Our Yoga for Beginner's Class has a new name:
This name change is a reflection of our philosophy at Mantra. We believe that all students can benefits from a fundamentals class and that the best way to build an authentic, strong and safe yoga practice is to begin with the basics and to always keep a beginner's mind.
It is the alignment of the body in our asanas (poses) that keep us safe and allow us to achieve and enjoy the intended benefits of the pose. Without proper alignment there is risk of discomfort, frustration and even injury.
Most students taking our vinyasa or slow flow classes have never taken an introductory level class. Many have learned alignment from watching other students or best guessing it. As much as our teachers try to watch everyone in class, sometimes we are unable to give the detailed attention needed to every student. This is why we offer beginner level classes as an option for ALL yogis. Our fundamentals classes move slowly and include detailed instruction on alignment as well as gentle hands-on assists. They are a wonderful way to "re-learn" some of the basic poses and allow you to really focus on what is happening with your body and breath. You might be surprised to learn that you've been misaligned in many of your poses and this is the chance to correct those issues before they cause harm.
For beginner's, this class is the very best way to begin a yoga practice. Starting with the basics allows you to build the strength, flexibility and knowledge needed to move forward with your practice safely and organically. Nothing is more frustrating than taking a class and being completely unfamiliar with what's going on. In addition to the alignment of the poses we discuss yoga etiquette and learn basic yoga breathing and meditation techniques.
I encourage my beginners and challenge my experience yogis to access their beginner's mind and try Yoga Fundamentals!
See You on the Mat!
Our Yoga Fundamentals classes are held Sunday afternoons at 4pm and Tuesday nights at 7:15pm.
Student Ryland Vallely demonstrates two commonly misaligned poses (Downward Facing Dog and Trikonasana).