What you've said, and why we get up every morning to do what we do
[The birthday] email and video are delightful! I love coming to Urban Yoga. Thanks for the awesome experience so far! Everything related to you and UYC has been so kind, nurturing, and delightful! (I normally don't use the word "delightful" so often but realized I've used it twice here because it just permeates your brand!) -- Katie
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”. --Lisa
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. --Julie Matt
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. -- Izzy
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. Kundalini 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. —Cookie Gluck
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 owners meet 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. --Jenny Arrington, 40
I have been to various other yoga studios before both in Chicago and the suburbs and I can honestly say I haven't found such a sense of caringness from the owners and a really nice sense of community! I always look forward to coming to your studio and the people there. You and Jodh have done such a wonderful job for the community with your studio. So glad to have found it, you have changed my life! --Anita Hoskot
First of all, this place is amazing. You come here and it doesn't feel like a yoga studio. It feels like a nice home where people teach you yoga. I feel very accepted here. The intake session was very good because it helped me talk out what things I needed. One thing was that I couldn't sleep at night, 3 months in, I have no issues sleeping issues at all. I had some confidence issues and I hadn't driven a car in 4 years - now I drive a car! Going to an environment where you do healthy things like breathing and exercise and being in that environment twice a week at least - I found that afterward, it's easy to sleep and have a relaxed mind. I become more positive and it becomes a vicious circle of positivity! Go Urban Yoga! -- EW, 32
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. --Liz Lazar
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!! --Anna Gratzl
Since I joined Jen's Yoga Blend class on Thursday mornings, I have noticed some great changes in my body. I play football on Sundays and prior to joining Jenny's class, I would often skip my gym workouts on Monday and Tuesday mornings due to body soreness. Since joining her class, my soreness has decreased tenfold. Now I find myself less sore, more limber, more energetic and excited about going to class every Thursday morning. I am even noticing better results on the football field - I'm less tired and more energetic which makes me more a more well rounded player. If you are looking for a yoga practice - Jen's Yoga Blend is the place to be. Last but not least, Jenny imparted on me a pose I now use in my daily life. called sphinx pose. I often take my coaching calls with clients while in sphinx pose versus sitting at my desk which I learned can cause some unnecessary wear and tear on the body. The sphinx pose feels like I am treating my body in a kinder way. So anytime I can watch a football game or work with a client, I find myself doing that in sphinx pose. It has been a wonder for me and I definitely plan to continue. Thank you! --Terry Dyson, 43