Expansion Takes Time

Last month marked the 6 year anniversary of the Aurora Yoga Center.

Jeff Manning has dreamed of a wood floor for the studio since it’s doors opened in July of 2009, along with many other dreams to improve the AYC.  These dreams take time.  Daily yoga classes keep the studio open and operating, however we need help to make much needed big changes.

This is why we have launched a fundraising campaign:  The Aurora Yoga Center Studio Expansion Project.



Phase one of the plan is to remove the wall that separates the yoga studio from the prop room, increasing the size of the studio.  Also, removing the drop ceiling and adding softer lighting.  And of course, a wood floor!

Take of few minutes to watch our video on the Indiegogo site and read the story and about the perks for donating.  You can donate online or in person at the studio.

We are so grateful for the dedicated students and supportive family and friends who have contributed to this great cause.  With a larger, cleaner, beautified studio we can reach more of the community and bring them the healing art of yoga.

Yesterday, two yoga students, husband and wife Warren and Susan Grever donated and installed new metal signs on the building!  Amazing!  Thank you!!!!

Thanks to everyone for your support!

Love and Peace, Jeff & Lisa

new signs from Warren & Susan

new signs from Warren & Susan

4th of July

image4The Aurora Yoga Center walked in the 4th of July parade downtown Aurora and it was a good time!   We handed out class schedule postcards with glow-sticks attached.  We wore AYC logo t-shirts and carried a big American flag.  We danced & smiled & waved!11009155_10206852816179995_7680646399371505502_n 11049546_10206855457446025_7552100048610125441_n 11665612_10206865222450144_7567476463294859895_nFullSizeRender-5 IMG_1406 IMG_1417 IMG_1426 IMG_1427 IMG_1428 IMG_1432 IMG_5104 IMG_5105 IMG_5108 IMG_5110 IMG_5113 IMG_5114 IMG_5115 IMG_5117 IMG_5118 IMG_7237 IMG_7244 IMG_7245 image1 image2

Stand on One Foot

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Jeff standing on one foot throwing boiling water into the air on a subzero day of January 2014.

It’s that slippery time of year, when each time we leave the house we risk slipping on the ice and having a fall.   We may not have as much snow or the subzero temps like last year, however it’s still icy out there!

One thing you can do everyday to help your balance is simply stand on one foot.   You can stand on one foot at a time while brushing your teeth each morning to make it a part of your routine.  Consistently working on your balance is going to help you tremendously as you navigate the slick sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways.

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Working on balance at home – big and small balances.

A great one to start with is Vrksasana or Tree Pose.  Standing on one leg and placing the opposite foot along the inner ankle, calf, or thigh of the standing leg.

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Working on strength and flexibility in Yoga class – Yoga for all.

Work at home or in class on strength, flexibility, and balance.  Join us anytime at the Aurora Yoga Center.   There are many classes for all levels of students each week.

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Tummy Time at the AYC.


Don’t Fall!

See you at the studio and stay standing!

Peace & Love, Lisa & Jeff

Lower-Back Pain

Happy New Year!

Glad to be back on the blog! – Life has been good and extra busy with our new addition.   Herbert Jude Manning was born on September 22, 2014.  He is a super sweet and happy baby.

Low back pain is a problem for so many of us.   Jeff came across the following article today, it is from a study about pain treatment.Jeff reading

“Regarding lower-back pain, there are many possible treatments available.  In a recent study, 492 participants complaining of lower-back pain were questioned as to the methods of treatment they had tried and the efficacy of each.  The study found that among those who tried treatment by yoga instructors, 96 percent of the cases had moderate to long-term relief from symptoms, compared to 65 percent who reported the same level of relief when they were treated by physical therapists, 28 percent who were treated by chiropractors, 10 percent who were treated by massage therapists, and only 4 percent who were treated by neurologists.  The clear superiority of yoga and physical therapy in regard to lower-back pain is likely due to their emphasis on exercises that strengthen the muscles of the back and the supporting muscles of the abdomen; the more fit you are in terms of yogic conditioning, the less likely you are to suffer from lower-back pain.”  From the International Journal of Yoga Therapy 13 (2003):55

backbendsJeff Manning demonstrating some back-bending poses at the Aurora Yoga Center.  Back bends are excellent for strengthening the back muscles.

“Happy Baby Pose”  is also good for your back!

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Herbie teaching class alongside Daddy.

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Try a Happy Baby Pose – it may help your back…. it may also relieve some gas!

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

Yoga Class Schedule.

Going Upside-Down – the benefits of inversions



There are many health benefits found in the inverted poses.  Any time your heart is above your head, you are in an inverted yoga pose.  This could be downward facing dog, or legs up the wall, or the more challenging headstand, handstand, and arm balances.

