Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | May 13 – June 24, No Class May 27
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
July 1–Aug 5 Coming soon
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | May 14–June 18
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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
June 25–July 30
Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Led by Ellen Duff

6 Wednesdays | May 15–June 19
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
June 26–July 31 coming soon
 
Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga for Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | May 30–July 11, no class July 4
NEW TIME! 6–7p | $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
Jul 18–Aug22
Aug 29–Oct 3
 
Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

marina-lisjonok-and-yolanda-lozano-at-yoga-among-friends-downers-grove-il.jpg

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

Workshop | Sunday June 23
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.

Select Date
Enter Attendee Full Name
Enter Attendee Phone#
 

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.


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.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | June 25–Aug 6, no class Jul 2
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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
Aug 13–Sep 17
Sep 24–Oct 29
Nov 5–Dec 10
Dec 17–Feb11, 2020 (no class 12/24 & 12/31)
Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Led by Ellen Duff

6 Wednesdays | May 15–June 19
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
Aug 7–Sep 11
 
Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | Jul 1 – Aug 5

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
Aug 12–Sep 23, no class Sep 2
Independence Day Yoga with Marina

Independence Day Yoga with Marina

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

Special Class | Thursday, July 4
9:30 - 11 am | $18 or class pass | registration requested

Join us for a special 4th of July 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
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.

Commit to Daily 6am Yoga

Commit to Daily 6am Yoga

4 weeks (20 Classes) | Monday-Friday, July 15–August 9
6–7:30 am | $268 or drop-in | Registration required for $260 price

Led by Marina Lisjonok (Hatha-Vinyasa on Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri)
and by Ryan Faye (Universal Yoga on Wed)

20 DAYS TO FORM A NEW HABIT!

Perhaps you're completely new to yoga, or perhaps you've taken a break and are ready to begin again. Perhaps you're just curious to know what all the fuss is about. We're here to offer you a helping hand! Our 20 Day 6am Yoga Commitment is designed to help anyone get started and begin reaping the benefits of a daily yoga practice. Each class will include asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels 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 $268

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 $260

Mail your check of $260 ($8 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

 Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga for Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | Jul 18–Aug 22
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
Aug 29–Oct 3
 
Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

marina-lisjonok-and-yolanda-lozano-at-yoga-among-friends-downers-grove-il.jpg

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

Workshop | Sunday June 23
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.

Select Date
Enter Attendee Full Name
Enter Attendee Phone#
 

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.


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.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Led by Ellen Duff

6 Wednesdays | May 15–June 19
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
more sessions coming soon
 
Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | Aug 12– Sep 23, no class on Sep 2

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
more sessions coming soon
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | Aug 13–Sep 17
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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
Sep 24–Oct 29
Nov 5–Dec 10
Dec 17–Feb 11, 2020 (no class 12/24 & 12/31)
Meditation for Adults and Teens

Meditation for Adults and Teens

Led by Lisa Sparagna

6 Tuesdays | Aug 13–Sep 17 | 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 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.

*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 fall dates coming soon

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 | Aug 29–Oct 3
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.

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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
more fall sessions coming soon
 
200 Hr In-Depth Study &amp; Yoga Teacher Certification Training

200 Hr In-Depth Study & Yoga Teacher Certification Training

Yoga Among Friends (map)

One Weekend a Month, September 2019 – September 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.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | Sep 24–Oct 29
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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
Nov 5–Dec 10
Dec 17–Feb 11, 2020 (no class 12/24 & 12/31)
Ireland Yoga &amp; Meditation Retreat - Fall 2019

Ireland Yoga & Meditation Retreat - Fall 2019

Embracing the Mystic—An Irish Yoga Retreat Exploring the Journey Inward with Laura Jane Mellencamp

An authentic yoga retreat in the Irish Countryside awaits…

Our lives can be overwhelmed with the details of daily living. The amount of information being directed at us on a daily basis is never given an opportunity to be digested, assimilated and ultimately eliminated. Life can be lonely for the soul when our lives are too busy just existing.

Who can pause enough to make space for being insightful to our deeper longings? There is profound desire to belong not just in our various roles, personalities or identities but to the deeper inner landscape of our soul—the willingness to open and reveal that essence of our inner light.

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Come away to Ireland and share in a retreat that promises to inspire your spirit of wonder and adventure, and yet nourishes your sweet soul, as it reconnects to self. Ireland is home to magnificent green countryside, gorgeous cliffs, communal pubs, and legends of faeries and leprechauns. For many, Ireland also holds the key to ancestral roots and cultural heritage. Enjoy the natural beauty, history, and lore of Ireland while partaking in an unforgettable yoga experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp.

