Loves Park, Illinois; 30 July 2019 – The pace of modern life takes a tremendous toll on our mental and physical wellbeing. The impact of long-term stress and digital distraction can cause our bodies and minds to shut down if we don’t stop to refocus from time to time. Yoga has been known to do exactly that – channel the energy to revitalize the whole system.
Now, Loves Park locals will benefit from a newly opened yoga studio in the area where they can find tranquility and balance as teacher Denise Cacciapaglia leads them through a range of calming or energizing routines.
No Joke Yoga Studio is a conveniently located oasis devoted to helping locals in the Greater Rockford area relax, unwind, and move in a soothing environment.
The yoga studio is an offshoot of the popular No Joke Mixed Martial Arts school, which has been serving the community since 2002, offering children’s martial arts, fitness, boxing and kickboxing. No Joke founder Rich Whitenack said he was happy to be able to expand the brand into a new space that will give residents more options for their physical wellness activities.
“No Joke Yoga provides a wide variety of Yoga and meditation classes for practitioners of all levels including Hatha, Vinyasa, and more,” said Whitenack, “Our mission is to give students an opportunity to look within, refocus, and regain a sometimes lost sense of perspective.”
Lead Yoga teacher Denise Cacciapaglia has been a member of No Joke Martial Arts since 2015 and is excited to be part of the team offering something new to their existing members as well as those new to the brand.
After traveling to Bali in 2018 to complete her Yoga Teacher Training certification, Denise was inspired to take her hobby to the next level and begin teaching classes. Her long-time association with No Joke Martial Arts led to a partnership and No Joke Yoga was born!
Originally a Huntly native, Denise is now a proud Rockford resident, working days as a second-grade teacher at Welsh Elementary School, while performing as an actor with a local theatre group seasonally. Denise believes wholeheartedly in yoga’s transformative nature and respects the power that yoga possesses to keep one grounded, focused, accountable, and aware of even the smallest moments on and off the mat.
“Yoga has taught me that it is the journey that we take to get into the pose and each precious breath in it, not the pose itself. But most importantly, it has taught me that everything we need in life is already within us. Through the stressful and sometimes painful events that life sometimes throws at us, I found yoga to be the most beneficial compliment, both mentally and physically, to a happy, healthy life,” said Denise.
As a school teacher, Denise has even implemented yoga in the classroom, which she has found improves her pupil’s focus and behaviour. “They resolve their own conflicts and there’s been a decrease in reactive behavior. The students are more mindful of their voice level and tone and are more calm and relaxed. They feel safe and show greater respect for others’ differences. In this ever-changing world, I believe those qualities are going to lead them to become successful adults.”
Denise believes that going to a yoga class weekly for just six months can improve your daily focus and help you to concentrate better than on normal days. She says, “Yoga aims to gather your energy and channel it in an organized way to get better results. The key to yoga is regular practice. It may seem difficult at first, but you can easily learn by doing yoga weekly for a few months straight.”
The current schedule includes: Beginner’s Yoga – Sundays at 10am and Candlelight Yoga – Thursdays at 8:30pm.
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