The Columbia Chronicle

Open Streets event closes down State Street

By Lisa Schulz

September 26, 2011

Seven blocks of State Street will be shut down to vehicle traffic between Lake and Van Buren streets on Oct. 1 to host “Open Streets,” a five-hour festival promoting on-foot exploration of downtown businesses and ways to get active.The free event, arranged by the Chicago Loop Alliance and the Active Transportation Alliance, runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and doubles as a celebration for the 100th day of the “Go Do Good...

First ever Midwest yoga conference

By Lindsey Woods

September 26, 2011

Hundreds of yoga practitioners and instructors from all over the country gathered in the South Loop on Sept. 15 for the opening ceremony of "From the Heartland," an Iyengar yoga conference.This was the first Iyengar yoga conference in the Midwest, according to a "From the Heartland" press release. The four-day event included classes from instructors for all levels of students as well as chanting rooms, dinner circles and a spee...

Columbia fitness classes free to be fit

By Nader Ihmoud

September 19, 2011

Students who want to get fit for free need to look no further. Begin the week learning self–defense followed by Vinyasa Yoga, and end the week doing Hip-Hop Hustle dance moves. Columbia now offers four free fitness classes for Columbia and Roosevelt University students, Monday through Friday. at 731 S. Plymouth Court.The college offered classes in previous years but this is the first time they will be held in a single spot....

Yoga: exercise your mind

By Katy Nielsen

March 28, 2011

Yogis have been doing it for centuries. Now, western culture is catching on, and it seems like practicing Eastern traditions has more than a positive effect on the physique.According to a study published on Jan. 30 by the Journal of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, titled “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density,” people who meditate at least 27 minutes a day for eight-week perio...

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