Crystals Crash Course: A Beginner’s Guide

Saturday, June 22, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, $15

Small bowl filled with polished gem stones and rough crystals

Are you drawn to the beauty and energy of crystals and stones? Do you have a growing collection but aren’t sure how to use them? Amanda Lippner, RYT, has been using crystals daily for several years. Join her in this experiential workshop for crystal basics and how to incorporate them into your daily life.

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn:

  • About crystals and stones, their metaphysical properties and the benefits of working with them
  • How to store, clean and activate your crystals and keep them working
  • The top 10 crystals for beginner users

Amanda will explain how crystals can be used in:

  • meditations and affirmations
  • crystal therapy
  • your yoga practice

Pre-pay and receive a free crystal! A variety of other crystals and stones will be available for purchase for those who wish to add to their collection. (Cash only please.)

We expect this class to fill up fast! To ensure your place, be sure to pre-register.

Yoga Basics: Intro to Yoga

Thursdays, May 9 – May 30, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Next session TBD – contact us to be placed on the info list

Did you resolve to have a healthier lifestyle this year but are still struggling to get it? Yoga can be a key part of your overall wellness plan.

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • fundamental yoga postures and how to put them together for sun salutations
  • breath techniques used during a practice
  • how yoga can be incorporated in our day-to-day activities
  • Cost is $60 for the course; pre-payment and registration required. Download a registration form and pay by check or through PayPal.

Course taught by Nancy Culiberk, RYT. Questions? Contact Danette Watt: 618-467-8827 or

The Yoga Connection – “the most beginner-friendly yoga studio in the Metro East” – is located within Be Well Now, 221 E. Center Dr., Alton.

Sign up with a friend and you both receive $5 off!

Yin Yoga

Friday, June 7, 6:30-7:45 pm, $15

Yin yoga works with the meridians in the body to access our prana (or chi) and is practiced when the muscles are cold.

Yin yoga’s intention is to stretch the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower spine and access deeper layers of fascia through variations of seated, supine and prone positions. It involves the use of props to facilitate holds, which can be for 3 minutes or more.

Led by Sasha Bassett, RYT, certified in Yin Yoga

$15 – pay at the door or through Paypal

Gentle Touch Restorative Yoga

Monthly, Monday evenings 7:15-8:30 pm, $15

Next dates: May 13, June 10

Sink into bliss with restorative yoga. Experience deeper levels of relaxation as you give yourself permission to rest, balance, restore and tap into new sources of energy. In our fast-paced world, the opportunities to completely relax are few and far between. Our bodies are overworked and our minds are over-stimulated. Restorative yoga eliminates muscular tension as well as mental and emotional stress.

In restorative yoga, props are used to fully support the body and to help in releasing layers of tension. Sequences typically have only five or six poses, are held for five minutes or more and include light twists, seated forward folds and gentle backbends.

You’ve earned this time to take care of yourself. You deserve to feel this good.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Please message us on Facebook to reserve your spot.

Class limited to 8 so be sure to message us on Facebook to reserve your spot or pay now to ensure your place.

Yoga Nidra 

Monthly, Monday evenings 7:15-8:30 pm, $10

Next dates:  TBD

Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. A powerful meditation technique that anyone can do, yoga nidra promotes deep rest, relaxation, self-discovery, a sense of wholeness and a feeling of complete well-being.

Practiced lying down and following verbal instructions, the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world. At the start of the yoga nidra practice, a sankalpa – an intention formed by the heart and mind – is set and revisited at the end of the yoga nidra practice. A body scan and breath awareness calms the mind and relaxes the body and images, visualization and sense perception are used to enhance the experience.

Message us on Facebook if interested in attending or pay now.