Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Healing through Loving Kindness

Healing Through Loving Kindness Practice with Bhante Sujatha

Connect with your natural healing power with the gentle guidance of Bhante Sujatha, Buddhist monk from Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, IL. 

This 2-hour workshop has been life-changing for many of its participants, regardless of religious background. The teaching is centered around the cultivation of SELF LOVE, for without healthy self love, you cannot be fully present to love anyone or anything else. 

Workshop includes: 
• Lecture: “What Is Loving-Kindness?”
• Learning the practice of Loving-Kindness
• A profound blessing of healing energy with each individual

Benefits of this beautiful workshop are:
• Reduced stress, anxiety, worry and depression
• Healing and enhancing relationships with others
• Gaining a sense empowerment over challenging issues in your life.
• Insights into your life purpose
• Awakening to the blessings of the present moment.
• Attaining unshakable inner peace.

Space limited. Advanced registration required.

Fee $35

(Proceeds go to to Bhante’s Incubator Project helping impoverished mothers and babies) Bhante will be available for book signing after the workshop. CDs, malas and other items also available for purchase. 

Bhante Sujatha, a 30+ year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focuses on adding more love in the world. Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment. His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand. A joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic monk, Bhante will help you obtain peace that can only be found in deep silence. He is originally from Sri Lanka and is the head monk / abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, IL.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=347393

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Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

Deep Release: Yin + Nidra

Join us to shift into the internal rhythm of winter and seek peaceful tranquility amidst seasonal challenges. In the first part of the class Sonya will lead an accessible all level Yin Yoga practice. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. In the last 20 minutes Sonya will lead a guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra. 

Yoga Nidra is a sleep-like state and is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. You body will feel like you have rested for 7 hours ~ creating total relaxation and a sense of deep release. 

Ease into winter with us!

All Experience Levels Welcome. Wear warm, comfortable layers. Bring a pillow and blanket.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

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Dec
10
12:30 PM12:30

Mother & Daughter Yoga

Honor the sacred bond! 

Join Sonya to honor the special sacred bond between mothers and daughters. This workshop will include a peaceful and fun yoga practice with a few partner pose options to build connection, confidence and trust. 

A brief guided relaxation will lead us into a simple ceremony. A fun craft will further enhance our peaceful place of connection and the unique relationship between mothers and daughters. This class is suitable for ages 8 through 16 and is sure to be a memorable bonding experience! 

$30/pair, $10 per additional child

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=347393

 

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Jan
13
9:00 AM09:00

New Year's Meditation Affirmation

A 3 Part Exploration! 

Join Sonya for this journey into meditation. What is meditation? It is simply paying attention to your mind in a sustained and voluntary manner -- a conscious absorption of the mind and body in focused concentration. 

New and curious to the practice or experienced and want to learn more? Would you like to take the time to learn and explore exactly HOW to meditate? Maybe you've tried to meditate and felt something just wasn't clicking... you weren't doing it "right." This workshop is for you! 

This 3 part series will explore simple, accessible meditation techniques including: 
- What IS meditation and what to expect from a daily practice
- Myths and road blocks to mental calm
- Hong-sau meditation
- What is a mindfulness practice
- Guided visualization
- How to create a routine practice and actually stick with it! 

Sonya is a 500hr RYT in Advanced Yoga Psychology and a certified Ananda Meditation Instructor.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=347393

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Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Ocean of Devotion Gong Meditation & Sound Healing with Preston Klik

Since ancient times gongs have been used as a tool for meditation and prayer. For over 5000 years gongs have announced the arrival of royalty, provided a sonic backdrop to celebrations, and were used to ward off evil spirits. A Gong Meditation is an opportunity to go within, utilizing the gongs soothing, organic resonance to achieve harmony in mind, body and spirit. Immerse yourself in the healing vibrations of the gong sounds. A Gong Meditation will both calm and inspire your spirit.

Join us for this 90-minute acoustic journey with periods of verbal guidance. Preston plays a 36-inch Heart Gong, as well as crystal & Himalayan bowls, ocean & frame drums, Indian swarmpura, chimes, and more to provide a dynamic auditory experience. This richly cinematic musical odyssey-meditation is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear, heart, body, mind and spirit.

Do something different on your Friday night. Join us on this unique musical journey! 

