illumine Life! Directory

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VOL. 5 NO. 1



Live an

illumined Life

Make this your best year yet

Breathe Deeply

Soulful studios in Chicagoland

Feel Whole

Healthy eats, new boutique fitness, wellness centers

Aim High

Home, money, health: Top pros to help you reach your goals

contents Breathe Yoga Resources


Founder and Publisher Lourdes Paredes

Grow Making This Your Best Year Yet


Live Home Sweet Ohm


Move Exploring the New Frontiers in Fitness

Healthy Food Fixes

Artwork Susan Fireside


Web Design Blue Canvas

Rejuvenate Smart Self Care


Writers/Contributors Stephen Bonzak Alexandra Modell Wendy Wollenberg Sales Siobhan Carey Trayci Handelman Sonya Taylor Katie Wilkes

Cover model: Emmy Rigali Photo: Aleks Eva Makeup: Kasha Rodig Stylist: Annie Bangs Producers: Liz Klafeta and Chris Tuttle of Bangtel




illumine Magazine



Editorial Consultants Abby Hart Rebecca Niziol Wendy Wollenberg




Volume 5, Issue 1 Winter 2018

Distribution Saba Heider (Naperville and Western Suburbs) Jim Kulackoski (Milwaukee) Meggie Smith (Evanston)

with love


hen I started teaching yoga in Chicago in 1999, there were two yoga studios, two Whole Foods, no boutique gyms as we know them today, and most yoga teachers also had a “real job,” as I did. Back then I could only imagine the robust and exciting wellness scene that we all enjoy today. Back in the day, gym memberships were the standard for those committed to working out year round. Now, I’m managing my ClassPass schedule for workout classes at specialized studios depending on what city and state I’m in. Back then, group fitness classes were only available at big box gyms, and yoga studios were charging $8-12 a class. Now, no-show fees or the ever-present incentive of FOMO (fear of missing out) have driven us to show up to classes that are up to $35 a pop. There’s also been more demand, interest and innovation in healthy food offerings. Getting highly nutritious and accessible food on the go back then meant the Whole Foods salad bar. Now we have packaged protein bars made from minimal ingredients to the exotic (including cricket flour) and high-end, highly regarded veggie-forward restaurants with names like Bad Hunter on Chicago’s famed Restaurant Row. We are lucky to live in such an illumined part of the country. Chicago may not be known for its year-long sunshine or celebrity-studded streets, but it is definitely a place where good energy flows wherever you plug yourself in. In this winter issue we bring you our best resources that help our small but powerfully driven team to live an illumined life. Not just the obvious, like where we practice yoga and work out, but also what helps us negotiate and deal with the real world stuff, including real estate agents who help us manifest and purchase our dream homes, dentists who we trust with our children and veterinarians with our pets, and the people who we turn to for guidance in matters large and small, of the world and of the heart.

#illuminedlife You can’t get where you’re going if you don’t know where you are. Throughout the issue, we offer these prompts for you to use to ref lect on who and where you are in the present, and to help visualize how you can feel more alive and connected well into the future.

Please enjoy, and please do use the services listed here. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but it definitely consists of places we trust and continually rave about! And check out our online directory to be launched later in 2018. We will be constantly adding to it to bring you the best and brightest!

Lourdes Paredes, Founder / Publisher / Producer


Welcome! How do you live an illumined life? One thing we know for sure — you can’t do it alone! We’ve explored dozens of fitness studios, wellness centers, integrative healers and more, and in this issue we share our best with you! You’ll find resources for all areas of life, because we know that everything is connected. We hope you discover your new favorite professionals and places in these pages, and that they become part of your illumined life.


Photo and artwork by Susan Fireside “Coming up roses� a part of The Mandala Experiment



“Choose to be present instead of perfect.� ~Claire Wasserman


From feel-good flows and restorative breathwork to advanced asana and sound healing, the practice of yoga offers many avenues for challenging the body and the mind. These studios, trainings and teachers will help you connect with your body and breath.

Abhyaasa Yoga brings all aspects of yoga as a practice of healing and awakening to the community. This sunny and uplifting Naperville studio has more than 40 classes a week in many yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Restorative, Kundalini, aerial, meditation and sound healing. Abhyaasa offers a certified 200-hr. Teacher Training and a conscious living boutique, Peace.

Kate Mason, Owner 124 S. Webster St., Second Floor Naperville, IL 60540 630.358.9642


Abhyaasa Yoga

Advanced Yoga Training

Yoga instructors Tracy and Mitchel Bleier lead this openadmission, 300-hour advanced yoga training for teachers and yogis seeking to reinvigorate their work and renew their passions. More than a simple training, this program also offers a wealth of original writing, access to free online classes and supplemental guidebooks to help participants with their learning.

Tracy and Mitchel Bleier, Founders 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Special offer: Apply at with code AYTT, and receive $50 off any module

Akasha Yoga Center

Through the transformative and empowering practice of yoga, Akasha Yoga Center enables students to begin their journey of self-discovery with a balanced approach toward life, a deeper sense of peace and newfound joy. Located near the downtown Crystal Lake Metra station, Akasha offers classes seven days a week, as well as yoga training to help learn more about finding peace.

Jennifer Ewert, Owner 121 N. Main St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815.356.7089

Special offer: Mention “illumine� to receive a free first month of membership



Black Cat Yoga

Black Cat Yoga’s mission is to guide its community of athletes and yogis to discover a sense of reverence, power and strength in their daily lives, leading each person to a more expansive daily existence on and off the mat. Black Cat Yoga also offers goal coaching and fitness training guidance in addition to its full roster of powerful Vinyasa yoga classes.

Erin Murphy, Owner 117 E. Cook Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048 773.354.2524

Special offer: Mention “illumine” to receive 10 days of yoga classes for $10

Bloom Yoga Studio

Kerry Maiorca created Bloom Yoga Studio as a dedicated space for students of all ages and levels of experience to explore the depths of yoga practice in a holistic and accessible way. Bloom teachers get to know students personally and customize the group practice for the individual’s needs. Massage therapy, including Shiatsu and Thai massage, is available by appointment.

Kerry Maiorca, Owner 4663 N. Rockwell St. Chicago, IL 60625 773.463.9642

Darshan Center

Jim Kulackoski is the creator of The Darshan Method, a unique system that inspires physical, spiritual and emotional integration through yoga practice and Ayurveda. The Darshan Center in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is a boutique-style studio where people find a space to connect to a community and other like-minded individuals in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. 10

Jim Kulackoski, Owner 626 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL 60616 312.622.2097


Greatly Gracious Yoga

Founded by two best friends and their husbands, Greatly Gracious offers a wide range of yoga classes in two distinct styles: traditional Vinyasa as well as Holy Yoga, a Christ-centered practice that incorporates worship and scripture. No matter what the body or soul needs, Greatly Gracious offers a class that will leave students feeling refreshed and renewed — from the inside out. Special offer: Free class with discount code: ILLUMINE18

Midori + Joshua, Founders of Gracious Vision Sarah + Evan, Founders of Gracious Dreams 1619 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 312.543.5614

heaven meets earth yoga

yoga studio & center for conscious Heavenliving Meets

Earth Yoga

Founded in 2005, Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio and Center for Conscious Living is Evanston’s first and only “green” classical yoga studio offering a warm, friendly and fun environment to practice and build community. Heaven Meets Earth offers programs, classes and workshops for personal growth and healing, along with an eco-boutique with spiritual gifts and fun items.

Lisa Faremouth Weber Sat Inder Kaur, Owner 2746 Central St. Evanston, IL 60201 847.475.1500

Lourdes Paredes

Lourdes Paredes’ teaching integrates the physical and spiritual practices of yoga. She listens for students’ needs to craft a yoga practice that feels expansive and deeply nourishing. Lourdes offers 1-hour private or group sessions with plenty of hands-on adjustments and a talent for translating yoga that helps students take the wisdom of yoga off the mat and into their lives.

