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.


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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 $114

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 $110

Mail your check of $110 ($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
Sep 30-Nov 4
Nov 11-Dec16
Yoga for Stress & Anxiety

Yoga for Stress & Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | Aug 29–Oct 3
6–7:15p | $114 | 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 $114

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 $110

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
Oct 10-Nov 14
Nov 21-Jan 2, no class Nov 28

 
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, 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 | $114 ($20 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.


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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 $114
6-week series

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$20 Drop-In Single Class

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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $110

Mail your check of $110 ($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)
Meditation for Adults and Teens

Meditation for Adults and Teens

Led by Lisa Sparagna

6 Tuesdays | Sep 24-Oct 29 | 6:15–7:15 pm |
$114 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 $114

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 $110

Mail your check of $110 ($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
Nov 5-Dec 17, no class Nov 26

Note: If this class fills, a 7:15 class will be added with the same dates.
Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Led by Marian & Gabriela Kraus

Saturday, Sept 28
5:30p - 7:00p | $37 | Registration requested. Drop-ins welcome.

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

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

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

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

The three stages of the event are:

  • 1st segment – Participants receive an outline of sound therapy and history of the gongs, followed by a description of how the upcoming meditation and sound session work together to facilitate a transformation, evolution and healing experience within the conscious mind.

  • 2nd segment – A carefully chosen guided meditation, or mindfulness meditation, primes the subconscious mind to transition into the essential personal transformation experience brought on by the healing sounds in the…

  • 3rd segment – Following the guided meditation guests are immersed in a bubble of ancestral and otherworldly sounds generated by gongs, one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments. The couple’s sound space envelopes one in a uniquely rhythmic, melodic and pleasing fashion. The gong’s vibrational and sonic characteristics deeply resonate all 50 – 75 trillion cells of the body, and energize and relax simultaneously in a most powerful and unique way.

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

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


About Marian

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

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

About Gabriela

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


New Student Information & Waiver

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


Payment

Online Payment $37

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 $35

Mail your check of $35 ($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
Nov 9
Jan 18, 2020
Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | Sep 30–Nov 4

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 $114

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 $110

Mail your check of $110 ($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
Nov 11–Dec 16
Yoga for Stress & Anxiety

Yoga for Stress & Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | Oct 10–Nov 14
6–7:15p | $114 | 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 $114

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 $110

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
Nov 21–Jan 2, no class Nov 28
 
Ireland Yoga & 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 Relax & Reiki: Featuring Crystal Tones® Alchemy Bowls & Reiki Energy

Prenatal Relax & Reiki: Featuring Crystal Tones® Alchemy Bowls & Reiki Energy

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Prenatal Relax & Reiki

Featuring Crystal Tones® Alchemy Bowls & Reiki Energy

Workshop | Saturday, Oct 19
1:30 - 3:30pm | $32 ($27 before Oct 7) | Registration requested. Limit 12 students.

Led by Kim Teodori & Kim Hamilton

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Are you a mom-to-be in your 2nd or 3rd trimester? Come pamper yourself and your unborn baby. This afternoon will leave you feeling restored and renewed.

Reiki and Vibrational Sound Therapy are proven methods of stimulating the body's parasympathetic nervous system, triggering the Relaxation Response: "a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress," according to Dr. Herbert Benson.

As you rest in seated or reclined restorative yoga postures fully supported by props, the soothing sounds of Crystal Tones® Alchemy Bowls and healing energy of Reiki will help you tune in to your natural state of well-being. During this prenatal workshop you will:

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  • Center yourself with visualization and breathwork

  • Create your own personalized birth intention or mantra

  • Release tension in all of your koshas

  • Access your inner wisdom

  • Learn how to quickly and easily reset your nervous system to trigger the Relaxation Response

  • Enjoy a guided meditation

  • Take part in a supportive community of women

  • Deepen your connection and bond with your unborn baby


Kim Teodori (MA, 200 CYT Prairie Yoga) is a Relax and Renew® certified restorative yoga teacher trained by Judith Hanson Lasater and a Quantum Alchemy Crystal Bowl Practitioner trained by Yantara Jiro of Sound Universe International in London, England.

Kim Hamilton (CD, RMP) is a certified doula as well as Reiki Master in the Usui lineage. She has been working with families in the childbearing years for nearly twenty years to help them tap into their innate inner wisdom.


Payment

Online Payment $32 ($27 before Oct 7)

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.

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Drop-off or Mail Payment $30 cash or check ($25 before Oct 7)

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. 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 Nidra & Sound Healing

Yoga Nidra & Sound Healing

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

Workshop | Sunday Oct 27
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.

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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.

Sunday Chakra Meditation Circles

Sunday Chakra Meditation Circles

Led by Marina Lisjonok, E-RYT 500, MSW

7 Sundays | Nov 3–Dec 15
7:45–9am | $130 for meditation sessions only
7:45–10:15am | $217 for both asana classes & meditation sessions
Registration required; No Drop-ins

During this session of circles we will focus on pranayama and meditation to connect with the energy of a specific chakra. Brief discussions and journaling may take place time permitting.

