classes and private lessons


  • Saturday 7-8:15 a.m.
    Ashtanga Half Primary

    Online Zoom Class

  • Wednesday 6-7:15 p.m.
    Ashtanga Half Primary

    Online Zoom Class

  • Friday 6-6:45 p.m.
    Yoga Nidra (guided restorative meditation)

    Online Zoom Class

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  • Saturday 7-8:15 a.m.
    Ashtanga Half Primary

    River Garden Yoga Center (St. Paul)

  • Wednesday 6-7:15 p.m.
    Ashtanga Half Primary

    River Garden Yoga Center (St. Paul)

Summer 2020 classes online via Zoom. All welcome to join and help maintain connection and community. Classes are donation based. Donations accepted via Venmo, username kristenmansch.

Join a Zoom Class
Message me here at least 30 minutes to start time. Then, I'll email you the Zoom link/password.

—Download Zoom app, it's free
—Click link and enter password
—Join a few minutes before class to check set up

Zoom Class Descriptions
Ashtanga Half Primary

Expect to be led from verbal cues (with sanskrit counting) so you won't need to look at your screen often. Practice begins with surya namaskara A and B, followed by standing and seated poses. Emphasis is on smooth, even breathing and synchronizing breath with movement (vinyasa). Practice wraps up with the closing sequence to calm body and mind.

Yoga Nidra (guided restorative meditation)
Yoga Nidra is a soothing, restorative meditation done lying down. This experience of relaxation and release has been found to reduce stress and anxiety. You’ll be guided into conscious awareness of each part of the body for deep and effortless relaxation. (props: 2-3 blankets, a pillow, and an eye pillow or cover).

One to one lessons online via Zoom at sliding scale rate. Limited in-studio lessons at River Garden (St. Paul). For details, message me.
An ideal and traditional way to learn yoga—with one to one teaching. Sessions enable you to go at your own pace, learn, and practice as appropriate for you. Customized to meet your individual health, needs, and interests. Each lesson is tailored to support your practice and well-being.
• Beginning students—learn foundations of practice at your pace
• Experienced practitioners—fine tune and further technique and understanding
• Home practitioners—benefit from regular check-ins to guide, support, and refine
• Share a session with fellow practitioners, friends, or family

Ashtanga is a breath-centered, healing method of yoga. The heartbeat of the practice is the synchronization of breath with movement, or vinyasa. This yoga method follows a set sequence as each asana prepares for the following. Over time, the practice creates a state of meditation and steadiness of mind and body. more on ashtanga yoga.

In a led class, postures of the Primary Series (full or half) are taught and paced by a teacher, traditionally counted in Sanskrit. Students are guided as a group in unison through the sequence.

In Mysore Style, or assisted self practice, students learn and practice the series of postures appropriate for them at their own pace. Students receive one to one guidance from the teacher within a group setting.

A daily practice is six days a week, taking one day for rest (traditionally Sunday, used to be Saturday, this can of course be flexible). Additional rest days on new and full moon each month, and ladies rest on heaviest days of menstruation. Practice recommended a minimum of three days a week.

In the traditional Ashtanga method practitioners take rest on moon days. Upcoming rest days for Twin Cities area: July 20 (monday/new/12:32pm). August 3 (monday/full). August 18 (tuesday/new). September 2 (wednesday/full). September 17 (thursday/new).

"I was fortunate enough to take one of Kristen’s classes when I first started yoga. Soon it will be two years since I first started practicing and without doubt Kristen’s teaching has brought me further along in my practice than I could have imagined was possible. She is detailed with her explanation when working through poses, keeps to the tradition of the practice, and always patient and encouraging. I believe Kristen views the practice as a lifestyle and something you make part of your life, and this aligns with how I want to practice. Having her as a teacher truly has changed my life in many ways."
—Matt S.


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