Explore Ireland through hiking the trails around the Co. Clare countryside. Partake in daily yoga practices of asana and deep meditation spiced with the beauty of poetry — all while overlooking the awe-inspiring, rugged Cliffs of Moher facing the shimmering, expansive ocean. Dine on mouth-watering, abundant homemade vegetarian meals that will delight your palate. Share in an evening sanga before drifting off to sleep by the sound of the waves breaking on the cliffs. It’s a mystic place of profound beauty that nourishes the soul!!


Unforgettable yoga experience with Laura Jane Mellencamp

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Using the practice of meditation, Laura Jane has designed this week to support you in exploring the tools of stilling the mind and embracing your authentic self. The yoga classes will blend the disciplines of various styles of Hatha yoga with the mindfulness of meditation. 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.

This week is a perfect balance between rest and play. Laura has discovered through leading and attending many retreats that traveling together and saying yes to life and its opportunities in the moment create lasting friendships and a gratitude for life’s abundance that will last forever.

This yoga retreat is for all ages and all life experiences. It is perfect for all levels of practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodywork therapists. Private yoga sessions will also be available.


Sample Daily Schedule*

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  • Early morning meditation

  • Breakfast

  • Yoga practice overlooking the Cliffs of Moher with Laura Jane

  • Free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add0on activities

  • Lunch

  • Free time to explore this beautiful and healing environment

  • Afternoon practice with asana, sutra study and meditation

  • Dinner

  • Evening shared sanga

*Schedule is subject to change.

Usually there is one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not hold yoga and meditation classes. This is a day to take take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun! A more specific itinerary is sent out via email 2 or more weeks before the retreat starts.


Reviews of Past Retreats



  • A trip to Greece had been on my “bucket list” for many years. The experience with Laura Jane in Amorgos was beautiful, peaceful, and exceeded my expectations about visiting Greece! We practiced well thought out yoga classes twice a day, and still had plenty of time for outings on the island, or time to relax by the pool. The group was a true sangha, community, of friendly open people. Old friends reconnected, and new friends were made by each yogi. I feel confident about traveling with Laura Jane and through True Nature again!
    — KAY GILMORE


  • My experience on Laura Jane’s retreats are always unique. Travel changes people no matter what the destination. Yoga changes people too. When combined you have transformation that changes the heart. Everything you see, taste and experience is better and I return home with my “cup full”. The friendships I made on retreat will last a lifetime, we shared and were there for one another. I loved every minute and will never forget the beautiful yoga room by the Aegean Sea. An amazing trip made even more special by one of the best mentors and teachers in the Chicago area. Ευχαριστούμε, Thank You!”
    — CATHY CHRISTOFF


  • 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

Accommodations

The retreat center is well located, on the west coast of Ireland, set on 10 acres against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the gorgeous countryside of Co. Clare, Ireland.

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The yoga studio is beautifully designed to support your practice overlooking the ocean, farmland and wide open skies. You can watch the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of the under-floor heated space through a massive wall of glass that takes in the most stunning view. Fully stocked with yoga props and everything you will need for your retreat experience.

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The rooms are all tastefully decorated with comfortable mattresses and linen. All the rooms have views, whether of the sea or countryside. The gourmet vegetarian meals are homemade and will delight your palate: beautifully curated, abundant and mouth watering.

The owners of this center bring years of yoga and retreat experience to you along with all the wholesome elements necessary to create the perfect retreat adventure.


Retreat Costs

$2495 Shared Accomodations
$2795 Single Accomodations

The cost of the retreat includes:

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  • 7 Nights Accommodations

  • 3 Vegetarian Meals Each Day

  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Shannon Airport to the retreat center

  • Daily Yoga Practices

  • Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

*Full price starts June 2.


Registration

Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration.

Laura is planning this trip in conjunction with True Nature Travels, a holistic, educational travel company that provides planning, support and guidance for the trip. More information about our Ireland retreat including things to do, sites to see, how to book your flight for the best price possible and getting to County Clare, plus all booking/payments is handled on the True Nature Travel website. Click the button below.

 
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Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | Nov 5–Dec 10
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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
Dec 17–Feb 11, 2020 (no class 12/24 & 12/31)
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | Dec 17–Feb 11, no class Dec 24 or Dec 31
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.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Tuesdays 6 pm
more sessions coming soon