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Yoga Chicago – Nov/Dec 2007

Meditation and Yoga CDs by Local Yogis

by Sharon Steffensen
Editor, Yoga Chicago

As a holiday gift for your yoga friends, why not buy local and purchase a CD recorded by one of Chicago’s talented teachers of yoga and meditation.

Elesa Commerse, a gifted meditation teacher, demystifies meditation for the modern practitioner in her CD, Sit Comfortably. She gives an overview of meditation, provides basic instruction, leads a guided meditation and invites you to select one of six tracks for a silent meditation of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes. Each track ends with a single strike of a mindfulness bell.

Elesa offers ongoing meditation classes at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, Generations Yoga in Wilmette, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute, Mercy Hospital and Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Galter Life Center.

She is currently working with master teachers Tias and Surya Little as the Director of Wisdom Training for their highly regarded yoga teacher training program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is part of the core faculty for the Moksha Yoga teacher training program in Chicago.

Elesa’s teachers include the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, don Miguel Ruiz, Goswami Kriyananda, Donna Farhi and others.

Elesa is also the creator and facilitator of the critically acclaimed self-development workshop, Living Your Legacy ( To order her CD on meditation or her dharma talk, Looking Deeply into Love, first given at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, call Elesa at 773.777.7754, or through her website,
The CDs may also be purchased at Transitions Bookplace, Moksha Yoga, Generations Yoga, Women and Children First and The Temple of Kriya Yoga.