Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Led by Ellen Duff

6 Wednesdays | November 28, 2018—January 2, 2019
4:30–5:30p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

This Restorative Yoga class is a time to nourish, nurture and create balance in your body, mind, and spirit.  Students will connect to the body through sequencing that supports our whole being. Ellen will provide breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creating an imprint empowering the student.  A restorative practice frequently relies on the use of props to achieve a deep level of relaxation.  

This deep conscious relaxation benefits all the organ systems of the body.  A few of the measureable results include: reduced blood pressure, lower serum triglycerides & blood sugar levels; increase in “good” cholesterol; improved digestion, elimination, and fertility; relaxed muscles; and reduced insomnia & generalized fatigue.  These benefits work together to create a more harmonious state of being.  Research shows the effects of rest calm the nervous system and reverse the effects of stress and aging.   

Through the techniques of the practice, you awaken grace, poise, flexibility, balance, strength, and present moment awareness. As a tool for self-transformation, restorative yoga facilitates the integration of all the layers of life—environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual—culminating in the goal of all goals, awakening to your own divine nature.

This is a great class for people who are new to yoga (beginners) as well as those who are recovering from certain injuries or trauma, those who need to de-stress from work, and those or restore from a more vigorous yoga practice (or who workout, run, lift weights, play golf, play tennis and/or participate is other moderate/vigorous sports and exercise programs).

Each class ends with a meditative guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra which can bring the healing effects of deep sleep to the mind as well as body restoring your whole being. 


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.

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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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Wednesdays 4:30 pm
More sessions to be posted soon!
 
Yoga Sutra Meditation Circles

Yoga Sutra Meditation Circles

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Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

4 Sundays | December 9, 16, 23, & 30.
7:30–9am | $79 for meditation sessions only
7:30–10:15am | $124 for both asana classes & meditation sessions
Registration required; No Drop-ins

  • Meet at 7:30am with the group to be introduced to a yogic spiritual code and guided through a meditation practice.

  • Attend the 9-10:15am Hatha Vinyasa Yoga classes designed to awaken and enhance your physical, energetic, mental, and spiritual awareness, and complement your meditative state.

  • Receive a Follow-up Email after each week 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
$124 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$79 Meditation Sessions Only

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

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment
$120 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$76 Meditation Sessions Only

Mail your check of $120 ($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 7:45-9am Meditation and the 9–10:15am Hatha Vinyasa Classes. 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.

Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga for Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | December 13, 2018–January 17, 2019
7:30–8:30p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

Yoga for anxiety is a unique class designed to help you quiet your mind through simple postures, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and healing meditations. Learn how to use the tools of yoga and mindfulness that are so valuable in treating anxiety and stress relief management. Experience what medical research is now reporting - that breathing and meditation positively influence your health, calming your nervous system, and allowing your body to restore and heal. Beginners welcome!


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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Thursdays 7:30 pm
January 24–February 28
March 7–April 11
 
Christmas Day Yoga — All Levels Yoga (Drop-in)

Christmas Day Yoga — All Levels Yoga (Drop-in)

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

Special Class | Tuesday, Dec 25
10 - 11:30am | $18 or class pass | Drop-In 

Start your Christmas morning by by opening your heart. Get into the spirit by giving yourself the gift of yoga before the day's festivities begin.

Join Marina for a mix of vinyasa flow and static postures. Class is focused on body awareness, breath and meditation and infused with the bits of yogic wisdom and positive affirmations. All levels welcome.


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.

New Year's Eve Candlelight Yoga with live Crystal Bowls  & Handpan Sound Healing

New Year's Eve Candlelight Yoga with live Crystal Bowls & Handpan Sound Healing

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Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW, Yolanda Lozano, and Mike McGuigan

Special Class | Monday December 31
6–8pm | $52 | Registration Requested

Say goodbye to 2018 by immersing into the magic of a candlelight all level yoga practice with Marina. The practice will be accompanied by the sweet healing sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls, skillfully played by Yolanda and handspan with Mike McGuigan.

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Registration & Payment

Online Payment $52

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
Enter Yoga Student 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.


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.

New Year's Day Yoga — All Levels Yoga (Drop-in)

New Year's Day Yoga — All Levels Yoga (Drop-in)

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

Special Class | Tuesday, Jan 1
10 - 11:30am | $18 or class pass | drop-in

The beginning of the new year is traditionally a time of reflection, resolve and renewal. Take time to consider what would be helpful to your life in the coming year, make a commitment to your practice and clarify your intentions for the coming year. 

Join Marina for a mix of vinyasa flow and static postures to help unbind and let go of what no longer serves you while considering how to meet the future with ease, relaxation and joy.. Class is focused on body awareness, breath and meditation and infused with the bits of yogic wisdom and positive affirmations. All levels welcome.


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
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

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.

