classes and private lessons
- ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES
- Saturday 7-8:15 a.m.Ashtanga Half Primary Remote Zoom Class
- Wednesday 6:30-7:45 p.m.Ashtanga Half Primary Remote Zoom Class
- Friday 6-6:45 p.m.Yoga Nidra: Guided Restorative Meditation Remote Zoom Class
In-studio classes temporarily paused and moved to online format via Zoom. I'm offering these for students in my weekly classes to help maintain a sense of community and to lift our spirits. Since classes can be accessed from anywhere—all welcome to join. There's no obligation to pay for these classes during this time. Donations are accepted via Venmo, username kristenmansch. Zoom Class Schedule Saturday 7-8:15 a.m.—Ashtanga Half Primary Wednesday 6:30-7:45 p.m.—Ashtanga Half Primary Friday 6-6:45 p.m.—Yoga Nidra: Guided Restorative Meditation Join a Zoom Class (it's pretty easy actually) Please message me here to register no later than 30 minutes to class start time. Once received, I'll email you the invite with Zoom link. —Download Zoom App, it's free. —Click the Zoom link from email I sent you. —Enter password from email. —Wait for class to begin. —Please join 10 minutes before class start time to check you have a good set up. Zoom Class Descriptions Ashtanga Half Primary Some previous Ashtanga experience is recommended for this class. Expect to be led from mostly verbal cues (with some sanskrit counting) so you won't need to look at your screen often. The practice begins with surya namaskara (sun salutations) A and B, followed by standing and seated poses. Emphasis is placed on smooth, even breathing and the synchronization of breath and movement (vinyasa). Practice wraps up with the closing sequence to help 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. Accessible to all levels. (prop note: you will need 3 blankets, a pillow, and an eye pillow or washcloth to place over your eyes). Hope to share some online togetherness with you soon! Also, if you need help with a home practice, meditation techniques, or just want to check-in—please message me.
PRIVATE LESSONS One to one sessions available remotely online via Zoom. 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 YOGA FAQ'S WHAT'S ASHTANGA YOGA? Ashtanga is a breath-centered, healing method of yoga. The heartbeat of the practice is the synchronization of breath and movement called 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 the mind and body. Read on. WHAT'S A LED CLASS? 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. WHAT'S A MYSORE CLASS? In a Mysore Style class, 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. PRACTICE AND REST DAYS 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.
MOON DAYS In the traditional Ashtanga method practitioners take rest on moon days. If you follow this, here's the upcoming rest days for the Twin Cities area: April 22 (wednesday/new/9:35pm). May 7 (thursday/full). May 22 (friday/new). June 5 (friday/full). June 21 (sunday/new). July 4 (saturday/full). July 20 (monday/new).
STUDENT REVIEW "I have been practicing with Kristen for almost three years. Kristen teaches with grace, compassion, and humor. She takes the series seriously, but she doesn't take herself too seriously. She's approachable, knowledgeable, and so kind. Her teaching has been a constant in my life, and I am so grateful for her." —Alexis B.