Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Thursdays | Apr 27–Jun 1
6–7:15p | $104 ($19 drop-in) | Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Thursdays 6 pm
Mar 16–Apr 2
Jun 8–Jul 13

Prenatal Yoga is designed to reduce the aches and pains which accompany pregnancy, in a nurturing and supportive environment. The class teaches strength and stamina, as well as concentration and breath control. You will focus on special breathing techniques, opening the hips, and preparing your body for birth. Learn techniques to alleviate lower back pain, leg pain and slumping posture by practicing gentle, modified yoga poses and breathing exercises. Prenatal yoga class is also a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other pregnant women and celebrate your changing bodies and growing babies. Appropriate for expectant mothers at all stages of pregnancy.

This unique class is taught by Therese Carlson RN, CYT - a registered nurse and yoga teacher. She is the mother of 3 young adults. Therese just completed her 500hr Teacher Training at Prairie Yoga and certified through Global Yoga Center in Chicago for Prenatal Yoga. She also works as a nurse in the community. Therese uses her 33 years of nursing experience and her love of yoga to nurture, strengthen and guide moms-to-be through this exciting journey.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Payment

Online Payment $104
6-week series

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Online Payment
$19 Drop-In Single Class

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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $100

Mail your check of $100 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488. Drop-In students should also call the studio first to ensure there is room in the class.

Fundamentals of Yoga - Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga - Beginners

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
Jun 26—July 31, 2017

Thursdays 7:30 pm
Mar 30-May 4, 2017
May 11—Jun 15, 2017
Jun 22—Jul 27, 2017

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | May 8– Jun 19, no class May 29
7:30–8:45p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

This progressive 6 week introductory course is designed for students new to yoga to explore the basics, develop strength, balance, and flexibility and experience the peace of mind yoga promises. In this class we will cover:

  • the fundamental poses
  • diaphragmatic breathing
  • grounding
  • alignment
  • meditation
  • the energy body
  • the rich history and tradition of yoga

Upon completion of this series you will be ready to take any level yoga class or develop a safe personal practice tailored to your current age, health and lifestyle. 
People of every fitness level, from the tri-athlete to the sedentary individual can participate in this course in a safe, fun and caring environment.


Payment

Online Payment $104

Yoga Among Friends makes it easy to pay. Pay with credit cards, debit cards, or your checking account or use your Paypal account. Select the session and click BUY NOW. You will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment. A PayPal account is NOT required in order to complete the online payment process.

 
Select Session
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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $100

Mail your check of $100 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at
630-960-5488.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.

YogaKids® ages 3-8 years

YogaKids® ages 3-8 years

Led by Krista Fox

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

2017 Summer Camp information coming soon!

5 Tuesdays | May 9–Jun 6, 2017
3:45–4:45 pm| $104 ($13 drop-in) | Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome

Join us for YogaKids® classes at Yoga Among Friends! Our YogaKids® classes are just that - kid friendly! Our fun, playful classes are focused on attentive breathing, interactive asanas, and calming practices. Yoga essentials are incorporated to encourage healthy habits, concentration and memory, limber bodies, and sleep-filled nights. This is a class that offers children a freedom from curriculum and competition where creativity, confidence, and courage can flourish. It encourages them to explore their own emotional and physical capabilities and enjoy the peacefulness of relaxation.

Learn more on our YogaKids page.


New Student Information & Waiver

If your child(ren) is new to Yoga Among Friends, please read our Liabilty Release Policy and complete the online waiver for each child that you are enrolling. All our customers, including children, are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once for each child.


Payment

Online Payment $52
5–week Series

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Online Payment
$13 Drop-In Single Class

Enter Child's Full Name & Age
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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $50

Mail your check of $50 ($2 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.

Yoga for Tweens Ages 9-12 years

Yoga for Tweens Ages 9-12 years


ADDITIONAL SESSIONS


2017 Summer Camp information coming soon!

Led by Krista Fox

5 Tuesdays — Mini Session | May 9–Jun 6, 2017 
4:45–5:45 pm | $104 ($13 drop-in) | Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome

Join us for YogaKids® classes at Yoga Among Friends!  Our YogaKids® classes are just that - kid friendly! Our fun, playful classes are focused on attentive breathing, interactive asanas, and calming practices. Yoga essentials are incorporated to encourage healthy habits, concentration and memory, limber bodies, and sleep-filled nights. This is a class that offers children a freedom from curriculum and competition where creativity, confidence, and courage can flourish. It encourages them to explore their own emotional and physical capabilities and enjoy the peacefulness of relaxation.

Learn more and register on our YogaKids page.


New Student Information & Waiver

If your child(ren) is new to Yoga Among Friends, please read our Liabilty Release Policy and complete the online waiver for each child that you are enrolling. All our customers, including children, are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once for each child.


Payment

Online Payment $52
5–week Mini Series

Select Session
Enter Child's Full Name & Age
Enter Contact Phone #
 

Online Payment
$13 Drop-In Single Class

Enter Child's Full Name & Age
Enter Contact Phone #

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $50

Mail your check of $50 ($2 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.


Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | May 11–Jun 15
7:30–8:45p | $104 | Registration required

This progressive 6 week introductory course is designed for students new to yoga to explore the basics, develop strength, balance, and flexibility and experience the peace of mind yoga promises. In this class we will cover:

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
May 8–Jun 19, 2017 (no class May 29)
Jun 26–Jul 31, 2017

Thursdays 7:30 pm
Jun 22-Jul 27, 2017
  • the fundamental poses
  • diaphragmatic breathing
  • grounding
  • alignment
  • meditation
  • the energy body
  • the rich history and tradition of yoga

Upon completion of this series you will be ready to take any level yoga class or develop a safe personal practice tailored to your current age, health and lifestyle. 
People of every fitness level, from the tri-athlete to the sedentary individual can participate in this course in a safe, fun and caring environment.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Payment

Online Payment $104

Yoga Among Friends makes it easy to pay. Pay with credit cards, debit cards, or your checking account or use your Paypal account. Select the session and click BUY NOW. You will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment. A PayPal account is NOT required in order to complete the online payment process.

 
Select Session
Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#
 

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $100

Mail your check of $100 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at
630-960-5488.

Meditation for Adults and Teens

Meditation for Adults and Teens

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6:15 pm
Apr 11–May 16, 2017

Note: If the class fills, a 7:15 class will be added with the same dates.

6 Tuesdays | May 23–Jun 27
6:15–7:15 pm | $104
Registration required; No drop-ins* | Small Studio; Max 8 students

Due to limited class size we are unable to accept drop-in students.  Also, we are now requiring all students to register online for this class (to better help us gauge and track interest). If the class fills, we will schedule an additional class on Tuesdays from 7:15–8:15pm. 

Meditation can be difficult to do it on your own and finding a meditation group can provide the necessary encouragement for developing a consistent practice.

During this 6 week class, you will be supported in the process of reconnecting to a place of deep relaxation and inner calm. Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned meditator, you will feel a real connection with others as we sit together and meditate.

Every week you will be guided through a different meditation, focusing on breath, mantra, visualization and body scan. These meditation tools with help you continue your meditation practice at home, work or school. Afterwards, you will have the option to discuss and share your experiences about the meditations.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Register and Pay for Class 

We are now requiring all students to register and pay online for this class.

 
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*Due to limited class size we are unable to accept drop-in students. 
Memorial Day Yoga Class

Memorial Day Yoga Class

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

Special Class | Monday, May 29
9:30 - 11 am | $18 or class pass | registration requested

Join us for our Memorial Day Yoga class. Marina will teach this all-levels hatha yoga class.


Payment

Online Payment $18

Yoga Among Friends makes it easy to pay online with credit cards, debit cards, or your checking account. Select the session and click BUY NOW. You will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment. A PayPal account is NOT required in order to complete the online payment process.

