Intro to Yoga 8-Week Course with Paul Menard

 2018 Dates

Fridays, 3:45-5:00 pm

May 4 – June 22

July 6 – August 24

September 7 – October 26

$95 in advance (by day before start date)

$100 at the door

Open to Karuna Card Members

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This 8-week course focuses on learning the basic yoga principles and the practice of asana (postures) safely. It is designed to open up all the major muscles and joints of the body and to build strength and stamina while reducing stress. We’ll create a strong foundation by working from the ground up, gaining 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 following week. You will be encouraged to do some home practice and will receive a handout with the sequence that was done in class. After completing this course, you will be able to participate confidently and safely in any Level 1 or 2 class at Karuna. In addition, you will receive a $10 reduction off of the first class card you purchase after completing the course.

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After attending this course students will understand how to:

  • Create strength and stamina
  • Reduce stress
  • Relax
  • Perform postures with safe alignment
  • Execute standing poses, forward bends, basic backbends, and shoulder stand
  • Have a basic knowledge of the definition of yoga
  • Apply the philosophical aspects of yoga to daily life
  • Build a home practice


Paul Menard Namaste

Paul Menard, Managing Director (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 though 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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