10 and 10

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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. 

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Good News – May 2014 – AYC

Free Yoga Classes taught by the AYC Teacher Training Program Students with Jeff Manning’s supervision.
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All Levels
Thursdays, May 1st, May 15th, May 29th, & June 12th.
12:30-2:00p.m.

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!

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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. 

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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

Helpful Little Things That Can Help Us Grow

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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.

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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.

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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

Play Dead…. It’s Good For You!!!!

Ask most any yoga student what their favorite part of class is and they will tell you, “Savasana”.   Savasana, pronounced:  shah-VAHS-anna, means corpse pose.  So, you just lay there, and yet this can be one of the most challenging yoga poses.

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From Iyengar Yoga Resources:  At the end of our asana practice we lie down, feet fallen outward, breath long, hands facing the sky, for savasana, corpse pose. By all accounts, corpse pose is considered the most difficult posture, as we posture the mind and body to imitate a corpse. “Most difficult for students,” says Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “not waking, not sleeping.”

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Savasana is particularly effective after a yoga practice.  The body has been worked and now is a time to let go.  Without falling asleep, allowing your body to completely relax. By quieting the mind and following your breath, a meditative state can be achieved.  Savasana relieves stress, resets the nervous system, and lowers blood pressure.   The Mayo Clinic has been studying the positive effects on the heart from a savasana practice.

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If it hurts to lay flat on your back, there are many supportive and propped positions for savasana.  Savasana doesn’t have to be laying flat on the hard floor.

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Sandbags and weights can be added to the pose for deeper release.

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Savasana is great to do after anything.  After a math class,  exercising, a day of work, any activity – savasana is a good break before the next activity.  Just like we digest our food, our nerves need to digest experience.  Because we are so fast moving in this country we usually don’t give ourselves time to digest our experience.

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Try practicing savasana if you are having trouble falling asleep.

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Use this winter time of hibernation, rest, and regeneration to practice savasana consistently.   Try corpse pose throughout your day, not just at the end of your yoga class, just give yourself 5 minutes to lay down.

Peace & Love, 

Jeff & Lisa

Yoga Bones

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Yoga Bones is our t-shirt company!  Fun t-shirts that we have been making since our days living in Sonoma, CA.   About 10 years ago some of Jeff’s first skeleton designs were printed on to t-shirts hand-dyed by Lisa. 

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We started making them for an annual Halloween Folk Art show that we participated in, it was a lot of fun.   The shirts came out cool, so we made them about once per year.  After moving back to Aurora, IL in 2006, we made them again to sell to Jeff’s yoga students (coming to the basement yoga studio).  Lisa also sold them in Chicago at art festivals along with her Nido Threads clothing.

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For the past decade the Yoga Bones shirts have been made sporadically, we feel it’s time to focus on these great shirts.  2014 is the year that Yoga Bones is going big! – We are now online and shirts can be ordered from anywhere in the world!  

All of the designs are drawn by Jeff.   These skeletons doing yoga poses also illustrate Jeff’s teaching manuals.  His yoga skeletons can also be found in his many pieces of artwork:  ink drawings, paintings, and encaustics.   Lisa screen-prints the shirts at our friends’ great print shop in Montgomery, IL:  American Sportswear.   American Sportswear is owned and operated by the Pasulka family who lived in the house across the street from Lisa growing up.  If you need t-shirts for your school or group – these are great people to work with and a small, family-owned business!

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Since the website was just launched, we are starting pretty basic – there are crew neck t-shirts for men and women in long and short sleeve styles.  These shirts come in white, grey, or black.  We also are printing women’s scoop neck, organic cotton t-shirts from Alternative Apparel.  These are very soft and come in red, pink, green, blue, brown, & natural.  

In the near future, we will offer hand-dyed shirts as well as other styles of shirts, pants, yoga bags, and more.

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Please spread the word about Yoga Bones – they are great t-shirts for regular people who practice yoga.   Starting at $18, these shirts won’t break the bank and will keep your body covered while you bend and stretch!   It would be a challenge to have a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in our Yoga Bones shirts, and they are NOT see-through!   

We hope you visit our site and find a shirt for yourself and one for a gift as well.  www.YogaBones.net

Peace & Love, 

Lisa & Jeff Manning

 
 

Aurora Yoga Center – You’ve come a long way baby!

The Aurora Yoga Center’s humble beginnings were in our basement.  Upon moving back to Aurora, after living several years on the West Coast, Jeff was anxious to get some yoga classes started.  This was January 2006, he was teaching in a couple of area gyms and not satisfied with the studio spaces and lack of yoga props and a rope wall.   The prop collection begins!   Since Jeff’s yoga teachings are alignment based, props are very important.  For example: if you can’t reach the floor, you bring the floor to you – put your hands on blocks or chairs in order to keep your spine in alignment.

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Pictured above are students at the rope wall in our basement studio.  Notice all the hand-dyed Yoga Bones shirts all the students are wearing!   So great!  These dedicated students followed Jeff to the current yoga studio on Terry Ave.

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(Students relaxing with help from the rope wall at the new studio, July 2009.)

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Jeff found the perfect location for a studio, walking distance from home was a great perk too.  514 Terry Avenue is a one story, brown, brick building we rent from John McEnroe – no, not the high-tempered tennis player you are thinking of – but, the kind, local realtor whose Remax office is right next door to the studio.  John may have been skeptical of yoga at first, but his love of exercise and curiosity got the better of him – he’s been  walking over for class a couple of times per week for years now.  

It was so great to have a much bigger studio and a public space with a parking lot.   Not to mention, Lisa and the kids didn’t have to worry about their noise level at home anymore!  The Aurora Yoga Center opened up July 1, 2009.   However, the inaugural class was actually a workshop the last weekend in June 2009, taught by one of Jeff’s mentors: Gabriel Halpern of Chicago’s Yoga Circle.

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Gabriel has returned several times to teach inspiring workshops at the AYC.

In the basement, yoga classes were simply called ‘yoga class’ with Jeff Manning.  However, when the studio moved to it’s current location, it was named the Aurora Yoga Center.  This name pays homage to the Moscow Yoga Center where Jeff and Lisa first began their yoga training with Jeri Hudak while living in Moscow, Idaho.  Jeri is an amazing teacher who has traveled from Idaho to Illinois a couple of times to teach weekend long workshops at the Aurora Yoga Center.

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From it’s humble beginnings in the basement 8 years ago, the Aurora Yoga Center has grown and served more students.  The current location at 514 Terry Ave, in Aurora, IL has been going strong for 55 months! – let’s hope that many more students make yoga a part of their lives and can reap the benefits of a regular practice at the AYC.

Peace & Love, 

Jeff & Lisa