Bender Sunset Sessions
illumine’s Mary Carol Fitzgerald was on hand on August 29 to photograph this beautiful rooftop sunset yoga class for all levels in River North. Wade Gotwals and Amber Cook provided the yoga and DJ Magpie brought the beats from sunset to well after sundown, when yoga poses turned into striking poses on the dance floor. Bender yoga events focus on bringing the practice of yoga outside the studio, in unusual and high-energy locales. To get on the Bender (f)underground wellness email list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dharma Mittra & Sharon Gannon
This summer, Chicago hosted two highly respected and beloved teachers from New York, Dharma Mittra and Sharon Gannon. In June, Sri Dharma Mittra led a day and a half of lectures and practices at the Pulaski Park Field House Auditorium, sharing his approach to living yoga. In September, Sharon Gannon arrived in Chicago for her first stop promoting her cookbook, Simple Recipes for Joy. She led a practice for an intimate group of about 40 yogis at Samgha Yoga Shala. Both have been teaching for many years (Dharma Mittra since 1967, and Gannon since 1986) in the West, and their understanding of living a life committed to studying and teaching the wisdom of yoga is evident in their presence and embodied knowledge.