Yoga 101: A Beginner Series (September 11 – December 4)

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September 11 - 05:30 pm


December 4 - 06:30 pm

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Sheil Park Yoga Classes

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Mindful Yoga Chicago


Sheil Park

3505 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Chicago, IL, US, 60657

This Beginner Yoga Series is truly for the beginner to learn yoga with time spent each class to review and instruct certain postures in detail as well as a review of the previous week. Each class builds the previous. In this series students will learn:

  • Basic breathing techniques

  • Names and alignment of fundamental postures

  • Classical Sun Salutation

  • Sun Salutation A

  • Sun Salutation B

  • Modifications appropriate for their personal practice.

There is no class on October 23 or November 27.

What Can I Expect?

We recommend everyone coming with no expectations or goals and to simply experience the practice. This yoga class is geared towards beginners where one class builds upon the next focusing on the basic postures of yoga and transitions. However, in terms of format the class structure is as follows:

  • Each class starts with about a ten-minute review of the poses or questions from the last class.

  • The rest of the class will run as a traditional yoga class with certain postures being broken down step by step during class.

  • Students are encouraged to ask questions during class. It does make the yoga class less meditative than a traditional class because we are talking more (and your neighbors too). However, we wanted to create an environment so people can really ask– what the heck am I supposed to be doing. For a less chatty class, we encourage attending one of our other classes or scheduling private lessons.

  • Students will learn how to use props to enhance their practice.

  • Participants will learn how to adapt postures to their ability and bodies.

About the author:

Melissa Leger is a YAECP continuing education instructor and an experienced yoga instructor. She has completed training programs through Mindful Yoga Academy, Yandara, Yoga Institute, Mindful Academy International, Connection Coalition, Sunlight Chair Yoga, Kidding Around Yoga, and Blooma. She actively takes trainings to ensure she is constantly improving her own practice. Her main focus is teaching mindful yoga to provides students tools to deal with stress in their lives. She frequently brings in other techniques such as MBSR to help students find freedom in their practice. To help facilitate this, her classes are adapted to individuals of different ages, body types, and physical conditions. All of her trainings incorporate modifications so instructors feel confident teaching to a room full of different abilities. She currently teaches teacher trainings in Florida and Chicago, leads international retreats, and volunteers in prisons. You can find her online at The Smart Yoga Teacher and the upcoming Mindful Yoga Online.

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