Ahimsa Yoga Studio
_MG_0052.JPG

Blog

blog

Benefits of Drinking Water

Did you know that 75% of Americans are considered chronically dehydrated? We hear how important it is to drink water, but why exactly is it so important to stay hydrated? Our bodies are made up of mostly water. Every organ and part of our body relies on water. Studies show that in order for our bodies to stay properly hydrated, we should drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Are you drinking enough water? It can be difficult. As a reminder, set an alarm on your phone, purchase a water bottle or write it on your to-do list. 

8 Benefits of drinking water

1. Helps with weight loss

Water helps boost the metabolism and preventing the body from retaining excess water, leading to weight gain or difficulty loosing weight. 

2. Rids the body of toxins

Water helps keep all of the germs and toxins moving out of the body, allowing for all of the bad stuff to make its way out. 

3. Helps clear skin

Drinking water can flush out the toxins in our body which causes our pores to become clogged and produce acne. 

4. Boosts the immune system

Drinking water helps fight off germs and rid the body of germs. Water flushes out the bad bacteria from our bodies and helps to keep everything in order. When we are dehydrated, we become more tired and irritable. This can lead to headaches and sleep irregularity throwing the immune system out of wack. 

5. Increases energy levels

When we aren't drinking enough water, the body becomes slow and sluggish. Water helps wake the body up and keep everything flowing as it should be. 

ahimsa-yoga-studios-macaila-britton

6. Prevent and relieve headaches

Oftentimes headaches are a result of dehydration. When the body does not have enough water, it starts slowing down and in extreme cases shutting down. 

7. Helps treat and prevent kidney stones

Out kidneys are getting rid of waste and water helps the body flush out what is not needed. 

8. Boosts concentration

Most memory problems and lack of concentration happens when we are not drinking enough water. To keep your mind sharp make drinking water a daily priority.


Stay hydrated, Ahimsa family! We want you to feel your best. If you are in search for the perfect water bottle to keep you motivated, stop by our studios and pick one up!


macaila-britton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MACAILA BRITTON

Macaila is a yoga teacher in training, writer and photographer. She likes meeting new people, is passionate about helping the community and also enjoys traveling, all kinds of dessert and cheesy jokes. She aspires to become the best version of herself by investing in others. Yoga has helped her become more centered and focused on serving her higher purpose. To keep up with her latest adventures, visit MacailaBritton.com

Essential Yoga Books

When I first started regularly practicing yoga, I realized how much more it was than what physically happened on the mat. The connection I felt intrigued me SO much, and I wanted to dive face first into every book/article/blog post/YouTube video that I could possibly find. It was super overwhelming at first, so many topics, books, ancient texts... The internet had SO MUCH to offer!

So I thought I could write a list of some of my favorite books that I recommend for yogi's! There are so many out there with so many different topics, but these are great for deepening your understanding about the vast and profound wisdom that comes from the practice.

Light on Yoga By BKS Iyengar

Known as the "bible of Asana's" this book written by the great BKS Iyengar is a yogi must. This is a heavy read but definitely one that is great for reference if you are curious about a certain pose, breathing practice, or the general philosophy of the practice. Packed with illustrations, tutorials, and even sequences for specific ailments.

The Yama's & Niyama's: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice By Deborah Adele

This is one of my favorite books that one of my yogi friends (thanks Kels!!) recommended to me back in my first teacher training. Deborah Adele takes the first two limbs of Patanjali's Eight Limbed Path and writes an entire book about the ethical practices that sometimes can get overlooked. The Yama's and Niyama's are such an important part of the journey and the way she writes and explains them in a modern way is beautiful and reader-friendly.

The Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary By Chip Hartranft

The Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali is the door-way into understanding the vast and incredible wisdom that lies within the yoga practice. If you have ever heard of the Eight Limbed Path... This is it, and the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali is the baseboard for most yoga philosophy taught today. There are MANY versions of this book, so shop around if your interested!

How Yoga Works: Healing Yourself and Others with the Yoga Sutra By Michael Roach

The only fiction book on the list, this book came into my life during my second training and it is honestly one of my favorites. The writer tells an incredible story of a young woman traveling from Tibet to India, and with her she carries the "masters book"... Which we find out to be the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali. The writer takes the teachings of yoga as told by Patanjali and turns it into a comprehensible, enjoyable, and beautiful story.

