North Shore Yoga is a good place to unwind, stretch out and awaken your mind, body and spirit. Tucked away in a second story office suite on Happ Road in Northfield, teacher and owner Sharyn Galindo helps clients to achieve their fullest potential - both physically and spiritually.
As an avid runner for over 30 years myself, I was surprised to hear that Sharyn has given up participating in marathons and triathalons to devote herself to yoga. Although she still occasionally runs and walks and does some weight work, she discovered that yoga provides most of her workout and keeps her as fit as when she was running. Her knowledge of this ancient art is extensive and ongoing - she travels to Thailand at least once a year to study with her teacher.
North Shore Yoga started out in a storefront next to Homer's Ice Cream in Wilmette, then moved to the present location in 2005. Sharyn has approximately 20 instructors each of whom has their own individual style within the class that they are teaching. She has two workout rooms, both kept warm (but not hot) to help warm up muscles and prevent injury.
Two styles of yoga are taught here: Asthanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Asthanga Yoga can be described as:
" a system of yoga that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind." (copyright Asthanga.com) As Sharyn explained it, Astanga is a series of set postures that are always the same.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a breath-syncronized movement where the teacher will instruct students to move from one pose to the next on an exhale or inhale. It is sometimes just called Flow because of the smooth way the moves run together like a dance. Vinyasa differs from Ashtanga in that sets are followed but necessarily the same poses every time.
The yoga schedule at North Shore Yoga is ongoing - one can join anytime. They offer a free introductory session once a month that teaches the basics, as well as
- Pre-natal classes
- Restorative and relaxation
- Family Yoga
- Teen Yoga
- Teacher training
Also at this location is a small boutique offering materials and clothing for yoga practice. The first class in the morning is at 6:00 a.m. and continues until the last class at 6:30 p.m. For the short time that I was there one morning, the studio was very busy with ingoing an outgoing devotees (all looking extremely fit and relaxed!)
If you've wanted to give yoga a try, visit Sharyn's studio at:
310 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093 (847-784-8844)