Lourdes Paredes, Founder



Megan Yoga Inc. - Spring Yoga Retreat

Yoga instructors Megan Dunne Krouse and Courtney Riley are leading a yoga retreat to the luxurious Prana del Mar in Baja, Mexico, April 14-21, 2018. Entitled “Align Your Inner and Outer Selves,” this week-long retreat explores how the practice of yoga can lead towards wholeness and integration of the inner and outer selves. Two yoga classes each day incorporate meditation and pranayama.

Megan Dunne Krouse and Courtney Riley, Founders

Namaskar Yoga

Lakeview’s Namaskar Yoga is a humble, warm-hearted neighborhood studio with a team of genuine and dedicated teachers and loyal and grounded students of all experience levels. Namaskar features an array of daily yoga classes along with a diverse offering of workshops in a relaxed, welcoming environment that supports everyone associated to realize their greatest potential.

Alexandra Murman, Owner 3946 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 773.472.0930

Shiva Shack

With a focus on classical traditional yoga, Shiva Shack’s purpose is to hold space for all people to practice the universal art of yoga as a community. This inviting and welcoming Bucktown studio features an array of daily classes, along with an Ashtanga/Hatha self-practice program Sunday-Friday mornings and Lazy Man’s Yoga (therapeutic bodywork for yogis performed by yogis). Special offer: Mention “illumine” and receive 3 classes for $30 for new students (classes do not expire) 12

Rich and Nora Gonshak, Owners 1942 N. Leavitt St. Chicago, IL 60647 312.866.2606


Shri Yoga Center

Marcia Tazioli opened Shri Yoga Center in 2011 with the intention of creating a beautiful space supported by dedicated teachers who come together to foster the development of a warm, friendly yoga community in downtown Highland Park. Shri offers classes ranging from Warm Vinyasa Flow to Mysore and Ashtanga and Hot Pilates for students of all ages, experiences and fitness levels.

Marcia Tazioli, Owner 1725 McGovern St. Highland Park, IL 60035 847.847.4043

Special offer: New students mention “illumine” and enjoy two weeks of unlimited yoga for $39

Sonya Taylor Yoga

Integrating self help tools of Western psychology into a yoga practice including breathwork, meditation and spiritual counseling specifically tailored to personal needs and daily struggles, a Yoga Psychology session with Sonya guides the client toward vibrant health and well-being. Each client walks away with concrete tools that address body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Sonya Taylor, RYT 500 Advanced Yoga Psychology 847.980.4105

Special offer: 3 Private Yoga/Meditation/Spiritual Counseling Sessions for $125 CODE: ILL2018

Surya Yoga

Surya Yoga founder Sally Miller believes that yoga has a place in everyone’s life. Her uniquely warm and welcoming studio radiates light, peace and love and offers challenging, alignmentbased, powerful yoga taught with an open, non-judgmental, non-rigid approach.

Sally Miller, Founder 2223 Half Day Rd. Bannockburn, IL 60015 847.948.5330

Special offer: Mention “illumine” to receive a free first class



Yoga Loft Studios

Yoga Loft Studios is a place for real yoga with the support of fellow seekers to connect and grow together as one community. Yoga Loft promotes a strong fitness component with popular Fit Loft, HIIT and Boxing classes, but stays true to the discipline of yoga with a full lineup of Power Vinyasa, heated classes and Jivamukti Yoga, as well as regular Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Jill Jerome, Owner 15 W. Hubbard St., Fourth Floor Chicago, IL 60654 312.344.1606

Special offer: New students get two weeks for $35 or unlimited monthly membership for new members and auto-renew members for $109 (regularly $169)

Yoga Six

Yoga Six helps students connect to their bodies in a way that is energizing and empowering — and fun. The six in the name refers to the results of a consistent yoga practice: stronger, leaner, clearer, calmer, braver, further. From classes that focus on deep stretching and stress relief to high-intensity workouts, Yoga Six is changing the way people think about and experience yoga. Special offer: $20 intro week of unlimited yoga; students can then apply that $20 towards any package or membership

2105 N. Southport Ave., #200 Chicago, IL 60614 773.270.5562 1150 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60610 312.643.0693 1136 S. Delano Ct., E-204 Chicago, IL 60605 312.583.0161 2227 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202 414.800.7550

Yoga Within You, LLC

Inspired by a lifelong urge to explore the world and its cultures (as well as a stint on “Survivor”), Yoga Within You founder and yoga instructor Jenny Guzon-Bae began her business to bring unique worldwide travel experiences fueled by the practice of yoga to promote healing, balance and peace for all levels of yogis. Offering twice yearly retreats, in February and June.

Jenny Guzon-Bae, Owner 847.322.3101

Special offer: Up to $100 off your retreat fee when you mention “illumine” 14

Chicago native Daphne Johnson founded Yogaphoria in 2014 to help her students feel connected to themselves, to the life they’re living and to the people around them through a welcoming series of one-on-one classes and group workshops. Her Reiki sessions promote inner beauty and balance, allowing clients to stretch beyond their own boundaries and feel grounded and connected.


Dedicated to providing the healing and spiritually uplifting miracle of yoga to the communities we serve, yogaview offers an array of intelligent Vinyasa and alignment-based yoga classes along with workshops, gong baths and special events. All levels are welcome! Special offer: 2 weeks of unlimited yoga classes for $39

Daphne Johnson, Founder Highwood, IL 614.619.3305


Yogaphoria - Yoga and Reiki

Tom Quinn & Quinn Kearney, Owners 2211 N. Elston Ave., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60614 773.342.9642 1231 Green Bay Rd. Wilmette, IL 60091 847.919.0533

Zen Yoga Garage

Zen Yoga Garage is a workout facility, and it’s also a place to meet like-minded people, be social and find oneself in the urban jungle. This Bucktown studio offers a one-of-a-kind wellness community and spa environment. It’s pushing the limits of one’s body; twisting, jumping, doing headstands and then reaping the rewards of relaxation, balance and overall wellness.

Piper-Lori Parker, Owner 1845 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 773.227.7748

Special offer: First week free unlimited yoga



“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.� ~ Carl Jung Whether you are CEO of a company or CEO of your life or both, here are coaches, psychologists, counselors and transformational programs to help you gain insight and perspective to uplevel your life.



Beacon Street Coaching Beacon Street Coaching inspires leaders to transform themselves to be able to make the contributions they are committed to in life and work. Founder Karen Radtke specializes in executive and team coaching using Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) and Enneagram typing to create culture shaping for startups and culture shifting for organizations in need of a new way of operating.

Karen Radtke, Founder Highwood, IL 60040 773.332.7718

Cathleen Margolin, Ph.D.

Dr. Margolin uses a holistic approach in her clinical psychology practice. She incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and stress management techniques. The peaceful studio space adjoining her office is ideal for learning and practicing meditation, breathing, yoga nidra and restorative yoga. Healing and growth are invited by working actively with mind and body.

545 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 12 Winnetka, IL 60093 847.508.7176

Everyday Medicine Woman

Susan Lipshutz is a sacred feminine activist with more than 30 years experience practicing integrative psychotherapy. Devoted to integrating the divine feminine into daily life, Susan combines the ancient wisdom of our grandmothers with her own teachings. She’s the founder of Everyday Medicine Woman, offering workshops, meditation courses and retreats around the world.

Susan A. Lipshutz, LCSW 430 W. Erie St., Suite 405 Chicago, IL 60654 312.787.7077

Julie Learner, Performance Coach and Sports Therapist, LCSW, MAT

Julie Learner guides people to find their inner “athlete” and reach their biggest goals and dreams in life. She helps people with self-esteem building, organizational support for taking action in one’s life, and assistance with personal and professional communication. Learner also takes appointments via FaceTime, so clients do not have to be in the Chicago area.

