What the Community Is Saying...
I feel relieved, inspired, energized, and heard. I really feel lighter and more joyful. I now have focus and accountability. By sharing my feelings around your pointed questions, it helped me move through to the present, the best place to be. My self-esteem is now on higher ground. Thank you, Savitree for your expertise, wise nature, intentional questioning and conscious listening.
The virtual classes have been awesome... thank you, Jodh and Savitree, so much for doing this. They are super, super great during this time. I was totally able to join Zoom (and I am not tech savvy) without a problem. Literally just one click and you are there! The Zoom site itself is really easy to sign into and isn't intimidating like some can be. I feel like the virtual class is super valuable right now in this time of social distancing. I love seeing everyone from UYC during class and makes it seem a bit like I'm getting out of the house and participating in life a little more!
I really, honestly would encourage everyone to give it a try.
I love being able to do this at home.
Thanks for setting this up! Feels great to still be connected and able to practice with y’all.
Impossible to relay the sheer transformative power of this methodology;
and all the more of the teachers who so competently deliver and personally prescribe these practices at Urban Yoga... Having run the gamut of self-help disciplines from orthodox Hatha and meditation instructors to the soulless fitness variety to the rootless new-agey hybrids and a collection of shrinks between -- I can say that I have found no greater and more accelerated path toward experiencing fulfillment, joy and balance than I had previously thought possible. "Enlightenment" or "happiness" are overrated and unrealistic conceits, but one comes dangerously close at Urban Yoga and it is a thrilling prospect to be in life with these new odds. As a direct result, I am more alive to a pulsating sense of what the best version of myself feels like and how that person moves through the world. I am worlds lighter and my relationships reflect this new levity. It has almost entirely eradicated what I thought to be an intractable anxiety that I had wrongly come to think of as a permanent fixture of my personality...
Almost magically, the doubt and fears have diminished and given way to the sweeter stronger poetics of life. I'm a better mother. I'm a better artist. I'm a better citizen. I'm a better daughter. I'm a better girlfriend. Perhaps most critically, I'm better at being myself. It feels good. I cannot recommend these classes highly enough.
Urban Yoga and its teachers are changing my life. I attend classes, workshops and gratefully receive private instruction from Jodh. I appreciate her unwavering support of my life journey of mindful learning.
Urban Yoga Chicago and the practice of kundalini yoga & meditation has unquestionably changed my life. After years of seeking self-help guidance (--sounds like an oxymoron, right? Getting help for SELF help!), this practice brings self-help knowledge to ACTION, inside oneself as well as out. As a personal example, somehow I often found myself BESIDE myself in conversations or engagements with others, judging my every word as I speak! Call it anxiety or extreme self-doubt, it is NOT a way to succeed in conversations or in life. I don’t know which kriya or meditation or combo did it but POOF! this debilitating habit vanished. And it has not come back. This is powerful! And thanks to the genuine, wise, and consistently welcoming owners at UYC--Savitree & Jodh --the path has been paved in a serious way. Not one path for everyone but somehow all our individual paths are paved by these angelic, cosmic guides who appear to exist simply to help us each live authentically in our crazy lives, here on this Earth. I can’t say enough about UYC and this practice. Thank you!!
Kundalini is a game changer and Urban Yoga Chicago does it at the highest level of care and integrity.
I came to Kundalini yoga as a yoga teacher myself, very curious about this lesser known yoga practice. I was hooked right away and could feel the impact in my body after just one class. One of the ways that Urban Yoga Chicago takes the yoga experience to the next level is that the owner meets with every new student for an hour and learns what their individual goals and struggles are. This tailored experience guides each student in a way that boosts the impact of their practice. This was supremely apparent to me when after only 3 months of practicing Kundalini here, my 25 year struggle with an intense eating disorder ceased. It's still a bit mind boggling to me that it's gone. As I said, this studio is a game changer and it changed my life.
Thank you for making UYC a refuge and a real community. We all need that. It’s never been just a place to take a class, I always feel the love, even when I have times when I am struggling to know how to receive it. I finally understand what it means to “hold space.”
In my late sixties, impatient, anxious, driven, distracted and unable to quell the frenetic yammering in my head...
Urban Yoga moved into the studio next door. I thought I was living pretty effectively as my unique creative self, that yoga was a waste of my precious time.
I attended my first classes to be neighborly, and came out of each one with something I didn’t know I needed. So I started taking class regularly once a week. After about a year, several yogis committed to a daily Kriya. By then I was curious to see if I could do it and what would happen. To my joyous surprise, what started tentative grew in depth and duration until I emerged a yogi. The Kriya itself did not appear to have any rational benefits, yet it organized me and opened up the void that yearned for a practice. Subsequently, when my father died and I suffered post election depression, I had somewhere to go.
I began my monthly membership at Urban Yoga attending three 90 minute classes a week. I regularly consult with Savitree to support my daily Kriya and enhance other aspects of my practice. She is a superb guide: Wise and intuitive, never pedantic, she gently coaxes me on my own journey.
Today, I feel better, stronger, healthier, more vibrant. Unencumbered by fret and apprehension, I can think clearly and follow through productively. I still know fear and dread, but I choose not to dwell there. The less absorbed I am in my own personal plight, the more I appreciate other people and life in the world, and the better I like myself.
Yoga practice is a leap of faith. Cardio exercise promises heart health and endurance. Weights offer muscle tone and strength. Yoga implores you to pant like a dog and wiggle your fingers until your headaches go away and you’re more cheerful in the morning. My family is stunned. My friends wonder what I’m on. I’m facing 70 grateful, hopeful, and content that I have nothing better to do than practice breathing.
The practices are transformational, and the community is the most welcoming and supportive. Urban Yoga has been pivotal in my growth journey, and I am beyond grateful. This is WAY more than a yoga studio. It is truly a community of authentic, genuine friends who support each other in being themselves.
I do not have enough words to express my gratitude, love, and happiness with this practice and community.
Three years ago I started with joint pain and morning stiffness. I was attended by different specialists and they performed all possible exams and they were all normal, but the pain continued to worsen and spread to my knees, elbows and feet. I am a doctor and I had the opportunity to actively participate in the process and it was extremely sad and frustrating. After my fifth class the pain improved 80%. After my first month, I am pain-free. I feel blessed and happy. I am more connected with my true self and my needs. I have improved my nutrition and breathing just because my body requires it. On the other hand, the love that these teachers put into what they do can be felt everywhere. The community is amazing. They are all inspirational, passionate, caring and loving, always willing to support. It really has been the best thing that could have happened to me and I am grateful!
Jodh and Savitree, thank you for being the teachers you are. It is not Kundalini yoga that makes your studio a success. It is the style and genuine way of teaching that has made Urban Yoga a studio to believe in.
I had to take the time to thank you two beautiful ladies for all you do. When I walked into Urban Yoga in February of 2016, I walked in very skeptical that I would be able to do any type of yoga. I had no idea what Kundalini yoga was. I figured there were two types of yoga. Regular and Hot. Either way, I didn't think that my large body and bad knees would allow me to do either. From the moment I walked in, I could feel the positive, loving energy that is given here. I was put at ease. The patience that Jodh has had with me is truly an esteem builder. I've been seeing a pain doctor to help with knee issues I've had since birth and since starting yoga, my monthly ultrasounds have shown tremendous improvement. I have way less inflammation issues. My pain treatments have been greatly reduced. My pain doctor is also a holistic advocate, and attributes the improvements in my knees to practicing yoga. Beyond that, incorporating a daily morning yoga practice has brought a more disciplined approach to my overall fitness goals. I believe it helps me stay more focused at work, and has also been an amazing supplement to my daily spiritual practice. In a nutshell, practicing yoga with you makes me feel good!! Thank you for all you do.