Yoga for a Good Night – A Lovely Practice to Help You Sleep Well

Yoga-for-Good-Night-ThumbnailAt the request of two very special students, I have created “Yoga for a Good Night”, a video practice intended to help you sleep well.   Together we’ll slip into a state of non-doing, learning ways to calm and quiet the mind.  The practice will end with a guided relaxation intended to lull your nervous system into a state of rest.  This is my first try at a longer video practice that is available as a digital download for purchase, and I’m pretty stoked about it.

 

So if you need help with your zzz’s, please visit my shop to purchase the practice.  And if the price is too steep, I’ve got you.  Try listening to this free guided meditation in your favorite relaxation position, like Vipariti Karani or Legs-up-the-Wall – no idea what that means, learn here.

 

For my Chicago folks, I’m also leading a special 90-minute workshop called Yoga for Insomnia: Improve the Quality and Quantity of your Sleep on Sunday, December 21st.  Give yourself the gift of sleep.  It’s kind of a necessity.  Head here for more details and to sign-up.

 

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback.  I love hearing from you!

 

With love,

Kris Moon

Yoga for Insomnia Chicago Workshop – Learn How to Sleep Better

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Join me for a special 90-minute Yoga for Insomnia workshop.
 
Do you struggle with falling asleep?  Do you wake up in the middle of the night and are unable to fall back asleep?  You are not alone.  About 60 million Americans a year experience insomnia frequently or for extended periods of time.  A study at Harvard Medical School found that Yoga improved sleep quantity and quality.  If you are someone who could benefit from improved sleep quantity and quality, please consider joining me for this special workshop.

 

We will discuss the root causes of insomnia and how to address them through Yoga principles and practices.  You will have time to personally explore what you learn and create a bedtime Yoga practice that addresses your individual needs.  You will also take home:
  • A set sequence of asana (yoga postures) for insomnia.
  • Breathing techniques that quiet the mind and calm the nervous system.  
  • Lifestyle choices that support sleep. 
  • Inspiration and encouragement.
No experience necessary.  $45 Guests // $30 Health Club Members & Residents 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration. 

Current Retreat & Workshop Offerings

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Make the most of your Asheville vacation rental with in-home yoga, meditation and relaxation instruction.  Choose from one of the packages below or customize your own personal mini-retreat.   

 

Deep R&R:  Rest deeply and relax completely with a practice that combines restorative yoga and guided meditation.  Props are used to support yoga postures.

 

Stress Reduction: Practice mindful yoga and learn breathing and meditation techniques rooted in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

 

Detox & Unwind:  Practice warming, slow flow yoga, including postures that flex, extend, invert and revolve the spine combined with specific breathing techniques and guided meditation.

 

Sunrise Practice:  Enjoy a gentle, awakening morning yoga practice with energizing and focusing breath work and mindfulness meditation.

 

Pricing:

– Single sessions start at $100 and discounts are available for multiple sessions

– Price based on a 60-75 minute session for up to 2 people

– All sessions are tailored to accommodate beginning and continuing practitioners.

 

Please send me an email or give me a call at 708-658- GROW (4769) with questions and to schedule your customized personal mini-retreat.

 

I sure hope you enjoy your stay in or near Asheville.  I would be happy to be part of your experience.

 

To learn what others say about their experiences with me, read reviews here

 

Peace to you,
Kris Moon

A great way to start your day: Surya Namaskar

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Paul and I have arrived safely Asheville, North Carolina!   For those curious to know, we feel very welcomed here.  I snapped the photo above on a hike not far from where we are staying.  There is so much natural beauty here and we are happy and grateful to be here now.

 

As I promised before I left, I would continue to offer ways to Practice with Kris.  The practice I offer you all is a great way to start your day.  I recommend setting aside 25 minutes before the hustle and bustle of a new day begins to practice this variation of Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation.  The backdrop for this video is one of my favorite places to practice: along the lake by the Planetarium in Chicago.  It might be getting too cold now, but if you feel inspired, you can always take your mat outside and enjoy the beauty offered here for free.

 

I encourage you to make the practice your own.  Meaning that depending on how your body and mind is feeling on any given morning, you may end up adding more rounds or dialing it back and taking the gentler variations I offer.  Maybe you add a few minutes of meditation at the end, or lengthen your time in your final resting posture.  Whatever you do, just do it.  Or, as my beloved teacher and mentor Gabriel Halpern says, “Hit the mat!”

 

Give yourself the gift of a more consistent yoga and mindfulness practice and I promise you will benefit.  I hope you all find the practice useful, and as always, feel free to reach out with any questions or just to say hello.

 

With love,

Kris Moon

From ‘you guys’ to ‘y’all’

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Recently my husband and I decided it is time to explore a new place.  At the end of this month we’ll move to the Great Smoky Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.  We’ll certainly miss our family, friends and community like you, but we are excited for a new adventure as we continue to learn, grow and enjoy this wild and precious life.

