Living Yoga Aurora

1222 North Eola Road

Aurora, IL 60502

Ph: (866) 637-5845



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Sunday June 5
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Splits, Lotus, and Other Hip Openers with Jim Bennitt

Some of the more advanced poses (which are also some of the most beneficial) require full range of motion in the hip joints. If we attempt to move into some of these advanced asanas without full mobility in the hips, we risk injury to our knees and ankles.

In this class we will first look at the anatomy of the hips and then systematically work our way down to the mat to explore hero pose, variations of pigeon, full splits, lotus, and a few secret gems that are not taught very often in general classes.

About Jim Bennitt:

Jim began his studies in Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda in 1997. He was experiencing hip pain and decided to see a friend who was a physical therapist. The therapist told him that tight hamstrings were the cause of his hip pain and Jim decided to take an introductory yoga course. Not only did this solve the hamstring trouble but he learned that Yoga was concerned with much more than the physical.

For the next three years, Jim bounced around from one yoga studio to the next, until he met Paul Weitz, a teacher at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. Two classes a week turned into five classes a week as well as weekend workshops with top teachers from across the U.S. who stopped in at Moksha.

Jim then completed Moksha's teacher training with Daren Friesen, traveled to Ukraine for a two-month intensive training with master teacher Andrey Lappa and assisted Gabriel Halpern in his therapeutic classes at The Yoga Circle.

Since then, he completed and now assists in several teacher trainings in Rod's Para Yoga lineage. Jim is also a popular presenter at conferences, workshops and retreats in the U.S. and abroad and is a co-owner of Tejas Yoga in Chicago.

Cost: Pre-register and paid by May 30 $45/$55 thereafter

Saturday June 18
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mala Beads, Mantra Seeds Workshop: Make Your Own Mala Necklace with Sandra Coyner

A mala is a set of 108 beads used to focus awareness during practices such as mantra meditation. In this workshop, have fun making your own mala necklace using semi-precious gemstones.

  • Discuss the healing benefits of the stones you chose and the chakras they relate to.
  • Plant audible seeds for manifestation through mantra as we discover how to use our mala beads for meditation.
  • No previous meditation or mantra experience is necessary.

Must Pre-register by June 10 so beads can be ordered. $45 (includes everything you will need to make a mala necklace)

Friday June 24
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

108 Sun Salutations with Marianne Torres

Join Marianne Torres for the tradition of yoga mala (108 sun salutations) celebrating the summer solstice, the longest day of the year with our Living Yoga community. A yoga mala is an ancient tradition of 108 sun salutations and is performed during the solstices, or changing of the seasons. These solstices are considered auspicious times to take stock of ones life and set intentions for the upcoming season.

Participate in some or all of the sun salutations or rest in a pose of your choice and just breathe. This is an all levels practice. The energy and community created during a yoga mala is something to be experienced. Bring a journal to write down any intentions of reflections that may come up as you practice.

Cost: Pre-register and paid by June 19 $25/$35 thereafter

Event Policy

To register for an event, please call or email to reserve your space. Events subject to cancellation if sign-ups do not meet minimum number of required attendees. Please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to attend a workshop you have pre-registered for to receive a full refund.