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

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Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

Girls + Goals + Yoga

Join us for this two class series, perfect for girls 10-14. We will combine yoga, goal setting and empowerment work to not only have a fun workshop experience, but give girls in this age range the tools to feel confident, move their bodies and learn to create action oriented goals! 

Attend one or both workshops. Each runs 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

$22 each session 

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=347393

 

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Oct
28
10:45 AM10:45

Yoga Basics Series

Build a strong foundation, learn the BASICS of yoga!

New to yoga or simply like the detailed instructions as we break down the poses and practice? Join Laura to dig deep into the fundamentals of the yoga practice or come and refresh your basics. Expect lots of explanation and demonstration as we work through the poses of a vinyasa yoga practice. This series runs for three (3)  Saturdays in a row. Please join us for one or all three! 

$30 each or $75 for the series. 

Please pre-register via MindBody or  email the studio! 

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

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Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

BACKBENDS & TWISTS! Open Heart, Strong Core

Back bends feel great because they open our heart to possibility, bring us energy and reverse the habitual hunch so common in modern society yet many of us shy away from them because we have trouble coordinating this unfamiliar movement and are sure we’re going to crunch a muscle or worse!... Similarly, twists wring out the digestive area and help us find mental, physical and emotional release. However, a twist is also not so common in day to day life so the movement feels awkward and unsafe. 

Join Sonya to delve into these asana (poses) focusing on:
- Alignment of the pelvis and spine
- How to use core strength in these poses to keep them safe and feeling great
- Modifications and how to build a deeper twist/backbend practice
- Explore safe movement of the spine in all 6 directions

Come open your heart to possibility with this energizing and informative workshop!

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

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Oct
21
10:45 AM10:45

Yoga Basics Series

Build a strong foundation, learn the BASICS of yoga!

New to yoga or simply like the detailed instructions as we break down the poses and practice? Join Laura to dig deep into the fundamentals of the yoga practice or come and refresh your basics. Expect lots of explanation and demonstration as we work through the poses of a vinyasa yoga practice. This series runs for three (3)  Saturdays in a row. Please join us for one or all three! 

$30 each or $75 for the series. 

Please pre-register via MindBody or  email the studio! 

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

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Oct
14
10:45 AM10:45

Yoga Basics Series

Build a strong foundation, learn the BASICS of yoga!

New to yoga or simply like the detailed instructions as we break down the poses and practice? Join Laura to dig deep into the fundamentals of the yoga practice or come and refresh your basics. Expect lots of explanation and demonstration as we work through the poses of a vinyasa yoga practice. This series runs for three (3)  Saturdays in a row. Please join us for one or all three! 

$30 each or $75 for the series. 

Please pre-register via MindBody or  email the studio! 

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

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Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour Yoga for Harvey (donation only!)

Join us for this DONATION ONLY Happy Hour Yoga class for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We will be SPLITTING the proceeds 50/50 between the Red Cross and the SPCA of Texas... We want to help both the residents who lost everything and the animals displaced, left behind or simply without food. 

Please register via MindBody to save your space, then bring your donation to class -- cash & check accepted! 

If you would like to choose your organization, instead of the 50/50 split, please make note of your selection. Every little bit counts, even if you just come to help us raise the vibration and spread love. Please share with your friends, bring a pal and step on your mat for yoga!

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Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

Detox your Home!

From your counter spray to the products you put on your body, SO many of our household products contain nasty chemicals. Imagine being able to clean your house without any exposure to toxic ingredients, keeping your kids and pets safe too! Clean up your life! 

Learn simple solutions to clean your home with certified pure theraputic grade essential oils. Discover how to make products that will simplify your life while helping to get your home the cleanest it has ever been.  

Detox your home, uplift your mood, remove mold, and create more comfort in your environment with these simple, cost effective solutions! 

Every participant will take home an essential oil cleaner. (There is no yoga involved, just fun & learning). Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough take home cleaners for each participant. 

$5

Register (here). 

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Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour Yoga with OILS

Close out your week with our Happy Hour Yoga! This will be a Restorative class with Essential Oils! 

The restorative practice supported by specific essential oils for different poses helps you relax, unwind and tune in to your body. It's a different experience than our usual classes and the perfect way to close out your week. 

Please wear comfy clothes. 

$22 online or at the door

Register (here). 