900 Skokie Blvd. Northbrook, IL 60062 847.224.9165



Lani Granum, MA, LCSW, RYT

Lani has been a therapist in private practice since 1988 treating anxiety, depression, trauma (both physical and emotional) and relationship difficulties. Her philosophy is based on traditional Western psychodynamic principles and enhanced by Eastern practices such as yoga and meditation. Lani’s hope is to provide relief from emotional suffering by cultivating empathy and understanding for oneself and others.

233 E. Wacker Dr., #4307 Chicago, IL 60601 5300 South Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60615 312.593.2593


Lifebook exists to maximize human potential and accelerate human achievement. The Lifebook Experience takes a person’s entire life into account by focusing on 12 life-categories and measuring more than 100 individual data points. A personal Lifebook is a tangible, crystal-clear description of how one can become healthier, happier and more successful in every area of life.

P.O. Box 1400 St. Charles, IL 60175 312.492.8055

My Happi Life

My Happi Life founder Steffani LeFevour assists women in shifting their mindset and mastering the law of attraction to find more lasting happiness. She teaches the Enneagram personality system to help women understand who they are and facilitates the Byron Katie “Work” method to remove limiting beliefs. LeFevour loves to help women come to a place of radical acceptance for their lives. 18

Steffani LeFevour, Founder 773.203.6217

Sharon Krohn Consulting helps individuals gain clarity by providing space to explore, grow and succeed. Krohn, a Professional Certified Coach, founded her leadership and career coaching practice in 1996 to help professionals uncover their passion in work and life, while inviting new ways of thinking — all in a safe place to discover who they are and who they want to become.

980 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000 Chicago, IL 60611 312.307.2990


Sharon Krohn, Leadership & Career Coaching

Special offer: Mention “illumine” for a complimentary 30-minute in-person Exploratory Coaching Conversation

Rebecca Niziol/Work with Soul

Work with Soul founder Rebecca Niziol offers both individual and group support to guide women on how to master their relationship with their inner world and translate that into a successful and fulfilling outer world (career, relationships, communication, contribution to the planet). Virtual sessions and workshops allow women across North America to connect through the Work with Soul Inner Circle. Special offer: Want 1:1 time with Rebecca to help you reconnect to your soul and leave feeling calm, happy and clear? Receive $100 off a single session by emailing with ILLUMINE in the subject line to redeem and get full instructions to set up

#illuminedlife When it comes to my healing and personal development I most need , I most desire , and I feel most called to exploring . What’s the next step of your personal growth? What do you want to work on or towards? What kind of community or support system do you need to support your next phase of life? What type of teacher/healer/coach do you crave? What would help you feel more fulfilled? Peaceful? Joyful? Loved?



Making This Your Best Year Yet

How Smart Goal Setting Can Bring About Lasting Change by Wendy Wollenberg


hile New Year’s resolutions get all the hype, the intentional act of goal setting is something that can — and should — take place throughout the year. Our lives are constantly in flux, evolving just like the seasons. Job changes, living arrangements, relationship statuses all fluctuate, and, with them, so should our priorities and ambitions. Think of goal setting as something you do regularly to ensure you are living your best, most balanced life. Mastering the Learning Curve As writer William Arthur Ward observed: Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. Think of intentional goal setting as being purposefully curious about your world and learning more 20

about what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. When beginning a regular goal-setting practice, consider the areas in your life that mean the most to you or, alternatively, deserve some extra attention. These typically include career, finances, relationships, health and personal growth but are certainly specific to each individual. Perhaps you need to nurture your friendships or want to deepen your spiritual beliefs. What matters most to you is up to you. Working with a life and/or career coach can help you identify and prioritize these areas, bringing forth the best opportunities for growth and enrichment.

1. Choose End Goals Over Mean Goals. Mindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani describes end goals as such: “End goals speak to your soul. They bring you joy in and of themselves, not because they confer any outward label, standard or value attached by society. They are experiences that create the best memories in our lives.” Means goals — those societal-based dictums such as getting

3. Set Yourself Up for Success. Make your goals attainable by putting a specific plan in place. For example, if traveling more is important to you, what steps do you need to take to make that happen? Establishing a separate savings account earmarked for your trips, setting up travel deal notifications for your dream destinations and doing regular travel research are all easy things you can do to turn those aspirations into reality.


5 Tips for Successful Goal Setting

Think of intentional goal setting as being purposefully curious about your world and learning more about what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. into the right college, landing the promotion and buying a bigger house — serve a purpose, but they should be considered the means to an end. Rethinking those same goals as “I want to learn for the sake of learning,” “I want a job that excites and challenges me,” and “I want to bring together my family and friends under one roof more often” speak to what really matter in life. 2. Bring Passion to All Areas of Your Life. You might say you’re passionate about your hobbies: practicing yoga, tending to your garden, traveling for pleasure and the like. But how can you bring your passion into the primary areas of your life: your job, your family life, your health and wellbeing? Considering working with a life coach could help you unlock that same excitement you hold for your leisure pursuits in your day-to-day life, as well.

4. Aspire, Assess, Adjust. As mentioned earlier, this isn’t a “set it and forget it” practice. Take the time throughout the year to check back in with your goals to both celebrate your accomplishments as well as review and revise intentions that may no longer serve you. 5. Make Gratitude Part of the Equation. Beginning with being thankful for what you already have is a great place to start a goal-setting practice. By recognizing what you’ve already been able to manifest — a fulfilling career, a loving family, an active social life — you’ll realize that you already possess the power to make good things happen in your life.



“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

It takes a village to live an illumined life! Real estate agents, financial advisors, dentists and more — here are some of Chicago’s most passionate and ambitious professionals using their expertise to make our lives easier, better and brighter.



ACM School of Music

ACM School of Music aims to integrate musical creativity into everyday life. All of the teachers at this storefront school and nonprofit organization in the Ravenswood neighborhood are performing musicians with years of teaching experience. ACM also produces a concert series at the Davis Theater, a film festival with live music and a classical music street festival.

1758 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL 60640 773.334.3650

Special offer: New students mention “illumine” for eight weeks of lessons for the price of six


BANGTEL is a new hospitality concept that provides inspirational spaces to stay, play or party. BANGTEL was born when founder Liz Klafeta decided to move from Chicago to New York and rented her over-the-top, Pop-Art inspired townhome. She found it fulfilling to help curate unique experiences for out-of-town guests. Today, the company has more than 25 rental listings around the world.

Liz Klafeta, Founder 1632 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 917.819.8170

Blown Away, a Blow Dry & Beauty Bar Salon

With a friendly and inviting atmosphere, Blown Away, a Blow Dry & Beauty Bar Boutique, offers long-lasting blowouts and styling, as well as a full color bar, haircuts and makeup services. Blown Away believes beauty is defined by the customer and genuinely cares about the quality of their services. Follow Blown Away on social media: @blownaway_styles.

Laura Alderson, Owner 2167 N. Clybourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 773.697.8528

Special offer: Mention “illumine” and receive 10% off (offer valid through March 31, 2018)

Blue Canvas - Graphic + Web Design

Founded in 2001, this woman-owned business helps other small- and mid-sized businesses connect with their customers through graphic and web design. Specializing in creating websites, including WordPress website customization, as well as branding and printed collateral, Blue Canvas also offers its customers ongoing organization webinars and technology support.

Laura Fairman, Principal and Founder Evanston, IL 60201 773.841.4895


Live Bob Burger, Real Estate Broker

Bob Burger brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate in the Chicago area. He works closely with buyers to find the right home at the right price, taking into account essential criteria and neighborhood amenities. He also consults sellers on marketing their home, negotiating contracts, arranging financing, overseeing inspections and supervising closings.

Keller Williams Realty International 1611 N. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 312.215.7096

Christina NoĂŤl Photography

Christina NoÍl’s photography is about revealing details: of personality, a place, a moment. Her approach is emotional and intuitive, and she applies her unique, fluid style to help clients see themselves, their families, their businesses with fresh eyes. She reflects what is most important to them, reignites their passions, or presents a new perspective that inspires progress.


The Hender and Nero Financial Group

The Hender and Nero Financial Group was founded in 2011 to help people protect and grow their wealth and create peace of mind by delivering personalized wealth-management solutions. It is a family business that has more than 100 years of collective financial-planning experience. A meeting with the team in their Skokie office is energizing and uniquely focused on personal growth. 24

Tim Hender, CFP, CLU, CLTC 5215 Old Orchard Rd. Skokie, IL 60077 847.663.7528

Founded in 2014, INDIGO was inspired by owner Joanna Hakimi’s dedicated yoga practice and desire to live and give with more intention. This Deerfield-based “hidden gem” features a calming and loving ambiance filled with inspirational and spiritual gifts and jewelry, as well as workshops that fit its mission and its community, such as sharing the benefits and techniques of burning sage.

Joanna Hakimi, Owner 1456 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015 224.515.8117



Jodi Sells Chicago

Jodi Slutzky began her real estate business in 2006 to help people find and own their own home. Extremely accessible, communicative and well versed in the Chicago market, she is passionate about the process of finding the ideal residence for her clients, going above and beyond to seek out and present an array of properties from which clients can discover and select their dream forever home.

Jodi Slutzky, Broker @properties 165 N. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606 312.927.3326

Lisa M. Micka, CFP

Lisa Micka evaluates each client’s unique financial circumstances and goals and develops customized solutions to ensure an investment plan is best positioned to meet those objectives. Lisa also utilizes her knowledge of tax and estate planning while working in concert with attorneys and accountants to support the ever-changing needs of her clients.

Wintrust Wealth Management 231 S. LaSalle St., 13th Floor Chicago, IL 60604 312.706.2722


Live Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is a down-toearth, personal and professional pediatric and orthodontic dental practice in Wicker Park/Bucktown providing top-notch oral healthcare to pediatric patients. It is proudly affiliated with Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Melissa Connell, DDS 1611 N. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 773.687.6620

Media Beyond

Media Beyond founder Andrew Rostad and his team work with clients to solve business problems like empty marketing funnels or sales pipelines and create better branding for everyone. Services include design, video, branding and strategy. Through collaboration and investigation, Media Beyond helps businesses meet their goals.

Andrew Rostad, Owner 332 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604 312.834.3540

One Medical

1931 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614 312.999.5510

One Medical challenges the notion that delivering high-quality, accessible healthcare is either unachievable or prohibitively expensive. To bring this vision to life, the company relies on people-centered design, smart application of technology and a team of talented primary care providers who have the time and tools to invest in personal relationships to make the right healthcare decisions for their patients. 26

181 W. Madison St., Suite 3825 Chicago, IL 60602 312.219.2230 415 N. LaSalle St., Suite 100 Chicago, IL 60654 312.219.2231

Peace offers unique items for conscious, mindful and healthy living and is part of Naperville’s Abhyaasa Yoga. Owner Kate Mason upholds high standards to select merchandise that is ecofriendly, cruelty-free and often locally sourced. Peace features a popular essential oil bar where customers can create custom blends in roll-ons, sprays, bath salts and more.

Kate Mason, Owner 143 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 630.358.9642



Revealing Soul

Revealing Soul is a traveling aura photography studio that uses a custom camera to take a picture of your aura. An aura is the uniquely individual energy field that surrounds each and every one of us. Cindy Luffred of Revealing Soul is able to translate these colors into meaning and provide insights into your relationships, career, life purpose and much more.

Cindy Luffred, Owner

Special offer: Mention “illumine” for $10 off Private Reading

ryan LAW GROUP, LTD Ryan Law Group, Ltd.

Ryan Law Group, Ltd. prides itself on its knowledge and experience in real estate law and hands-on service. Since 2008, the firm has represented real estate developers for projects ranging from single-family homes to multi-unit condominiums. Ryan Law Group represents everyone from families purchasing their first home to seasoned real estate investors, landlords and tenants.

2847 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60657 773.687.9064


Live Stephanie Poulos Real Estate Sales & Leasing

Stephanie Poulos is continually inspired by her clients as they proceed through new life stages, making choices and taking risks to live their best life in their best possible home. Her attention to mindfulness, positive thinking, problem solving, intuition and making dreams a reality are values she has cultivated to enhance her clients’ overall real estate experience.

@properties 548 W. Webster Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 847.212.8279

Straightforward Space LLC

Straightforward Space is where vision, clarity and transparency meet, producing an environment of blissful creation. This website design/development & consultation company, which also provides photography and graphic design services, specializes in creating websites that uniquely address and succeed at connecting businesses with their market in a stress-free, transparent manner.

Jacob Ludolph, Owner 1 W. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654 847.961.8186

The Sweet Buddha

Founded in 2013, Glencoe’s The Sweet Buddha is so much more than a candy store. It fulfills a need for more unique party spaces in the community with personalized full-service children’s parties and dance classes in a fun, happy setting along with specialty items such as customized gift baskets for any occasion. 28

Sarah Miller, Owner 660 Vernon Ave., #3 Glencoe, IL 60022 312.804.9900


Vaastu Partners, LLC

In “creating space that resonates,” Vaastu Partners founder Ruth Lederer installs tabletop temples in homes and businesses that are said to improve sleep, relationships, health, finances and overall quality of life. The ancient Indian tradition of Vaastu, based in science, bridges several categories — energy healing, design, lifestyle, health and meditation.

Ruth Lederer, Founder 773.343.2344

West Loop Veterinary Care

West Loop Veterinary Care’s full-service facility is more than just an animal hospital; it’s a place where exceptional pet care and stellar customer service are pledged. Offering a full range of veterinary services with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques, West Loop Veterinary Care is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and is a Certified CatFriendly Practice.

Dr. David Gonsky, Founder 815 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 312.421.2275

#illuminedlife How do you want your home to feel? What do you need to feel more secure and abundant with your finances? What new life or lifestyle goals are you excited about? What do you want to invest in this year? What do you want to bring into your life? What do you want to let go of?



Home Sweet Ohm by Wendy Wollenberg


onoring the home is dear to my heart, so the work that I do resonates with me,” says Stephanie Poulos, a real estate broker with @properties (548 W. Webster Ave., 847.212.8279, agents/1721/stephanie-poulos) and a dedicated “home manifestation guide.” Where you call home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life. City or suburbs (or beyond)? Apartment, condo or single-family residence? Rent or own? With so much at stake, pairing up with the right real estate agent (and, subsequently, design professionals) to discover, create and enhance your ideal abode is essential to a positive outcome for all parties. “Connecting with a real estate agent is a lot like dating,” Poulos comments. “It’s a process of opening up to each other and sharing things about yourselves so that your goals are perfectly aligned.” Life’s Next Chapter For prospective home buyers and sellers, beginning with a clear idea of your hopes, dreams and intentions is crucial to the process and will help ensure the best possible partnership on both sides. Whether that means doing reams of research online (according to the


National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of home buyers searched for their next residence online during some point of the process), or drawing up a vision board to help manifest your dream home, be sure to spell out your must haves and deal breakers. This focused approach applies to both home buyers and sellers. “For sellers, I try to help them see what’s next in their lives, whether it’s a bigger house for a growing family or a move to a new market for a job. That’s what motivates them to prepare their home for sale and price it correctly,” says Poulos. The Power of Positive Thinking Poulos brings more to the table than real estate expertise and an always-on attitude. She is a firm believer in the law of attraction and the power of positivity. “I always think positive thoughts while working with a client,” she remarks. “I believe this energy is an added value during what can be a stressful time for people.” Poulos adds that having a positive mental state can truly help manifest the perfect home or the ideal buyer for a sale. In addition to honoring the home-buying or selling process, she provides that extra emotional support for her clients, many of whom stay in touch long after the transaction. Her clients have been known to


reach out to this dedicated yogi after they move for what she calls “nesting advice,” such as where to place a yoga mat for a home practice or tips on smudging their new space with sage. Home Is Where the Heart Is Once you’ve found the perfect home, unpacked the boxes and the proverbial dust has settled, the fun really begins. You get to take this new (or new to you) structure and design a sanctuary especially fitted for you and your family. From sage ceremonies to eco-friendly products to home altar installations, an abundance of service providers can help manifest a residence that is fitting of your illumined lifestyle. At Green Home Chicago (213 N. Morgan St., 312.432.9400,, interior design experts balance form and function with a commitment to sustainability and social impact. At its entirely sustainable showroom, eco-friendly products are on offer, while environmentally minded designers meet with clients who share the same values and dedication to bettering the planet while feathering their nest. An array of enterprising companies exist to further assist you in outfitting your home with items that not only add beauty, but also benefit health and happiness.