Enter Yoga Student Full Name
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Drop-in Payment $17 cash or check at the door; or use your Class Pass

Feel free to drop-in to our special holiday class.  If you pay by cash or check at the door, save $1.  Note: YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.

Chakra Meditation Circles – June

Chakra Meditation Circles – June

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

4 Sundays | Jun 4, 11, 18, & 25
9–11:30am | $112 for both asana classes & meditation sessions
10:30–11:30am | $71 for meditation sessions only
Registration required; No Drop-ins

During the month of June, we will be studying the Vishuddha, Throat Center.

  • Attend the Sunday 9-10:15am Hatha Vinyasa Drop-in Yoga classes designed to open your chakra through the asana, pranayama, bandhas, and mudras.
  • Afterwards, meet in the small room from 10:30 to 11:30am for meditation with mudras and mantra recitation, self-reflection, journaling (bring journals), processing, and Pratipaksha Bhavan (positive affirmations) practices
  • Receive a Follow-up Email after each session with the recap and guidance for daily intentions and practices
  • Receive Audio Recordings with the yoga class and meditation session that week.
  • Personal Guidance is available upon need.

Registration & Payment

Online Payment 4 Week Series
$112 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$71 Meditation Sessions Only

 
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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment
$108 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$68 Meditation Sessions Only

Mail your check of $108 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at
630-960-5488.
*Includes 9–10:15am Hatha Vinyasa Class & 10:30–11:30am Chakra Meditation. So if you register for this program, you do NOT need to pay a separate drop-in fee for the Hatha Vinyasa class.

New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. This will save you time when you come into the studio. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.

Mommy & Me (ages 2.5 to 6 years)

Mommy & Me (ages 2.5 to 6 years)

Led by Julie Pate

Moms & kids having fun doing he rollercoaster

Moms & kids having fun doing he rollercoaster

6 Tuesdays | Jun 6–Jul 18, no class Jul 4
11:30–12:30 pm |

$78 for series —or $16/class drop-in for 1 child plus parent*.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 11:30 am

TBD

$155 for series —or $32/class drop-in for 2 children plus parent*.

Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome at $16 per child.

Mommy and Me yoga class is for a parent and child ages 2.5-6 years. Classes include fun partner poses, games, music, dance and visual projects. Breathing exercises and mindfulness will be introduced to help you and your child feel calm and energized. Enjoy some quality time with your child, and meet other parents in this fun interactive class. All levels of yoga experience are welcome. 

*Any adult family member can attend with their child (mom, dad, grandparent etc)


Payment

Online Payment
6 week session

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Online Payment
Drop-In Single Class

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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment


1 child plus parent for 6 week session: $75  ($3 discount)
2 children plus parent for 6 week session: $150  ($5 discount)

Mail your check payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you and/or your child(ren) are new to Yoga Among Friends, please read our Liabilty Release Policy and complete the online waiver for each participant that you are enrolling (1 form for you and separate form for each child). All our customers, including children, are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once while you are a student of Yoga Among Friends.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Thursdays 6 pm
Mar 16–Apr 20
Apr 27–Jun 1

6 Thursdays | Jun 8–Jul 13
6–7:15p | $104 ($19 drop-in) | Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome

Prenatal Yoga is designed to reduce the aches and pains which accompany pregnancy, in a nurturing and supportive environment. The class teaches strength and stamina, as well as concentration and breath control. You will focus on special breathing techniques, opening the hips, and preparing your body for birth. Learn techniques to alleviate lower back pain, leg pain and slumping posture by practicing gentle, modified yoga poses and breathing exercises. Prenatal yoga class is also a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other pregnant women and celebrate your changing bodies and growing babies. Appropriate for expectant mothers at all stages of pregnancy.

