Elliott Counseling Group

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Why Yoga?
by Shayla Parker, LCPC,
Therapist at Elliott Counseling Group

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What if you knew a way to increase a powerful neurotransmitter ( a chemical messenger that plays a major role in feeling calm and less depressed) without spending a dime, without putting a chemical into your body and with no negative side effects? Welcome to yoga. In 2013, Psychology Today published an article reporting on research at Boston University Medical School that had been done utilizing MRI technology. You know...those big loud machines that can actually map what is going on in your brain. The yoga group in the study did yoga for one hour and then had an MRI of their brain. The MRI showed a 27% increase in the neurotransmitter, GABA, in those who had done the yoga, versus those in the group who read quietly for one hour.

GABA or gamma-aminobutryic acid is the major neurotransmitter that quiets and calms the nervous system. Through the use of MRIs it has been found that people with depression and anxiety have been shown to have low amounts of GABA in their cerebrospinal fluid compared to those who do not suffer from anxiety and depression.

Think you don't have time for yoga? When you take some time to give your body what it needs and you get those awesome GABA that will mean less depression, less anxiety. What does that mean? Less procrastination. Less wasted time. More time for yoga!

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

https://carle.org/classes/support-groups/yoga-for-cancer-survivors

The class is open to survivors of any type of cancer at any point in their recovery process. No yoga experience is necessary and basic equipment is provided (mats, straps, and blocks).

This course is free. Please wear comfortable clothing. Classes will be led by Amanda Johnson, MSW, RYT, and will be kept small to ensure individual attention.

Contact:
Amanda Johnson, MSW, RYT
amjo123@gmail.com

Date & Time:
Tuesdays 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:
Mills Breast Cancer Institute, third floor conference room
509 W. University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Yoga Gives

http://livingyogacenter.net/classes/yoga-gives/

http://livingyogacenter.net/class-schedule/ 

Donation-based. Each month a local NPO will be given the collected donations (a minimum of $5.00 per class is suggested).

Contact:
(217) 351-8359
info@livingyogacenter.net 

Date & Time:
Sundays 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Location:
Living Yoga Center
212 S. 1st St
Champaign, IL 61820

Mindful Meditation Practice

http://livingyogacenter.net/classes/mindful-meditation/

http://livingyogacenter.net/class-schedule/

Mindful Meditation is a donation-based gathering (pay what you feel is right for you) sponsored by heartsopening and is open to the entire community.

Contact:
(217) 351-8359
info@livingyogacenter.net
 

Date & Time:
Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 - 5 p.m.

Location:
Living Yoga Center
212 S. 1st St
Champaign, IL 61820

Mindful Meditation

http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/events/event.php?ID=1173

Cost: Free admission, donations to support program are accepted.

Classes will be led by Mary Wolters. 30 minute session. No registration or special equipment necessary, and participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like.

Contact:
Brook Taylor

(217) 244-5597
taylorb@illinois.edu (email link)

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).

Date & Time:
March 25 - May 13
Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location:
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Yoga at the Museum

http://kam.illinois.edu/events/experiences.html#yoga

Free and open to the public.
Classes introduce participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga: seated and standing asanas (poses), breath awareness, and relaxation techniques. Participants should bring their own yoga mats and wear comfortable clothing. Classes are limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contact:
(217) 333-1861

Date & Time:
Fridays at 12 p.m. (when classes are in session)

Location:
Krannert Art Museum Lower Level, Classroom Stud
500 E Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820