Vaastu Partners (773.343.2344, harnesses the power of the ancient Indian scientific system known as Vaastu to bring more stability and harmony into living spaces in the Western world. It is a system that gives people a way to access peace, tranquility and all that follows by tapping into universal space. The Chicago-based business installs tabletop temples in homes and offices that are said to improve the energy waves of a space, benefitting the inhabitants’ sleep patterns, finances, relationships, health and overall quality of life. Founder Ruth Lederer and her knowledgeable team can also assess a person’s existing space to help determine how energized the space is naturally, if it is healthy and what remedies are available. “The concept of Vaastu bridges several categories — energy healing, design, lifestyle, health, meditation — and is unique in that regard,” Lederer says. “I’ve always been fascinated by the built environment and its effect on us. When I discovered Vaastu, I knew that this was the philosophy I had been seeking.”



“Movement is the song of the body.” ~Vanda Scaravelli

Shake up your routine and challenge yourself every now then — you never know, you might just find your newest fitness obsession. Scramble up a climbing wall, get long and lean on a pilates Megaformer machine or sweat it out with an inspiring trainer — these gyms and studios offer plenty of ways to get moving and connect with great people. 32

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago builds climbing, fitness and community-centered facilities in urban neighborhoods. The studio also offers personal training, yoga, bootcamps, private events and youth programs. Brooklyn Boulders believes in acting as a platform for humans to express themselves physically, mentally and creatively, and to connect with each other in a meaningful way.

Jeremy Balboni and Lance Pinn, Owners 100 S. Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60607 312.268.0002


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CHI50 is a total-body, 50-minute workout that incorporates the state-of-the art Megaformer machine to combine core, cardio, endurance, balance, strength and flexibility. This fitness studio welcomes all levels, and instructors offer modifications and adjustments so that everyone from beginners to advanced students gets the best experience in class and feels motivated and inspired.

Cheri Byrd, Owner 1814 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 773.661.6132

Performance Training Systems

Founded in 2011, Performance Training Systems creates and implements individualized training programs based on the results of thorough evaluations and the client’s goals. The founders, Bobby and Jessie DeThomasis, value continuing education for their trainers and focus on body-composition improvement, personal training, nutrition and sport-specific strength and conditioning.

Bobby and Jessie DeThomasis, Owners 1325 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 312.666.7147

Studios FUSE

Studios FUSE is a wellness environment that believes in being active, eating healthy and giving back to the community. Studios FUSE offers four boutique fitness studios: SPROING, HANG 5 Barre & Board Studio, Kick@55 Fitness and Yoga Space retreat. These individual brands join forces to provide impactful workouts in a shared space for movement, nourishment, celebration and growth.

Andrea Metcalf, Founder 2215 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614 312.702.0200



Studio Three

Studio Three encompasses three unique fitness studios under the same roof: Cycling, Interval and Yoga, each with its own dedicated floor. This first-of-its-kind boutique fitness mall, which is also the only studio in Chicago to offer Peloton stationary bikes, takes these top-notch disciplines and combines them so that clients only need one destination to go to where they can share a common community.

648 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654 312.944.3333

Special offer: Use code ILLUMINEVIP for a first free class

#illuminedlife What are your favorite ways to move your body? What’s a workout you want to try out? How do you most want to feel in your body? What are your physical goals or challenges for yourself this year? What would make staying active more fun for you?

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Exploring New Frontiers in Fitness by Wendy Wollenberg


here is certainly no shortage of innovative ideas in the fitness industry, with exciting new trends cropping up seemingly every day. It’s hard to keep up! But, if you get your kicks (and punches and jabs) from variety, you’ll be in luck (and in shape). From barre to bootcamps and everything in between, we have more ways to work out than ever before. Variety Is the Spice of Life Just like in every other aspect of our actionpacked lives, having ample choices available to us is key to our success. Fitness studios that offer an array of options have taken over our fair city, from combining yoga and strengthtraining workouts under one roof to pairing spin classes with just about everything under the sun. It’s true: Hybrid studios are all the (calorie-burning) rage.

River North’s Studio Three (648 N. Clark St., 312.944.3333, is a firm believer in selection, offering its members – you guessed it – three distinct ways to get their sweat on. This multi-level “boutique fitness mall” features cycling (on world-class Peloton bikes, no less), interval training and yoga, each on its own dedicated floor. Throw a hyper36

healthy ground-floor café into the mix, and you have all of your wholesome habits combined in one (sleek, modern) spot. It’s All About You Sure, group classes are great, but some of us are a bit more … shall we say … individual? For one-on-one workouts, personal training-focused studios are the ideal solution for perfecting your form, achieving your goals and receiving undivided attention the entire time. With eight highly skilled trainers on staff (including owners Bobby and Jessie DeThomasis), Performance Training Systems in the West Loop (1325 W. Randolph St., 312.666.7147, performancetrainingsystems. com) utilizes a scientifically based training approach, sports medicine treatments and nutritional guidance to help you reach new levels of fitness – whether you’re an athlete in practice or in theory. Head-to-Toe Health Focusing on one body part is so 2010. Fullbody workouts ensure maximum efficiency in minimum time.


Got about an hour? CHI50 (1814 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.661.6132, will give you the long, lean, toned muscles of your dreams. Starring the state-of-the art Megaformer machine to combine core, cardio, endurance, balance, strength and flexibility, the CHI50 workout uses the Lagree Fitness™ Method for a high-intensity workout with low impact and undeniable results.

The name may simultaneously evoke NYC and the Rockies, but Brooklyn Boulders Chicago (100 S. Morgan St., 312.268.0002, bkbchicago. com) brings the best of both worlds to the West Loop. A true sense of community permeates this climbing studio, which offers a full array of group exercise options, events and youth programs in addition to its roster of indoor rock climbing classes.

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The coveted California lifestyle was the inspiration for Hang 5 Fitness (2215 N. Halsted St., 630.670.4700,, which was founded by Chicago-based celebrity fitness expert Andrea Metcalf. Here you’ll hop on an actual surfboard for bootcamp, barre and yoga classes, challenging your balance and improving your alignment. You’ll be saying “Cowabunga, dude” in no time flat!

Speaking of which, those established highintensity workouts aren’t going anywhere, with gung ho advocates looking to get the most bang for their buck (and their already-limited schedule). While tried-and-true workouts like CrossFit retain their popularity, several inventive upstarts are building upon these hardcore fitness techniques to offer everyone even more options. Bring the Outdoors In Bemoaning Chicago’s landlocked locale and flat-as-a-pancake terrain? What our Midwestern location lacks in landscape it more than makes up for in exercise options. Seek out fitness studios that mimic the great outdoors for stimulating-albeit-simulated workouts.



“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” ~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Venture outside of the big box stores and check out these gems for healthy food fixes — whether you’re on the go or staying in. Beyond fresh-picked produce or specialized supplements, these resources also offer an opportunity to connect and grow through community.




Targeted for specific gender-based nutritional needs, Barology Bars are the brainchild of Jill Spatz, a registered nurse who wanted to create a better way for her patients to take their vitamins. These delicious food-based bars are specialized dietary supplements designed in collaboration with medical specialists and food scientists integrating the latest medical and health findings.

Jill Spatz, Creator 800.859.3005

Chicago Health Foods

A Gold Coast staple since 2009, Chicago Health Foods is a go-to source for specialized health and wellness supplements to support everything from bone and heart health to anti-aging, allergy relief and detox needs. Parking spots available in front of store. Conveniently located two blocks from the Red Line Clark and Division stop.

Sinisa Rasberger, Owner 22 W. Maple St. Chicago, IL 60610 312.642.2220

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Community Dining

Community Dining aims to connect people through shared meals at private homes, unique event spaces and restaurants. Owner Paul Sippil not only takes great care in the sourcing of the meals and providing information on where the food comes from, but also in the quality of guests by only extending invitations to those who have a genuine interest in building community.

Paul Sippil, Owner 65 E. Scott St., 5N Chicago, IL 60610 847.732.2968


Nourish Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks is the only home-delivery business in Chicagoland focused on delivering healthy local and organic foods. The company delivers the best produce, grass-fed meats, dairy, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, seasonal boxes and other grocery items to homes and businesses all year-round. Customers order online whenever they want with a pay-as-you-go system.

Shelly Herman & Irvin Cernauskas, Owners 5625 W. Howard St. Niles, IL 60714 847.410.0595

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Local Foods Market

Local Foods Market works directly with small farms and vendors to ensure quality and freshness and to build a robust community that supports local food systems. In addition to the market, Local Foods Market also features a whole animal butcher shop (The Butcher & Larder) and farm-to-table cafe. The team sources the best of the Midwest and provides customers with a farmers market they can shop all year long.

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Vital rhythms—ayurvedic rtucharya: nutrition and lifestyle for winter Excerpt from “Tending the Heart Fire” by Shiva Rea

In her enlightening book “Tending the Heart Fire,” global yoga instructor, activist, author and innovator Shiva Rea weaves together wisdom from the great world traditions including yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and modern science to create an essential resource for reconnecting our lives with the rhythms of the body and the natural world — to live in flow with the pulse of life. As we begin a new year, we share with you Shiva Rea’s insights for aligning with the winter season, including how to adapt your diet, exercise and yoga rhythms during this season. These essential guidelines will help you harmonize with the sacred junctures of time, tending to your inner fire in every aspect of life. We will explore ways to align your body and mind with the other seasons in future issues of illumine.




he inward-turning season of winter is ideal for nourishing our inner fire. The early part of winter follows the path of autumn, in which vata and kapha doshas are predominant, so the cold and dry qualities of vata are present in the body and the environment. The latter part of winter initiates the cold and damp qualities of kapha. Winter therefore becomes a delicate balance between these two doshas, requiring that we pay close attention to our environments — inner and outer — to keep our inner fire from growing dim or wavering. The gunas, or qualities, of winter that we seek to balance are: • Cold with warmth • Heaviness with lightness of spirit • Static energy with circulation • Dullness with inspiration • Excess dampness with dryness When these qualities are balanced, the winter season can be nourishing and fortifying. When out of balance, kapha qualities accumulate within body and mind, creating heaviness of spirit, weight gain, poor digestion, depression, lethargy, and weakness in the immune system that leads to colds and flus. These can all be exacerbated by diminished digestive fire. Winter is the time to build and restore. Just as nature draws inward to rest and renew, so too should we. Our bodies respond physiologically to cold weather by drawing our inner fire, agni, deep inside to protect the vital organs.

We absorb nourishing lunar energy, and agni is the “cook” that rebuilds and replenishes the body from the inside out. Use this quiet, dark, reflective time to nourish your fire. Food Rhythm • To build ojas and strength, favor ghee; warm, wholesome organic or almond milk; nourishing grains; and rich, warm cooked foods. This is not the season to detox or lose weight but rather to rebuild and strengthen. Your body will actually want to gain or maintain your current weight at this time. • Favor sweet, salty and sour foods. • Spices to favor: ginger, black pepper, Pippali, cardamom, cinnamon, Ajwan, cloves, licorice. • Honey is the best winter sweetener since it is heating and pacifes kapha. • For a kapha tea, add fresh-grated ginger and honey to your favorite tea. Tulsi-ginger tea is another good hot drink that strengthens the pulmonary system. Ginger plus cinnamon is another favorite combination. • Because the sun sets earlier now, it is best to eat your last meal of the day earlier. Avoid eating later than an hour after sunset. • Some winter favorite foods are yams, winter squash, cabbage, pumpkin, beets, brussels sprouts, chilies, garlic and tomatoes. For fruits, cooked apples, bananas, dates and figs are great. Eat tangerines for sour and sweet tastes. Good winter grains are amaranth, oats, rice and wheat. • The best herbs for controlling kapha in the winter season are Punarnava, Kutki and Triphala Guggulu.



The essential winter Rtucharya Rhythm 1. Your digestive fire is strongest and most powerful during this time of year, and this is the season to build ojas, so eat nourishing and fortifying foods. 2. Avoid complete inactivity. This is the time of year to build strength and stamina without depleting your ojas. 3. Enjoy quiet time for introspection and meditation. Make use of the heavy qualities of winter to sit and read, write and contemplate. Cultivate plans for the year ahead and plant “seeds” that will sprout in the coming spring. 4. Nourish ojas, the moist lunar energy, so it will be available to you for the expansion to come in the spring and summer. Good ways to do this are through daily abhyanga; warm, regenerative tonic teas or rasayanas; and warm, ojas-building foods. 5. Stay warm and dry to protect the body from the excess kapha qualities of the outdoors.


Body Rhythm The winter season is the best time for these Ayurvedic practices: Sneha — oiling the body, nose, and ears in the evening is both nourishing and fortifying for the muscles and connective tissues. As our bodies are exposed to cold and wind, our pores and fascia tighten and roughen in response. Oiling the orifices of the head helps the sensory pathways stay balanced. Favor kapha massage oil, Ashwagandha-Bala oil or sesame oil. Do dry-brushing a few times a week to invigorate the tissues and move stagnant lymph and blood. Shiroabhyanga — friction-rub the scalp to release dull, stagnant, heavy qualities of kapha in the head. Great to do in the morning. Padabhyanga — oiling of the feet. Do this at night, using sesame or Bhrami oil. Good winter scents are rosemary, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, pine, bergamot, lemongrass and rose geranium.

Nourish Dosha — The winter season is the most vulnerable time for those with dim fire or manda agni, kapha dosha, or those experiencing a stagnant lifestyle, depression or lethargy due to less solar energy. Yoga Practice — Cultivate Vira and Sringara Rasa practices, a balance of solar and lunar practices to balance the firekeeping within your body. Solar practices with the New Year; waxing energy and lunar practices with the evening and waning energy.

Energetic Vinyasa for Winter Season Kala — From the winter solstice onward, the winter season is the best time to synch with the sunrise (unless you are depleted and need to rest) and honor going to bed after sunset. Desa — Cultivate a warm place for practicing the flame of your inner and outer altar, carrying the warm colors of fire—red, orange and ochre earth colors — in your home and dress (hats, scarves and footwear) to keep the inner fire alive. Bhava — Follow the sun and begin to gradually increase your outward energy and activity so as to store energy (ojas) and at the same time keep your fire (tejas) and life-energy (prana) circulating; be calm, joyous, positive and inspired.

Enjoy solar and lunar namaskars. Build stamina in heating but grounding ways such as long standing asana sequences, inversions (headstand, shoulderstand, handstand), and longer periods in backbends to keep the lungs and chest stimulated and heated (to prevent excess kapha or phlegm). Honor lunar energy in earthy forward bends and hip openers to store energy for spring. Meanwhile, heating pranayama such as bhastrika can help lungs and sinuses stay strong and clear during cold and flu season, and release any excess kapha mucous from this area. Excerpt from “Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life” by Shiva Rea, Sounds True, Inc. 2014, were printed with permission from the publisher.




“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos -- the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh You’ve only got one body, so be good to it. These healers, therapists, chiropractors and practitioners offer many methods to restore your health. Listen to your body and try out some of these resources. You’ll find that it doesn’t have to be a rare occurrence to feel alive, happy and healthy in your skin.


Balanced Flow Wellness advances holistic and responsible medicine to restore, elevate and maintain health. Services include Targeted Fascial Release (TFR), pre/post surgical rehab, treatment for acute and chronic pain and injuries, performance optimization, cupping, yoga therapy and acupuncture for musculoskeletal conditions, anxiety, depression and more.

Nolan Lee and Dominika M. Hertsberg, Owners 222 W. Ontario St., Suite 310 Chicago, IL 60654 312.880.9697


Balanced Flow Wellness

Special offer: GIVE/GET Get a TFR pack, you get one free session to give to a friend!

Bodhi & Sage

Roger Fong of Bodhi & Sage integrates ancient Chinese modalities and modern science to create a tailored treatment for each client. Trained in both Western and Eastern forms of medicine, Roger truly practices holistic medicine in a safe and comfortable environment that nurtures better health. Clients experience noticeable relief from their symptoms.

Roger & Emily Fong, Founders 1525 E. 53rd St., Suite 808 Chicago, IL 60615 312.403.1853

Chicago Dance Therapy

Chicago Dance Therapy provides affordable and accessible dance/movement therapy and counseling to individuals of all ages and abilities. Dance/movement therapy doesn’t require any dance skill or experience. It uses the mind-body connection to enhance and support mental health by focusing on nonverbal communication and body language as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship.

Erica Hornthal, LCPC, Owner 1847 Oak St. Northfield, IL 60093 847.848.0697

Chiropractic First

Chiropractic First is the intersection between body work and health care. The practice consists of light-touch chiropractic care called BioGeometric Integration that focuses on the parts of the body that are ready to heal. Chiropractic First helps patients with concerns ranging from migraines and digestive concerns to insomnia and stress relief.

Dr. Meggie Smith, Owner 1609-A Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL 60201 847.869.1313



Chiropractic for Life

Founded in 1992, this women-owned chiropractic practice helps patients achieve better health and wellbeing using BioGeometric Integration, Craniosacral Therapy and Network Spinal Analysis. Practitioners use a gentle, hands-on approach to freeing the spine and nervous tissue. When the body is in optimal alignment, it has the ability to repair and heal damaged or injured tissue.

5138 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 773.878.8933

City Sage Wellness by Kathleen Love L.Ac.

Kathleen Love founded City Sage Wellness to provide individualized wellness treatments utilizing traditional Chinese medicine. Kathleen provides the natural healing services of acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha and moxa for alleviating pain and restoring balance. She also offers Birth Doula services in partnership with Amy Owen of yogaview, including the nourishing benefit of Placenta Encapsulation. Orland Park location also available.

Kathleen Love MS, L.Ac., Founder 664 W. Hubbard St., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60654 312.399.5048

The CryoBar

The CryoBar’s mission is to introduce and educate people on the positive effects cryotherapy has on the body and its ability to heal itself. Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulates collagen production, decreases inflammation, releases endorphins, increases metabolism and promotes overall health. The CryoBar also offers Cryo-Toning Facials, Localized Cryo and Infrared Sauna treatments. Special offer: Mention “illumine” for 15% off any regularly priced package or single Chill. One per person 48

Sara Latham, Owner 1205 W. Webster Ave., Suite 1 Chicago, IL 60614 773.360.1729

2105 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Delos Therapy

Delos Therapy is a precise, innovative therapy for chronic pain, muscle stiffness and athletic injuries where pressure is applied to the entire length of the muscle. Results include the elimination of tightness and restored muscle health for optimal athletic performance and real pain relief.


Mimi Bosika & Eric Owens, Owners 600 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60654

230 E. Ogden Ave. Hinsdale, IL 60521 3011 Butterfield Rd. Oak Brook, IL 60523 312.600.7716

Float Sixty

Float Sixty offers healing floating sessions for relieving sore muscles, improving sleep and promoting mindfulness and calm. Guests float for 60 or 90 minutes in 10 inches of water enriched with pharmaceutical-grade epsom salts. Float Sixty also features guided meditation with virtual reality, signature tea service and kombucha on tap for a full-service immersive experience.

Gloria A. Morris, Owner 303 W. Erie St. Chicago, IL 60610 844.356.2680

Freeze Fix

Freeze Fix features Cryotherapy, which can reduce inflammation in the body, eliminate muscle soreness, speed up athletic recovery, boost metabolism and improve mood with an endorphin rush. This sleek Hinsdale office also offers infrared sauna treatments, which penetrate human tissue, resulting in detoxifying the body, soothing sore muscles, lowering blood pressure and burning calories.

Emmy Rigali, Owner 24 W. Chicago Ave. Hinsdale, IL 60521 630.632.3214



Functional Spine and Sport

Functional Spine and Sport’s doctors practice as soft-tissue specialists, finding and fixing unresolved muscle, nerve and joint problems through specific manual therapy methods including Manual Adhesion Release and Instrument Adhesion Release. The experienced team here features the only doctors in Lake County certified to find and fix muscle adhesion.

Carl Nottoli, DC, Owner/Clinic Director 900 Technology Way, Suite 240 Libertyville, IL 60048 224.206.7050

Healing Samurai

Healing Samurai founder Eric Huffman began his business after studying reflexology with a master sensei in Tokyo, Japan. He practices Deep Heart Reflexology, which combines Eastern and Western techniques with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gemstone Therapy and Intuitive Knowledge. In addition to individual sessions, Healing Samurai offers private/group meditation, yoga and reflexology classes.

Eric Huffman, Founder 688 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 201 Chicago, IL 60642 773.895.4415

Health Traditions Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic

Since 2004, Health Traditions founder Stephen Bonzak and his team of highly trained practitioners strive to bring the best of Chinese medicine to their patients to offer the most effective and safest natural options. The staff is uniquely trained to integrate natural medicine into healthcare, developing a relationship with each patient as the unique individual that they are. Special offer: Mention “illumine” for Free Initial Consultation 50

Stephen Bonzak, MS, DCCM, FICEAM, LAC 1011 W. Wellington St., Suite 220 Chicago, IL 60657 773.470.6994

Herb + ĹŒhm is rooted in the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, adapted to the needs of modern Chicagoans. The practice nurtures the mind, body and spirit through Acupuncture + Chinese Herbal Medicine, while recognizing the value and offerings of Western medicine. After an initial visit, patients receive a specialized report to provide a clear roadmap to optimal health.

Dr. Amy Wolf, DACM, Founder 205 W. Randolph St., #1800 Chicago, IL 60606 312.757.1882


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Loribeth Cohen created re:fit, a unique wellness center, after recognizing a need for combining the best of cutting-edge Western techniques and ancient Eastern practices. Re:fit offers physical therapy, integrated manual therapy, Ayurvedic services, Pilates and more. The studio’s individualized approach for each client uses the latest modalities combined with a holistic twist for optimal healing.

Loribeth Cohen, PT, Founder 910 Waukegan Rd. Glenview, IL 60025 847.657.0881

Special offer: 15% off initial Ayurvedic consultation

The Soma Institute - The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy

Founded in 1998, The Soma Institute is committed to the personal and intellectual growth of its students and is the only school that offers a diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy. Soma is continually building on its mission to promote innovation and excellence in massage therapy and wellness education programs. Tours of Soma are offered daily. Please call 312.878.4644 for more information.

Joan Hannat, Founder & President 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60604 312.939.2723

Special offer: Enroll now and you can receive up to $4,000 in tuition grants


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Soma Massage Clinic

Soma Massage Clinic provides patients with an affordable and accessible treatment as part of an effort to promote a natural and long-term healthcare modality known as Clinical Massage Therapy. Licensed Clinical Massage Therapists customize a massage therapy treatment plan that will ease tension, relieve pain and improve performance.