This unique class is taught by Therese Carlson RN, CYT - a registered nurse and yoga teacher. She is the mother of 3 young adults. Therese just completed her 500hr Teacher Training at Prairie Yoga and certified through Global Yoga Center in Chicago for Prenatal Yoga. She also works as a nurse in the community. Therese uses her 33 years of nursing experience and her love of yoga to nurture, strengthen and guide moms-to-be through this exciting journey.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Payment

Online Payment $104
6-week series

Select Session
Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#
 

Online Payment
$19 Drop-In Single Class

Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $100

Mail your check of $100 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488. Drop-In students should also call the studio first to ensure there is room in the class.

Summer Kids Yoga (ages 6-14 years)

Summer Kids Yoga (ages 6-14 years)

Led by Jessica Castro, RYT

8 Mondays | Jun 12—Jul 31, 2017
11:30–1 pm| $116 ($17 drop-in) | Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome

Enroll your child in our Summer Yoga Kids class this June! Our fun, playful classes are focused on attentive breathing, interactive asanas, and calming practices. Yoga essentials are incorporated to encourage healthy habits, concentration and memory, limber bodies, and sleep-filled nights. This is a class that offers children a freedom from curriculum and competition where creativity, confidence, and courage can flourish. It encourages them to explore their own emotional and physical capabilities and enjoy the peacefulness of relaxation.

Learn more about all our kids programs on our yogakids page.


New Student Information & Waiver

If your child(ren) is new to Yoga Among Friends, please read our Liabilty Release Policy and complete the online waiver for each child that you are enrolling. All our customers, including children, are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once for each child.


Payment

Online Payment $116
8–week Series

Enter Child's name & age
Enter Contact Phone #
 

Online Payment
$17 Drop-In Single Class

Enter Child's Full Name & Age
Enter Contact Phone #

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $112

Mail your check of $112 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.

Summer Teen Meditation & Mindfulness Ages 12-17 years

Summer Teen Meditation & Mindfulness Ages 12-17 years

Led by Laura Jane Mellencamp and others

6 Wednesdays | Jun 14—Jul 19, 2017
4–5 pm| $88 ($17 drop-in) | Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome

Note a committment is encouraged as each class will build upon the previous classes. This is a great on-going tool for a lifetime of balanced health!

Summer Teen Meditation is for teens who want to explore meditation and mindfulness in daily life. We emphasize a safe, respectful, and fun community where we can all learn from each other. 

The classes give teens a foundation in mindfulness meditation: learning to relax and ground oneself, to know the difference between experiencing life and being on autopilot, to observe what is happening inside oneself, to offer kindness and acceptance to oneself, and to pause before automatically reacting to a situation.

Mindfulness is about being present for your life. When you practice mindfulness, you make friends with yourself and the world around you. You begin to notice an inner stillness that is there even when things are stressful or chaotic. You pay attention to the present moment in a way that allows you to respond, rather than react.


New Student Information & Waiver

If your child(ren) is new to Yoga Among Friends, please read our Liabilty Release Policy and complete the online waiver for each child that you are enrolling. All our customers, including children, are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once for each child.


Payment

 

Online Payment $88
6–week Series

Select Session
Enter Teen's Full Name & Age
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Online Payment
$17 Drop-in Single Class

Enter Teen's Full Name & Age
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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $84

Mail your check of $84 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.

Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Led by Marian & Gabriela Kraus

5:30p - 7:00p | $32 | Registration requested. Drop-ins welcome.

Join us for a powerfully transformational healing gong and singing bowl meditation with Marian & Gabriela Kraus, among the finest sound therapy work in the greater Chicago area.

Marian and Gabriela Kraus will present you the opportunity to re-calibrate, re-tune and re-balance your core, or simply put, to be put back together. 

The couple’s meditative and transformational experience is a psycho-acoustic gateway to elevate individuals’ vibratory frequency and thereby reach higher states of conscious awareness.

Guests will bathe in an envelope of sound generated by mystical characteristics of three large gongs, several authentic Himalayan singing bowls (a.k.a. Tibetan singing bowl) and additional sound tools.

The three stages of the event are:

  • 1st segment – Participants receive an outline of sound therapy and history of the gongs, followed by a description of how the upcoming meditation and sound session work together to facilitate a transformation, evolution and healing experience within the conscious mind.
  • 2nd segment – A carefully chosen guided meditation, or mindfulness meditation, primes the subconscious mind to transition into the essential personal transformation experience brought on by the healing sounds in the…
  • 3rd segment – Following the guided meditation guests are immersed in a bubble of ancestral and otherworldly sounds generated by gongs, one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments. The couple’s sound space envelopes one in a uniquely rhythmic, melodic and pleasing fashion. The gong’s vibrational and sonic characteristics deeply resonate all 50 – 75 trillion cells of the body, and energize and relax simultaneously in a most powerful and unique way.

Combined, these powerful elements facilitate a change in one’s nature of being and potentially restore an intrinsic state of inner balance, homeostasis. Throughout, you will be introduced to mindfulness techniques of a sonic kind.

We invite you to read more here please. The only requirement is to bring an open mind, wear comfortable clothing, and come with a pillow and blanket to cover up.


About Marian

Marian generates a broad spectrum of fascinating rhythms and functional harmonics by exploring the full range of frequencies within his instruments ranging from shimmering explosive highs to deep mysterious lows. His meditative and transformative sound journeys are driven by his innate rhythmic hand drum abilities and keen sense of visual and intuitive perception. The result is that these sonic, vibrational and mystical characteristics energize and quiet the mind & body in a very unique fashion. His gong sound meditations are psychoacoustic gateways to higher states of awareness and consciousness. They provide spaces for inner healing while taking listeners into truly otherworldly realms.

After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he began his career as a professional architectural and fine art photographer in the Chicago area in 1999. By being a long time hand drummer, he expanded his creative repertoire by expressing images also through the sound of gongs. Marian is a member of the Sound Healers Association and refines his advanced interpretation and application of gong sound healing under the guidance of senior instructor, lecturer and teacher Mitch Nur, PhD of

About Gabriela

Growing up in the bustling and colorful surroundings of Mexico City, Gabriela holds masters degrees in art, religions and psychotherapy, and degrees in communication and history. She is certified as a Life Coach and facilitator of Universal Energy. In her earlier career she applied her extensive experience in corporate marketing and communications for the Ford Motor Company and the Interlomas Commercial Center, among others. Following, she moderated several health related programs on national TV in Mexico for nearly two decades in broadcasting corporations such as cultural Channel 11, Televisa, TV Mexiquense, TV Formula, DGTVE, and the art and cultural Channel 22.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Payment

Online Payment $32

Yoga Among Friends makes it easy to pay. Pay with credit cards, debit cards, or your checking account or use your Paypal account. Select the session and click BUY NOW. You will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment. A PayPal account is NOT required in order to complete the online payment process.

Select Session
Enter Attendee Full Name
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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $30

Mail your check of $30 ($2 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.

Change of Seasons Restorative Yoga

Change of Seasons Restorative Yoga

Led by Donna Prenta, RYT, Reiki Master

Workshop | Sunday, June 25
12–1:30p | $21 | Registration strongly suggested; space is limited

This Restorative Yoga class is a time to nourish, nurture, and create balance in the body, mind, and spirit. Conserving energy, as we prep for summer, assists in reducing fatigue. 

Students will connect to the body through sequencing that supports the heart. Breathe awareness, visualization and auditory guidance creates an imprint empowering the student. 

Research shows the effects of relaxation & rest calm the nervous system and reverse the effects of stress. As the earth rotates, all of its living forms experience changes in their patterns of growth and development, and humans are no exception. Our well-being is enhanced by becoming aware of these changes.

The class incorporates props (given to us by B.K.S. Iyengar). Student's experience with props is helpful.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Payment

Online Payment $21

Yoga Among Friends makes it easy to pay with credit cards, debit cards, your checking account, or your Paypal account balance. Select the session and click BUY NOW. You will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment. A PayPal account is NOT required in order to complete the online payment process.

