By Hyacynth Worth
Often, it isn’t that chocolate chip cookie that’s keeping us from really feeling healthy; rather it’s the stress that comes from the guilt of eating the cookie or the stress from the day that drove us to the cookie in the first place!
One healthy living tip busy moms often neglect is stress relief. We say it’s because we don’t have time to sit down and breathe, rest and relax when we’re performing as chauffeur, short-order cook, house keeper and referee all day long. And I get that. I make those same excuses, too.
That’s where yoga comes in. Not only is yoga based on beneficial movements for your body, it’s also centered around breathing, which is an art in itself that leads to stress reduction.
Here are some yoga studios in Lake County, IL worth giving a whirl.
The Therapy Tree
89 Cedar Ave. / Lake Villa, 60046
Located in a beautifully renovated brick building in downtown Lake Villa, The Therapy Tree doesn’t focus only on adults. Kids are welcome, too! Monday mornings feature a Mommy and Me yoga class geared toward getting both mom and preschoolers moving. The Therapy Tree is also perfect for yoga beginners, offering gentle yoga for those of any skill level.
Prairie Sunshine Yoga Studio
960 Harris Rd / Grayslake, 60030
Prairie Sunshine Yoga Studio rests amid the lovely prairie of Prairie Crossing just south of Grayslake. The studio boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing the daylight to spill into the studio, and features classes for beginners, kids and seasoned yoga students. With a large array of instructors, students are not hard-pressed to find someone with whom to connect. The studio even offers sessions for expectant mothers.
Forever Om Yoga
1407 Western Ave /Lake Forest, 60045
Whether you’re new to yoga or a weathered veteran, chances are Forever Om Yoga Studio will have the right class for you. With many classes to choose from, including hot yoga, there’s truly a class for any student level. And the instructors welcome new students into the practice.
The Dailey Method Lake Forest
188 E. Westminister / Lake Forest, 60045
This isn’t your typical yoga class, but it’s well worth mentioning because of its incorporation of yoga and its focus on strength building and stress relief! The Dailey Method combines barre ballet, yoga and Pilates to create a total body sculpting work out that focuses on breathing out the negative and breathing in the positive. Though the method is challenging, the instructors at Lake Forest are absolutely wonderful about giving new students help and encouragement.