Taking up a yoga practice can be intimidating and confusing. There are many different styles of yoga to choose from and a vast array of approaches. But the basics of yoga—breathing, postures, energy, and awareness—are universal. Once you have a grasp of the basics, you can feel confident exploring the many different options out there, finding the style that resonates most with your body, heart, and mind.
If you have never practiced yoga before or if you have been practicing yoga for years and would like to explore the many depths of yoga- this is the workshop for you!
“My ongoing goal as a yoga instructor is to dispel the myth that yoga is only for the fit and flexible,” says teacher Deb Fraine.
Yoga means “union.” Yoga is for everyone and has always been mean’t to be inclusive no matter what your body type or physical fitness level. Each week we will explore different yoga themes and participate in a simple yoga practice incorporating these topics. Resources will be provided for further exploration.
The objective of this workshop is to give you the tools to become a lifelong yogi through the safe, inclusive, knowledgeable practice of yoga.
Yoga 101: A Beginner’s Journey is a comprehensive four-week dive into the foundations of a yoga practice. Each week we will discuss a different yoga topic and then practice a simple yoga flow incorporating the theme of the week. The course is designed both for those who are brand new to yoga and for those who may be curious to learn more about the “why” of a particular yoga pose or theory.
Resources will be provided to further explore each topic. You may attend the entire series or individual sessions of your choice. Please bring a yoga mat and a notebook to write in.
10/26: What is Yoga? What are the benefit of practice to our every day lives? Getting back to the basic roots of yoga- introduction to the importance of pranayama(breath),the language of yoga and meditation. Classical sun salutation with modifications.
11/2: Yoga is not just about the postures- yoga is a way of life! Introduction to the 8 Limbs of Yoga-including yamas (moral conduct of kindness toward ourselves and others) focus, meditation, postures, breath-all leading to overall health. Simple practice demonstrating the 8 limbs of yoga with modifications.
11/9: Chakras (energy centers of the body) - Chakra specific poses- How do the postures and pranayama (breath) raise your vibration in each of the seven primary chakras contributing to your physical and emotional health? Simple chakra-specific yoga practice to enhance your daily life.
11/16: Postural alignment, not perfection. Discussion and practice of each of the warrior postures safe alignment and modifications. How does yoga contribute to the physical health of your neck, back, shoulders, hip, knees and feet? How can the body, mind, breath and spirit connection prevent illness and injury?
About Deb Fraine: Deb Fraine has been practicing yoga for 20 years and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance having completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Donna Pagliarani at the Dharma Connection in Sandwich, MA. “As a yoga instructor my goal is to integrate my knowledge as an outpatient orthopedic occupational therapist into my yoga classes by helping to prevent injury with sequences that stretch and strengthen the core, neck, back, shoulders, quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, shoulders, wrists and hands.”