  • Meet at 7:45am to be thoroughly taught and guided Pranayama and meditation techniques.

  • 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

$217 Asana Classes & Meditation 7-Week Session*
$130 Meditation 7-week Session Only

Select Class Option
Enter Yoga Student Full Name
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Mail-in or Drop-off Payment

$210 Asana Classes & Meditation Sessions*
$126 Meditation Sessions Only

Mail your check of $210 ($7 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 Meditative Flow Classes. So if you register for this program, you do NOT need to pay a separate drop-in fee for the Meditative Flow 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.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | Nov 5–Dec 10
6–7:15p | $1104 ($20 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 $114
6-week series

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

Online Payment
$20 Drop-In Single Class

Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $110

Mail your check of $110 ($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)
Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Led by Marian & Gabriela Kraus

Saturday, Nov 9
5:30p - 7:00p | $37 | Registration requested. Drop-ins welcome.

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

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

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

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

The three stages of the event are:

  • 1st segment – Participants receive an outline of sound therapy and history of the gongs, followed by a description of how the upcoming meditation and sound session work together to facilitate a transformation, evolution and healing experience within the conscious mind.

  • 2nd segment – A carefully chosen guided meditation, or mindfulness meditation, primes the subconscious mind to transition into the essential personal transformation experience brought on by the healing sounds in the…

  • 3rd segment – Following the guided meditation guests are immersed in a bubble of ancestral and otherworldly sounds generated by gongs, one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments. The couple’s sound space envelopes one in a uniquely rhythmic, melodic and pleasing fashion. The gong’s vibrational and sonic characteristics deeply resonate all 50 – 75 trillion cells of the body, and energize and relax simultaneously in a most powerful and unique way.

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

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


About Marian

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

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

About Gabriela

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


New Student Information & Waiver

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


Payment

Online Payment $37

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 Date
Enter Attendee Full Name
Enter Attendee Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $35

Mail your check of $35 ($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
Jan 18, 2020
Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Mondays | Nov 11-Dec 16

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 $114

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 $110

Mail your check of $110 ($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
Holiday Drop-in Fundamentals Classes 12/23 & 12/30
Yoga for Stress & Anxiety

Yoga for Stress & Anxiety

Led by Meredith Harbour

6 Thursdays | Nov 21–Jan 2, no class Nov 28
6–7:15p | $114 | 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 $114

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 $110

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 winter sessions coming soon
 
Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Led by Therese Carlson

6 Tuesdays | Dec 17–Feb 11, no class Dec 24 or Dec 31
6–7:15p | $114 ($20 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 $114
6-week series

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

Online Payment
$20 Drop-In Single Class

Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $100

Mail your check of $110 ($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
Drop-in Holiday Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Drop-in Holiday Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

1 Monday Class on Dec 30 | $20 Drop-in or use your Class Pass

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 $20

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.

Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $19

Mail your check of $19 ($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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
Holiday Drop on 12/30
6-week series resumes Jan 6-Feb 10
Drop-in Holiday Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Drop-in Holiday Fundamentals of Yoga—Beginners

Led by Meredith Harbour

1 Monday Class on Dec 30 | $20 Drop-in or use your Class Pass

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 $20

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.

Enter Yoga Student Full Name
Enter Yoga Student Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $19

Mail your check of $19 ($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.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Mondays 7:30 pm
6-week series resumes Jan 6-Feb 10
Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Gong Sound Healing & Meditation

Led by Marian & Gabriela Kraus

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020
5:30p - 7:00p | $37 | Registration requested. Drop-ins welcome.

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

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

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

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

The three stages of the event are:

  • 1st segment – Participants receive an outline of sound therapy and history of the gongs, followed by a description of how the upcoming meditation and sound session work together to facilitate a transformation, evolution and healing experience within the conscious mind.

  • 2nd segment – A carefully chosen guided meditation, or mindfulness meditation, primes the subconscious mind to transition into the essential personal transformation experience brought on by the healing sounds in the…

  • 3rd segment – Following the guided meditation guests are immersed in a bubble of ancestral and otherworldly sounds generated by gongs, one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments. The couple’s sound space envelopes one in a uniquely rhythmic, melodic and pleasing fashion. The gong’s vibrational and sonic characteristics deeply resonate all 50 – 75 trillion cells of the body, and energize and relax simultaneously in a most powerful and unique way.

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

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


About Marian

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

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

About Gabriela

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


New Student Information & Waiver

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


Payment

Online Payment $37

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 Date
Enter Attendee Full Name
Enter Attendee Phone#

Mail-in or Drop-off Payment $35

Mail your check of $35 ($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 WORKSHOPS

Saturdays 5:30 pm
More dates coming soon
SOLD OUT!  Jamaica Yoga Retreat  Winter 2020

SOLD OUT! Jamaica Yoga Retreat Winter 2020

Good Hope Coach House (map)

Return to Love—A Yoga Retreat at Good Hope, Jamaica with Laura Jane Mellencamp

February 8–15, 2020

It’s been 10 years since our last trip to this amazing respite. Now it’s time to come home! Limited to 15 people.

