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Intro to Yoga with Paul Menard

This 8 week course focuses on learning the basic yoga principles and the practice of asana (postures) safely. It is designed to open up all the major muscles and joints of the body and to build strength, stamina, and stress reduction. We’ll create a strong foundation by working from the ground up, creating a solid understanding of the basic building blocks of yoga. We will use repetition and progressively build upon each posture, adding a little challenge in every class. Each pose builds upon the next pose and the student will feel strong, open, more flexible, energized and prepared for the following week. Students will be encouraged to do some home practice and will receive a handout with the sequence that was done in class. After completing this course you will be able to confidently and safely participate in any Level 1 or 2 class at Karuna. In addition, you will receive a certificate of completion and a $10 reduction off of the first class card you purchase after completing the course.

From attending this course students will understand how to:

-Create strength and stamina
-Reduce stress
-Perform postures with safe alignment
-Execute standing poses, forward bends, basic backbends, and shoulderstand
-Have a basic knowledge of the definition of yoga
-Apply the philosophical aspects of yoga to your daily life
-Build a home practice


25 Main St. 3rd Floor, Northampton MA, US 01060

Type of Event

  • Course

Yoga Styles



Jun 6 to
Aug 1
20:45 pmto20:45 pm

Course Time: 3:45 – 5pm

Course Dates:

Fri. Jun. 7
Fri. Jun. 14
Fri. Jun. 21
Fri. Jun. 28
Fri. Jul. 12
Fri. Jul. 19
Fri. Jul. 26
Fri. Aug. 2



Full Description

Paul Menard began studying yoga in 2002 and has maintained a passionate practice ever since. His background in classical dance gives him profound appreciation for the intricacy of the form that the Iyengar tradition of yoga affords. His elegance and grace shines though his postures and the execution of his teaching. Paul’s pursuit of a more spiritual practice led him to Karuna where he feels blessed to have found such an open and welcoming community. In addition to yoga, Paul has a fervor for education. He completed his master’s degree in Adult Education and Training in early 2011 to compliment his career as a workplace learning and development professional. He is enrolled in the 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification program at Karuna and is seeking other professional credentials as an educator. Paul is excited to connect his love of education and passion for yoga at Karuna.