Yoga by the Lake


Yoga By Prestbury Lake! Come join us every Wednesday in July & August from 6:45 am – 7:45 am.  If it’s raining, class will be held at the Aurora Yoga Center.  

The lake in Prestbury, Sugar Grove is just 10 minutes from the Aurora Yoga Center.  The price is only $10 per class.  Come for all 9 classes or just 1.  


Directions:  From the Aurora Yoga Center – head West on Prairie Street to Orchard Road.  At Orchard turn Right – heading North to Galena Blvd.  At the stop light of Galena Blvd, turn Left, heading West on Galena Blvd.  Look for Hankes Road – turn Right, heading North on Hankes Road.  Follow Hankes Road into Prestbury where you will turn Right on Winthrop New Road.  


Parking:  Park in the Clubhouse/Pool parking lot at 18 Winthrop New Road, Sugar Grove, IL.  


Yoga Class will take place in the common area between the club house and the pool along side of the lake.




Paddle to Cure Diabetes

Image(Pete & Jeff)

We are so happy to have Pete Stadalsky as one of our yoga teachers at the Aurora Yoga Center.  Besides being a great teacher, he is kind and caring and generous.  Next week Pete and his good friend Nolan embark on a 1000 mile canoe trip in an effort to raise $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association.   Both paddlers have fathers with type one diabetes.

ImageNolan and Pete’s launch date is June 23rd, 2014.

You can read more about their adventure, follow their trip, view a map, and make a donation on their website:



Another way to support their efforts is by purchasing an exclusive Yoga Bones t-shirt designed by Jeff Manning for this special cause.   The shirts are hand-dyed a faded, earthy green and are 100% cotton.  Shirts are $20 and proceeds go towards supporting their trip.  Shirts come in unisex sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, & XXX-Large. Image

Shirts can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the world:

If you are local and do not want to pay for shipping – please send us an email to place an order:

Local orders may be picked up at the Aurora Yoga Center.

ImageWe wish Pete & Nolan all the luck in the world as they paddle for 70+ days!   Remember to follow their blog to see pictures and read about their journey.  Hopefully you can make a donation, purchase a T-shirt, or at least send them good energy for their trip!

Thank you so much, 

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa



Image(Olive & Iris Manning)

Hugging is good medicine.  It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift.  You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth.  Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have the words for.  And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one.

Hugs given daily at the AYC!  

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

It Soon Will Be June!


Beautiful irises and cornflowers blooming in the front garden at the Aurora Yoga Center.

New 6 week class session begins on Monday, June 2nd.   Students may join at any time – with 24 classes happening per week, there is sure to be one that fits your schedule.

This Saturday, catch one of Jeff’s famous restorative classes – you will leave feeling amazing.

Image Saturdays: 8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. or 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Or try Motomi’s Sunday morning class – you will feel empowered!

ImageMotomi teaches 8:15a.m. – 9:45a.m. on Sundays

Enjoy this warmer weather and how your body moves.

See you soon at the AYC! 

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa



Good News – May 2014 – AYC

Free Yoga Classes taught by the AYC Teacher Training Program Students with Jeff Manning’s supervision.
All Levels
Thursdays, May 1st, May 15th, May 29th, & June 12th.

This is an opportunity for the Teacher Training Students to practice for their teacher training assessment test.
You do not need to bring anything, just come in comfortable clothing.

If you would like, you may RSVP to this event on Facebook so that we have an idea of how many students to expect.  Hope you can join us for one or all of these free classes.


May the Fourth Be With You!


This Sunday, May 4th is a Star Wars themed fundraising walk/run to support Wellness House.  Wellness House, located in Hindsdale, IL, Wellness House is a community-based organization that offers resources and support at no cost for people living with cancer including families and loved ones. 



Cancer has touched all of our lives, whether personally, a family member, a friend.  Wellness House is a great resource, especially for the family members dealing with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.  One of AYC’s students, Heather, is participating in this Sunday’s Walk/Run for Wellness House.   Heather’s daughters have benefited greatly from Wellness House as their dad battles cancer.   You can support Heather’s team with a donation or join the walk/run yourself.  Cancer has touched all of us, even  the Aurora Yoga Center – Another of AYC’s students, Paula, has an ongoing fight with cancer, she is continually in our thoughts and prayers.  Frank, another student of the AYC is a Tai Chi teacher at Wellness House.  We can see this battle from all sides, families, friends, and supporters.  Support local families affected by cancer – Walk for Wellness House – May 4th, 8am-12pm.


Hope your May is off to a great start – helping yourself and others.

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

Gaits, Traits, Ills, & Thrills


Brian Lay is a good friend of Jeff & Lisa & the Aurora Yoga Center.   Brian is a wonderful massage therapist who works at the Aurora Yoga Center.   Brian also teaches Chinese Astrology classes at the AYC the 3rd Friday of each month.   The class coming up this Friday sounds very interesting – Physical Traits and Health of the Chinese Zodiac: Gaits, Traits, Ill’s, and Thrills.


Join Golden Tiger Wellness and the Aurora Yoga Center for the third class of the Chinese Astrology class series. (Students can join at any point in the series) We have established who we are (Introduction), who we like (Compatibility), and now it is time to dig in to how the Chinese Zodiac can help us to know our bodies. Yes it is true, for thousands of years, astrology from the East, and West, have observed the implications the stars have on how we walk, talk, eat, exercise, and deal with sickness. Come and see what it means for YOU, your family, and friends. $25.00/person. RSVP by April 17 to Facebook Event Page – or call Brian – 630-346-5106

Time to Bloom!

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”  –Sitting Bull


Crocuses in the front garden of the Aurora Yoga Center just starting to open.   


Crocuses in full bloom!

We couldn’t be happier that Spring has finally arrived!   In this season of new life, let’s be good to ourselves and move our bodies.  Step away from the computer and out your door.   It’s time to bend in the garden, walk the dog, ride your bike, and enjoy this glorious season.   A regular yoga practice can help you be as comfortable as possible in your body.  

See you soon at the Aurora Yoga Center!

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa