2019 Workshops

Sunset Meditation in the Sky

Skydeck entrance is located on Franklin Street (east side of the building). 233 S Wacker Drive., Chicago IL 60606

A collaboration with Vacation of the Mind:

Revel in the skyline views, elevate your perspective. Combat stress | Calm your mind | Create inner peace

Enjoy a unique meditation experience that will draw inspiration from the surroundings to deepen the practice and create a retreat for your mind.

 

NEW ADDITION to the event:

Cassandra Justine with a beautiful 30-minute crystal singing bowl sound journey.

About the Sound Journey:

 

Experience a Crystal Tuning facilitated by sound practitioner, Cassandra Justine. Relax into a 30-min. quartz crystal singing bowl sound journey intended to tune your chakras while holding space for you to set intentions for the season of autumn.

Sunday October 6, 2019 for a sunset meditation in the sky..

Meditation is a mental exercise that with routine practice combats stress, increases productivity, and brings joy into your life. Meditation is one of the most natural exercises you can do to refocus the mind, calm your thoughts, and cope with stress.

Meditation is proven to be extremely healing for your mind, body, and emotions. This event will provide you with practical meditation techniques to calm your body and mind, which can be used in your daily routine for lasting results.

*Check-in for guided meditation begins at 6:00 pm

*Government issued photo ID must be provided for check-in with the Skydeck

$30 per person-includes private ledge experience, meditation, music and mingling.

Guided meditation led by Vacation of the Mind® for beginners and experienced meditators.

Bring your own mat or meditation pillow (limited amount available).

Ticket required for entry.
Contact: info@vacationofthemind.com

About the Chicago Skydeck - Willis Tower

Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!

Fields of Yogis Festival

August 23-25, 2019 | NewBo City Market | Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

I'll be leading an immersion & 2 workshops at Fields of Yogis this year! Use code CHOOSEJOY for 20% off a weekend pass & CHOOSEJOYTODAY for 10% off a day pass!

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to yoga or are an experienced teacher, you’ll love activating your inner yogi with us! Fields of Yogis is a 3-day festival — one day of intensives (Friday) to dive deep into your practice and two full days (Saturday + Sunday) of interactive, immersive, and invigorating workshops.

 

A rotation of national and local instructors are hand-selected each year to teach a variety of classes in several beautiful New Bohemian locations!  

 

Explore yoga programming as well as empowerment workshops, acro yoga, lunchtime music, art programming, aerial silks, chanting, meditation, and a vendor village inside NewBo City Market!

Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival

August 16 - 18, 2019 | Proud Lake State Recreation Area | 3500 Wixom Rd. Commerce Twp, MI 48382

I will be leading 3 workshops at Barefoot & Free this year! Use code CHOOSEJOY for 15% off any festival pass! (minus the music passes).

 

Their mission is to create an immersive gathering in nature. A gathering centered on yoga, conscious evolution, play, and a remembrance of what it feels like to truly feel free. We offer over 40 authentic and masterful teachers guiding you deeply into realms that include everything from yoga to art classes, from parenting to sacred sexuality. This is an opportunity for you to learn and to unlearn.

 

Join us by camping, glamping, bunking in a cabin, or coming and going for the day or weekend. *Kids under 12 are free and encouraged to come. We have classes for them as well. 

Kosha Sound Journey

July 22, 2019 | 7:00-8:30pm at FocusOm [Brookfield, IL]

Join Cassandra Justine and Johnny Sweetgrass for a relaxing blend of restorative yoga, pranayama, yoga nidra and sound healing as you journey through the five Koshas - the layers of the human experience: Annamaya Kosha - the physical body, Pranamaya Kosha - the energy body, Manomaya Kosha - the mental/emotional body, Vijnanamaya Kosha - the wisdom body and Anandamaya Kosha - the bliss body.Enjoy the sound of quartz crystal singing bowls, Himalayan singing bowls, Koshi chimes, and the Chao gong. All are welcome. Come as you are.*Bring a journal and a pen.

Yoga, Sound Bath + Coffee | Spring Series

May 19, 2019 | 10am-12:00pm at 8A5E | Cafe + Venue [Bridgeport] Chicago, IL

The season of Spring sparks creativity, new beginnings, and change. Join Cass at 8A5E Cafe + Venue one Sunday a month in March, April, and May for a Spring Series that will move you through a grounding, chakra-themed yoga class and quartz crystal singing bowl sound bath. All are welcome! Come as you are.

