Who’s On That Mat? Meet Diane Greening

Diane is a yoga student, friend, and fellow music lover / maker. She plays the ukulele, sings, and even writes songs. When you next see her around the studio, ask about the song she wrote that was inspired by Reach. 🙂 And say hi to her husband Gary (pictured here with Diane), who often attends classes with her on weekends.

Q. Why do you practice yoga? How does it benefit you?

I started yoga to gain flexibility almost 10 years ago, but I’ve stayed for the strength and calm. I still consider myself a beginner and enjoy the Basics and Beyond classes best.

Q. How often do you typically practice yoga?

I try to go to 3 classes a week, but my schedule doesn’t always allow that.

Q. How do you occupy your time outside of Reach Yoga?

I often say I work full time, although I am not paid. In other words, I am a very active volunteer. I just finished running a large native plant sale for Citizens for Conservation in Barrington. I’m on the Board of the Friends of the Green Bay Trail here in Glencoe. I teach school field trip programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden and at Ryerson Woods. I’m an Illinois Master Naturalist. For fun, I sing and play the ukulele and write songs (and have given several concerts at Reach). I’m also a quilt maker.

Q. What was your first job?

Youth Conservation Corps: we planted trees and fixed trails in a state park in Delaware.

Q. What city, anywhere in the world, would you recommend everyone visit?

I just had a wonderful trip to New Orleans. I loved hearing music on every street corner; it was a joyful experience. London is incredibly rich: I’ve been there many times as my husband is English and we’re still finding new things to do there.

Q. What was the last live performance (concert, play, etc.) you attended? How was it?

Objects in the Mirror at the Goodman. A thought-provoking play about an African refugee and what he experiences trying to escape danger and how he is received in his new country —Australia, in this case. Very timely and moving.

Q. Do you participate in any sports or fitness activities other than yoga?

If it snows, I love to cross country ski in the Forest Preserves. I also enjoy kayaking the Skokie Lagoons in the summer.

Q. Coffee or tea?

Peet’s Coffee

Video: Reach Yoga App

In this video, Allison demonstrates how easy it is to use the Reach Yoga app. Spend less time finding and paying for classes and workshops, and more time on your mat.

Available for iPhones (and other i-devices) and Android devices.

Prefer to read about the app? See frequently asked questions (with answers).


Reach Yoga App Video from Reach Yoga on Vimeo.

Frequently Asked Questions: The Reach Yoga App

Make your yoga practice more convenient … Spend less time finding and paying for classes and workshops, more time on your mat. Here’s what you need to know. Read below, or watch the video.

Q. I use the old app.  Do I need to use the new app?

Yes, you’ll need to delete the old app from your phone and install the new app from the App Store.

Q. How do I log in to the app?

Go to the main menu symbol on the top left hand corner of the screen, then select “Log In.” If you have a MindBody account, click the green Log In button, enter your username or email and your password.

If you don’t have a MindBody account, or if you don’t know if you have an account, select the blue Create Account button, and follow instructions from there. 

Q. How do I book a class?

After you’ve logged in, go to the Main Menu and select “Classes” under Booking, then select the class you’d like to book.  Select either the yellow “Book Class” option to book a single class, or the blue “Book Multiple” option to book yourself in the same class for multiple weeks.

Q. How do I see which classes I’ve scheduled?

Select “My Classes” under My Info on the Main Menu to view a listing of your scheduled classes.

Q. How do I cancel a class I’ve scheduled?

Select “My Classes” under My Info on the Main Menu to view a listing of your scheduled classes. Select the class you would like to cancel and hit the red “Cancel Class” button at the bottom of the screen.

Q. How can I purchase a class or group of classes?

From the Main Menu, select “Buy Services” and choose Single Class, 10 Classes, 20 Classes, etc.  On the next screen, select Checkout to complete your purchase.

To add or update a credit card on your account, select “My Account” under the My Info main menu and click on the credit card icon on the top right hand corner of the screen.

Q. How can I see how many classes I have left on my class pack?

On the Main Menu under the My Info menu, select “My Account.”

How do I write a review for a class or teacher?

To review a class you attended, choose “My Attendance” in the Main Menu to display a listing of the classes you’ve taken. Tap Rate & Review for the desired class. Enter a star rating and any comments, then tap Submit.

Q. How do I sign up for a workshop or special event?

After you’ve logged in, select “Workshops & Events” under Booking on the Main Menu. Choose the workshop, then click the yellow button “Book Workshop.” On the Buy Services screen, select the workshop price option and click the yellow button “Buy Services” then “Checkout.”

Q. How do I sign up for a series (e.g. Beginners or Kids yoga)?

Log in to your Mindbody account, then select “Series” under the Booking menu. Select the series, then select “Book Workshop.” Select the series price option and click “Buy Services” then “Checkout.”

Enjoying Gomukhasana

Reach Yoga instructor Jill Shannon demonstrates how to enjoy Gomukhasana or “cow face” pose.

To learn more about Jill, peruse this interview, or visit her Vinyasa Flow 1-2 class on Tuesdays, 1:15-2:15pm. Jill is also teaching “Yoga Rebounding–Jump On It!” on Thursday evening, June 8 (more info here).

Enjoying Gomukhasana from Reach Yoga on Vimeo.


May Yoga Challenge

Say goodbye to this fickle Chicago spring, get on your mat, and flow into your summer. For the month of May take class and earn points to win our challenge!
challengeTshirtHow to participate: 
  1. Click here to sign up or stop by the front desk and sign up. Say hello to our friendly front desk staff. Just signing up puts you in a drawing to win 5 free class cards!
  2. Download our Reach Yoga app from the app store. Browse while waiting to pick up your kids or during that boring meeting. Look at our schedule, read about our teachers, plan your classes for the week, and even sign up for classes in advance. Let go of those commitment issues.
  3. Roll out your mat. Practice with your favorite teacher. Change it up, try a new teacher. Get crazy, try a new class.
  4. Bring your friends. Have you ever heard anyone say “I really regret practicing yoga today?” I didn’t think so.

Here’s how you earn points and win:

  • 1 point: Take a yoga class. Enjoy it. Feel refreshed.
  • 2 points: Write a review about our studio through our new Reach Yoga app.
  • 3 points: Bring a friend to yoga that’s new to Reach. Share the yoga love.
At the end of the month, we’ll get out our #2 pencils and tally your points. Our top 3 point scoring yogis will receive a limited edition Reach Yoga ‘Namaste Glencoe’ Tee.
Good luck & Namaste.
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