We walk around and stand on our feet all day, so when we invert, the circulatory system gets a little boost, gravity helps move the fluid in your lower body – it drains better to the veins and lymph vessels, helping to clear up congestion in all parts of the body.  


Immune Boost


Yoga, particularly inversions, can help enhance immunity, notes a review published in a 2008 issue of the International Journal of Yoga. Authors Sarika Arora and Jayashree Bhattacharjee, biochemists in New Delhi, India note that a pose like Downward Facing Dog improves the flow of fluid in the sinuses and can flush mucus from the lungs. Forward bends may have similar benefits. Inversions may also enhance functioning of your lymphatic system, which plays a role in immune response. Legs Up the Wall pose, called Viparita Karani, is a simple example of a lymph-stimulating inversion.


Heart Boosting


Inversions also enable the heart to rest from the work of constantly pumping blood.


Mood Enhancement


Research shows that a yoga practice that includes inversions can boost your mood and improve the symptoms of depression and anxiety. 




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Above photos – Lisa (32 weeks pregnant) in headstand.

The benefits of inversions go on and on, they are great for your endocrine system, integumentary system, digestive system, urinary system, respiratory system, skeletal system and muscular system, besides your circulatory and immune systems.  Inversions shouldn’t be practiced by everyone however, check with your yoga teacher and doctor if you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, glaucoma or epilepsy, which are contraindicated for yoga inversions.


Inversions can be great during pregnancy too.  If you did not practice inversions before pregnancy, it’s not wise to learn inversions during pregnancy. However, if you practiced inversions comfortably before becoming pregnant, it’s probably beneficial to continue the poses through pregnancy.


Benefits of Inversions during Pregnancy


I turned to Geeta Iyengar’s Yoga: a Gem for Women and David Coulter’s Anatomy of Hatha Yoga to read up on the benefits of inversions during pregnancy. Here’s what I found specific to Headstand (sirsasana): 


  • Ensures proper blood circulation to the uterus
  • Creates space in the pelvic cavity for the baby to move around
  • Relieves venous pressure in the legs, which may relieve and prevent varicose veins
  • Promotes hormonal balance by increasing blood flow to the head and neck. This is especially good for the thyroid gland, as a deficiency in thyroid hormone can lead to miscarriage.



If you want to read more about the benefits of inversions to your yoga practice, here is an article: 10 Benefits of Yoga Inversions.

At home, it’s simple to put your legs up the wall and give your body a little immune boost!   In class, under your teacher’s supervision is a great time to try headstand, shoulder stand, and handstand.

See you soon, maybe even upside-down, at the Aurora Yoga Center!

Peace & Love, 

Lisa & Jeff

Summer Time

Beautiful front garden at the AYC in its Summer time glory.  

Summer is for Flowers – Be sure to stop by and see what is blooming, the garden is ever changing and so fun to watch.   Summer perennials – purple cone flowers, hollyhocks, & more.

Yoga teacher Pete takes a break from his 1,000 mile canoe trip to take a side-angle pose and stretch those sore muscles!

Summer is for Adventures – make sure to follow Pete and his best friend Nolan on their blog.   It’s fun to read and see the pictures – you can donate to their charity as well, they are getting closer and closer to raising $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

Summer is for tie-dyed t-shirts – Another way to support Pete and Nolan’s paddling journey is to buy a one of a kind – hand-dyed and original, new Yoga Bones design shirt – just for this Summer’s  Paddle to Cure Diabetes journey!

Yoga Bones shirt at the Sox game.

Summer is for baseball – Hope you are enjoying your summer! – It goes by so quickly!

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

10 and 10




10 and 10 – a special offer.

10 one hour private yoga lessons plus 10 one hour massages for $1000 

As you may know the Aurora Yoga Center is looking to expand the studio and its offerings.  

We are currently in the planning phase of space beautification for the front entry way, the back office space and converting the North side of the building into treatment rooms for massage, acupuncture, esthetician, and energy work.  The South side of the building, the current yoga studio, will be expanded with the removal of the existing massage treatment room walls and a wood floor will be added to the new enlarged yoga studio as well as a revamped rope wall.  We have assembled a great team of designers, builders, and organizers to make these ideas into reality – we just need the funds for these big projects. 

10 and 10 is a limited time offer of 10 private yoga lessons and 10 one hour massages from Jeff Manning.  This package offers a $300 savings and the AYC receives some funds to start these expansion projects. 

This is a unique opportunity to work with Jeff to help you create a customized program to deepen your yoga practice and bring the benefits of regular massage into your life.

You will receive:  10 private 1 hour sessions

10 one hour massages

Satisfaction of helping the   AYC grow to the next level

Cost: $1000.00

Contact Jeff at the Aurora Yoga Center if you are interested – 630-730-1029.


The Aurora Yoga Center has been built from and for the community in which it serves.  All the funding from the 10 and 10 goes to the studio to help enrich the space and offerings for the community.