Meditation Classes Bloomington IL

Local resource for meditation classes in Bloomington, IL. Includes detailed information on local yoga studios and meditation centers that give access to meditation instructors who guide students in conscious breathing and other meditation techniques, such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, concentrative meditation, mindfulness meditation, and meditation.

Main Street Yoga Studios
(309) 829-9618
418 N. Main St. and 108 W. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL
Yoga Styles
Kripalu Affiliate Studio, Yoga Therapy

(815) 941-2700
110 E. Waverly Street
Morris, IL
Yoga Styles

North Shore Yoga
(847) 784-8844
310 Happ Rd. #216
Northfield, IL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Mysore, Prenatal, Postnatal

Yoga Seva
(815) 355-0010
60F W Terra Cotta Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL
Yoga Styles
Classical Hatha Yoga

Niyama Yoga
(847) 251-8176
742 12th Street
Wilmette, IL
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga, Vinyassa,

Bulldog Crossfit
(773) 809-3982
1520 Hannah Ave
Forest Park, IL
Monday 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 5:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Fitness Center, Sports Training
(760) 864-2177
6507 179th Street
Tinley Park, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Flow and Restorative

(847) 236-0529
1325 Woodland drive
Deerfield, IL
Yoga Styles
eclectic hatha yoga

Yoga Teacher
(630) 960-3894
6029 Washington Street
Downers Grove, IL
Yoga Styles

Wheeling Park District
(847) 465-3333
333 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL
Yoga Styles

Lift Depression With Meditation

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By Ziba Kashef

With summer coming to a close and shorter, darker days ahead, you might be wondering how to cope with the negative thoughts that often accompany the season’s change and can lead to depression. A recent study found that age-old meditative techniques and more modern cognitive therapy can help alleviate symptoms. Anil Coumar, a psychotherapist and director of the mental health clinic at the University of Washington, Seattle, offers these do-it-yourself mood-lifting meditations:

Get moving. For many people, meditation is a remote, Eastern technique that involves sitting with your legs crossed on a cushion. But almost any activity can be mindful and healing, says Coumar. “Through a practice of mindfulness, we can see how our thoughts are not facts—they come and go.” To slow down your thinking and realize that you can release negative thoughts as quickly as they come, try this eating meditation: Hold a raisin in your hand and intentionally look at it as if you’ve never seen one before. Roll it between your fingers and notice each crease. Pay attention to your thoughts about it—maybe you’ll think, This is ugly or I’ve never noticed the true color of a raisin before. Then put it in your mouth and observe how your saliva flows as you chew.

Uncover your unconscious. Imagine you’re walking down the street and see a good friend walking in the opposite direction. You nod and smile, but your pal just looks ahead and keeps going. How do you respond? “Someone might say, ‘Oh, she probably didn’t see me.’ Another might think, ‘What did I do wrong now?’ Depending on how you interpret that event, you’re going to feel good or bad,” says Coumar. This kind of cognitive exercise can teach us how we unconsciously have these thoughts. The point? To make the normally unconscious thoughts that fuel depression conscious so you can acknowledge them—and then more easily let them go. —Ziba Kashef

Author: Ziba Kashef

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