Posts By: Keely

Tantric Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Mexico, March 18 – 25, 2017

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  Join me for a Tantric Vinyasa Yoga Retreat at Mar De Jade in Mexico from March 18 – 25, 2017. Mar De Jade is located in Chacala, Mexico alongside the ocean and right next to the jungle, about 90 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta. Give yourself a week to unplug and enjoy days of yoga, meditation, restoration, rejuvenation and time for self-reflection…. Read more »

The Power of Silence

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For the month of June, my teacher and I had the privilege of teaching a free Saturday morning yoga class downtown at Millennium Park. Lucky for Chicago’ans, the park district sponsors occasional free classes held on the lawn of the Pritzker pavilion. Every Saturday, with the weather on our side, hundreds of people brought their yoga mats and each… Read more »

To all those who ‘can’t touch your toes’

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Let’s just clear something up about yoga before you offer me an excuse about what you cannot do. You do NOT have to be able to touch your toes as a pre-requisite for attending a yoga class. I am not sure when or where the myth began that flexibility was a prerequisite for practicing yoga,… Read more »

On Being an Urban Warrior Activist

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  I have always considered myself an activist, and tend to fall on the left of most social issues. Being an activist has always been an important part of my identity. I fight for the things I believe in and feel passionately that we can create a more peaceful existence with the world around us;… Read more »

Creating Space

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In a class that I took around the holiday season, the teacher began by laying us down on our backs with eyes closed as she talked about “how stressful the holidays could be with family drama, too much food, gift-giving, and other obligations”. As she described her experience of the holidays, I thought ‘wait a… Read more »

Your Pet Practices Yoga Better Than You

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I admit that I am an animal advocate and a crazy dog lady. I have 2 dogs and a fish, and if it was socially acceptable to hoard animals in my third floor walk up apartment in Chicago, I would probably have about 4 more dogs, a few cats, a cow, pigs, some turtles, and perhaps… Read more »

Yoga Etiquette videos

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One of my home studios here in Chicago Tejas Yoga put together a few ‘Yoga Etiquette’ videos for your viewing pleasure.  While there aren’t any technical rules for being in a yoga studio and/or class, we thought it may be a humorous way to bring up some of the common things we as teachers, see in… Read more »

The Fall is upon us…

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The last few days of summer I find myself dragging and anxious to get back to a routine. I feel dried out, worn out from festivals, barbeques, and crave nothing more than a slight chill in the air to keep me home, snuggled up under blankets and exploiting football season to justify my Sunday naps…. Read more »

My vegetarian proclamation

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I stopped eating meat when I was 12 years old. While I don’t have a vivid memory about the day I decided to make the change, my mother does. It was during the mad-cow disease epidemic of the 90’s, and apparently I had witnessed an image on TV of a cow going into convulsions and… Read more »

Getting heated

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Recently on a trip out to the Bay area, I was tricked into going into a hot yoga studio. My dear friend and a fellow yogi had told me she was going to one of her favorite challenging vinyasa flow classes. She assured I ‘would sweat and love it’. I had spent the weekend vacationing,… Read more »