Yoga Sutras Meditation Circles

Yoga Sutras Meditation Circles

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

4 Sundays | January 6, 13, 20, 27
7:45–9am | $79 for meditation sessions only
7:45–10:15am | $124 for both asana classes & meditation sessions
Registration required; No Drop-ins

  • Meet at 7:45am with the group to be introduced to a yogic spiritual code and guided through a meditation practice.

  • Attend the 9-10:15am Hatha Vinyasa Yoga classes designed to awaken and enhance your physical, energetic, mental, and spiritual awareness, and complement your meditative state.

  • Receive a Follow-up Email after each week 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
$124 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$79 Meditation Sessions Only

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

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment
$120 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$71 Meditation Sessions Only

Mail your check of $120 ($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 7:45-9am Meditation and the 9–10:15am Hatha Vinyasa Classes. 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.

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | January 7-February 11
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:

  • 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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
February 18—March 25
April 1—May 6
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | January 8–February 12
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

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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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
Feb 19-Mar 26
Apr 2-May 7
Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Led by Ellen Duff

6 Wednesdays | January 9–February 13
4:30–5:30p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

This Restorative Yoga class is a time to nourish, nurture and create balance in your body, mind, and spirit.  Students will connect to the body through sequencing that supports our whole being. Ellen will provide breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creating an imprint empowering the student.  A restorative practice frequently relies on the use of props to achieve a deep level of relaxation.  

This deep conscious relaxation benefits all the organ systems of the body.  A few of the measureable results include: reduced blood pressure, lower serum triglycerides & blood sugar levels; increase in “good” cholesterol; improved digestion, elimination, and fertility; relaxed muscles; and reduced insomnia & generalized fatigue.  These benefits work together to create a more harmonious state of being.  Research shows the effects of rest calm the nervous system and reverse the effects of stress and aging.   

Through the techniques of the practice, you awaken grace, poise, flexibility, balance, strength, and present moment awareness. As a tool for self-transformation, restorative yoga facilitates the integration of all the layers of life—environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual—culminating in the goal of all goals, awakening to your own divine nature.

This is a great class for people who are new to yoga (beginners) as well as those who are recovering from certain injuries or trauma, those who need to de-stress from work, and those or restore from a more vigorous yoga practice (or who workout, run, lift weights, play golf, play tennis and/or participate is other moderate/vigorous sports and exercise programs).

Each class ends with a meditative guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra which can bring the healing effects of deep sleep to the mind as well as body restoring your whole being. 


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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Wednesdays 4:30 pm
February 20-March 27
 
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Information Meeting

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Information Meeting

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Information Meetings for the upcoming 200 Hour Yoga teacher Training
Saturday, January 12
1-2 pm | FREE

Join registered yoga therapist Laura Jane Murphy and registered yoga teacher Julie Pate to learn about our upcoming 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (200TT) The 200TT is an unique program that will deepen your knowledge of yoga holistically and act as a gateway to open your heart to transformation. Perfect for everyone including nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, and others in health professions. 200TT starts in February 2019 and will meet one weekend a month through February 2020.

If you cannot make this meeting, contact us for more information and get your questions answered.

Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

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Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW and Yolanda Lozano

Workshop | Sunday January 20
7–8:30pm | $32 | registration requested

A full hour and half of deep relaxation and awareness with Marina along with the vibrational sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls with Yolanda.


Payment

Online Payment $32

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.

$32


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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $30

Mail your check of $130 ($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.


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.

Meditation for Adults and Teens

Meditation for Adults and Teens

Led by Lisa Sparagna

6 Tuesdays | Jan 22–Feb 26 | 6:15–7:15 pm |
$104 Registration required; No drop-ins* | Small Studio; Max 8 students

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 4 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.

*Due to limited class size we are unable to accept drop-in students.


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.


Registration

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.

*Due to limited class size we are unable to accept drop-in students.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6:15 pm
March 12-April 16
Note: If this class fills, a 7:15 class will be added with the same dates.
Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga for Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | January 24–February 28
7:30–8:30p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

Yoga for anxiety is a unique class designed to help you quiet your mind through simple postures, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and healing meditations. Learn how to use the tools of yoga and mindfulness that are so valuable in treating anxiety and stress relief management. Experience what medical research is now reporting - that breathing and meditation positively influence your health, calming your nervous system, and allowing your body to restore and heal. Beginners welcome!


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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Thursdays 7:30 pm
March 7–April 11
 
200 Hr In-Depth Study & Yoga Teacher Certification Training

200 Hr In-Depth Study & Yoga Teacher Certification Training

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One Weekend a Month, February 2019 – February 2020*

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Inspire others by sharing your passion and teaching from the heart. Join registered yoga therapist, Laura Jane Murphy, and registered yoga teacher, Julie Pate, for a very unique program that will deepen your knowledge of yoga holistically and act as a gateway to open your heart to transformation.  Perfect for everyone including nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, and others in health professions.

