Yoga for Beginners Series
Yoga for Beginners Workshop Series
w/ Jen Mast & Jenny Meshna
Saturdays, October 8th & October 15th
@ 1 – 3pm in the RCY Loft
$70 for series; $40 per workshop drop-in
If you are just beginning (or re-beginning) your journey into Yoga, this Workshop Series is for you! Jen Mast and Jenny Meshna will guide you in building your Yoga practice from the ground up. Each posture will be taught in a way that allows the student to develop a strong, healthy, safe and mindful Yoga practice.
This series that has been thoughtfully crafted to:
- Introduce and explore the basic postures of Vinyasa Flow Yoga
- Teach you fundamental principles of proper alignment
- Teach you to effectively use breath to enhance your practice
- Familiarize you with Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga
- Explain the basics of how yoga works
- Guide you in developing a safe Yoga practice
- Invite flexibility
- Build your strength
- Improve your posture
- Build your confidence
- Calm stress
- Focus your mind
- Cover commonly asked questions
Each workshop will build upon the last! We do encourage Beginners to take the entire workshop series to absorb the many facets of starting or reigniting a yoga practice, and so that you can feel fully informed and confident heading into your Yoga classes.
“The purpose of yoga is awareness, not perfected poses, beliefs, or any kind of attainment. Awareness from moment to moment requires quiet strength, flexibility, and balance. A good Yoga practice develops exactly these characteristics.”
– Jim Gaudette
Stepping onto the mat everyday has allowed me to stay grounded in the things that are truly important. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease over a decade ago, my life took an unpredictable turn. Things that were easy became difficult and I felt as though I had lost part of myself. It was during this time that I deepened my spiritual practice. Yoga helped to heal the aches and pains that came with autoimmunity, it improved my energy, my mood and it allowed me to show up each day for my friends, loved ones and most importantly myself. Yoga’s transformational abilities led me on a new path to become a yoga instructor combining my past work as a Licensed Social Worker with my new path in yoga therapy, functional movement through yoga and myofascial release. As we bring all levels of a person’s being into balance, true healing occurs. Moving beyond illness and discomfort, we are able to live life to our fullest expression. Jen completed her 500-hour at Kripalu with Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in 2016 where she trained under Joseph and Lillian LePage and Maria Mendola (Integrative Functional Yoga Therapy). Jen furthered her study and attended an intensive training with Maria in Tucson, learning various techniques for myofascial release, therapeutic movements and exercises to rebalance alignment and long held patterns. In 2018, Jen completed a weekend training in The Roll Model Method® and a Ball Rolling Techniques Workshop with David Vendetti – both for myofascial release. Her extensive work with athletes, injuries and chronic illness in both group and private settings inform her teaching style which infuses safety, mindfulness, alignment principals, unique uses of props and functional therapeutic movements, and of course a lot of humor and fun!
Registered Yoga Alliance 500 hr. Balance Athlete Certified Reiki I Certified Like so many others, Jenny Meshna began practicing Yoga in 2005 as a way to become more flexible. After only a handful of classes she was amazed to find that Yoga not only made her more flexible, but it also built up her strength, calmed her mind easing every day anxieties and all around livened her soul. Overjoyed with all of the benefits Yoga brought to her own life she knew she wanted to share this experience with as many people as possible. This led her to her 200-hour Hatha Teacher Training taught by Robin Anderson in 2010. Now teaching Vinyasa Yoga in the Merrimack Valley area, Jenny completed her 300-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training taught by Jacqui Bonwell in the Spring of 2015. When Jenny is not teaching Yoga, she is a full time Caregiver making everyday life more accessible and enjoyable for the elderly. She encourages everyone, on and off the mat, to meet life exactly as they are and let go. Let go of expectation. Let go of anticipation. And breathe.
*Series Payment/Refund Policy: Refunds (full or partial) are not available for series as your full series payment reserves your spot for the entire series, and the teacher is paid for your spot whether you are in attendance or not. Considerations may be made for emergency/sickness.