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.

Paddle to Cure Diabetes

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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:  www.paddletocurediabetes.com



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:  www.yogabones.net

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

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


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

Helpful Little Things That Can Help Us Grow


There are some exciting plans for improvements and growth in the works for the Aurora Yoga Center. We are expanding wellness opportunities for the community by adding more treatment rooms to the building. These rooms will be used for massage, acupuncture, and esthetician work. We are hoping to expand the space of the yoga studio and eventually add a new wood floor. Please help us get the word out to more students so that we can get these projects running and make some cosmetic updates to the space as well.

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Here’s how you can help:

– Follow and share our blog posts.  (Follow our blog by clicking on the grey rectangle that says ‘+Follow’ at the bottom right of your screen)

– Share the AYC’s Facebook posts on your Facebook page or wall. Not everyone sees the posts in one place, it helps for the posts to be spread around Facebook.  If you haven’t already, please like AYC’s Facebook Page.

– Bring a friend or two with you to class. Word of mouth and personal recommendations are the absolute best way to grow our business.

– Use your smart phone to ‘check in’ when you are at the yoga studio, the more the name Aurora Yoga Center pops up on Facebook and other social media tools the better.

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These small things will help us get these opportunities off the ground and running for the community. We are excited about the changes and growth coming to the Aurora Yoga Center.

Thank you for all your help and support!

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

Looking For Spring

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter here in Aurora, IL.  Image(ice formation on the side of the studio)

I think we are all about to go a little crazy living in this arctic climate…. but, we have hope.   Hope that those bulbs under the layers of snow, ice, and soil will bloom soon.


This week, let’s just enjoy some photos of the beautiful gardens at the AYC and think of warmer weather.  Thanks to the hard work of Marianne Gerry, the center has spectacular front and side gardens.  

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Marianne is a yoga student at the center who volunteers her time and shares perennials form her home garden with the Aurora Yoga Center.  

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It’s amazing what she has created.  Everyone enjoys the colors and textures that bloom all Spring, Summer, & Fall.










The garden is starting to come to life despite the frigid temperatures.   We will soon see the crocuses poking through the stark, white snow.

This Summer, Lisa and the kids plan to add a new garden to the backyard of the studio.  This will be an organic veggie garden.   Can’t wait to dig in the dirt!  

Even though it is cold, we hope to see you at the Aurora Yoga Center soon!
Peace & Love, Lisa & Jeff