 

If you’d like to stay in contact, then I sure hope you do.  I intend to offer a Yoga retreat as early as next Spring 2015. Turns out where we’re moving actually has a full 3 months of Spring!  See ya later Sprinter.  I’ll still offer online video practices, and every now and then, I’ll send you some news about upcoming opportunities to Practice with Kris.  I’ll be back in Chicago for the holidays and will hold a special workshop at the Trump then.  So this is not it y’all! (I’m already practicing my southern’isms.)  Click here to stay in touch. 

 

I’ll still be here in Chicago and teaching through September, so here’s my current teaching schedule.  It would be a joy to practice together.  The classes at West Loop Athletic Club (WAC) and Wicker Park Athletic Club (WPAC) and Lincoln Park Athletic Club (LPAC) are free with a guest pass.  Let me know if you’d like to be my guest at any of the following classes:

 

Friday 9/19, 10-11:15am at WPAC, Slow vinyasa flow 
Friday, 9/19, 4:30-5:30pm at WAC, One hour yoga
Friday 9/19, 5:30-7 pm at WAC, Slow power flow 
Saturday 9/20, 12:30-2pm at WAC Multi-level yoga 
Thursday, 9/25, 6am-7am at LPAC One hour yoga 

 

As always, feel free to reach out with questions or just to say hi.

 

With love,
Kris Moon

September Restorative

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Join me for a 2-hour Restorative Yoga Class at Trump Chicago on Sunday, September 14th.

 

Summer can leave us feeling drained and sometimes feeling like we need a vacation from our summer vacation.  If that sounds familiar, then please consider taking time out to take care of yourself so that you don’t get burnt out.  And if you’re already burnt out, then just say yes already.

 

In this 2-hour class, we will blend a slow flow Asana practice with mindful breathing, and combine gentle and supported postures with guided meditation. Aromatherapy and candle light will be used to set the tone for a calming restorative experience.  Not only will you leave feeling rested, we will practice ways to:
  • Calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. 
  • Melt away stored tension and restore wholeness and balance.  
  • Decrease stress and feelings of anxiety. 
  • Increase feelings of inner peace and wellbeing.
No experience necessary.  Just come in comfortable clothing, ready to recharge.
$30 Health Club Members // $40 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration. 

Sunrise Yoga

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June Restorative Class

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Join me for a Gentle Restorative Class at Trump Chicago on Sunday, June 22nd.

 

In this 90-minute class, we’ll blend rhythmic, slow movements with mindful breathing, followed by supported restorative work and guided meditation. Supportive props and aromatherapy will create the perfect environment to release stored tension and rest deeply.  You’ll also take home breathing and meditation techniques to stay cool and calm this summer.

 

$20 Health Club Members // $30 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration. 

 

Mindful Yoga for Meditation

Meditation can be challenging.  It requires patience, discipline and motivation.  It also doesn’t hurt to get the ants out of your pants a ‘lil bit and open up your hips.   Here’s a short mindful movement practice to help prepare you for meditation. You don’t have to meditate following the practice, but you just may find that the body and mind are ready to sit.  If so, well then, give it a go 🙂

 

The practice begins with several rounds of cleansing 3-part yogic breath to help awaken a tired and possibly dull “been staring at a computer screen all day” mind, and also helps release what you don’t need to carry into your practice – conversations from the day, undone to do’s and maybe even physical tension in the neck, shoulders or anywhere else you may hold tension.  And by pairing breath with slow movements, you’ll help concentrate the mind while opening the hips, lengthening the spine, and creating space to support your seated practice.

 

You may also use this gentle practice in the morning to get the day started or later in the evening as a way to wind down.

 

If you’re local, feel free to join me on Wednesdays at the Chicago Board of Trade where I will lead a special Mindful Yoga & Meditation class as part of the local Mindful in May events. Learn more about Yoga in the Loop Mindful in May offerings here: MIM_YogaintheLoop.

 

If you don’t know, Mindful in May is a 1-month global meditation challenge where more than 3,000 meditators pause of a cause every day in May, dedicating 10 minutes of meditation to raise money for the amazing folks at Charity Water.  

 

If you’d like to know more about the MIM Chicago team, local offerings and meditation in general please contact me at grow@practicewithkris.com.

 

With love,

Kris Moon

May Gentle Restorative Class

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Join me for a Gentle Restorative Class at Trump Chicago on Sunday, May 18th.

 

In this 90-minute class, we’ll blend rhythmic, slow movements with mindful breathing, followed by supported restorative work and guided meditation. Supportive props and aromatherapy will create the perfect environment to rest and renew.  You’ll also learn and practice the art of mindfulness meditation, or simply being where your feet are.

 

$20 Health Club Members // $30 Trump Tower Residents & *Practice with Kris* Guests 

 

Please register with Caroline Rawlings at crawlings@trumphotels.com // Make a Self-care Sunday out of it. Access to The Spa at Trump amenities, including sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and heated pool are included with registration.