Intro to Yoga 8-Week Course

Fridays 4:00-5:15 pm  with Paul Menard

Register online (use the links above), over the phone (413-584-5054), or in person. Cash, check, and credit/debit accepted.

The course’s 8-class pass can be purchased for $95 in advance (by day before start date of course) or $100 at the door. (Regular Karuna class cards also accepted)

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.

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

Rebeca Allessi is a graduate of  Karuna’s 200 Hour and 300 Hour advanced teacher trainings and is certified by Yoga Ed to teach yoga in the schools, grades K –  8. She is currently the Tiered Support Specialist at Jackson Street School where she practices mindfulness, yoga, and meditation with the entire learning community.  Before coming to Northampton, she spent 24 years as a classroom teacher, mostly in urban settings. The importance of truth and kindness was revealed each and every day by her hundreds of students.  Rebeca is drawn to Karuna as a place where she can experience acceptance, find inner peace, and work towards meaningful growth. She is dedicated to bringing the transformative power of the Eight Limb Path of yoga to people of all ages and abilities.

For more information about events or Karuna’s teacher training programs, please email or call (413) 584-5054.