Meditation Classes Elgin IL

Local resource for meditation classes in Elgin, 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.

Bodhi Prem Yoga
(224) 595-0084
620 S. Arthur Ave
Arlington Heights, IL

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Fusion Mind Body Studio, Inc
(847) 567-6913
221 E. Chicago Street
Elgin, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Vinyasa, PreNatal, Kids, Power, A

Yoga Teacher
(630) 837-4954
606 Catalpa Ln
Bartlett, IL
Yoga Styles
Classic Hatha Yoga (Himalayan Institute Certified)

Pilates Plus
(847) 322-8767
654 S. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa, Hatha, & Mind,Body,Motion

Shima Yoga
(224) 210-3163
Serving Northern Illinois
Algonquin, IL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Flow

Inner Alchemy
(773) 406-5814
1052 Mill Street
Naperville, IL

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Prana Yoga Center
(630) 443-7070
1020 Cedar Ave.
St. Charles, IL
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa, Hatha, Workshops

Radiant Heart Yoga
(815) 701-1727
Algonquin
Lake Barrington, IL
Yoga Styles
hatha, children/teen yoga, prenatal, mom

Prana Yoga Center
(630) 262-YOGA
501 W. State St. #206
Geneva, IL
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Forrest, Basic

Center for Performing Arts, Inc.
(847) 961-6127
4590 Princeton Lane
Lake in the Hills, IL
 
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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

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