Studio news and upcoming events
Hi friends,

After a couple successful trials, I have decided to extend the run of my Introduction to Mindful Outdoor Experience class through June 16.  That means the next session is tomorrow morning at 8:30a - the weather should be lovely!  We're meeting at Harbert Park, a hidden gem along the North Shore Canal.  The park is presided over by dozens of mature cottonwood trees, who are ready to teach their unique versions of Tree Pose to anyone willing to slow down long enough to receive the lesson.

Sorry for the late notice on this.  Our kids were home for remote learning last week due to a small Covid outbreak at their school, so my communications got scrambled.

For more about this endeavor, check out my latest essay from my personal newsletter, Within Us and Without Us.

99% of our ancestors lived in paleolithic times and spent most of their lives outdoors.
It's only in the last few millenia that humans began spending so much time indoors, and only in the last 30 years that we became so fixated on screens. The iPhone is just 15 years old!

Our bodies and minds evolved in relationship to the wild world, but most of us spend most of our time in a built environment that deprives us of the sensory experiences our bodies expect. Many preventable disease arises from a mismatch between the needs of our animal bodies and the practices of modern life.

So, spending time outdoors is more than a nice pastime. It is an essential nutrient for our health and well-being that many are sorely lacking. But even if enjoy walking our playing sports outdoors, we're often distracted by other goals. It's rare to really BE in nature with our full attention.

Though it might seem bizarre to our ancestors, our alienated age calls for deliberate practices of reconnection with the living Earth. Nick Beem has recently trained as a Mindful Outdoor Guide, and he's eager to share this simple but profound method with Grateful students.

Each session starts with simple warm-ups and breathing practices to get the body awake and attuned. Then a slow, mindful walk through a local forest or park, with lots of time to explore with all of the senses (well, maybe not taste). There is time for seated meditation, and finally a group sharing of insights.

This sample class will take place at Harbert-Payne park in Evanston, on the east side of the canal, between Dempster and Main. We will meet at the picnic table at the intersection of McDaniel and Nathaniel Place. See the exact spot by following this link:

The workshop will take place if it is raining, but not if there is lightning.  Please try to register at least one day beforehand, to ensure you will be notified of last-minute changes.

Cost: Normal class rates

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Though we give them different names, bones, joints and muscles are completely interwoven in both their function and dysfunction. Improving musculoskeletal health requires an integrative approach that addresses all facets of the human system. Yoga works quite well in this regard, and it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or gym membership

Join Becky Liston, physical therapist and certified Yoga for Osteoporosis instructor, for a 6-week series designed to holistically strengthen your bones, joints and muscles. (And it just so happens that strengthening can often help reduce joint pain!)

This class is an appropriate follow to both the Yoga for Bone Health and Yoga for Lifelong Strength series that Becky has been offering on an ongoing basis. Beginners are welcome.

Class will be held on Zoom or in Becky’s private studio at 1609 Sherman Ave in Evanston. Please email Becky if you’re interested in attending in person. All participant will receive recordings of each class for continued home practice.

No class on July 4th.

Cost: $145, members save 15%, sliding scale gladly offered

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Are you interested in starting yoga but intimidated by drop-in classes?

Does Zoom yoga leave you wondering if you’re doing the poses right?

Are you nursing an injury and unsure whether yoga will help or hurt?

This June, join Becky Liston for a thorough 4-week overview of the fundamentals of postural yoga. You will learn the most common poses and the principles behind them, as well as the basics of yogic breathing and relaxation. Becky is a physical therapist as well as a yoga teacher, and she can offer expert advice on how to modify yoga to fit your unique bodily circumstances.

This series will prepare you to step confidently into any of Grateful Yoga’s Gentle or Hatha Basics classes, or Becky’s regular yoga therapy series. In-person at the studio.  Size is limited to 10 students to allow individuated instruction

Cost: 4 weeks for $80, members save 15%, sliding scale gladly offered

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Studio Notes

Tuesday night on hiatus

After a good 4 month trial, we have not seen much regular attendance in this class.  Given the onset of summer travel and changing schedules, we have decided to put this class on hiatus for now.  We'll try to establish an evening class again in the fall - hopefully when we all feel more free to get together in person!

