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S12 Episode 02: Yoga Meditations - Introduction

Experienced yoga teacher Sarah Weyenberg explains the benefits of meditation and how to begin. This is an introduction to Episodes 03 and 04, which are meditations that you can use.

This episode is part of Series 12: Yoga.

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Quote from the episode: “Anytime someone is nervous about starting meditation, I say, just try it for one minute. Just close your eyes and be as still and peaceful as you can be, simply by watching your breath come and go. And usually you notice that that one minute feels kind of awesome. You can get benefits from even a few seconds of meditation.”-Sarah Weyenberg

Try one or both of the guided meditations that Sarah has recorded on our podcast!
For the “Start Your Day with Gratitude” meditation, go to S12 Episode 03.
For the “Releasing Tension” meditation, go to S12 Episode 04.
Each meditation is about 9 minutes in length. Ideally, find a quiet spot where you are not likely to be interrupted. Settle into a comfortable position, turn on the audio and let Sarah’s voice lead you through. 

Sarah Weyenberg

For more online yoga and meditation practices, visit Sarah Weyenberg’s online yoga studio, Shiny, Happy Yoga. You can find several different yoga classes offered free on her YouTube Channel, or subscribe to her online studio for access to the entire library of classes, with new content added weekly.

Looking for a yoga class in the Naperville area?
Naperville Park District offers both yoga, meditative yoga and meditation classes.  Check the current Program Guide in the Fitness and Wellness and Fort Hill Fitness sections.

In the summer, Sarah teaches stand up paddleboard yoga and beachside yoga at Naperville Park District’s Centennial Beach.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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