Illinois moved into Phase 4 at the end of June. That means Sama can conduct classes inside with safe social distancing measures and following the State's Covid-19 guidelines (please see the link at the below for the guidelines). This is excellent news for the students that have been waiting to return to in-person, in-studio classes.
Opening a studio has been a labor of love. The circumstances we find ourselves in, personally and professionally, during this time of Covid restrictions has been the most challenging in the 6 years we've been open. For those of you who have been with us, you've seen students come and go. You've seen classes spilling out into the hallways. You've stayed through 3 renovations. You've, possibly, been the only person in class. And, you've seen a brick & mortar, small business switch it's business model to completely virtual.
The physical location of the yoga practice is not the most important part of yoga. However, it supports the building and gathering of community, but it is not the practice itself... it is not our heart.
I struggle to find the correct words to deliver this information... and there aren't any. So I'll rip off the band-aid;
the physical structure of Sama will close on Sunday, August 16th.
This decision has been heart-breaking, at best. Every beginning has an end... this is the space where we have met, laughed, played, cried, and celebrated. This is the space WE made special. This is the space WE call home. This is a space I am proud to say is mine... and I hope you feel the same way.
So, back to the good-news, the re-opening. Let's make this July 4th a Homecoming... a day to celebrate the time we have remaining in this amazing space together... and here is how:
The studio will open for classes at 7:20 am, Saturday, July 4th.
Sama is a family-owned yoga studio focused on services to heal the mind, body and align your spirit.
We focus on educating; starting at the beginning (learning to make shapes with your body), then moving forward mindfully (leaning the philosophy of yoga within the pose and life), and finally teaching you to connect and express on and off the mat.
Everything we do at Sama is with the intention of supporting different aspects and stages of life with Yoga.
Since our doors opened in 2014, we have built a family oriented community focused on supporting the health and spirit of the surrounding area.
You'll notice that we work to personalize your practice; we make it a point to know your name, ailments, modifications, favorite poses, and strengths. Over time, and with consistent practice, our teachers are able to support your progression at your own pace. We offer a variety of classes, specialty programs, workshops and training's for you to experience, go deeper, keep practicing, and have fun.
Please check us out, schedule your classes, meet our amazing teachers, be welcomed by other like-minded people, relax, become stronger/more flexible, and laugh with us!
Kim (eRYT-200/Owner) started practicing yoga as a method of adding movement to her daily routine when she was traveling as a Technology Consultant in the mid-1990’s. She was looking for a gentle but challenging exercise after injuring her shoulders from 17 intense years of competitive swimming. She studied... more
Anna Kolacny is an internationally recognized Anusara-Inspired Hatha yoga teacher. Since 2006, Anna has taught throughout Asia, Europe and Los Angeles to work with rock stars, royalty, rocket scientists & beauty queens. She's had the pleasure of training with Olympic champions and... more
Sarah Rosenburg, LCSW, began a weekly practice of yoga at a local gym for a year to balance out her active running and weight training lifestyle before joining her local Yoga community in 2015. In 2016, she started her 303 hour, Fire Fly teacher training as well as training's with Young... more
Toni started exploring yoga in 2008 as a way to transform her life. She wanted to incorporate fitness and fill the spaces of loneliness within her; after her marriage ended in divorce and simultaneously 20 years of a successful corporate career ended with anger, bitterness, stress and anxiety. A lifetime of denial about... more
Gloria Nash began her journey to health and wellness as a Senior in High School when a skilled physical therapist helped her to discover the seemingly unlikely culprit of my chronic pain. She spent years studying her own pain, body mechanics, and many forms of healing arts. She became increasingly interested in how to... more
Jim Gibilterra, RYT 200 is living proof that yoga exists for everyone, and that anyone can benefit from regular yoga practice.
“When I suggest to people to try a yoga class, I often hear them say they’re not flexible enough, healthy enough, or young enough for yoga. I tell them you don’t need any of that to do yoga... more
Emily Muenster, a RYT 200 hour teacher, humbly shares her love of movement through Vinyasa Flow Yoga with a loving heart and a joyous spirit.