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 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
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
 
Yoga Sutras Meditation Circles

Yoga Sutras Meditation Circles

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

4 Sundays | February 3, 17, 24, and March 3. No class February 10
7:30–8:45am | $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*
$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.

Baja Mexico Yoga Retreat 2019

Baja Mexico Yoga Retreat 2019

Prana del Mar Retreat & Wellness Center (map)

Baja Zen is calling…

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


Prana del Mar

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


An Unforgettable Yoga Experience

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

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

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

Private yoga sessions will also be available.




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


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

Daily Schedule

(Optional to meet each student’s needs)
• Early morning hike on the beach and meditation
• Breakfast
• In-depth yoga practice with Laura Jane
• 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 $2015 double occupancy, if paying by cash or check in full.

The cost of the retreat includes:

  • Roundtrip airport transportation to & from the resort

  • Deluxe accomodations for 7 nights

  • 3 gourmet vegetarian meals daily. Fish & seafood are offered several times per week and gluten/dairy free options are available upon request

  • Water, teas, & juices

  • Daily yoga classes & sutra studies—Private yoga sessions available

  • Full use of all resort amenities - including pool, hot tub, sauna, stone labyrinth, desert gardens, hammocks, and more

  • Sales & hospitality taxes

The retreat does not include:

  • Airfare to San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD)

  • Spa treatments

  • Alcoholic beverages & personal purchases

  • Optional excursions such as whale watching, surfing, kayaking & snorkeling, horseback riding, and more

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

  • Gratuities


Registration

Register online through PayPal or mail your registration form and cash/check today! Credit cards accepted through PayPal and at Yoga Among Friends. A non-refundable deposit of $600 is due at time of registration to hold your place. Payment is due in full by January 31, 2019.

 
 

Payment

Double Occupancy

Select Early Bird Payment Option
Traveler's Full Name
Traveler's Contact Phone#

Single Occupancy

Select Early Bird Payment Option
Traveler's Full Name
Traveler's Contact Phone#

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.

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.

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
April 1–May 6
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | February 19–March 26
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
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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
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
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
 
Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

Workshop | Friday, February 22 | 7:30–8:30pm
$16 | registration requested

Let Marina guide you into deep relaxation and awareness to help you heal your physical and emotional body, rejuvenate and restore your energy levels, and improve your concentration for deeper levels of meditation..

Yoga Nidra or "yogic sleep" systematically induces complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. The practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension, anxiety, headaches, and restlessness and increase mental clarity, focus, and calm.  It releases stress in the bodies and prepares our minds to develop and nurture positive affirmations and healing. 


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 $16

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 Session
Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $15

Mail your check of $15 ($1 discount) payable to Yoga Among Friends to: 4949 Forest Ave, Downers grove, IL 60515. YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.

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

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
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 sessions coming soon
 
Sunday Om Meditation Circles

Sunday Om Meditation Circles

Note: the start time is 7:30am, not 6:30 as stated above! There is an issue with software that is being looked into.


Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

4 Sundays | March 10, 17, 24, and 31.
7:30–8:45am | $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*
$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.

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 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 dates coming soon

Note: If this class fills, a 7:15 class will be added with the same dates.
200 Hr In-Depth Study & 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.