Find Your Inner Zen at Spanda Yoga Center

| April 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Kristen Holub

As I searched for a good place to resume my prenatal yoga practice, I happened to hear of a studio called Spanda Yoga Center at 906 N. Damen that would not be too far for me. An acquaintance said that she had attended their Baby and Me yoga class and liked it, so  I looked them up. I was pleased to find out that they offered prenatal yoga on Saturdays, so I penciled it in. Most of the classes are drop-in, which is nice because sometimes it’s hard to make it to a class every week.

Spanda is a low-key yoga center, but is still easy to find with their clear signage. I had no problem finding street parking, and I’m sure taking the Damen bus would also be a snap. Upon walking into the warmly decorated studio, I immediately felt welcome. In the front area, you can hang up your coat, pay for your class, take off your shoes, and otherwise decompress. Then you pass through pretty hanging curtains to unroll a mat in the calm studio and begin your practice. Are you feeling more Zen already?

Spanda was originally opened in Aug of ’07, but was then taken over in Oct, ’08 by two yoga instructors who happened to have been trained by the previous owner. The new business partners, Sharon and Naomi have been focused on green practices in their studio such as using cork blocks and recycled cotton straps (yoga accessories), using eco-friendly cleaners for the space and equipment, and paying attention to recycling their office products. Spanda not only strives to be an eco-friendly business, but also a community-friendly one. They offer a special discount to Senior Citizens, Teachers, Social Workers and Students with a valid ID, and also hold a free Community Yoga Class on Sunday nights. This way people can have the chance to practice yoga without worrying about their budgets. And these days, those people worrying about their budgets probably need the healing and rejuvenating benefits of yoga the most!

Naomi was the instructor for the class that I took. She did a great job by incorporating poses to help the problem areas each student shared before we began, and then worked on hip-opening exercises, strength, endurance, and balance. It all felt great, and these areas are all beneficial to everyone, but especially pregnant mamas like myself. The classes are generally small, which was nice because it allowed for some personalized attention and adjustments from Naomi. After the class, I felt balanced and invigorated…not bad for someone heading into their third trimester!

I have to admit that part of my new state of relaxation might have had to do with the fact that this class ran on a Saturday, so my husband was home to watch our toddler and I was “off duty” for the afternoon. And if you are like me, you might also like Spanda’s proximity to a great bakery with coffee and treats to be enjoyed outside under the trees in the coming Spring weather.  Just ask your instructor and they will point you in the right direction!

If you are interested in settling down and looking for some inner peace, or maybe just an outlet for mommy stress, check out Spanda and see if there’s a class that will work for you!

For more information about the Spanda Yoga Center instructors, class schedules, and upcoming events, please check out their website:

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Spanda Yoga Center
906 N. Damen

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Kristen Holub Artist and business owner turned stay-at-home-mom. Kristen is expecting her 2nd child but will always be found running around town with her son, and doing her best to keep the household eco-friendly and under control while still jotting down and sharing great finds to share in Chicagonista.

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Kristen Holub, mother of 2 and creator of, is an artist and business owner turned stay-at-home mom. She makes conscious and mindful decisions to keep the household eco-friendly and shares tip and tricks for others to do the same. She can always be found running around town with her kids, as she jots down and shares their great finds in the city.

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