Yoga & Yoga Therapy
with Erica Bentley
Join me for in-person Yoga classes, this fall at Lincoln Park Cultural Center!
Thursdays, Sept 9-Dec 16
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 - 11:15am
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, blocks, 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
Please also continue to join me for live public classes via Zoom:
Gentle, Tuesdays, 11-11:45am Central
In this class you can expect joint-freeing movements & stretches and attention to breath.Meeting ID: 545 529 0451 password: 312312
Chair Yoga, Wednesdays, 10:30a-Noon Central
Join me every 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month for a chair Yoga practice. Expect chair-seated and supported standing postures, guided breath work & meditation and community wellness check-in.
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.
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 intertwining 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, working on the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture. I strongly support nationwide defunding of police departments and reallocating those funds into community resources that help people help ourselves and each other. I also support prison abolishion and reimagining a system built around prevention and rehabilitation, as opposed to punishment and control. I volunteer with Prison Yoga Chicago, humbly sharing Yoga with the people incarcerated in Cook Co Jail and serving as an executive board member, and with Chicago Community Jail Support.
Along with all this, I really enjoy cooking (and eating!) plant-based food, riding my bicycle, wandering walks with my partner, general silliness and spending as much time as possible outdoors.