Practicing yoga, like celebrating Halloween, allows participants to pose as trees or cobras without getting strange looks from their neighbors. Enjoy costumed calisthenics with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 10-class punch card to Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center (up to a $120 value) in Palatine.
Following the teachings of Swami Rama, Himalayan Yoga's limber yogis assist all levels of stretchers in adopting a balanced, mindful lifestyle through a variety of soothing classes. Vinyasa-flow and beginning Hatha courses follow a systematic progression of breathing and asanas—or postures—designed to strengthen muscles and align spines, giving bodies the brawny flexibility of a steel-coated rubber band. Himalayan courses impart the wisdom of Swami Rama through breathing techniques and meditation, and gentle beginning courses afford less-strenuous stretching avenues for students suffering from illness, injury, or long-held fears of Mr. Fantastic. In addition to offering individual and family sessions, instructors can adjust asanas for clients with certain physical limitations.
Practitioners’ sun salutations take a literal form in the center’s beam-soaked studio, trimmed with two walls of windows to provide rejuvenating illumination. Warrior poses spar with their own reflections in top-to-bottom mirrors lining an entire side of the classroom, and a leafy tree pays homage to his wooden ancestors lining the floors.
Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center
Large windows let in as much natural light as possible, making the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center an ideal environment for the transformative practice of yoga. In Vinyasa Flow sessions and beginners' hatha classes, students follow a systematic progression of breathing and asanas—or postures—designed to strengthen muscles and align spines. The goal is to help clients maintain a healthy mind and body to lead a happier life.
The teachers follow the philosophies of Swami Rama, whose beliefs can be summarized in one inspirational quote: "Do your duties skillfully, selflessly, and grease them with love." Their work demonstrates their adherence to that teaching: instructors with decades of combined experience use their classes at this nonprofit studio to reach out to all sorts of yoga practitioners, from athletes to to people interested in mindfulness exercises to adults with physical challenges.