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners By Jack Hawley

The Gita is a story beyond words. Coming from the Hindu Epic Mahabharata, this tale is an ancient prize that has been gifted to people all over the world for thousands and thousands of years. In this book specifically, Jack Hawley takes the Sanskrit words of the Gita and translates it into an understandable story. Just like the Yoga Sutras, there are many translations and commentaries of the Bhagavad Gita so shop around for this one too!

Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing & Self-Realization By David Frawley

Oh, this book. I love it. Ayurveda is often an overlooked part of this vast and incredible wisdom that comes from the Veda's, which is where the yoga practice originated from. Ayurveda is truly yoga's "sister science" and the author takes both practices and intertwines them beautifully. If you are looking for a much deeper look into philosophy and the teachings of the Veda's, I VERY much recommend this one! A great reference too.

Autobiography of a Yogi By Paramahansa Yogananda

If you haven't heard of Paramahansa Yogananda, I definitely recommend looking him up. This book is an internationally renowned autobiography, of a true yogi and guru's life and existence. Yogananda was the second guru (Swami Vivekanana being the first) to bring his teachings over to the Western World. The science of Kriya Yoga were the foundation of his teachings, Kriya yoga essentially means union with the infinite through a certain action or right (kriya). He founded the Self-Realization Fellowship and has a center based in Encita's, California.

Happy Reading Yogi's!

Xo Jess

About the Author

Jessica Jayne is a yoga teacher, creator, writer, and lover of life. She is known for her fierce devotion, compassion, and ability to connect with her students and guide them to a place of self-discovery and exploration. Yoga has given Jess many things; unconditional love, radical acceptance, wholeness, empowerment and compassion... Yet most importantly, the practice gave Jessica a second chance at life, and she now believes it is her destiny to share this healing lifestyle with the rest of the world. When she isn't teaching, she can usually be found self-expressing through movement, writing, or making her latest handcrafted creation. Check out her latest and greatest at jessicajayneyoga.com.

  

Jessica Jayne1 Comment
Ahimsa celebrates 6 years!

By: Macaila Britton

Last week Ahimsa celebrated 6 years from when we opened the first studio. We decided to take it back to the very beginning and celebrate at the Oak Park studio.  We loved seeing all the familiar (and new!) faces for our anniversary classes. The Ahimsa community is incredible! Here are a few photos from the day, achievements and memories of Ahimsa Yoga Studios.

Masin ans Kelly

Masin ans Kelly

In six years, we have expanded from one studio, to four! We have locations in Berwyn, Elmhurst and now La Grange. Also, we added a whole slew of incredible teachers to our team and have our very own yoga teacher training program. In between teaching, having fun and mastering new poses, we are planning picturesque and relaxing yoga retreats for you!

Kelly was reminiscing about the first Ahimsa shirt design and how much it has changed. She sported the very first tank top designed, while Masin opted for the updated tee. Besides the updates logos, the store has expanded the merchandise by addeding new trinkets and art to the studio! One of our favorites is the colorful "namaste y'all" painting on the hanging clothing display. 

ahimsa-yoga-studios-oakpark-berwyn-elmhurst-lagrange
yoga-clothing
athleisure

This was the perfect day for celebrating. The weather was spectacular- the sun was out and it started to feel like summer. The rays of sunshine flooded the studio, adding to our happiness and brightening up the studio making photos even more fun.

ahimsayoga-studios-oakpark-berwyn-elmhurst-lagrange

We had a busy morning- classes sold out and there was so much energy in the air! Thank you to Masin and all of our teachers for leading our anniversary practices!

 The celebration wasn't complete until the balloons were blown up. 

 The celebration wasn't complete until the balloons were blown up. 

Lastly, all of this could not have been possible without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us on the mat and on this journey. We love you, Ahimsa family!


macaila-britton-writer-photographer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MACAILA BRITTON

Macaila is a yoga teacher in training, writer and photographer. She likes meeting new people, is passionate about helping the community and also enjoys traveling, all kinds of dessert and cheesy jokes. She aspires to become the best version of herself by investing in others. Yoga has helped her become more centered and focused on serving her higher purpose. To keep up with her latest adventures, visit MacailaBritton.com