Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, M.A.
Certified Yoga Therapist has been changing people’s lives for 3 decades. As founder and director of one of the Chicago area’s premier yoga studios, Yoga Among Friends, Laura Jane has made the practice and teaching of yoga her life’s work. To Laura Jane, the teachings of yoga are a sacred lineage to be passed on from teacher to student.
Laura Jane’s study of yoga began in 1979, and she became a certified yoga teacher in 1989. A life-long learner, she has had the pleasure to study under some of yoga’s leading masters including: T.K.V. Desikachar, Chase Bossart, Kate Holcombe, Richard Miller, Rod Stryker, Ganga White, Tracey Rich, and Erich Schiffman. From 2007–2012, her studies culminated in her credentialing as a Certified Yoga Therapist through Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation in Chennai, India. Currently, Laura Jane is under the tutelage and guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tiginuit, the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute.
In addition to her in-depth studies of yogic philosophies, Laura Jane is a therapist. She enjoys blending her M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (1993, Antioch University) with her yoga therapy certification to provide her clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances that affect the immune system.
Laura Jane has held workshops throughout the world, including Costa Rica, Jamaica, Hawaii, the Northwest Pacific, New York City, Tennessee, Italy, Greece, Guatemala, and Belize. She continues to teach yoga students and to train those who wish to become yoga therapists themselves.
Learn more at www.yogaamongfriends.com.
Chase Bossart, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT, M.A.
Chase brings humor, warmth, and compassion to all his teachings. Chase’s strength is making the some-what-lofty teachings of Yoga easy to understand. It’s his mission to teach Yoga in a clear and organized way, so you can apply it to your daily life. He values sustainable transformation, experiential understanding and relationship, and holds these as the foundation for his teaching.
Chase, E-RYT 500, M.A., is specialized in the therapeutic application of Yoga in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Mr. TKV Desikachar. He studied as a private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar for 20+ years and instructed at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.
Currently, Chase is the Director of Yoga Well Institute. He also serves as a member of the Yoga Alliance Advisory Group to the Standard’s Committee and as Adjunct Faculty for Loyola Marymount’s Yoga Therapy RX Program. In addition to these endeavors, Chase has held a private, yoga-therapist practice for 10+ years. The care and trust between Chase and his students has supported long-time transformation. Now, he especially loves leading experiential workshops that demonstrate yoga philosophy’s relevance to today’s world.
Learn more at www.yogawell.com.
*Keeley Michael maintains and ongoing teacher-student relationship.