 

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Aug
6
9:00 AM09:00

Ale & Asana

Join us for Ale & Asana at Perfect Brewing in Libertyville! This workshop combines the best of both worlds: a 60 minute all levels yoga class + a brew your own beer workshop! Enrollment price includes beer tasting after class and the brewing workshop.

Once your handcrafter beer is ready, you'll be able to pick up your own cans of specially labeled Black Cat Brew! 

$35

Register (here). 

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Jul
15
10:45 AM10:45

Detox your Home with Essential Oils!

From your counter spray to the products you put on your body, SO many of our household products contain nasty chemicals. Imagine being able to clean your house without any exposure to toxic ingredients, keeping your kids and pets safe too! Clean up your life! 

Learn simple solutions to clean your home with certified pure theraputic grade essential oils. Discover how to make products that will simplify your life while helping to get your home the cleanest it has ever been.  

Detox your home, uplift your mood, remove mold, and create more comfort in your environment with these simple, cost effective solutions! 

Every participant will take home an essential oil cleaner. (There is no yoga involved, just fun & learning). Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough take home cleaners for each participant. 

This event is FREE. 

Register (here). 

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Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Ocean of Devotion Gong Meditation

Since ancient times gongs have been used as a tool for meditation and prayer. For over 5000 years gongs have announced the arrival of royalty, provided a sonic backdrop to celebrations, and were used to ward off evil spirits. A Gong Meditation is an opportunity to go within, utilizing the gongs soothing, organic resonance to achieve harmony in mind, body and spirit. Immerse yourself in the healing vibrations of the gong sounds. A Gong Meditation will both calm and inspire your spirit.

Join us for this 90-minute acoustic journey with periods of verbal guidance. Preston plays a 36-inch Heart Gong, as well as crystal & Himalayan bowls, ocean & frame drums, Indian swarmpura, chimes, and more to provide a dynamic auditory experience. This richly cinematic musical odyssey-meditation is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear, heart, body, mind and spirit.

Do something different on your Friday night. Join us on this unique musical journey! 

$25 in advance / $30 at the door 

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Single Day Retreat

Join us for a daytrip retreat to Short Leg Farm in Pecatonica, IL!

(curious? visit or www.grettasgoats.com for a preview!)

This 25 acre farm is the perfect way to mix some restorative time in nature, with a bit of fun and adventure.

We will enjoy yoga & guided meditation outdoors, a trail hike, farm tour (goat cuddling, chicken petting and more) and more! Local vendors and bands will be at the farm for the opening of their season. In the early afternoon we will head 10 minutes down the road for a tour and tasting at a local vineyard.

Pecatonica, IL is about 1h40 from Libertyville. Please plan to be at the farm by 9:45am.

Complete schedule to be posted soon. RSVP via MindBody to reserve your spot!

** If you would like a limited edition tank or sweatshirt that we are making for the event (#goatsquad), please email the studio or let Erin know. ** 

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May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Thai Body Work with Britta

A playful introduction to Thai bodywork

Bring a friend or make a new one! No prior yoga and/or Thai-bodywork experience required!

Traditionally Thai body work is done fully clothed on a mat on the floor. It is an interactive whole-body treatment that combines passive stretching and movement of joints with several touch techniques and work along lines of the body. The effects of Thai bodywork are achieved without harsh physical force but through efficient use of movement, conscious touch, breathing and rhythm.

In this workshop after some fun partner yoga warm-up exercises we will learn and experience how to give and receive some simple but effective techniques.

Please wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement (long yoga pants and a long sleeved t-shirt are ideal). 

$30/person or $50/couple.

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Apr
23
11:30 AM11:30

Kegs + Eggs + Yoga at O'TOOLE'S

Join us for this Sunday Funday event! We're taking our yoga around town... 

Join us at O'TOOLE'S! For those of you who like a later start on Sundays, this one is for you. The all levels yoga class begins at 11:30am in the upstairs bar. Grab a drink before or after class! 

Please bring your own mat. 

$20 - ticket price includes one drink. Please register in advance via MindBody or email the studio.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=34739

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Apr
21
6:30 PM18:30

HIP and SHOULDER REVOLUTION with Wade Gotwals

When your shoulders are crying from too many chaturanga’s and your hips are fatigued from Warrior poses and sitting on your asana too much, this workshop is where you go for solace!

The focus will be to explore innovative ways to bring space and relief to the most commonly complained about areas in the yoga practice. Be prepared to let go of some tension and stress in a revolutionary way!

