Community Yoga (vinyasa style)
Monday + Wednesday @630pm•60 MINUTES
Absolute Beginner :: $10
Tuesday + Thursday @6pm•60 Minutes
Intermediate :: $10
Friday 12pm•60 Minutes
All Levels :: $10
Saturday 9:30am +10:30am •60 minutes
Black Power Yoga Hour :: Intermediate :: $10 + Black Power Nap Hour :: All levels :: $10 or $15 for both
Sunday Sanctuary @10am •75 minutes
All levels :: $10
Joshua Bee Alafia’s meditation practice began in 1989 when his mother gave him a mantra (an empowering statement that is recited internally) to work with. This sparked a rich journey through many different meditation styles from the Hawaiian Shamanic, Hindu, Sufi, Dzogchen, Taoist, and finally, Vipassana traditions. After realizing the transformative power of meditation practice in his own life, Joshua determined he'd bring it to the youth. He began teaching mindfulness meditation to incarcerated, court involved and system vulnerable youth through New York’s Lineage Project in 2010. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Joshua is a recent Chicago transplant and is currently teaching Insight meditation at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative on the South Side of Chicago.
TaoYoga ArtsTM is a Taoist practice that incorporates mindful movement, breath work, visualization and meditation. Joshua's approach to teaching this practice, is informed by his Yoruba and Buddhist training. Haji Healing Salon is delighted to offer Joshua a new Chicago home, where he will share his inspired healing art.
Join us in welcoming Joshua, who is a senior teacher in this tradition, to Chicago AND to Haji Healing Salon, by reserving your cushion for his Tuesday night meditation class, offered first and third Tuesdays beginning in May. Each class incorporates a period of movement, guided meditation and a conversation about the practice. We gather from 7pm-845pm. Class is accessed via our sliding scale payment model pay what you can between $20-$5.
Featuring complimentary Zen Blend tea by Oh So Medicinal
RESERVE YOGA (drop-in)
Sunday Sanctuary Community Yoga is a celebration of LIFE! We come together to drop into ourselves, breathe deeply and move intentionally. Aya uses music, yoga and her own brand of affirmative speech to help community connect with and fully realize the joy of being in the body. The all-levels flow practice, is best suited for practitioners who have a basic understanding of Vinyasa yoga. Please bring yourSELF, your mat, a towel (if you sweat with moderate practice) and your open heart. Come ready to be in community with other amazing folks who also share a love of yoga and safe spaces to practice. Your $10 class fee supports the Haji Healing Salon's Community Acupuncture program. See you soon!
DEEP BREATHING :: MEDITATION :: POSTURES :: ALIGNMENT + PERSONAL POSE MODIFICATIONS
DISCIPLINE :: CONFIDENCE :: STRENGTH :: CONNECTIVITY :: FLEXIBILITY :: RELAXATION :: JOY + COMMUNITY
Haji Healing Salon is the antidote to the problem of modern yoga. Here you will receive PLENTY of personal attention and enjoy learning yoga, while sharing intimate space with supportive community. No pretense, no judgement, no INVISIBILITY and no need for fancy yoga pants (ha)! COME AS YOU ARE and BEGIN YOUR PRACTICE!
HATHA YOGA is the Mother of all Yoga styles and is characterized by a longer time spent holding postures. This style is great for beginners and anyone looking for the challenge of STAYING in the body and the practice. Hatha Yoga with Sabrina Ewell is offered Monday nights. If you are the kind of beginner that like “to keep it moving”, try a flowing style of yoga known as Vinyasa, with Aya on Wednesdays. Switch up or practice them both every week! Either way, you’re in great hands.
Join us for beginner yoga and start building a strong foundation for your life-long practice.
Our intermediate vinyasa yoga classes offer an intelligent, full-spectrum sequence, designed to awaken the body + prepare students for pranayama (breathing exercises) and dhyana (meditation). Expect a vigorous warm up, strengthening standing postures, an inversion and/or arm balance, backbends, twists and forward folds before savasana. Post-savasana chanting, pranayama and guided meditation ensure you leave feeling more calm in the mind, open in the heart and connected to the body, the SELF and the ALL. Join our intimate community, where plenty of personal instruction is available and watch your practice EXPAND!
Thursday practice 630-7:45pm (75min)
Finally. . . FINALLY. . . An autonomous space, centering BLACK BODIES for the practice of POWER YOGA!!! Permanently mark your calendar for Saturdays 930am to Get. Your. LIFE. In this positively-charged class experience, the glory of BEING in a black body is constantly affirmed. As we move and breathe to OUR music, we absolutely REVEL, in the experience of building discipline, strength and grace through practice. We charge ourselves and one another, as we move through challenges and grow, in this uplifting practice.
Join us to feel affirmed and inspired. To be seen and held. To be strengthened, enhanced, connected and liberated, through the dedicated practice of yoga. It's a discipline and a lifestyle. Join us. $15
Folks with some vinyasa yoga experience will most enjoy this practice, but it is open to all levels. Blackness recommended.. not required.
After yoga, there will be 7min of conscious rest. Class ends with the bell. Those leaving may depart. Anyone staying for an extended period of radical REST that we are calling The Black Power NAP Hour, may remain on the mat. You will be covered with a blanket and guided through an extended relaxation and visualization experience that will calm and restore you. Sleep is encouraged. One hour limit. Aya will hold mindful, safe space while you rest. Rise (quietly) any time you wish. We end with the bell.
Black Power Yoga is $10 alone. $15 for yoga + nap. The tandem class experience is highly recommended.
Power Yoga is a fitness-based vinyasa practice. An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction. Teachers design their own sequences, while students synchronize their breath with their movement.
Yoga is a powerful way to build a beautiful, new relationship with your body. Although group classes can be far more accessible, one-on-one, with a qualified teacher is the best way to learn this intimate practice. We keep our private rates low and offer special incentive packages to encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunity to deepen your experience in this way.
A 15-minute consultation is included in your first session. Aya will customize a private practice that can include yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, yoga nidra (sleep meditation) and cold-pressed juice.
Consider the following benefits of private practice:
- You are supported in making space in your life for a healthful, life-affirming practice.
- You gain a firm foundation to build on and move with confidence into a classroom environment.
- You understand how to articulate each posture with modifications that are appropriate for your body.
- A new awareness of your body, a new sensitivity and reverence for yourself develops and inspires you to stay on the path.
- You get to enjoy a supportive and affirming new relationship in your life that is centered around increasing aliveness and radiating health!
- Look forward to being guided through a weekly, or monthly breath-centered practice of mindful movement, modified specifically to suit the needs of YOUR body.
Reserve a private session with Aya and enjoy having a safe space to grow into your yoga and yourSELF.