Adios Sal the chatbot

Well, we gave it a try, but it seems Sal the Chatbot was not the right fit for Grateful Yoga.  The functionality was too variable, and none of you seemed keen on using text messaging to reserve classes.  The service is a bit expensive, so we're letting it go starting May 23.  Thanks for participating in the experiment!  Maybe one day the AI will be good enough to try again.

Reserve in advance... or class might be canceled

With the aim of respecting our teachers' time as well as continue to be able to offer virtual streaming classes, we have a request:
  1. If you want to attend a hybrid class virtually, please sign up at least 1 hour in advance.  If no one is signed in for virtual attendance before class starts, we will not go to the additional trouble of setting up the laptop.
  2. If no one is signed up for any type of class 1 hour before it starts, we reserve the right to cancel the class or hold it exclusively on Zoom.  We want to respect the time it takes teachers to prepare for class. If you make a mistake and forget to sign up and the class turns out to be canceled, email us and we will send you a recording of a previous class.
  3. If you're signed up to receive a recording of a class but you're the only person registered, we won't require the teacher to teach a brand new class. Instead, we will email you and offer you a recording from a previous week

Weekly Class Schedule

We are planning to keep adding to our in-studio schedule as interest builds. Please let us know what you are looking for!


10-11:15a Hatha Yoga & Meditation with Nick (Studio / Zoom 1)
12-1p Yoga for Lifelong Strength with Becky
(Zoom 2 or Becky's private studio, 6 week series)


9:30-10:45 Yoga Reboot with Sarah (Studio/Zoom 2)
10-11a Gentle Yoga with Chair with Rhoda (Zoom 1)


9:30-10:45a Hatha Yoga and Meditation with Lela (Studio / Zoom 1)
7-8p Prenatal Yoga with Rose (Studio / Zoom 2)


10-11a Gentle Yoga with Rhoda (Zoom 1)
7-8p Evening Meditation & Movement (Zoom 1)


9:30-10:45a Yoga with Sarah Westbrook (Studio / Zoom 1)
12-1p All-Levels Noon Yoga with Abby Factor (Zoom 1)


8:30-9:30a Prenatal with Lela (Studio / Zoom 2)
10-11:15a Yoga and Meditation with Lela (Studio / Zoom 1)
12:15-1:30p Hatha Basics with Nick (Studio / Zoom 1)


8:30-10a Hatha Basics with Stacia (Zoom 1)
NEW 9-10a Mindful Vinyasa with Eliza (Studio only)
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Nick's Newsletter

From Nick's latest reflections on the end of his sabbatical and return to teaching:

So after spending many years refining the content of my teaching, I am inspired to turn my focus to developing the ritual process of yoga classes. While still weaving in my various scientific and philosophical fascinations, I hope my classes can become more effective, impactful weekly rituals for those who wish to attend. In this vein, I am de-emphasizing the “study” aspect by changing my class names back to Hatha Basics (Saturdays at 12:15p) and Hatha Yoga and Meditation (Mondays at 10a). I am also making my classes 15 minutes shorter, so they don’t require such a big commitment.

(Never fear, yoga nerds: “Yoga Studies” will live on as workshops, book clubs and specialized series that take up particular topics.)
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Since 2005, Grateful Yoga has been supported by students who value a mindful practice in a peaceful, welcoming environment.  We educate our students with insights from the ancient practices of Hatha yoga, as well as the modern insights of growth psychology, yoga therapy, kinesiology and neuroscience.

Our highly-qualified teachers offer weekly group classes, specialized educational series, mentorship and training for new teachers and health professionals, private instruction, yoga nidra, and perinatal yoga.
We aim to become an inclusive center for deep yogic study and self-transformation. Students of all ages, religious beliefs and experience levels are welcome in our community.

We hope to be a lasting part of your journey toward health and joy.

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