Yoga & Yoga Therapy
with Erica Bentley
I am incredibly excited to offer in-person classes this summer!
Ready to get back out there in practice community? Join me for Yoga in the Garden! Bring your yoga mat or beach towel and breathe in the fresh morning air while moving and stretching your body. Classes are held in Grandmother's Garden near the Lincoln Park Cultural Center.
Mondays 8:00 - 9:00am, July 5 - August 23
You can expect a well-rounded practice including movement through both seated and standing postures, playful challenges, and balancing breathwork in this moderately-paced class.
$49 for the entire series
Fridays 10:00 - 11:00am, July 9 - August 27
In this practice offering specially for those who are in bodies aged 50+, you can expect mindful movement, strengthening postures and balancing breathwork.
$20 for the entire series
Due to COVID-19, there will not be shared/borrowed supplies. I recommend bringing a yoga mat or beach towel and anything else you like to use. I will also have yoga straps available for purchase.
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 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 received a call 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 even greater 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 (TIYT) and I have countless ongoing hours of independent study and research.
I am passionate about social justice and it's intersection 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. Here in Chicago, I am an active member of the Chicago Alliance Against Racial & Political Repression; 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.
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.