I have a number of family members who live in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and I try to make it here every summer to visit them. One of the highlights of coming here is that it provides me with the opportunity to take some classes at one of my favorite yoga studios, Akasha Yoga. Akasha is the creation of Jennifer Ewert, and her calm presence permeates the studio. Most, if not all, of the teachers at Akasha were trained by Jennifer, and trained very well indeed. Instructions are clear, practices are thorough and consistent, and a sense of well-being emanates from the steady application of Ayurvedic principles.
The studio is located on Main Street right by the train station. There are two practice rooms, a very comfortable foyer/waiting area, and plenty of props that are used liberally during the classes. I have probably taken nearly a dozen classes there over the past three years, and all have been well attended by some very serious yogis who are well-trained and dedicated to the studio.
I was just a little bit disappointed to see that my favorite Akasha teacher, Emily, was not on the schedule for July, but my disappointment dissipated immediately when I showed up for class this morning to find that Emily was subbing for Jennifer. It turns out that this was the first class Emily was teaching since going out on maternity leave two months ago and is now going back on the regular schedule, so my timing could not have worked out better! The staff at Akasha are truly a family, and that family is growing rapidly as it seems that teacher Laura is now out on maternity leave as well!
If you find yourself in the area, you will not be disappointed if you make Akasha your yoga home away from home!