Joan Hannat, Founder & Owner 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60604 312.878.4224

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Soulshine Healing Center

Soulshine Healing Center founder Laura Rategan offers Shamanic Healing, Energy Healing, Chakra Balancing, Crystal Healing and Readings, Smudging, Spiritual Life Coaching and Intuitive Readings. Her onsite Soulshine Boutique features unique handcrafted items including jewelry, smudge sticks, crystals, chakra banners, candles, pendulums, essential oils, pottery, incense and more.

1698 First St., Second Floor Highland Park, IL 60035 224.805.1390

Source Healing

With locations in River North and Winnetka, Source Healing is a holistic health studio that specializes in treating pain, fertility and stress with Inspired Acupuncture, Eastern Herbs, Meditation and Energy Work. For almost two decades, Source Healing has been a trusted place where people can send their family, friends and coworkers for professional individualized care. 52

Christie Jordan, Founding Director 650 N. Dearborn St., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60654 723 Elm Street, Suite 26 Winnetka, IL 60093 312.335.9330

Kim Trager and Candace Lawrence’s 40 years of combined education, training and experience provide The Vitality Pioneers with an unparalleled wellness model. They are healers, authors, triathletes, speakers and mothers. At the end of each appointment — either in person or virtual — clients leave with their own Vitality Blueprint, an actionable plan to ignite vitality.

Kim Trager & Candace Lawrence, Founders 1701 Quincy Ave. #22 Naperville, IL 60540 630.664.8615


The Vitality Pioneers

Special offer: Mention “illumine” to receive a 25% discount on an Initial Vitality Consultation

West Loop Spine & Stability

West Loop Spine & Stability provides the most current, effective and individualized care addressing musculoskeletal conditions such as lumbar disc herniation, headaches, tendonitis and neck pain using chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and massage techniques. This progressive practice also specializes in fire cupping and acupuncture for fertility and prenatal conditions.

Dr. Jodi Kirsch, Owner 212 N. Carpenter St., Unit A1/A2 Chicago, IL 60607 312.928.9282

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#illuminedlife What feels out of balance in your life or body? What could you do for yourself to enjoy more rest and restoration? What are your favorite ways to replenish your energy? What activities, healing practices or retreats do you feel drawn to this year?



It’s all connected: Write your life By Lourdes Paredes


y to-do lists, goals, vision board and the things I talk about with my coach or therapists are never just about one area of my life. My personal life inspires and affects my work life, and things that I learn from a business book potentially can affect and impact my relationship. About 15 years ago, my friends and I would gather at the end or beginning of the year and spend a few hours reflecting on our lives using the Wheel of Life. It’s pretty simple and I highly suggest taking some time to do this as often as you find helpful, perhaps quarterly, or even monthly.


Draw a circle, or use ours. Identify 8-12 areas of life that are important to you. Draw 4-6 lines that cross the center of the circle to create even sections (see our diagram) Rate yourself from 1 (center of the circle) to 10 (edge of the circle). then connect the dots. This gives a visual of the quality of balance you feel right now in these important categories. Once the dots are connected you have a visual of balance in these areas of your life. Remember, balance looks different for different people and at different times in our lives. In 2015, I went through the LifeBook program and spent four days methodically considering my beliefs, vision and strategy for every area of my life. The process took the idea that every area of life is integrated and connected to a whole new level — and my LifeBook is now a tool I use every day to set my weekly, monthly and quarterly goals. For more information, see LifeBook’s listing on page 18.




Smart Self-Care

Learning Balance from East and South Asian Medicine Alexandra Modell and Stephen Bonzak


elf-care practices are key to living an awakened existence. Traditional spiritual disciplines have always been associated with health systems that advocate for lifestyle practices that support the physical form, the intrinsic energy system and the psychoemotional self so that the practitioner can endure and accept the challenges of life and the discipline itself. Strength in Numbers Perhaps the most important aspect of self-care is seeking out a teacher and/or community to assist one on the path of self-development and self-healing. The wisdom of a qualified teacher and the synergy of a community of practitioners can help one maintain focus and make choices that support a healthy lifestyle. The Present of Presence Self-care is also rooted in practices that help one cultivate wisdom, which includes refining one’s mind and heart. “Presence practices” support one to live in the moment as a way to best deal with the ups and downs of life. Metta meditation. This includes sharing and offering loving-kindness wishes to oneself


and others; the meditation has many different variations. Research further supports the link between practices such as loving kindness meditation and gratitude with increased selfesteem, enhanced well-being and optimism. Respect the Earth and spending time in nature. Many of the postures and practices of Hatha Yoga were modeled after the natural world. Nature was revered by yogis and yoginis and illustrated in both traditional texts and mythology. Research supports that spending time in nature increases not only one’s quality of life, but also longevity, especially in women. Daily mindful movement, breath-work and concentration methods. Simple techniques such as 10 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing quiet the mind and calm the nervous system. Research further supports practicing moderate breathing techniques to balance the nervous system, increase vagal tone, relieve pain and reduce stress. Food as Medicine East and South Asian medical traditions perceive one’s nutritional choices as part of healthcare and often pair such choices with herbal medicine to offer the patient a

Meal planning based on the season. Using one’s senses to see, touch, smell and taste the ingredients being used; and cooking at home all enhance one’s experience with and benefits from the food. Nutrition can be used to support all of the body’s systems and focus on heart health (extra virgin olive oil), brain health (wild-caught cold water fish such as salmon) and bone health (dark leafy green veggies). Peace and Calm Build in rest time and stress mastery for well being. The practice of Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep, is about quieting the mind and body. By bringing one’s attention inward to a state between “sleeping and waking,” one is able to rest in a sense of timelessness. In such a state, the body can touch in with subconscious thoughts and feelings — those things just outside of everyday awareness — to help heal and move on with ways in which one may be stuck in his/her life. Yoga Nidra also calms the nervous system, regulates heart rate and decreases inflammation. Restorative Yoga. This type of yoga involves practicing mainly supine and gently inverted postures with props. Poses are practiced passively for a longer duration — up to 15 minutes. The soft, progressive holds produce a cascading effect leading to deep states of relaxation. This is perhaps the most difficult balance to maintain for most people, as the modern person

is often forced to over work due to societal pressure and trying to make ends meet. Such constant stress has a snowball effect leading to suboptimal organ function, poor sleep and rest habits, mood instability and an overall sense of dis-ease. Understanding when to pause from work and carving out time for playful activities with friends and loved ones is vitally important to health.


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Take Good Care From maintaining a connection to a community to spending time in nature; from practicing mindful movement and meditation to eating seasonally; from establishing a rest routine to carving out time for fun, it’s undoubtedly clear that self-care practices are key to optimal health and well being. The discipline and effort required to continually balance all of these components requires refining through different stages of life, but fine-tuning each aspect benefits our physical body, our intrinsic energy system and psychoemotional self. For an unabridged version of this article, visit Alexandra Modell is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist, Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine and an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. Stephen Bonzak, MS, DCCM, FICEAM, LAc is the founder and director of Health Traditions Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Bonzak is licensed as an acupuncturist in the state of Illinois.





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In previous issues, we have shared the manifestos of people leading illumined lives. Here, we share our manifesto! It was composed over years, from personal experience and from people who inspire us to live big—and live a life we love. When we’re feeling stuck or disconnected, we come back to these words.

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hink back to your childhood… What made you happy?

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Our youngest feature so far, Olivia Moreno-Mori shines so bright, and reminds us that living a happy life lies in the simple things. “When I make people feel happy it brings me joy! And doing things I love: gymnastics, karate, cooking, Girl Scouts and selling Girl Scout cookies,” Olivia says. What simple things can you do today to bring yourself joy?


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