Yoga & Yoga Therapy

with Erica Bentley

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Be well,

Erica she/they*

*what is this and why does it matter?

Join me for in-person Yoga classes at Lincoln Park Cultural Center!

Thursdays, January 6-March 17th

Open Format 9:00 - 10:00am

You can expect a well-rounded practice including movement through both seated and standing postures, playful challenges, balancing breathwork & guided meditation in this moderately-paced class.

$55 for the entire series

Chair Yoga 10:15 - 11:00am

You can expect chair-seated and supported standing postures with emphasis on building balance, strength & mobility. Classes will also include guided breath work & meditation.

Free to those aged 60+*

Due to COVID-19, all participants will be required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination.

Aside from chairs, there will not be shared/borrowed supplies. I recommend bringing a yoga mat, beach towel, and anything else you like to have on hand for your practice. I will have yoga straps available for purchase for $5.

*If you are not in a 60+ aged body and would like to partake in this class, please contact me directly

Posture variations and prop assists (I love props!) will be offered to make these practices as relevant and accessible to as many folks as possible.

Please also continue to join me for live public classes via Zoom:

Chair Yoga, Wednesdays, 10:30a-Noon Central

Join me on the last 2 Wednesdays of the month for a chair Yoga practice. Expect chair-seated and supported standing postures, guided breath work & meditation and community wellness check-in.

This class offering is through YogaCare and Howard Brown Community Health

Click here to register and join

I am also available for private and small group practice. Please reach out for more information!

In case you're wondering...

Like many Americans, I initially approached Yoga as a physical practice- an alternative to the gym, which I found boring. I practiced with varried regularity until early 2017, when I threw myself into yoga (and farming) as a means to stay sober in early addiction recovery. I quickly experienced the benefits of reconnecting my body, mind & spirit and soon felt called to facilitate space for others to grow into their own potential as well. I began my formal training by spending 6 months living & studying in India and returned to the US with a great determination to provide safe, healthy & accessible Yoga to every body whilst honoring Yoga’s traditional roots.

My class offerings frequently mix traditional asana & pranayama with mindful movement and playful challenges to offer an approachable, well rounded practice. I am currently working towards full IAYT certification as a Yoga Therapist, specializing in working with folks in addiction and trauma managment & recovery. I am certified as a level 2 Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist and I have countless ongoing hours of independent study and research.

I am passionate about social justice and it's interweaving with Yoga. I recognize my role in, and how I benefit from, white supremecy and colonialism and I work diligently to unlearn and relearn how to be. I am fortunate to now make my home on the traditional lands of the People of the Council of Three Fires; here I am an active member of the Chicago Alliance Against Racial & Political Repression, focusing on the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture. I strongly support reimaginging public safety & wellness and investment in community resources, helping people ourselves and each other. I believe that we as a society can create a system that is built around equity, prevention and rehabilitation, as opposed to control, oppression & punishment. I volunteer with Prison Yoga Chicago, humbly sharing Yoga with the people incarcerated in Cook Co Jail and serving as an executive board member.

Along with all this, I really enjoy cooking (and eating!) plant-based food, riding my bicycle, wandering walks with my partner & dog, general silliness and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

I thank you deeply for your support; I can't do this work without you!