Intro to Iyengar – A Thursday Series 5:15 – 6:15pm
Series Starts February 2 th through March 16th (No class Thursday March 2nd)
Discover the benefits of yoga and what it can do for YOU!
Sign up now for the “Introductory to Iyengar Yoga” 6 week series. This is meant for those of you who are either new to yoga or looking for a jump start to your practice. It’s meant to be taken as a series as we will build on asanas (poses) each week, starting with beginning standing poses and moving on to seated poses, twists and forward extensions. Iyengar yoga focuses on precision and alignment and with the use of props, makes asanas (poses) available to everyone.
In the event you cannot make it to all 6 classes you will be given the option to attend one alternate class of your choice (see the MBS class schedule).
$ 60 Register here
Mona is Iyengar Certified at the Introductory II level. She believes whole heartedly in the benefits of yoga and is honored to share what she has learned from her teachers with her students.
“I did not have the chance to meet BKS Iyengar in person, but I know that I catch a glimpse of him every time I see his light shining in my teachers. My hope is that I pass that light onto my students. Namaste!”
Meditation Basics – with Jennie Ross
Sunday, February 26, 1:00-4:00pm
Mindfulness meditation leads to greater understanding of the nature of our minds, leading to greater calm and ease in our lives. This workshop includes exploration of the intention behind meditation practice, instructions for different meditation practice techniques, working with common obstacles, and a discussion on how mindfulness can be part of one’s daily life. This workshop is intended for people who are new to meditation or who are relative beginners.
$ 10 Register here
The workshop leader, Jennie Ross, has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 25 years, including intensive practice and study of Buddhist meditation for the past 10 years. She leads meditation practice groups at state and federal prison facilities and at teen facilities in the Twin Cities.
Yoga in the Kitchen – Eating Seasonally to Optimize Health - with Julie Welle
Saturday, March 11, 1:00-3:00pm
Ayurveda offers a logical approach to creating a well balanced diet that nourishes mind body and spirit. Eating seasonally optimizes your digestion, mood and immunity. When our diet is in tune with nature and the seasons we nurture our body’s natural intelligence and ability to heal itself.
Learn about digestion from an Ayurvedic perspective and how digestion effects your immune system. Learn the benefits of eating a seasonal diet. Learn simple ways to modify your current diet starting where you are right now.
$40 Register here
Julie came to yoga from a fine arts background and a love of the human figure. She began to desire more than simply painting the human body; she wanted to artistically explore it through the flow of motion. Julie began practicing and studying yoga in 1991 and began teaching in 2002 after becoming a certified Hatha yoga instructor and is registered with Yoga Alliance as ERYT200. She is also a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist as of 2012 and works with traditional and adaptive students. She has been a leading teacher in MBS’s Veteran’s programs. On the rare moments not teaching, Julie loves gardening, cooking, swimming and downhill ski racing.
Muscle Tension Release – with Angie Fern
~ Using Tennis Balls and Foam Rollers
Saturday, March 18, 1:00-3:30pm
A natural part of being human is the tightening of muscles and connective tissues in our body. As our tissues tighten, our posture, breathing, and energy are compromised, and we do not function at our best. This workshop will teach you ways to massage and release these tissues with the use of foam rollers and tennis balls. You will learn the 6 most effective/important areas of the body to release, and how to do so with these simple tools. You will practice using the foam rollers and tennis balls in class to open your body, and will leave with effective ways to care for yourself at home.
Class is limited to 12 people so sign up early! Class is open to ambulatory adaptive students. All students must wear long sleeves or bring a towel to cover the foam roller.
$ 30 Register here
Angie comes from over 16 years as a massage therapist and Reiki II energy worker, and has transitioned into yoga to assist others in connecting on all levels. Angie trained at Yoga Center Minneapolis, and most recently has become certified in Opening Yoga Level I & II Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training with Matthew Sanford. Angie has been volunteering with adaptive yoga for over 2 years and incorporates adaptations in all of her classes. Angie’s classes are designed to connect you with yourself, which will allows you to more fully connect with others.
Workshop Weekends with Mona and Tiffany
April 29-30, July 22-23, Oct 21-22, 1:00-3:00pm
Standing poses, also known as Utthita Sthiti in Sanskrit, are considered the foundation of Iyengar Yoga practice. Standing poses tone the legs and back muscles, give us access to the pelvic area and bring flexibility and stability to the hips and groins. In this workshop you will be energized while building stamina preparing you for more complex movements of the body. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your understanding of the basics of body movement and alignment as well and for first time students who want to understand how to build a practice on a solid foundation of skills.
Twists also known as Parivrtta Sthiti in Sanskrit can be performed while reclining, standing or seated. Twists bring vitality in a unique way, by unwinding and cleansing your internal organs. Twists help to restore your spine’s natural range of motion and bring you deeper into your practice. While performing twists you work with the spine and the action of ‘lengthening’ creating space between the vertebrae. In this workshop we will work with foundational parts of the body that allow the spine to twist. We will explore a myriad of poses and utilize props to explore our own range of motion.
Details about remaining workshops coming soon.
$40 per session, or $70 for a full weekend, or $200 for all three weeked sessions
Mona McNeely is Iyengar Certified at the Introductory II level. She took her first Iyengar class in 2004 at MBS and immediately became hooked. She continues on the Iyengar teacher training track and takes yearly workshops with senior teachers. In addition to yoga, Mona spends her time knitting (a lot), spinning (a lot) and weaving the occasional rag rug. She is thankful to her family for supporting her passions. She is also thankful to her teachers, Momi Jhung and Matthew Sanford, for their continued patience and constant guidance on this yogic path.
Tiffany grew up in Hawaii studying traditional Japanese martial arts and meditation. She has always sought to help others and has held careers in behavioral health and education as well as veterinary care. She began studying different styles of yoga in her twenties and once she found the work of B.K.S Iyengar, she knew she had found the practice most aligned with her spirit. Tiffany is a certified Iyengar teacher at the Introductory II level. Tiffany is a devoted student and continues to dedicate much of her time to developing her practice. She enjoys attending weekly classes with her teachers as well as trainings and workshops with Senior Instructors in order to deepen her understanding of the Iyengar method. She teaches with care, enthusiasm and a true desire to help others develop awareness and find their own joy through the practice of yoga. Tiffany lives in Minnetrista with her husband, two young boys, dog and horses nearby.