If you've never experienced a class or workshop with Wade you are in for a big treat! 

$35

Please pre-register as space is limited. 

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Mar
19
9:00 AM09:00

Kegs + Eggs + Yoga at MICKEY FINN'S

Join us for this Sunday Funday event! We're taking our yoga around town... 

Join us at MICKEY FINN's! The all levels yoga class begins at 9am in the Amber Room. Stay after for beer or brunch! This is an all levels class. 

Please bring your own mat. 

$20 - ticket price includes one drink. Please register in advance via MindBody or email the studio.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=34739

 

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Jan
9
to Feb 12

35 Day Challenge!

Join us for a challenge to kick of 2017! Earn a paw stamp on our chart for every class or workshop you attend.

Contest runs January 9th - February 13th! 

Track your attendance on our calendar at the studio, watch for "double point" days, take part in our fun events to keep you motivated and get committed to a healthy new habit. You choose one of 3 levels of challenge! 

Email us to register - choose your challenge: 

MOST PAW STAMPS IN 35 DAYS:
Over 30 stamps? You are entered to win an amazing prize! 2 months of unlimited yoga and a new Manduka ProLite mat!
(retail value $318)

20 CLASSES IN 35 DAYS! 
Complete the 20 classes in 5 weeks and you are entered to win a $50 gift card + a 10 pack of classes! 
(retail value $210)

4 OUT OF 5 YOGA FOUNDATIONS CLASSES:
Set the right foundation for the New Year. Complete 4 out of 5 Yoga Foundations classes (Fridays 9:30am) and be entered to win a 5 class pack!
(retail value $85)

 

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Dec
20
4:00 PM16:00

Flow through Finals

For our local high school students! Finals have you stressing? Join us for this fun 45 minute flow class designed to help you beat stress, refocus and get centered. $5 with student ID. 

Optional "Focus" essential oil application and 10 min mindful meditation to follow. Bring your friends, relax and then get back to your books! 

December 20-22. 

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Donation Class - Feed a Family

Join us for this donation only class! All proceeds will go to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help feed local families this Thanksgiving. As part of their $1 for $8 campaign, for each $1 donated the NIFB is able to purchase $8 worth of nutritious groceries amd help stock the food pantry. A $30 donation feeds a family an entire turkey dinner (turkey, potatoes, veggies, sides, drinks and even dessert)! Help us help others this Thanksgiving. 

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Oct
8
8:00 AM08:00

LRC - run n' stretch

Post-run, pre-marathon.

After your Saturday morning run join us at the studio for a restorative stretch meant to undo the stress and tension of training. Space limited to 30 participants. Please bring a mat. If you do not have one, email us to reserve a studio mat. Hands on adjustments offered for those who would like them, refreshments available after the class. 

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Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

VEGGIES, VINYASA & VODKA!

Join us at Black Cat Yoga for a special event combining all the good things in life: yoga, snacks and cocktails! 

Sonya Taylor will lead a 60 min vinyasa flow class, followed by cocktails made with pressed juice and vegan fare from Bliss Kitchen. Enjoy music & community before hitting the town. Grab your girlfriends, grab your hubby, or make it a night out for yourself! 

$40 (pre-registration preferred)

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=347393

Bliss Kitchen is a meal delivery & pressed juice service focusing on healthy, anti-inflammatory, no soy meals. Curious? Check their website at

Space is limited to 26 participants. If you'd rather pay in person, please email us so we can save a spot! 

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Aug
21
11:00 AM11:00

BLACK CAT OPEN HOUSE

Stop in, have a drink, check out our retail offerings and learn about our schedule. Our doors will be open from 11 am - 4pm, well except during pop up yoga from noon - 1pm... 

We have extended our NEW CLIENT SPECIAL, and the open house is your last chance to purchase!

Stop in. We would love to meet you, hear your schedule requests and show you our new space! 

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Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

POP UP YOGA!

Join us for this POP UP, all levels class. Check out the space, check out our style and please pardon the quirks... we are almost done setting up shop. This 60 minutes flow is suitable for all levels, although a basic knowledge of yoga is helpful. As we work through our opening weeks, watch our schedule to take part in these fun, energetic classes that POP UP on the schedule. Want to simply look at the space and ask questions.. visit the studio before or after class! 

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