Hey Five Point Community!
This spring we launched a new initiative called the Community Spotlight with the purpose of commending and promoting like-minded progressive businesses in our local community. We want to thank Logan Square Aikido for being our most recent partner in the spotlight program. Also, we deeply appreciate their donation of gift certificates to the raffle we featured at our one-year anniversary party. We have heard from the raffle winners that they are excited to begin their month of unlimited Aikido and meditation training.
For July, we are partnering with Tula Yoga, a studio located in the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood at 2827 W. Belden Avenue. Founded by Logan Square resident Maile Wicklander, Tula is a clean, modern, and friendly environment welcoming all students at any level of experience. The folks at Tula believe that unwinding, having fun, and being part of a community is as important as the quality of their yoga instruction. To them, yoga should never be intimidating.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a 2,000 year old tradition outlined by the Indian sage Patanjali in a collection of 195 statements known as the Yoga Sutra. This tradition of yoga (from the Sanskrit word yuj meaning “to yoke” or union) is a multi-faceted discipline for the pursuit of philosophical and spiritual growth. In the west, it’s most commonly known and promoted facet is the physical practice of sequenced postures that train the body to be stronger, more flexible, and better balanced.
Usually, the physical practice of yoga is enhanced by a focus on controlled breathing, conscious alignment of anatomy, non-judgmental awareness of the body’s abilities and limitations, the cultivation of patience, and being present in the moment.
Flow for Health
There is an adage in Traditional Chinese Medicine that states, “Where there is lack of free flow, there will be pain.” Lack of free flow, or stagnation, can be the starting point for numerous disease states including pain. We at Five Point understand that the engaging and relaxing of muscles and the movement of the joints through their full range of motion are tools for alleviating bodily stagnation that everyone can possess. Using these tools, a sequence of yoga postures will promote the free flow of vital energy, blood, and fluids through all of the body’s tissues, organs, and joints. Yoga is well known to alleviate pain, vitalize the spine and joints, promote healthy bone density, boost immune function, increase lung capacity, lower blood pressure, calm the nervous system, and enhance mental focus.
Engaging in a yoga practice is an easy step one can take toward a responsible engagement with one’s health. The cultivation of awareness that happens when you move your body purposefully into and out of yoga postures fosters a greater awareness of how your body feels during the other activities of your life. Soon, you can sense when your physical or mental self is even slightly out of balance. This sensitivity allows you to take action to regain healthy balance sooner, so you can head off any impending health crisis. We at Five Point believe each person should feel empowered to make informed decisions about their own health and health care.
We especially like Tula’s commitment to engaging with their community. You can find them at 10 am every Sunday offering yoga class to the wider community at the Logan Square Farmers Market. They also offer classes at Unity Park throughout the summer. If you are new to Logan Square, just visiting, or a long-time neighbor looking for recommendations, visit the community page of their website to find a long list of their favorite local businesses that you should check out.
Their YogiCitizen Program is a special opportunity for you to serve the community we love while earning credits toward discounted yoga classes. Tula has partnered with several volunteer organizations to which you can donate your time. All they ask is that you document your volunteer hours with their special sign-off sheet. What a great way to encourage everyone to engage with the needs of the community! Please visit the YogiCitizen page of their website to find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you.
Tula Yoga is graciously offering a special promotion to Five Point patients during the month of July:
One FREE CLASS to anyone who is new to Tula Yoga. Please redeem the wooden tokens we have at the Five Point front desk.
$75 for a monthly membership at Tula, which includes unlimited yoga classes, 15% off on retail, discounts on workshops and events, and the option of bringing a friend to your first class for free (typical price is $99)!
Thank you Tula Yoga
Lastly, we want to simply say THANK YOU to Tula Yoga for being a resource for better health and motivators for community service. Keep being awesome. We look forward to working together for years to come!