Men of Southtown Yoga


Here is a guest blog post from Alexandra Katsarelis, former student of STY and new resident of Chicago, Illinois (we miss her very much!) A common misconception about yoga is that the practice is mainly for women. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, as yoga is for everybody and every body. Yoga can bring many benefits to people of any gender and body type, including increased flexibility, strength, and mind-body wellness. Here, some of the male students at Southtown Yoga share why...

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STY Community


Meet Natalie! You can find Natalie on her mat often at STY in all different classes. She just loves to practice (and run) and we love her!  Thanks to Alexandria for conducting the interwiew and taking the photos. How did you first begin to practice yoga? My mom did yoga as I was growing up so she would do kind of power yoga videos and I would do them with her, and then we started going to a Kundalini yoga studio near our house when I was in high school. It was a really fun thing for the...

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Life Experiences


"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." ~Shunryu Suzuki This year I turned 46 and started thinking of things that I have wanted to do for a long time but have not done. I thought about why I hadn’t done those things and decided to make a list and start checking a few things off.  1. Travel out of the country – alone. I love to travel and I have traveled out of the country, but never alone. At 46 I found myself single once...

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Get to Know -- Glenna Bedoya


Get to know the teachers leading your favorite classes! This month we’re talking with Glenna Bedoya. This warm and loving lady teaches Expanding and Aligned Flow classes at our studio. This July she will also lead a 4-week beginner series for those looking to get started or to work on the foundation of their practice. Read on to learn more about how Glenna began her yoga practice and what she likes to do in her free time outside of the studio. Thanks to Alexandra Katsarelis for interview...

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My Practice of Gratitude


Having just wrapped up a successful 200-hour teacher training, I am finding it easy to be grateful for so many things. I am grateful to the two amazing women, Ellen and Sarah (owners of Blue Bird Yoga in St. Charles), with whom I co-taught this training. I love how we sync up with each other in fun and funny ways. I am grateful for their knowledge, strength, honesty, and kindness. I am grateful to all the trainees that entrusted their learning to us as they undertook this great goal. I am...

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Who Are The People of STY?


Hey there! I am so excited about this addition to STY’s website. One thing that I love about Southtown is our community of folks. Talking to people always excites me, I love learning and hearing about all the things people in our community do… for work or for fun. In the spirit of knowing folks, here is our first STY interview with one of our longest standing members – Sean Dickman. Special thanks to Alexandra Katsarelis (one of our fabulous interns) for conducting the...

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I recently went on a short “get out of the city trip”. I went to a cabin in the middle of Missouri that sets on a bluff overlooking the Gasconade River. There is no electricity, running water, or an indoor toilet (there is a privy outside). There is a huge porch with porch swing and a hammock, there are several oil lanterns, and there are lots of trees, birds, sky, critters, and quiet. I LOVE it! I went with my dogs for 2 nights, but I think that 3 nights or more would be best, here...

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