Enter Attendee Full Name
Enter Attendee Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $20

Mail your check of $20 ($1 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.

Fundamentals of Yoga–Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga–Beginners

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
May 8–Jun 19, 2017

Thursdays 7:30 pm
Mar 30-May 4, 2017
May 11—Jun 15, 2017
Jun 22—Jul 27, 2017

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | Jun 26–Jul 31
7:30–8:45p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

This progressive 6 week introductory course is designed for students new to yoga to explore the basics, develop strength, balance, and flexibility and experience the peace of mind yoga promises. In this class we will cover:

  • the fundamental poses
  • diaphragmatic breathing
  • grounding
  • alignment
  • meditation
  • the energy body
  • the rich history and tradition of yoga

Upon completion of this series you will be ready to take any level yoga class or develop a safe personal practice tailored to your current age, health and lifestyle. 
People of every fitness level, from the tri-athlete to the sedentary individual can participate in this course in a safe, fun and caring environment.


New Student Information & Waiver

If you are new to Yoga Among Friends, please complete our New Student information & Liability Release form. All our customers are required to complete this form prior to attending any of our drop-in classes, workshops, or any other program offerings. Note: you only need to fill out the waiver form once.


Payment

Online Payment $104

Yoga Among Friends makes it easy to pay. Pay with credit cards, debit cards, or your checking account or use your Paypal account. Select the session and click BUY NOW. You will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment. A PayPal account is NOT required in order to complete the online payment process.

 
Select Session
Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#
 

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $100

Mail your check of $100 ($4 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

Note: Students registering on the first day of the event should call the studio first at 630-960-5488.

Yoga Therapy Summit

Yoga Therapy Summit

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2017 Yoga Therapy Summit

3 Day Weekend | Fri, Sep 29–Sun, Oct 1
at the Doubletree by Hilton, Oakbrook, IL

Expand your limits, deepen your understanding and knowledge of yoga therapy, and move closer to your personal and professional summit.

Experience yoga therapy with renowned teachers in the lineage of Krishnamacharya & T.K.V. Desikachar. 

We are excited that the teachers below are joining us for this year's event. All of them are students of the Krishnamacharya & T.K.V. Desikachar lineage and will offer lectures and practices rooted in these traditions. 

Clare Collins

JJ Gormley

Kate Holcombe

Leslie Kaminoff

Gary Kraftsow

Richard Miller

Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy

Sonia Nelson

Larry Payne

Amy Wheeler

Keep up-to-date with our full list of presenters, schedule, and insights on the summit's Facebook page. Or check out the event website here.

Step 1: 300 Hr Yoga Therapy Training

Step 1: 300 Hr Yoga Therapy Training

Weekend Yoga Therapist Training | 11 Weekends* | Friday–Sunday, Oct 2017–Sep 2018

Led by JJ Gormley, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 and Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, M.A. with additional faculty including: Chase Bossart, Meredith Harbour, Avanti Kumar-Singh, Cynthia Snodgrass, Julie Stewart, and Amy Wheeler.

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

Click the button below for complete program information, including costs and application process.

*Dates subject to change.

Baja Mexico Yoga Retreat 2018

Baja Mexico Yoga Retreat 2018

Prana del Mar Retreat & Wellness Center (map)

Baja Zen is calling…

Join Laura Jane and fellow like-minded friends for a small, intimate yoga retreat to this luxurious eco-retreat center, Prana del Mar, in Baja, Mexico. Built in harmony with the raw beauty of the Pacific coast amongst soaring mountains, healing ocean, and desert calm, this region is a natural oasis that deeply amplifies the effects of your yoga and meditation practice. It's a time to nourish a deeper understanding of your self!

