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Mastery of  yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.

—T.K.V. Desikachar

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Yoga Therapy Training | Downers Grove | %s


Mastery of  yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.

—T.K.V. Desikachar

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Yoga Therapist Certification Program

This unique training program is for yoga students who realize that yoga is a deeply intimate experience of the body, mind, and spirit and that its beauty lies in how differently it is expressed from person to person. This program is as much about the information you will learn, as is the personal transformation you will undergo.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has recently established standards for a Yoga Therapy Program with 600-hour minimum contact hours.  Our teacher training is a 900-hour program, which exceeds those standards and the accreditation process is in progress. The program is broken into three steps, each of which is 300 hours.  Prequisite: 200-Hour RYT or equivalent.

Both the main faculty, JJ Gormley and Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, are certified Yoga Therapists through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.



  • I feel honored to be a part of this Yoga Therapy Training program in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. The teachings are rich with not only the healing benefits of the tools of yoga, but also steeped in the beauty of the Yoga Sutras and other ancient yogic texts. I feel so very lucky to have such wonderful teachers, Laura Jane and JJ—with such a depth of experience and knowledge. This training has already been life-changing and we're not even halfway through it.
    — CHRISTINE KIM


  • I knew for years that I wanted to do a yoga teacher training, but none seemed really call out to me. The Surya Chandra Yoga Therapy program has proven to be well worth my wait—the information offered truly breaks the benefits of yoga down into every subtle detail. Every lesson taught is true to the lineage, the teachers are honorable and respectful, and the sangha (community) that has been created is an astonishing support group. I am truly excited about the profound potential that Yoga Therapy has to offer to improve the lives of many people!
    — KACIE HERBST

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Yoga Among Friends' 900 hour Yoga Therapy Program is broken into 3 steps of 300 hours each 

3 Steps of Yoga Therapy School | Downers Grove | %s


Yoga Among Friends' 900 hour Yoga Therapy Program is broken into 3 steps of 300 hours each 

Yoga Therapy Program in 3 Steps

These teachings go deeper and open the heart. To join these programs is to become part of a community, to enjoy friendships with like-minded individuals, form study groups to enhance the learning experience, deepen the understanding of yoga, receive guidance for a personal practice and much, much more.

To find out more about each program, click below:


Step 1–300 Hour Program


Our first step focuses on preparing you with background knowledge on the many models of the yoga therapist, basic anatomy & physiology, yoga philosophy and teaching methodology.

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Step 2–300 Hour Program


The second step focuses on the apprenticeship as a yoga therapist, particularly with structural issues, by having you put into practice the models learned in Step 1.

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Step 3–300 Hour Program


The final step focuses on in-depth knowledge and training for specialty areas. Much of the training is devoted to hands-on work with actual clients who come in as volunteers.

Training is planned for March 2018–November 2019. More Information forthcoming.


Overall, these programs help motivate students to keep a vital home practice as the learning and deepening of knowledge continues.  Because the teacher-student relationship is considered integral in the training programs, private sessions with faculty are required which sets up a mentor relationship.  During these privates, invaluable information for personal growth is obtained. 

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Yoga Among Friends in conjunction with Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School offers Yoga Therapy certification training programs

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Yoga Among Friends in conjunction with Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School offers Yoga Therapy certification training programs

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training is presented by Yoga Among Friends in collaboration with the Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School (SCHYS) in the traditions of T. Krishnamacharya. SCHYS is a member school with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, the owner-director or Yoga Among Friends, is a member of the advisory board, faculty member, and helps co-direct the program for SCHYS. Learn more about SCHYS and its programs.

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The wise man lets go of all the results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone.

—BHAGAVAD GITA

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The wise man lets go of all the results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone.

—BHAGAVAD GITA

Yoga Therapy Faculty

 

Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, C-IYAT, ERYT-500, MA, Co-Lead Trainer, is the founder and director of one of Chicagoland’s premier yoga studios, Yoga Among Friends. Certified as an experienced yoga teacher by the White Lotus Foundation in 1989, Laura Jane has made the practice and teaching of yoga her life’s work. In 2012, Laura Jane’s studies culminated in her credentialing as a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, studying 1500 hours with Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation in Chennai, India. 

In addition to her in-depth studies of yogic philosophies, Laura Jane is a clinical psychologist. She enjoys blending her M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (1993, Antioch University) with her Yoga Therapy Certification to provide her clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system. Her work has led Laura Jane to participate as a premier provider with Chicagoland's Integrated Healthcare Network.


JJ Gormley-Etchels, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, Co-Lead Trainer, Yoga Educator and Yoga Therapist, began studying yoga in 1979. She is the founder and president of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School and the director of the training programs. JJ is the creator and a co-leader of the yoga therapy training with Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy.

Over the years, JJ has studied yoga from many traditions, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Anusara, and Viniyoga. She calls her yoga education well-rounded and draws from each tradition that which she loves. She continues her studies of yoga and knows that she will always be a student of yoga.

She teaches workshops across the country and abroad as well as online yoga classes. She has produced many yoga DVDs, a chanting CD and numerous handouts and training. Please visit www.yoginijj.com for more information!


Guest teacher, Chase Bossart, MA, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, is a long time, private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar and has spent more than 4 years in Chennai studying yoga. An exceptionally clear communicator with extensive experience in the therapeutic application of yoga, Chase travels frequently to present workshops and trainings on a wide range of yoga and yoga therapy topics. Chase also regularly develops yoga interventions for scientific research and is Co-Director and Faculty at Yoga as Therapy North America (YATNA), a yoga therapist training organization. He formerly served as the Director of Therapy and Education at the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco for 6+ years. Learn more about Chase.


Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, yoga master and guest teacher, is the piritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of fourteen books, including including his recently-released The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, and his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters. Read more about Pandit


Guest teacher, Amy Wheeler, PhD, C-IYAT,'s life purpose has been to educate people in yoga, psychology and wellness. She uses her professional skills to engage students’ body, breath and mind; teaching them how to create sustainable health and happiness.

Amy has studied yoga and yoga therapy in India, Europe and the United States.   On numerous extended trips, she studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India.  Amy has been certified as a yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and yoga therapist in this tradition and has completed 2 comprehensive yoga therapy internships at the KYM.  Prior to this, Amy completed teacher training certifications in several internationally popular styles of yoga and yoga therapy.

Amy is currently involved in developing numerous Yoga Therapy research projects, including work with researchers at Vanderbilt University. Studies include: 1) Using Yoga Therapy to decrease diseases associated with Metabolic Syndrome such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. 2) Using Yoga Therapy as a tool to increase the effectiveness and positive experience associated with Kidney Dialysis treatments. 3) Using Yoga Therapy to lessen the negative impact of chemotherapy as it relates to treatment of Colon and Rectal, Ovarian and Uterine Cancer. 4) Using Yoga Therapy for the reduction and management of pain associated with recovery from lower back surgery, as well as decrease in repeat back surgeries. Amy has also conducted many yoga research studies at California State University, San Bernardino, where she is an active professor.

Amy serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Additionally, she is helping to develop and define standards for Yoga Therapists in the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

Learn more about Amy.