Yoga for Beginners Workshop
If you are just beginning (or re-beginning) your journey into Yoga, this Yoga For Beginners Workshop is perfect for you! Jen Mast and Karen O’Neil 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. Yoga has so many benefits, and you will gain confidence in heading to yoga classes on RCY’s weekly schedule! Get off to a safe and fun start in this Yoga For Beginners Workshop!
- Introduce and explore the basic postures of Vinyasa Flow Yoga
- Fundamental principles of proper alignment
- 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 beginner questions
“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
Jen Mast, L.I.C.S.W., E-RYT 500 (IYT), Integrative Functional Yoga Therapist, ChildLight Teen Yoga®, Lifeforce Yoga®
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! Through the pandemic, Jen has continued to train and deepen her own practice with Susi Hately, Functional Synergy™ and a Monthly Mentor Workshop with Jill Miller, Roll Model Method™.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1977, and from that day forward I knew that daily physical exercise would be part of my treatment plan. In the early years, I went from being a runner to a cycler to doing step aerobics, always going to the max. Yoga floated in and out of my life, but wasn’t a regular thing. Then, I fractured my spine in a horseback riding accident, and after a year of pain, I had surgery and slowly began to recover. Yoga was the perfect companion, never too demanding, always letting me get my own way and yet healing me in ways I didn’t expect. The mind-body-spirit connection really resonated with me, and became a blueprint for my daily life that continues today.
As a senior myself, I want to be able to do the things I love and remain independent for as long as I can. Isn’t that what we all want? I want people to know that lack of movement causes aging, not the other way around. There really is something we can do to make our later years more mobile, and that thing can be yoga. My hope is that I can be a part of someone’s discovery that this really is possible in their own life.
I am a 200hr registered vinyasa yoga teacher, and have done extensive additional training in Senior Yoga, Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga.