Yoga for Runners: Guest blog by Jen Donahoo

Yogi/runner Jen Donahoo shared with us how hot yoga at TruHarmony impacted her performance in races–we are thrilled and inspired!

Before I started practicing at TruHarmony, I struggled with cross training. Since I started going to Tru I have to say I have definitely started to see an improvement in my runs and pace. I’ve been an avid runner for some time.

I had knee surgery in August and this past weekend I ran a half marathon in New Orleans, my first since surgery. I managed to run the best/ fastest race I have ever run. I can not describe how strong and confident I felt. I really think that Tru helped. I’m not a fan of running in the humidity and would also feel ‘tired’ during races that had the sun beating down on me. I truly feel that taking classes at Tru with heat have helped to improve my performance as a runner. Not only has it helped to improve my performance, but its also helped with rehabbing my knee. The strength that I managed to develop made me feel pain free when I crossed the finish line. Needless to say I was so pumped with cutting off 10 minutes from my last PR! As well as it being my first race after knee surgery, I’ve had 4 knee surgeries total.

I can say this much, I will definitely be increasing the time spent at Tru in class so I can improve even more in my running!

The Master Cleanse

That’s right, it’s been decided. A few of us are going to join together and balance out the Memorial Day holiday weekend by following it with a seven-day cleanse.

Here’s the dates:

On Tuesday, June 1, we’ll begin the three-day ease-in
On Friday, June 4, we’ll start the seven-day cleanse
On Friday, June 12, the three-day recovery will begin and we’ll officially be done on June 13
The recovery is the most important and I hear it is the most uncomfortable part of the process. Even though we’ve been dreaming about jelly-filled donuts for a week – it is not worth the stomachache.

So, how do we do it?

The ease-in and recovery mirror each other. Start with a day of eating only fruits and vegetables (no meat or dairy). On day two, eat only smoothies, juices (V8), soup or broth. Day three is only orange juice. For the recovery, day one is orange juice, day two is smoothies/soups, and day three is fruits and veggies.
CLEANSE: we’ll call this mixture “lemonade,” detailed below. Drink 6-12 glasses a day, or whenever you are hungry. Drink as much plain water as you like (most of us are dehydrated anyway).
Laxative: every morning and night. Alternatively, a salt water flush can be done at night. Mix one Tablespoon of sea salt into a liter of water and drink the whole thing on an empty stomach. Then, stay near a restroom for at least an hour.
Cheating with herbal tea (caffeine free) is allowed. ONLY herbal tea.

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (enzymes and vitamins, MUST use fresh lemon juice or you’ll have less energy)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup (ONLY use 100% pure maple syrup, the darker the better)
1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (increases circulation, raises metabolism, breaks up mucous)
8 ounces water
Some people do the Master Cleanse for rapid weight loss – but it doesn’t stick. Focus on the lifestyle change that comes with being aware of what you put in your body. During the day, think about how your glorious body is working to get rid of toxins.

Definitely go to yoga – you will sweat out toxins and deep breathing will help your body do its work. Keep a journal, read a book or set aside time each day for meditation.

Questions? Reply below with a comment, and I’ll get back to you!

“Honor Your Body” Guest blog by Esperanza Castillo

Recently we caught up with yogi Esperanza about the changes she has seen in herself since taking classes at TruHarmony. We are thrilled to be included in her journey–read and be inspired!

Michelle’s instruction has been my favorite. Her Thursday sculpt yoga class is the one my body dislikes the most bc I’m so outa shape but her instructing, practice & communication keeps me engaged but focused on my own practice. After the past two winters of Bikram, TruHarmony changed my opinion about Vinyasa giving the body a whole workout & relaxation & meditation. Last week, Michelle, taught about space & release. And that day, I had been filtering & releasing a lot of negative energy. Then this past Saturday morning, the male instructor, talked of w/out judgement, we find curiosity & then we he challenged us in a new pose that stretched us, he reminded us to just be in that moment bc it’s just a tiny moment in time. I’m not your typical “zen” yoga guru kind of person but there’s so much therapy in the classes. And then this past Wednesday, it was bitter cold, I had to commute over an hour & half to make my class which made me regret going then practice was wonderful & the instructor at the end, told us to honor ourselves for taking the time to honor our bodies!! Wow!!

Lincoln Park



Our Lincoln Park Location is Open Now!

@1123 W. Armitage

A NEW TRU for you…

  • 100% environmentally green
  • two studios both heated and non-heated (for alternative styles)
  • showers
  • daycare
  • more class variety/styles/availability
  • specialized workshops
  • aerial yoga (coming in fall 2013)
  • boutique retail including exclusive NIKE lifestyle gear
  • marketplace featuring ZICO coconut water, MARKBAR & Smartwater
  • and much more!

*PLUS…. plenty of street parking for your convenience


Lincoln Park Grand Opening Event- ‘A Taste of Tru’

June 6th 2013

Experience & Celebrate what’s New & Tru…

6pm-7pm: Complimentary Candlelight Vinyasa Class with Megan Chappell*

7pm-9pm: Open House Reception- For Details + RSVP, see our Facebook Event Page

*Please RSVP for this FREE class online at:
 Limited spots available, book today!