Guests will receive a complimentary coffee and vegan snack.

***Please bring your own mat! Yoga straps will be provided. 

 

We encourage you to bring yoga blocks or blankets for additional comfort. Blankets are recommended for those with sensitive knees. Any blanket will do the trick. :)

Aerial Flo | Happy Hippies

May 18, 2019 | 11:30am-1:00pm at Ohm Yoga Studio Valparaiso, IN

Give your hips the love and attention they deserve. Enjoy an aerial yoga practice with Cass centered around your second chakra, Svadhisthana - where we house our creation energy and hold the impact our past and present relationships have had on us. Explore postures and movements to nourish your hips and spark your creativity as you strengthen your understanding of and your relationship with this chakra. Expect to play with some fun inversions and tricks in the aerial hammock!

Enjoy a crystal bowl sound bath during Savasana.

All are welcome! Come as you are.

Spring Detox | Yoga + Dinner

April 13, 2019 | 5:30-8:00pm at Revival Yoga Wellness Studio Palos Heights, IL

Step into Spring with Cass and Carly for a special workshop! Explore a yoga practice focused on cleansing your body, mind and spirit. Experience a relaxing meditation and crystal bowl sound bath during savasana.

 

After class, we will enjoy a plant-based dinner, highlighting fresh, seasonal foods to prepare for this time of renewal. This meal, rich in detoxifying foods, will help our bodies shed toxins and release residual winter energy. Leave feeling a little lighter and brighter!

All are welcome! Come as you are.

Investment: $50

This event will be able to accept a maximum of 15 students.

Stretch, Knit & Bitch

April 7, 2019 | 1:00-3:30pm at OuterSpace [Wicker Park] Chicago IL

Sisters, join Amanda and Cassandra for a Sunday afternoon of yoga, knitting and bitching! Yes, let's talk about the things. We are passionate about holding safe space for sisters to vent and relate by swapping stories and discuss worldly topics of our time including but not limited to reproductive rights, sexual harassment, period poverty, and human trafficking.

We have partnered with two incredible forces. People's Action - a non-profit force for democracy and economic fairness. THINX - a menstrual hygiene company that makes magical, period-proof undies while giving back through advocacy, education, and access.

$10 of your event ticket will go to non-profit People's Action and $10 will go to Planned Parenthood, a non-profit established more than 100 years ago.

Explore More | Vinyasa Flow + Inversions (CE)

March 16, 2019 | 3:30-5:00pm at Revival Yoga Wellness Studio [Palos Heights, IL]

Explore more as you move through creative sequences to inspire your practice. Learn how to start or advance your inversion practice and break down postures and transitions commonly used in vinyasa flow. This class is best suited for students looking to expand their practice.

 

*Certified Yoga Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance will receive 2 continuing education (CE) units in the category of Techniques, Training & Practice (TTP). Attendees who wish to receive a certificate of completion will sign an additional sign-in sheet and will be emailed a certificate of completion.

*Please bring a journal and a pen to take notes.

Investment: $35

Aerial Flo | Happy Hippies

March 16, 2019 | 3:30-5:00pm at Revival Yoga Wellness Studio [Palos Heights, IL]

Give your hips the love and attention they deserve. Enjoy an aerial yoga practice centered around your second chakra, Svadhisthana - where we house our creation energy and where we hold the impact our past and present relationships have had on us.

 

Explore postures and movements to nourish your hips and spark your creativity as you strengthen your understanding of and your relationship with this chakra.

Enjoy a crystal bowl sound bath grounded on the earth during Savasana.

All are welcome! Come as you are.

Investment: $45

Open Your Heart to Joy

Friday, February 10, 2019 | 10:00am-12:00pm at Heat Yoga [Cedar Rapids, IA]

Santosha: To be content; a state of joy.

With Santosha as our intention, we will focus on opening Anahata Chakra (The Heart Center). Explore a mindful flow dedicated to opening your heart center and shoulders while stabilizing your pelvis and legs. Relax into a cool down with restorative heart-openers and slip into Savasana for a guided sound journey that will lead you into the heart cave. It is here that you will stand face to face with your inner child and release anything heavy or limiting from your past.