Join Laura Jane and fellow like-minded friends for a small, intimate yoga retreat at Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica. Originally a sugar plantation, Good Hope is 2,000 acres in size and is located in the parish of Trelawny, Jamaica. This property, including its historic 260 yr old Great House, sits in a idillic valley surrounded by the lush green hills of the cockpit country and the meandering Martha Brae River.

The Great House at Good Hope

The Great House at Good Hope

The plant life, scenic views, and private beach provide the perfect environment for togetherness and discovering nature, deeply amplifying the effects of your yoga and meditation practice. Immerse yourself in the history, the nature & the beauty of Jamaica and nourish a deeper understanding of your self!


An 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.


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


Sample Daily Schedule*

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(Optional to meet each student’s needs)
• Early morning hike 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

*Schedule is subject to change.

We will be going down to the private beach most days (15 min from the Coach House). Price includes daily transportation to the beach.


Reviews of Laura's Previous Retreats



  • 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!
    — CATHY CHRISTOFF


  • 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!
    — KAY GILMORE


  • 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


  • 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!
    — CATHY CHRISTOFF

Accomodatations

The Coach House

The Coach House

Forty minutes from the Sangster Intl Airport in Montego Bay, the Coach House villa, situated in the heart of the beautiful 18th century historic Good Hope Plantation, is the Coach House, a country villa with 7 contemporary bedrooms, all with ceiling fans, air conditioning & en-suite bathrooms.

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Recently renovated with stylish new interiors and the addition of a 50-foot infinity edge pool & an open air dining terrace. Good Hope’s private beach house (15 min drive away) has a 110-foot white sand beach and calm waters for swimming.

Good Hope Coach House offers exclusivity and privacy. She sits on a hill with breathtaking views. The garden is full of trees, tropical flowers and bird life. The vibe at Good Hope is surely one to experience true Jamaican Hospitality. Like travelling through a time warp, the pace is slow here, the lifestyle uncomplicated, the people are kind and calm, service is relaxed and meals are served family style.

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In addition, the Good Hope plantation is the Caribbean’s first and only nature adventure park with an unparalleled variety of adventures and cultural experiences including the thrilling zip line canopy, rugged ATV and Dune Buggy adventures, relaxing jungle river tubing, Appleton Rum Tasting, Great House tour, and bird aviary.

Fun fact: The Bachelor Final was filmed here in 2016.


Retreat Costs

Book early! This retreat is limited to 15 people!

Cost

SOLD OUT!

Early Bird Rate:  SAVE $100. Pay $1959 double occupancy, when you book and pay the deposit by November 1.

Standard Rate: $2059 double occupancy

$600 deposit due at time of booking. The full payment is due no later than January 8, 2020. Payment methods: PayPal, credit card, cash, check. Discounted rate of $2000 double occupancy ($1900 early bird by Nov 1), if paying by cash or check in full.

The cost of the retreat includes:

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  • Roundtrip airport transportation to & from the resort

  • Deluxe accomodations for 7 nights. All bedrooms have bathrooms, A/C, and ceiling fans

  • 3 gourmet, mostly vegetarian meals daily with some seafood meals during the week. 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, beach, boogie boards paddle boards, river swimming, yoga room, pool table, ping pong table, and ADSL internet access.

  • Daily transportation to and from the private beach

  • Sales & hospitality taxes

The retreat does not include:

  • Airfare to Sangster Intl Airport in Montego Bay

  • Spa treatments (massage, mani/pedis, etc)

  • Alcoholic beverages & personal purchases

  • Optional excursions such as pottery classes, horseback riding, chukka adventures (zip lines, river tubing, horse and buggy rides and dune buggy rides and tours of the historic Great House)

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

  • Gratuities


Register in 3 steps

Register online or mail your registration form and cash/check today! A deposit of $600 is due at time of registration to hold your place. Payment is due in full by January 8, 2019.

1) Please click the button below to fill out and submit a registration form

 
2) Pay your initial deposit of $600 to hold your spot for the trip. You can also opt to pay the entire amount. Credit cards accepted online through PayPal only.

Early Bird Rate:  SAVE $100 when you book and pay the deposit by November 1.

Credit Card Payment - Early Bird

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

Cash Payment - Early Bird

Mail or drop off your check of $1900 payable to Yoga Among Friends, 4949 Forest Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

YAF only accepts cash and checks at the studio.


 

3) Pay your balance for the trip by January 8, 2020.

Credit cards accepted online through PayPal only.


Refund/Cancellation

Payment will be refunded less a $300 cancellation fee, if this request is received in writing by January 2, 2020. Any refund requests postmarked after January 2 will be granted only if the cancelled reservation can be filled.


Interested, but need some questions answered before you can commit?