Prana del Mar

A half hour from Cabo San Lucas, this exceptional oceanfront retreat location is ‘off the grid’ and unrivaled in their cuisine, service and totally blissed out location. After centering yourself in your morning yoga practice, spend the day walking barefoot on miles of stunning beaches, catching waves at one of the nearby surf breaks, riding horseback along the coast, paddling and snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, or lounging in the swimming pool. Watch the sun set into the Pacific as you dine on fresh, delicious Mexican and international cuisine, sip the best margaritas while laughing with friends new and old. Then admire the starfilled sky as you wander back to your suite to sink into a plush pillow-top bed, lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves breaking on the beach.

An Unforgettable Yoga Experience

Using the practice of meditation and the depth of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in finding tools to cultivate greater awareness towards self-healing and transformation. The retreat includes storytelling, chanting, asana, and meditation to truly bring the tools of yoga into your daily life.

Yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation in this like-minded community. They will cover the fundamental principles underlying the therapeutic application of yoga and how to incorporate these principles into your practice. Work to dissolve old blockages, unravel samskaras, and create new pathways to vibrant health and happiness. The end result will be one of the most incredible, unforgettable yoga experiences you will ever have.

It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists.

Private yoga sessions will also be available.



  • I am so excited to attend my third retreat with Laura Jane and this amazing community of yogis. There is a reason so many of us keep coming back year after year. Beyond the incredible resort we are staying at (and "incredible" doesn't do it justice), Laura Jane creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore your yoga practice regardless of where you are at in your life. The twice daily practices and daily sutra study, combined with the beauty of the Baja peninsula and the phenomenal food, make this a retreat everyone should experience!
    — BOBBY PARKHILL


  • I try to never miss Laura Jane's wonderful yoga retreats! They are the one time of the year that is just about me. I don't have to take care of anyone or anything other than myself. The combination of yoga, healthy food, journaling, quiet time, a wonderful guide and amazing friends is just what I need to regenerate for the year ahead. Not to mention that Prana Delmar is a real jem!
    — KANDICE HENNING

Daily Schedule

(Optional to meet each student’s needs)
• Early morning hike on the beach and meditation
• Breakfast
• In-depth yoga practice with Laura Jane & Michael
• Lunch
• Free time to explore this beautiful and healing environment
• Late practice includes asana, chanting, sutra study and meditation
• Dinner
• Evening shared sanga


Retreat Costs & Registration

Cost

Save $100! Book and pay deposit by August 31.

The cost of the retreat is $2015 double occupancy with a $600 deposit due at time of booking. The full payment is due no later than January 30, 2017. Limited single occupancy is available at a higher rate or $2625—call the studio to inquire 630-960-5488. Payment methods: PayPal, credit card, cash, check. Discounted rate of $1950 double occupancy, if paying by cash or check in full.

The cost of the retreat includes:

  • Roundtrip airport transportation to & from the resort
  • Deluxe accomodations for 7 nights
  • 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily.  Fish & seafood are offered several times per week and gluten/dairy free options are available upon request
  • Water, teas, & juices
  • Daily yoga classes & sutra studies—Private yoga sessions available
  • Full use of all resort amenities - including pool, hot tub, sauna, stone labyrinth, desert gardens, hammocks, and more
  • Sales & hospitality taxes

The retreat does not include:

  • Airfare to San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD)
  • Spa treatments
  • Alcoholic beverages & personal purchases
  • Optional excursions such as whale watching, surfing, kayaking & snorkeling, horseback riding, and more
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gratuities

Registration

Register online through PayPal or mail your registration form and cash/check today! Credit cards accepted through PayPal and at Yoga Among Friends. A non-refundable deposit of $600 is due at time of registration to hold your place. Payment is due in full by January 30, 2018.

 
 

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($100 early bird savings has already been applied)

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Single Occupancy

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Refund/Cancellation

Payment will be refunded less a $200 cancellation fee, if this request is received in writing by January 2, 2018. Any refund requests postmarked after January 2 will be granted only if the cancelled reservation can be filled.