Summer Yoga

Good morning!! I wanted to give an update on my summer yoga schedule. Due to various enrollment and daycare issues I will only be teaching my Active Adult Chair Yoga class on Fridays for the remainder of the summer. Please stay posted as I started a YouTube account and will hopefully have some short yoga sequences and practices to post so we can stay on our mats until I resume to my regular schedule. I am fully anticipating to resume most of our regular classes again in the fall! Thank you all so much for your understanding, and mostly your ongoing support!


Carlene βœŒπŸ»πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒ™πŸŒΈβœ¨πŸŒ±

Summer Yoga

I am so very excited to announce that Carlene Haavig Yoga at the Wheaton Park District will resume (finally) in July!!! I have missed you all so much and I can’t wait to get back to our mats! Please join me this summer for Yoga in the Park at Northside Park on Thursday mornings starting July 9 (bring a mat and a blanket), Active Adult Chair Yoga at the Mary Lubko Center starting July 10, and I will also be offering virtual online yoga sessions starting July 10. Thank you for your continued support! I can’t wait to see you soon! πŸŒ³πŸŒΈπŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈβœŒπŸ»


Carlene πŸ™πŸ»

Missing Everyone!!

Sorry it has been a while!! ELearning has been kicking my butt and I have had very little time to myself these days. I am lucky I didn’t pursue that teaching career that I thought about for 5 seconds when I was doing wine tastings, right after I went back to school for photography and right before I started working at The Art Institute of Chicago. Way before I had kids, quit my job and decided that I wanted to be a yoga teacher and got my yoga certification. Currently feeling idle. Time is playing games with my head and days and weeks are blurring together. I honestly don’t know how this much time has passed since I last set foot in our beloved basement studio! This is what I expected quarantine to look like… lots of leisurely time with the family, lots of coffee, lots of reading and yoga, relaxing and drinking wine on the back porch, spending lots of time in nature, cleaning my house and getting home projects done, gardening, really getting into writing my blog and starting a YouTube account to do virtual yoga classes… I was actually relieved to have a break from society and have my kids home!!

I am not going to lie… that part was nice but this is what quarantine has actually looked like… lots and lots and LOTS of family time (some stressful, some relaxing, working hard to be present and enjoy my moments), lots of coffee, I have read only 2 books (but both of them have changed my life (The Journey of Awakening by Ram Dass and Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff), barely any yoga without my kids hanging on me, shooting me with nerf guns or actually punching me in the butt while I was doing uttanasana with the new boxing gloves I got them for their birthday, drinking lots of wine (maybe a little vodka too….), spending lots of time in nature, house is an absolute disaster (luckily no one is visiting!!!!), started a vegetable garden, crying more than usual, trying to remember to brush my teeth in the morning instead of just drinking 2 pots of coffee until lunch, have yet to write one blog post and have attempted 3-5 times to create a YouTube account and make a yoga video without much success.

Sorry!!!! I was hoping I would be a more connected and inspirational yoga teacher throughout this pandemic but honestly, I have been just holding on for dear life over here!! Kids are alive and I have even been cutting their hair!! My new nickname around my house is β€œthe butcher.” The boys have been getting really into WWE Wrestling. My youngest told me the other day that my outfit looked just the like The Undertaker’s. My oldest bikes aimlessly around the neighborhood all day, wild and dirty and covered in mud with his home-done haircut like it is 1989. We have been fishing and canoeing by the lake by our house. We have been watching movies together and playing guitar. Walking around barefoot and playing in the sprinkler. Baking cookies and learning how to make homemade doughnuts. I am enjoying being slow, but what I have missed the most is teaching yoga. I miss my students!! I miss the stories, I miss the faces and the smiles. I miss tea time and talking. I miss my hot pink yoga straps and mostly I miss my community, my people, my friends, my students. Human connection is so incredibly important and one of my favorite things about teaching is watching the magic of yoga bring people together. Watching one student bring an extra blanket every week for another. Watching my students help to give each other rides to class to ensure that we can all be together. Homemade Christmas gifts from my students grandkids. Bottles of wine from those who listen when I am struggling to make speech therapy decisions for my youngest or dealing with a bully on the bus with my oldest. Yoga, after all, means β€œto unite.” I miss you all, I love you all. Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being you and signing up for my yoga classes.

