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.
Yoga 101: A Beginner’s Journey is a comprehensive six-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 or 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.
1/26 Week 1: Benefits of Yoga; Ancient Roots of modern yoga; Basic Sun Salutation
2/2 Week 2: Pranayama (the breath of yoga), Using Props; Core Strengthening Poses
2/9 Week 3: Bandhas (the locks of yoga); Standing Warrior; Balance Poses
*No class on 2/16
2/23 Week 4: Chakras (energy centers of the body); Chakra-specific Poses
3/2 Week 5: Basic sanskrit; Sun Salutation A; Back Bends; Sitting Poses
3/9 Week 6: Eight limbs of yoga; Sun Salutation B; Twisting poses
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.”