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Keep Life Simple with Some of Lemont's Best Yoga Classes

By Elisha Neubauer

"Keep it Simple..." this is the tagline you'll hear repeated over and over again at Simply Yoga. No, it's not a cute pun on their name, although that's not a bad marketing idea. It's what keeps them going and what the staff feels yoga does for them. It sums up the simple connection between your breath, your movement, and the moment in which you exist. It is everything.

When Susan Bowen-Cressman opened her studio, Simply Yoga, she did so with one goal in mind. She wanted to provide a place in which people could find their own peace; where they could feel a sense of community, and escape from the stressors of modern life. "Through my own practice I overcame anxiety, found acceptance of self, practiced the ability to let go, found physical strength, but most importantly each time I practice I enjoy the peace of mind that comes after," she explains. "My goal was to create a space where others could do the same."

Despite first impressions, Bowen-Cressman tells us that yoga isn't about perfecting poses. She states that the focus is in the peace of mind you achieve during the process. "It's about walking in the door, leaving the world behind and allowing yourself time to care for, and connect with yourself," she details.

Wanting to help everyone achieve this peace, Simply Yoga is open to anyone of any body type, age, or experience level. "At Simply Yoga we believe that yoga is good for everyone and every body type," Bowen-Cressman affirms. The studio focuses mainly on the Vinyasa style of yoga, offering it in several different experience levels including Beginner Basics, Basics, All Levels, and Power Hour.

Although Vinyasa is their main concentrate, they also offer Restorative yoga which provides a more relaxing practice that focuses on connective tissue and deep stretching on your mat. Regardless of the style of yoga that you opt to practice, at Simply Yoga, they stress the importance of individuality. Everyone's body is different, and so should be their practice. "We allow students to grow at their own pace, accept where they are, and help them reach for more and challenge themselves when they are ready," Bowen-Cressman states.

In addition to offering a variety of classes in Vinyasa, the Lemont-based studio provides teacher training to those looking to take the next step in their yoga practice. "Our Teacher Training program is Vinyasa Flow focused where we promise that by the end of training, students will be able to teach a basic 60 minute Vinyasa class," claims Bowen-Cressman. The program teaches how to cue and teach a class and includes detailed training on Restorative yoga, The Chakras and energy related to them, Yoga Sutras, Advanced Sequencing and Poses, and Anatomy and Alignment. "Each Teacher Training we offer is unique due to its participants and we have many graduates who have gone off to teach programs in schools, libraries, home practices and some that have become instructors at Simply Yoga."

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