 

Sound-healing with quartz crystal singing bowls will be used throughout the class and during guided meditations. Bring a pen and a journal. All are welcome.

Explore More | Vinyasa + Inversions (CE)

Friday, February 9, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm at Heat Yoga [Cedar Rapids, IA]

Explore more as you move through creative sequences to inspire your practice. Learn how to start or advance your inversion practice and break down postures and transitions commonly used in vinyasa flow. This class is best suited for students looking to expand their practice.

 

*Certified Yoga Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance will receive 2 continuing education (CE) units in the category of Techniques, Training & Practice (TTP). Attendees who wish to receive a certificate of completion will sign an additional sign-in sheet and will be emailed a certificate of completion. *Please bring a journal and a pen to take notes.

Surrender to Slow

Friday, February 8, 2019 | 6:00-7:30pm at Heat Yoga [Cedar Rapids, IA]

Flow through a grounding blend of slow movements and deep stretches. Release into stillness as you enter a state of consciousness between the waking and sleeping state with a yoga nidra influenced chakra meditation and sound journey. Enjoy the healing vibrations of quartz crystal singing bowls tuned to balance your energy system. All are welcome.

Benefits of Sound-healing and Yoga Nidra include stress and anxiety relief, mental clarity, normalization of blood pressure, improved sleep, heightened clarity, and an increase in creativity.

Soundscape with Cass + Johnny

Thursday January 31st, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:00pm at Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective [Avondale, Chicago]

Go inward with Cass and Johnny as they intuitively guide you through a Sound Journey. Prepare for stillness with gentle movements and journal prompts. Grounded, enter a realm of consciousness between the waking and sleeping state and enjoy a unique experience incorporating guided meditations and the healing vibrations of quartz crystal singing bowls, acoustic guitar, chimes, and more.

 

Benefits of Sound-healing and Yoga Nidra: stress and anxiety relief, mental clarity, normalization of blood pressure, improved sleep, heightened clarity, increase in creativity

Open your Heart to Joy | Yoga + Sound Journey

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30pm at Revival Yoga Wellness Studio [Palos Heights, IL]

Santosha: To be content; a state of joy.

 

With Santosha as our intention, we will focus on opening Anahata Chakra (The Heart Center). Explore a mindful flow dedicated to opening your heart center and shoulders while stabilizing your pelvis and legs. Relax into a cool down with restorative heart-openers and slip into Savasana for a guided sound journey that will lead us into the heart cave. It is here that we will stand face to face with our inner child and release anything heavy or limiting from our past. After the sound journey, we will journal as a tool to meditate on your experience. All are welcome.

*Sound-healing with the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls will be used throughout the class and during guided meditations.

*Bring a pen and a journal.

Aerial Flo | Awaken Your Senses

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 3:30 - 5:00pm at Revival Yoga Wellness Studio [Palos Heights, IL]

Stimulate your five senses as we flow freely through an aerial yoga practice intended to draw you inward. How will you activate your five senses? Read on.

1. Sight: Enjoy a candlelight meditation at the start of class as we set intentions and create affirmations.


2. Touch: Explore a blend of active and passive movements, play with the hammock and connect with your physical body.


3. Smell: Ground and center as you cool down with soothing essential oil scents.


4. Hear: Bathe in the calming sounds of quartz crystal singing bowls as we bundle up for Savasana.


5. Taste: Seal your experience with a sweet dark chocolate treat and warm tea while moving through a few journal prompts.

Space will be left at the end of the workshop for us to sit in a circle and chat about our experiences.


***Please bring a journal.

Renew Your View | Yoga, Journaling + Sound Journey

Tuesday January 1st, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:00pm at Inner Sense Healing Arts Collective [Avondale, Chicago]

A New Year can support a New View. Together, we will move through a creative and expressive, slow-moving vinyasa flow practice accompanied by meditations and journaling prompts tailored to shift and shed limiting thought patterns. 

 

This workshop class will support your roar to say “out with the old and in with the new!” We will close the experience with a Sound Journey to allow time for inward reflection.

 

Benefits of Sound-healing: stress and anxiety relief, mental clarity, normalization of blood pressure, improved sleep, heightened clarity, increase in creativity

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