TWO Saturdays of Dance with Amy and Abdoulaye
September 14th & September 21st
$20 for either date, or $30 for BOTH

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Join Abdoulaye Camara and Amy Osterman for a pair of West Africa dance classes at Niyama.  It’ll be a great time while enjoying a workout in disguise and is great for beginners or more seasoned dancers.

Two to three drummers will provide rhythms from Guinea, West Africa as Amy and Abdoulaye lead the class.  The melodies will be richly polyrhythmic and dynamic and it’ll be a fun hour of music and dance intertwined.  Abdoulaye and Amy will break down the dance steps in a simple format for all.

African dance is generally aerobic, so be prepared to sweat. Class is usually danced barefoot, but you are welcome to wear comfortable gym shoes if you have any foot and or joint necessities that require you to wear support.

Hailing from Guinea, West Africa, Abdoulaye has performed, choreographed, and instructed classes worldwide for over three decades.

Amy, a native of northwest Indiana, got her first taste of African dance and music twenty years ago when she lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There she performed as a dancer in Blue Tribe performance company. Nowadays, Amy teaches weekly dance classes in Evanston at Ridgeville Park District and she is excited to share her love of African dance and music at Niyama Yoga. When she isn’t dancing or studying West African drumming, she is doing science in a structural biology lab at Northwestern University.

90min Flow with Andrew Gurvey

October 5th
$20 in Advance, $25 Day of

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When you walk into one of Andrew’s yoga classes, his primary purpose is to put you at ease to the point of being able to self-examine in an introspective way through the asana practice. Andrew leads you through a yoga class with the idea of being able to experience more than just the physical offering of the yoga poses. The practice of yoga is the true cooperation of the mind, body, and spirit. If any of those is out of balance, it can affect the others.

Andrew’s goal is for his students to leave his classes feeling better and more empowered. He believes that yoga is the tool that we use to navigate life, the Universe and all that lies beyond and within.

Halloween HIJINX at Niyama

Saturday October 26th

The planning committee has begun to plot and scheme. There will be more details to come.
Costumes, Snacks/Refreshments, Prizes, and HIJINX are guaranteed, at the very least.
It’ll be a great way to enjoy some community before the Holiday Craziness sweeps in come November-January. 

2hr GongLab and Violin Experience

November 9th
$35 in Advance, $40 Day of

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“For some the experience is meditative, others emotional, even transcendent, but in all circumstances it is a powerful and unforgettable event.”

GongLab’s multi-layered meditative process is a deeply resonant, poetic, and dreamlike experience that carefully creates a protected, safe, space in which to reorganize, regenerate, and heal. The evening begins by candlelight, as participants, reclining comfortably on the floor, drift off into a spiraling flow of luminous sound created by the sounds of nature, gongs, singing bowls, drums, bells, chimes, otherworldly vocals, and the heart piercing tenderness of Chilean musician Felipe Tobar’s transcendent violin. This transporting blend of progressive relaxation, hypnotic percussion, guided visualization and healing sound is specifically designed to seamlessly usher you down into the deepest layers of mind where you can most effectively do the inner work of clearing, re-visioning, and revitalizing the energies that support breakthrough and change.
The shift in season is such a perfect time to get nestled in your blankets and pillows and tend to the garden of your inner sanctuary. Bring whatever you need to make a comfortable and cozy space for yourself on the floor while you take time out to create room for the branching and blooming of things that you’d like to see flourish in your life!
*For those concerned about laying down for an extended period of time note that the 2 hour time span of the event includes time to set up your personal space, and the time needed to pack up and filter out of the studio, as well as a candle lighting ceremony.


GongLab, is a nomadic laboratory dedicated to community ritual and healing. Percussionist / composer, Oliver Seay is a Reiki Master and Vortex Healing Practitioner. Musician & vocalist Shu Shubat is a graduate of the Clinical Training Program in Analytical Psychology at the Jung Institute of Chicago, and a certified instructor of Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process, an integrated approach to body centered meditation. Chilean violinist and composer, Felipe Tobar, is an orchestra conductor at The People’s Music School Youth Orchestra. Percussionist, Rick Kubes, is a clinical massage therapist at Chicago Family Doulas and long time performing member of Mucca Pazza.

Friday/Saturday Karma Classes for 2019

Friday’s 6:30-7:45pm Niyama Hot

Saturdays 12:45-2pm Vinyasa

2019’s Karma/Donation classes will benefit The Warming House Youth Center and Haven Youth and Family Services.  Proceeds will be evenly split between the two non-profits.

The Warming House Youth Center offers 6th through 12th graders the opportunity to enjoy a structured and supportive environment. Teens can speak freely in a confidential space, seek guidance from staff and peers, build healthy peer relationships, and develop valuable leadership skills. The professional staff is trained to assess teen needs and address relevant issues through educational, prevention-based, and recreational program offerings.

Haven Youth and Family Services has been serving youth and their families since 1976.  Haven began as an outreach program for youth and has continued to grow and develop throughout the years.  Programs such as crisis response and prevention activities were added, as well as the counseling program, which has become one of our most frequent methods of delivering service to the community.  Today, Haven responds to the physical and emotional needs of youth and their families by providing emergency housing services, individual, group, and family therapy, 24-hour crisis intervention, daily outreach to area schools, psycho-educational workshops, youth leadership positions, and service-learning opportunities.