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


Good News – March 2014 – AYC

There is a lot happening at the Aurora Yoga Center this month.

Image(AYC Yoga class – practicing Warrior II pose)

First of all – a new six week session begins on Monday, March 10th.   If you have been hesitant to start yoga, we wish you would go for it and join us!  We even have answers for all of your excuses……

“I’m too busy”    There are 24 weekly classes. 

“I’m too old”       Yoga works from birth to death.

“I’m too stiff”       That’s why you do yoga.

“I have no money”  Ask about the Sun Shine Fund.

“My back hurts”   Learn how Yoga helps manage back pain.

“I’m too fat”         Size does not matter, your body fits perfectly with itself.

“I have no Yoga clothes”  A T-shirt and comfy pants is all you need.   

“I don’t have a Yoga mat”  The AYC is fully stocked with everything you will need for class.

“I’m embarrassed”    The teaching staff and the student base at the AYC are very supportive, we all know what it’s like to be new at this art.

You just need to show up to a class, no need to pre-register or pay ahead of time.   All are welcome to join at any time during the session.


The Aurora Yoga Center has donated to St. Baldrick’s Foundation and hope you do too!   One of our students, Claire Schiltz is participating in the upcoming St. Baldrick’s event on March 16th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Ballydoyle – The Irish Pub & Restaurant – 28 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL. 

Image (Claire Schiltz)

Claire’s grandson is a leukemia survivor, so the cause of St. Baldrick’s Foundation is dear to her heart: “… a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy, lives.”  Claire’s team is looking for supporters before their heads are shaved next Saturday – to donate follow this link: Shaving For the Kids.

Image(Yoga blocks etched by 52 lasers)   

Another yoga student, Jennifer Putzier and her husband, Ryan, do really amazing things with laser cutting & etching wood.   They did a project with Yoga Bones and made awesome etched yoga blocks as a feature for their blog – in which they do a new laser project each week using an industrial laser engraving and cutting platform.  


 Image(Jeff in half moon pose)

Jeff is finally making yoga videos!   Jeff was asked by Eat Smart Workout Hard to demonstrate some yoga positions for their series of workout videos.   Here’s a sneak peak of Jeff’s videos



Lisa’s Corner:  My yoga practice is going well at 13 weeks pregnant.   I am discovering some weak areas like my left leg and my lungs which need more toning.  We are excited to now have  a Prenatal class at the AYC.   This class is not only for pregnant women, but also their partners or other supportive people in their lives.   Women who have recently given birth are also encouraged to join this class and bring their infants along, as long as the babies can’t crawl away while we are practicing!    Prenatal/Postnatal class is taught by Jeff Manning who has been through lots of training in this area…. Doula classes in San Francisco, assisted Lisa 3 times in childbirth and helped many couples with helpful techniques to get through labor and delivery more comfortably and connected as a couple.  Join us on Tuesday mornings for Prenatal/Postnatal yoga class – 9:30-10:30am.

 Image(Teacher Training students working with Jeff)

Free Yoga Class – AYC’s Teacher Training class needs to practice teaching.   Please come to this free class for all levels of students, Thursday, March 13th, 12:30-2:00pm.  Please RSVP to this event or call 630-730-1029, so that we have an idea of how many people to expect.  No need to bring anything, just wear comfortable clothing.


Next Gong Meditation, Friday, March 14th – 6:30-7:30pm.   Please RSVP to the event page or call 630-730-1029 to reserve your space.

Things are hopping at the AYC, maybe it’s the new energy of Spring coming our way!   We hope to see you soon, 

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

Upcoming Winter Events at the AYC

We have a few great events coming up this month and next.

First of all, this Friday, January 24th: Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Wood Horse


Come celebrate the Chinese New Year!! Presented by Golden Tiger Wellness and The Aurora Yoga Center. Always a great event with great food, entertainment, and prizes for attendees. Introduction to the Chinese New Year, Chinese Astrology, the upcoming Horse year, and more!! $30 price includes dinner, info, prizes, and fun. Drinks not included. RSVP ASAP: 630-346-5106. All people born in the Horse Year receive $10.00 off the price of admission! Yeeeehaw! 


Brian Lay of Golden Tiger Wellness – teaches Chinese Astrology at the AYC as well as practices massage therapy.  



Free Yoga Class for all levels of students on Thursday, February 6th, from 12:30-2:00p.m.

This free yoga class will be taught by the AYC Teacher Training Program Students with Jeff Manning’s supervision.

This is an opportunity for the Teacher Training Students to practice for their teacher training assessment test.

Please RSVP to this event or call: 630-730-1029 so that we have an idea of how many students to expect. You do not need to bring anything, just come in comfortable clothing.



Special Valentine’s Day Gong Meditation for your Heart.

Balancing, Healing, Calming, Connecting.

Discover a new level of meditation & experience healing on the cellular level. Since we are made up of a lot of water, the vibrations of the gong travel through your body, thoughts are quieted, and a deep meditation is reached.

Friday – February 14th

One Session: 6:30-7:30p.m.  $10 per person

Chocolate will be served!

RSVP: 630-730-1029 or stop by the studio to sign up