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Mind/Body

Our mind/body classes emphasize total health to provide both physical and psychological well being. 

We offer Pilates, yoga, tai chi, meditation and barre classes as well as other forms of wellness exercises that can help you make an active commitment to staying or becoming well.
Yoga is an ancient practice that encourages the union of mind, body and spirit. We offer the Hatha branch of yoga, which focuses on the physical body. The physical postures are designed to purify the body and provide the individual with physical strength and stamina. You will increase your flexibility and sense of balance.

Check out our yoga offerings at Galter LifeCenter

How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
Yoga is a technology of sequenced movements that occur in sync with our breath. It is more than physical postures and stretches. Connecting our mind, body and breath helps us to increase focus as the senses move inward. This internal focus lets us become aware of the present moment and recognize our habitual patterns. Yoga encourages the noncompetitive spirit and letting go of ego.

What should I expect?
Yoga class may begin with a period of quiet. The teacher will then take you through gentle warm up exercises and into a series of postures. As your abilities advance you will be taught progressively more difficult postures. Movement through the class should be pain free. Class generally ends with a period of relaxation with the student resting comfortably on the floor. With the exception of chair yoga, all yoga classes are done on the floor using a mat and for some, with the aid of props.

What do I need to begin? 
Come dressed in comfortable exercise clothes. We practice barefoot and have mats and props to use. Try to refrain from eating two hours before class and inform the teacher that you are a new student. Let the instructor know if you have any physical limitations. We ask that you follow the class format.

There are free daily yoga group exercise classes for Galter LifeCenter members. Check the current group fitness class schedule for times.

The different types of yoga classes offered are:


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If you are interested in starting a yoga program please call Francie Habash at 773-878-9936, ext. 7343, or email fhabash@SwedishCovenant.org.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi (T'ai Chi Ch'uan or Taijiquan) principles are based on Taoism. Tai chi, in relationship to the flow of nature, teaches the “correct” or “natural” way of using the body. Through the practice of simple body mechanics such as shifting weight, taking small and calculated steps, one gains insight into the principles that govern all movement in nature and in life. Tai Chi also promotes the circulation of the “chi”, or life energy. In Chinese medicine it is believed that the flow of chi can be impeded by a sedentary lifestyle. The practice of Tai Chi is a way to strengthen and balance one’s internal chi and as a result promote good health and a long life.

What is Tai Chi Chih?
Tai Chi Chih movements focus on the release of muscular tension promoting balance and fluidity. One of its principles is to move softly and effortlessly. It is a tool to release tension and anxiety. Tai Chi Chih can be practiced from the young to the mature with varying physical abilities. It requires only a few feet of space and no special clothing. You can reap benefits by doing just 10 of the movements on a regular basis. It is believed that by performing the movements of Tai Chi Chih you circulate and balance the chi (vital life force).

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If you are interested in starting a tai chi program please call Francie Habash at 773-878-9936, ext. 7343, or email fhabash@SwedishCovenant.org
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Experience the ultimate whole-body challenge with the Fluidity Barre! Strengthen your whole body from head to toe – front and back, and improve your functional flexibility to dramatically change the way you look and feel. 

You will create long, lean muscles using the ballet barre, bands and balls. Through whole-body integrated movement and a focus on proper body mechanics and postural alignment, the Fluidity Barre workout will create muscle balance from front to back, improve your functional flexibility, and enable greater mobility in everyday life (think the power and grace of a dancer.) 

Effective for all ages and fitness levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced modifications for every exercise.

This class is part of the Unlimited Membership type. 

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Fluidity Barre classes can help overcome incontinence and help you look good. Read about it here in the Chicago Tribune.


If you are interested in barre classes please call Francie Habash at 773-878-9936, ext. 7343, or email fhabash@SwedishCovenant.org

Private Yoga, Tai Chi and Barre Instruction
Would you like to learn yoga, tai chi or barre and want the private guidance one-on-one?  Our instructors will show you how to begin your new practice in a peaceful environment.  They can help modify poses for your body type, refine your movements and customize a practice for your body and mind.   

Private Session Pricing

Type of Sessions   # of sessions   Member  Nonmember 
 1-person  1  $75  $85
 1-person  5  $350  $410
 1-person  10  $668  $760
 2-person  1   $48.50 each  $65 each
 2-person  5  $225 each  $275 each
 2-person  10   $421 each  $488 each


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Use all of your sessions with one format or mix and match. Sessions are interchangeable between yoga, barre and tai chi appointments. 

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If you are interested in starting a yoga, tai chi or barre program please call Leslie Mras at 773-878-9936, ext. 7341, or email LMras@SwedishCovenant.org



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