RXBAR
Mud Facial
Blowout Junkie
Harvest Juicery
Dr. Brew Kombucha
Graze Kitchenette
Vital Proteins
Green Sheep Water
Paleo Cookie
BowTruss Coffee
Brunch up your Saturday in style at Siena Tavern with a 3 course meal (shared app, entree and *happy* dessert — oh and 2 rounds of drinks) before or after you hustle hard.

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Guest Post: Top Three Yoga Mistakes with Yogi, Dena Dodd Perry

Yoga is our zen spot and the way we first bonded and became this crazy Batman and Robin style blogging duo.  Yes, we fight crime and do yoga…you didn’t know?  But we definitely have experienced the whole “Am I doing this … Continue reading

Yacht and Yoga Party with Daybreaker Chicago

Wake up, stretch, coffee, negative news, work, home, repeat…snooooze.  Break up with boring and start the day on a positive vibe!  Imagine stretching with 100 other people in a group sun salutation. Picture sipping fresh iced coffee from some of the hottest spots in your city.  Dream of dancing on a rooftop to energy pulsing beats…all before you trudge to work.  It’s not a dream!

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Daybreaker, a morning movement, organizes unbelievably fun yoga and dance parties before many people even roll out of bed.  With once a month effervescent parties in over 25 major cities, people across the U.S. and abroad can get on cloud 9 before their commute.  Their concept is to unite communities, live in the now with joy, and treat our bodies as the temples they are by refreshing with healthy morning snacks.

So what’s a Daybreaker party really like first hand?  Kate experienced the July Chicago edition of Daybreakers, the Red, White and Blue event, at the gorgeous Morgan on Fulton’s lush urban rooftop.  At first, leaving before the sun woke up seemed like a poor idea as her blankets were calling her back.  Once she got there, however, the spirit of happiness was infectious.  Friends with American flag headbands giggled and put on fake tattoos before flowing as a whole yoga body. Strangers donned headphones and danced in a silent groove to the bouncing beats of the Hood Internet.  Kate left, not only high on life and Dark Matter coffee, but with a bag healthy goodies like Kind Breakfast bars, Skinny Pop Popcorn, Organic Protein Shakes and Mamma Chia drinks.

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This month’s Daybreaker in Chicago will not only lighten your mental load but encourage you to take part in the glory of Chicago summers.  Start your morning legasea on a boat…sans dolphins…but it’ll still be awesome.

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Join Daybreaker revelors on a sunrise sail aboard the Daybreaker Yacht and get nautical with hundreds of fellow Chi-on the go-towners.

DAYBREAKER BOAT PARTY

Wednesday August 17

Spirit of Chicago | 600 E Grand Ave

YOGA 5.30am – 6.30am

DANCE PARTY 6.30am – 8.30am

Free coffee, juice & breakfast treats throughout the event

Live music from ShowYouSuck + DJ Lani Love & surprise performances!

BTW: Events are BYOM (bring your own mat) and bring a tote for all your wholesome loot!  People get creative with their outfits too.  Don’t be afraid to weird out in a boat themed look.  Wear some sailboat shorts, don an octopus costume.  People at Daybreaker encourage you to be yourself and thensome.

Seas the day with Daybreaker and get your Tickets here!  It’s aboat time you had some morning bliss.

 

My Om My! Free Holiday Yoga with Lululemon Chicago

Admit it.  You deserve a break from the holidays already and those snowman cookies you’ve gorging on lately certainly aren’t relieving any stress.  Well, real holiday relief is on the way!  In the spirit of the season, Lululemon on Rush & Walton has wrapped up the gift of free yoga classes, ceremoniously titled “12 Days of OM”,  at a diverse set of Chicago based studios for all of us in need of a good Shavasana.  We did a test run last night for the 2nd day of OM at Yoga Fuzion.  Nestled in River North, Yoga Fuzion’s studio space has all the accouterments you would expect from the posh neighborhood.  It boasts infrared heating technology, free towel and mat rental, and a special cushy moisture reducing floor.  During our 1 hour yoga journey with Rachel, we delighted in some much needed detoxing twists (goodbye pumpkin pie!) and a toasty heated temp which was a surprise perk given the 20 degree freeze yesterday.

We sweated it up and still somehow looked glowy at the end.  Ok, so maybe we snuck a brush in our gym bags and tussled our hair a bit before the “op”.

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Following practice, we chatted it up with Jonna from Lululemon and indulged in mango lemonade, cucumber mint water and fresh veggies.  She explained that class sign-ups are released each Friday and pointed us to the sign up link for “12 Days of OM” on Eventbrite.  Jonna presented us a special gift in the #nohumbug Lululemon tradition, a cute coral colored sweat wicking pink stripe tank for Monica!  ‘Tis the season for you to jump on the free yoga sleigh ride as well.  Check out the “12 Days of Om” schedule below, back away from the cookies and throw those capri and tank in your gym bag!  Next classes include Power Vinyasa Flow at Yoga Loft and Mat Pilates at Lateral Fitness.

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FREE YOGA and National Yoga Month: Get it to get Hawt!

September is not only the start of fabulous fall in Chicago but also National Yoga Month.  As the hustle and bustle of school and work picks back up, yoga can bring the chill feel of summer back into your life.  Read about the 10 benefits of Yoga at alignyo.com.

The Yoga Health Foundation is a major player in this push to inspire people to practice yoga and create a more balanced lifestyle.  They also offer one free week at  a variety of participating yoga studios – click here to find one near you.

We signed up to try Bend Yoga Studio, which just moved to a new West Town location, and will be offering a full relaxed report soon!  Many other Chi Town Yoga studios get into the action of celebrating National Yoga Month as well.

For the past two years, we’ve clamored to attend Exhale Spa‘s NamasDay event.  Exhale is a high end combo spa/studio that offers traditional yoga as well as barre and fusion classes.  For NamasDay, Exhale goes all out for guests with mini spa treatments, healthy treats, and cutting edge classes.

NamasDay @ Exhale Spa

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So where can you get your Yoga hook up?

Which category do you fit in?

A) Are you wearing fitness clothes and ready to socialize?

B) Are you wearing PJs and can barely drag yourself towards the TV?

If you’re an A, Try:

1) Corepower Yoga offers a free week to all new students.   You must like it hot as they are heated classes.

2) Zen Yoga Garage, one of our favsies, gives a free week to newbies as well.  Check out our previous blog for more info.

3) Lululemon and Athleta stores are a go to for the once in awhile yogi.  Search for your local store for exact classes and hours.  They give your weekend a boost with Saturday/Sunday classes.

If you’re a B, Try:

…Not drooling on yourself!  Get up and exercise that booty!

Free online yoga in those cute cow pajamas:

1) doyogawithme.com-There is a huge library of classes for beginners to advanced students.  You also have the option to buy a class for repeat views if you like it.

2) Alignyo turns a homebody into an “ohmbody” with featured classes from celebrity teachers.  They surround you with other yogic interests such as interviews, yoga digs, and health tips.

3) Youtube, baby!  Just search for yoga.  Jillian Michael’s butt kicking yoga classes are on there as well as anything from Kudalini to Vinyasa style yoga.  Tickle your fancy for whatever works in those monkey slippers you’re wearing.

Of course, we will keep the yoga party going long after September is over.  Where is your secret place to score some free yoga?  We are a community, after all!

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