Our teachers come from the Krishnamacharya linage, which is a profound yet practical approach to Yoga, where all the tools of Yoga are implemented and wisely adapted to meet the needs, abilities, goals and requirements of each student.  You will learn to approach the body not just as a physical construct, but as part of a holistic entity.

We are a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance.

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

*Dates subject to change.

Baja Mexico Yoga Retreat 2019

Baja Mexico Yoga Retreat 2019

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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
• 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

The cost of the retreat is $2115 double occupancy with a $600 deposit due at time of booking. The full payment is due no later than January 31, 2019. Limited single occupancy is available at a higher rate or $2599—call the studio to inquire 630-960-5488. Payment methods: PayPal, credit card, cash, check. Discounted rate of $2055 double occupancy, if paying by cash or check in full. Book by October 1 and save $100!

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 31, 2019.

 
 

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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, 2019. Any refund requests postmarked after January 2 will be granted only if the cancelled reservation can be filled.

Detox with the Power of Sound

Detox with the Power of Sound

Led by Marian Kraus & Gabriela de la Mora

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Saturday, february 16
5:30p - 7:00p | $32 | Registration requested. Drop-ins welcome.

We invite you to a unique mindfulness meditation and sound therapy event designed to detox your mind and body on a cellular level through the vehicle of sound. Gaby de la Mora and Marian Kraus will present you with a wonderful opportunity to re-balance your entire being.

The couple’s meditative and transformational experience is a psycho-acoustic gateway to elevate individuals’ vibratory frequency and reach higher states of conscious awareness. Participants will be bathed in an envelope of sound generated by the mystical characteristics of three large gongs, several authentic Himalayan singing bowls (a.k.a. Tibetan singing bowl) and additional sound tools.

The event includes three stages:

  • 1st segment – participants receive a general outline of sound therapy and history of the gongs, followed by a description of how the upcoming guided 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 a colorful bouquet of soothing 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 truly 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 the session, you will be introduced to mindfulness techniques of a sonic kind. We invite you to read more here. The only requirement is to bring an open mind, wear comfortable clothing, and come with a pillow and blanket to cover up. Experience a guided mindfulness meditation coupled with solid sound therapy elements of the gong, all designed to assist you in raising self – awareness.


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.

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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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Saturdays 5:30 pm
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Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | February 18—March 25
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:

  • 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.

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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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
April 1–May 6
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | January 8–February 12
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

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$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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
Apr 2-May 7
Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Led by Ellen Duff

6 Wednesdays | February 20–March 27
4:30–5:30p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

This Restorative Yoga class is a time to nourish, nurture and create balance in your body, mind, and spirit.  Students will connect to the body through sequencing that supports our whole being. Ellen will provide breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creating an imprint empowering the student.  A restorative practice frequently relies on the use of props to achieve a deep level of relaxation.  

This deep conscious relaxation benefits all the organ systems of the body.  A few of the measureable results include: reduced blood pressure, lower serum triglycerides & blood sugar levels; increase in “good” cholesterol; improved digestion, elimination, and fertility; relaxed muscles; and reduced insomnia & generalized fatigue.  These benefits work together to create a more harmonious state of being.  Research shows the effects of rest calm the nervous system and reverse the effects of stress and aging.   

Through the techniques of the practice, you awaken grace, poise, flexibility, balance, strength, and present moment awareness. As a tool for self-transformation, restorative yoga facilitates the integration of all the layers of life—environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual—culminating in the goal of all goals, awakening to your own divine nature.

This is a great class for people who are new to yoga (beginners) as well as those who are recovering from certain injuries or trauma, those who need to de-stress from work, and those or restore from a more vigorous yoga practice (or who workout, run, lift weights, play golf, play tennis and/or participate is other moderate/vigorous sports and exercise programs).

Each class ends with a meditative guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra which can bring the healing effects of deep sleep to the mind as well as body restoring your whole being. 


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
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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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Wednesdays 4:30 pm
More sessions coming soon
 
Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga for Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | March 7–April 11
7:30–8:30p | $104 | Registration required; No Drop-ins

Yoga for anxiety is a unique class designed to help you quiet your mind through simple postures, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and healing meditations. Learn how to use the tools of yoga and mindfulness that are so valuable in treating anxiety and stress relief management. Experience what medical research is now reporting - that breathing and meditation positively influence your health, calming your nervous system, and allowing your body to restore and heal. Beginners welcome!


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
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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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Thursdays 7:30 pm
More sessions coming soon
 
Meditation for Adults and Teens

Meditation for Adults and Teens

Led by Lisa Sparagna

6 Tuesdays | Mar 12–Apr 16 | 6:15–7:15 pm |
$104 Registration required; No drop-ins* | Small Studio; Max 8 students

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 4 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.

*Due to limited class size we are unable to accept drop-in students.


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.


Registration

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.

*Due to limited class size we are unable to accept drop-in students.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6:15 pm
More dates coming soon

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