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Be By Baby
Difficulties with the age-old practice of breastfeeding can come as a surprise to many new parents, who often assume that babies know what to do. In this informative one-evening seminar, certified lactation consultant Sheila Zagone covers the mechanics of latching on and what to do when your baby refuses and what to expect during the mildly terrifying week after leaving the hospital. The discussion among parents, says Zagone, can be as helpful as the class itself.
WHERE: 1654 W. Roscoe St., 773-404-2229, bebybaby.com
WHEN: Thursday, September 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; see website for more dates.
FOUNDATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING
Moksha Yoga Center
Two hundred hours of training is the only thing standing between you and being a certified yoga instructor. Moksha’s yearlong program—classes meet one day a week, with seminars and workshops sprinkled throughout—is one of the best. The first of its three parts covers the history of yoga and the theory and practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control). In the next, you’ll learn how to instruct others, identify their skill level, and correct their form. The final part is a self-guided study in which you research a niche, such as yoga for athletes or those with osteoporosis. At program’s end, you’ll be qualified to teach.
WHERE: 2528 W. Armitage Ave., 312-942-9642, mokshayoga.com
WHEN: The next term starts September 5.
HEARTSAVER CPR/AED TRAINING
American CPR & Safety Training
Why wouldn’t you want to learn to save a life? This three-hour class covers how to assess and treat choking, administer CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator; adult, child, and infant emergencies are all covered. While designed for anyone, it’s especially useful for fitness instructors, teachers, and childcare workers. Completion confers a two-year certification with the American Heart Association.
WHERE: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., 888-277-5166, chicagocprtraining.com
WHEN: September 5, 12, or 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; see website for more dates.
MASSAGE AND BODYWORK DIPLOMA PROGRAM
New School for Massage, Bodywork & Healing
This program prepares you for the exam to become a licensed massage therapist. Be prepared for a slog: 600 hours over 7 or 11 months. You’ll learn bodywork theory, receive hands-on training in Eastern and Western styles, study anatomy and physiology, and get practical knowledge such as where to look for jobs and what to charge. Small classes—they top out at 14 students—ensure that you won’t be a nameless face in a crowd.
WHERE: 747 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 300, 888-461-0114, newschoolmassage.com
WHEN: The next term starts September 4, and meets three nights a week for 11 months or three full days a week for 7 months.