As I finish our last week of ELearning and classroom zoom chats and homemade teacher gifts that I almost missed because I am so bad at group emails (and emails in general. And phone calls and text messages. I am an air sign, after all), I am going to work hard to diligently do the very best an air sign who is at home with her kids all day and no structure whatsoever can do to keep up with my blog and start some virtual yoga classes!! Bare with me, keep following and I can’t wait until we can be together again soon! I don’t have a lot of information on when classes will resume. I know that summer camps, pool, and classes will not be in session this summer. I currently do not have any information on when we will be open again.

I am working hard on alternatives to stay connected, get on our mats, and keep practicing. I miss you all so much! Please reach out to me if you need anything!!

Namaste, Carlene πŸ’—πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜·

Self Care

Self Care Today πŸ’™βœŒπŸ»πŸŒΏπŸŒπŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

Coconut Oil deep conditioning hair mask

Shea foot butter with warm socks

Good music

Fruit and almond milk smoothie

Hydrating with chamomile tea

Lavender and Rose Bud face steam

Charcoal face mask

Diffusing a cheerful wild orange essential oil

Burning palo santo for good vibes

Stretching and breathing

Enjoying time at home with my family and being grateful for my health, my family, my house, my food and my water. Also grateful for books, music, yoga, wine, Hulu, Netflix and vodka.


We are the Light.

As classes are cancelled, our normal is changing, and our future is uncertain I want to remind everyone to stay safe and take care of each other. Even though we are not meeting for our weekly yoga practice, it is more important than ever to use the lessons we have learned on our mats. Taking care of our family, our friends and our neighbors. Remembering we are all in this together, we are one, we are whole, we are connected. Never forget the power of kindness, compassion, and prayer. Remember to reach out to our family and neighbors that are scared and alone. Take care of yourselves. Drink water and eat vegetables. Stretch and get some fresh air. Listen to music, sing, dance and know that this will pass. We will face loss, we will face hardship, we will face uncertainty. But I know my community is strong. We have the chance to step up to this challenge and maybe come out better, stronger, more aligned, more loving, more connected. Please stay safe, and remember when we cannot find the light we must step up and be the light. Keep moving, praying, loving and hoping. I have faith that we will get through this and we will be stronger and more united because of the hardships we have faced together. I cannot wait for the day we meet again to connect in our practice. Until then, please keep the peace, be the light and live your yoga. Stay connected, I am hoping to post some sequences while we are at home to keep us connected and practicing. For my chair yoga students, please reach out to me if you need to talk or face time or Skype. 630-947-9709. Namaste πŸ™πŸ»πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒΏ

Yoga and Ayurveda when You’re Sick

I have missed you all this week as the family and I have been home sick! I don’t get sick too often but inevitably with young kids it happens!! While it is certainly not easy, it is important to take care of yourself and get the rest you need! So here is what I have been doing to take care of myself this week while sick.

First of all, Lots and lots and lots of rest!

Warm water with lemon, ginger and honey to keep hydrated, help cleanse the body, fight infection and soothe sore throat.

Herbal Tea. I like using dried loose tea. It is easy to grow yourself! For flu cold and fever I use a mix of elderflower, echinacea, lemon balm and thyme to help reduce fever and fight infection. Drink with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a spoonful of honey.

Lots of essential oils! I like eucalyptus in the shower to help with fever and congestion.

Elderberry syrup. Helps to boost the immune system.

Homemade tomato, bell pepper, onion and garlic soup with fresh herbs, turmeric and chili powder. I make a large batch and keep extra in mason jars in the fridge and freezer for a quick healthy lunch or if I ever get sick.

Restorative Yoga. Simple stretching in bed. I like to practice a modified downdog/tabletop stretch over my bed to lengthen my spine and help circulate sore tight muscles that are often affected by infection!! A gentle spinal twist in bed feels nice to help soothe an achy back.

