Pulsation yoga is a fantastic yoga studio I found in Arlington Heights in my attempt to find something closer than TriBalance Yoga (another incredible studio). It is very small, only one studio. Despite the size they offer a variety of classes throughout the day. Every so often they have special weekend classes lasting two hours that focus on a specific topic, inversions for instance. They have very reasonable prices and it is worth buying the one week unlimited yoga for 25 dollars. Most importantly, the instructors are excellent. When I went, I tried the restorative class and the mixed levels class.
Restorative yoga was slow paced and easy. I had never heard of restorative yoga before and tried it because I was extremely sore from tennis and needed some release. It worked wonders. This is a type of yoga that uses props in order to achieve relaxation whether it be physical, mental or emotional. It was founded by B.K.S Iyangar, a prominent yogi that is worth looking up. He has written several books and one that was recommended to me is called "Light on Yoga" which describes poses and breathing techniques. The instructor was great in explaining the purpose of the poses we did. I recommend it for anyone that wants something gentle, stress releasing, and post workout for sore muscles.
I also took two different mixed level classes. In the first there were only two students which was nice because it was more intimate and the instructor, Nadiya, spent time on each one of us, helping us perfect our poses. This was the first time I attempted inversion poses which we did against the wall. A few good tips for headstand pose (on forearms or hands) is to draw the shoulder blades together, tuck the head slightly in, but not completely to the chest, so that it is in straight alignment with the spine, and lift one leg at a time off the wall until you feel comfortable. The best advice is to either go to the mixed level class or watch you tube videos. Ever since this class I have been able to practice inversions in the comfort of my home and feel safe doing so because of the instructions she gave me.
The other mixed level class was with another instructor, also very good and this class was packed. The class is as it sounds, mixed level which is great because it is easy to excel by trying the more difficult poses. What I noticed in all the classes I took at Pulsation is that the instructors take time to explain the poses and take a break in the class time so the students can work on a pose. For instance, we did inversions again and for those that could not do it on their own paired up with a partner to spot them and took turns practicing hand stands. The more advanced students did it on their own or against a wall. Another good tip for handstand: when in the pose, pretend there is a ball between your calves that you are squeezing and imagine your body extending upward as you squeeze the ball. When my partner was spotting me, she put her fist in between my calves so I experience the feeling and my entire body lengthened on its own and it felt more balanced and stable. Try it with a partner.
I was very impressed with the everything this studio had to offer. I especially liked the one on one time and the instructors were top notch. Another perk: right next door is the best juice cafe I have ever been to called Pure Juice. It is the perfect stop after yoga. They offer very unique juices and smoothies, mostly organic. Pulsation Yoga offers the whole package yoga experience that anyone could wish for. Visit pulsationyoga.com and give it a try!