Introduction To Yoga with Paul

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More than enough people have recommended that you do yoga. Even your primary care doc sent you home with a pamphlet on the health benefits of doing yoga. It seems like everyone already does it.
Have you missed the boat? How do you even begin?

Google.

When you type “yoga” in the search bar you’re inundated with blog posts, and videos of fit people who look not only comfortable but serene in poses that remind you of playing Twister in your younger years. Scrolling down gives you a little more reassurance. Plenty of yoga studios offer beginner classes. That means you can’t be the only one with no experience, right?

  • But when it comes to signing up for that beginner class you still feel hesitant.
  • Will you wear the right thing?
  • What if the other beginners have been attending class for weeks?
  • Are you allowed to leave if you have to go to the bathroom?
  • And what if there’s chanting?

Not to worry.

Fitstreams now offers Introduction To Yoga. A beginners class you can take at home. You get to: 

  • Move at your own pace
  • Pause if you need to pee
  • Preview how to get into a pose before you have to attempt it
  • Wear your favorite sweat pants even though the butt part is worn thin
  • Stop and scrub back when you didn’t catch what sounded like an important direction
  • Or heck, you can abandon the whole idea halfway through class and no one has to know. (We don’t think it’ll come to that though). 

Practicing at home allows for you and yoga to get acquainted. You’ll have the time and space to explore if it’s a good fit under no pressure.

This 8 class course teaches what you need to know, and allows you to practice before walking into your first in-person class.

With Paul’s [gentle and clear] guidance, create a strong foundation by working from the ground up, creating a solid understanding of the basic building blocks of yoga. We will use repetition and add a little challenge in every class. Each pose builds upon the previous pose, and you will feel strong, open, more flexible, energized and prepared for the next class.

*We don’t know if your in person class will have chanting or not, but you’ll feel confident enough in your yoga practice that trying chanting will be a breeze. 

Introduction To Yoga with Paul

Introduction to Yoga Series

8 Classes

In the first session, participants will learn the basic arm and shoulder sequence, explore firmness of the legs, and begin with yoga’s basic postures. Poses include: tree, chair, downward dog, staff, hero, seated twists, bridge and savasana.

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In the second session, participants begin the practice of standing (warrior poses). Like all sessions, the basic arm and shoulder sequence will kick off this class. Poses Include: triangle, warrior two, downward dog, child’s pose, staff, seated twists, bridge, savasana.

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In session three, we begin with the basic arm and shoulder sequence, and add to the practice of standing poses. Poses include: triangle, side angle, pyramid, staff, head to knee pose, seated twists, bridge, legs up the wall.

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In session four, we explore balance poses. We will begin with the basic arm and shoulder sequence, practice standing balances, begin work with standing forward bends, and expand on our seated postures.

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Session five expands on standing poses and twists, and introduces some basic hip openers. Poses include: pyramid, revolved triangle, downward dog, staff, seated twists, bound angle, wide legged seat, bridge, savasana.

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Session six builds on our program by further opening the hamstrings with forward bends, and the chest with backbends. Our simple inversions practice (legs up the wall) is expanded on. Poses include: reclined hand to foot, standing hand to foot, wide legged forward bend, downward dog, cobra, staff, boat, seated twists, bridge, legs up the wall.

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In this session, we will establish practice by putting together what we know, and revisiting some of the core standing poses we know. We will take small (optional) steps toward shoulder stand. Poses include: triangle, side angle, half moon, downward dog, staff, hero, head to knee, seated twists, savasana.

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In session 8, students will add some challenging postures to their repertoire, including core standings, forward bends, and revisit some postures that were introduced earlier in the sequence. Students have the option to take another step closer to shoulder stand. Poses include: chair, standing forward bend, warrior one, warrior three, wide legged standing, forward bend, staff, bound angle, wide legged seat, seated twists, cobra, bridge, shoulder stand options and savasana.

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About the instructor

Paul Menard

Director, Karuna Center for Yoga and Healing Arts
Yoga Instructor & Shiatsu Practitioner E-RYT 500, YACEP, AOBTA-CP

Paul Menard began studying yoga in 2002 and has maintained a passionate practice ever since. His background in classical dance gives him profound appreciation for the intricacy of the form that yoga affords. His elegance and grace shines through his postures and the execution of his teaching. Paul’s pursuit of a more spiritual practice led him to Karuna, where he feels blessed to have found such an open and welcoming community. In addition to yoga, Paul has a fervor for education. He completed his master’s degree in Adult Education and Training in early 2011 to complement his career as a workplace learning and development professional. He has completed the 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification program at Karuna and is seeking other professional credentials as an educator. Paul is excited to connect his love of education and passion for yoga at Karuna.

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