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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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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

April Workshop: Yoga, Meditation & Deep Relaxation

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Join me for my next special class at Trump Chicago!

 

April is Stress Awareness Month and, depending on where you live, when we begin to see real signs of Spring.  Let’s practice de-toxing Yoga postures, learn simple meditation techniques and experience deep relaxation together. We’ll cleanse the body, clear the mind and make space for new things this Spring!

 

$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. 

Being Mindful in May

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Join me in making a difference in the world this May – Sponsor my challenge or join my team and take the challenge yourself.

 

Mindful in May is a 1-month global meditation challenge that aims to share the benefits of meditation while providing clean water for others.  It’s for anyone: both experienced meditators and those curious about the practice.

 

How it works:

 

Members of MIM Chicago commit to sit for 10 minutes of meditation everyday in May to raise funds for Charity Water, an innovative, non-profit organization that builds clean water wells for those in need. Think of finding sponsors for the classic charity run, but substitute ‘meditation’ for ‘run’.

 

Once you join the team, you will receive email reminders with interviews from some of the world’s leading meditation teachers, like Sharon Salzberg and Dr. Richard Davidson and other resources to help you “train” or assist you on the road to a calmer, clearer, more mindful state.  This is perfect for anyone looking to start or return to a more consistent meditation practice – teacher or student.

 

Join the MIM Chicago team and let’s take the challenge together.

 

Any contribution, no matter how small or big will matter.    If you’re not ready to commit to sit, don’t worry chicken curry!

 

Here are several ways for you to get involved:

  • Share this information with anyone who you think may be interested. If you are interested in hanging a flyer where you work or at a local community center, please let me know.
  • Attend the kickoff event with friends on April 22nd at the Nature Museum. We’ll have delicious snacks, you can learn more about the challenge and additional MIM Chicago events happening throughout May, meet a group of mindful folks and practice some simple mindful movement together for FREE!! Click  on the following link for more event details and how to RSVP: mimchicago_april22_event

 

If you’re even considering it, then I say give it a go!  We can commit to sit together and it will be great! Clear minds for us, clean water for others!

 

With love,

Kris Moon

 

Mountain Pose aka Tadasana

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Growing up in the Great Plains with not even a speck of a peak in the far-off distance, it’s not all that surprising that my soul misses mountains.  Almost constantly.  But not in an aching sort of way.  After I visited Colorado by way of Jesus Camp in High School, I would always feel the mountains calling me.

 

To me, mountains personify what it means to stand tall, centered and firm, not having to do or say anything to make their presence known.  Mountains seem to know a lot about being.

 

Mountain pose, or tadasana in Sanskrit, is certainly a wallflower in modern yoga, where handstand #selfies are all the rage. Yes a simple asana, yet challenging when done with proper alignment and mindfulness, tada, which means mountain, asana which means pose, is a grounding, centering and balancing practice.  I’ve always felt that mountains are some of our oldest, wisest teachers.

 

No doubt the weather has wavered and will continue on its potholed path.  One day Spring, and the next Winter.  In Chicago we call this short season Sprinter.  With so much change, literally in the air, it’s completely understanding that we might feel unsteady.  During these times of uncertainty becoming like a mountain can help us root down and still the fluctuations within.  Take tadasana when you need to ground frenetic, anxious energy, when you need to feel supported.  When you practice tadasana, it’s like being among the mountains, nothing to do or say, but simply stand tall and be.

 

Learn and practice Mountain pose with me on YouTube. 

 

Happy Spring to most, and oh hey, hello Sprinter to my Chicago friends.

 

With love,

Kris Moon

 

 

Loose as a Goose – Release Tension in the Neck & Open up the Shoulders

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Here’s a simple practice to get you feelin’ loose as a goose.  What I love about this practice is that you can do it anywhere, at any age, at almost any ability level.  Anyone who spends more than a couple hours in front of a computer, or is just a general neck and shoulder slumper (you know who you are..heck, these days it’s difficult not to be when you’re always looking down at some sort of screen) can benefit immediately and pretty profoundly from these basic exercises.

 

I practice first thing in the morning to work out all the sleepy stiffness in my neck and shoulders.  They thank me for it.  And yours will, too.   So give it a go, and then you’ll know.  If you benefit from the practice, it’s yours!

 
In the next couple of weeks I will be phasing out how often I email you. (If you don’t receive my emails and would like to, subscribe here). Instead of weekly emails, expect to receive emails about once a month to learn about opportunities to practice.  If you haven’t already subscribed to the “practice with kris” YouTube channel, this will be the easiest way to receive the latest weekly video practices. You can also comment directly to the videos on YouTube.  I’m here for you, so please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can help you grow a more consistent practice.

 

With love,

Kris