Ayurvedic Face Steam. Face steams are great anytime! They help open pores, clear congestion, reduce sinus tension and cleanse the skin. You can modify what you put in your stream depending on your needs. To make a face steam, use a large bowl or sink and fill it up halfway with steaming hot water. Be extremely careful not to burn yourself! Add your desired essential oils or ingredients. For cold or flu I like fresh lemon juice a drop or two of eucalyptus oil and dried elderflower, echinacea, lavender, lemon balm and thyme to help reduce fever, clear sinuses and fight infection. Take a large towel to wrap around your head to keep the steam trapped in. Gently lower your face near the bowl or sink, drape the towel over your head and wrap around the neck and enjoy your steam for a minute or two! Once again be very careful not to burn yourself. If you are extremely congested make sure to blow your nose or use a netty pot after!

I am feeling much better and should be back to myself by tomorrow for another great week of yoga!! Thanks and enjoy the rest of your weekend! πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’•πŸŒΏ

Ayurveda Dosha Self-Test: Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Many of you expressed interest in learning a little more about Ayurveda and taking a Dosha test! I found this website with a lot of great info, recipes, history and a Dosha test!

Eat Taste Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living: an award-winning ayurvedic cookbook with over 150 ayurvedic recipes and a complete guide to the ayurveda lifestyle, and organic foods.
β€” Read on

Flax Seed Oat Bars

Packing lunches for the kids and husband just about every day over here!!! I strive to pack lunches that are both healthy but also boy approved. That means hearty, fulfilling and preferably something chocolate!! They love chocolate chip granola bars but the individually packaged ones at the store create so much waste and don’t even get me started on the preservatives! So as I continue to work (imperfectly) to reduce waste, eat healthy, and buy sustainably, here are my favorite homemade granola bars!!

1 cup coconut oil; 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of water 1-1 1/2 cup organic oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, maca root powder, ground cinnamon and chocolate chips or raisins (optional, but obviously recommended). Mix ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. I like making mine in a muffin pan because it makes a nice β€œto go” shape without trying to cut nice bars in a cake pan! I always make a mess of mine! Cake pan works too! Enjoy!

Flax Seed Oat Bars

Laundry Day (the eco way) πŸŒΏ

My skin is so sensitive!!! My boys both inherited my super sensitive skin. Scented products, laundry detergents, soaps, if someone looks at it wrong… dryness, rashes, itchiness. Not only was I so tired of paying so much money for laundry detergent, but most of the sensitive expensive brands still caused me to breakout!! Shout and other stain removers… forget it!!! Also…. think of all of the plastic waste those laundry detergent bottles create… don’t even get me started with dryer sheets!!! Killing our planet and putting toxins on our skin! I have been perfecting my technique over the past 8 years and this is what I use!!!

Soap Berries for detergent. They are dried berries that are a naturally strong cleansing detergent and they arrive in a cardboard box! Find a reusable glass bottle and pop about 4-5 in the bottle. Boil water and let seep for 15-30 min. 1 batch usually yields about 4-6 loads of laundry. 1 box has hundreds of berries in it, it usually lasts me about 4-5 months and I do a ton of laundry!

Marseille Soap for stains. Works better than any toxin-filled spray any day… and even with all my boys, pets and lots of stains.. usually lasts about a year!!! ($9 Amazon)

Wool Dryer Balls instead of dryer sheets. Pop a dryer ball in the dryer!!! Reuse until they fall apart! I have had mine for years!!! ($8 Amazon pack of 3). I use a couple drops of diluted lavender oil on the balls for a lovely smell! An air drying rack is great for most of my clothing items but I like to use the dryer for my sheets and towels!

Sweater Bags to protect delicates. Also great for fleece and jeans to prevent fiber waste in our water and helps protect your homes water system!! Old school trick of putting pantyhose over the hose helps too!!!

Thanks so much for reading! Go make the world a better place!

Namaste πŸ’—

This is how I do my laundry!!! Works great, no toxins, low waste, saves a ton of money, and great for our planet!!! 🌎 πŸ’™