Yoga is a combination of physical movement, breathing techniques and mental practices. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen and create more flexibility within the body. Yoga is for everyone. When you’re brand new to yoga, it can feel intimidating and difficult to know exactly where and how to get started. Yoga for Beginners will help guide you with pose descriptions and practice, tips, guidelines, and recommendations you will need to start a successful yoga practice. Please bring your own mat to class. increased flexibility increased muscle strength and tone improved respiration, energy and vitality maintaining a balanced metabolism weight reduction cardio and circulatory health improved athletic performance protection from injury Instructor: Kara Hirdman Kara is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Learning at the University of St. Thomas and is a health and wellness coach. Kara's professional certifications include: Educational Certs: Intercultural Leadership, Cultural Lenses, Advancing Equity: Understanding My Biases, Dimensions of Diversity, Certification for PTSD impact on Veterans, YMCA Team Leadership Certification, Principles & Practices, Fiscal Management, Leading Others: Interviewing Guide, Leading Others: Employment Law Fundamentals, Volunteerism, Foundations of Listen First, Principles of Member Health & Wellness. Health and Wellness Certs: Foundations of Group Exercise, Understanding Diabetes, Lighter U, YMCA Ace Group Fitness, AAAI/ISMA Personal Trainer, Yogafit 200RYT, Healthy Living at the Y, Over 25 Fitness Certifications across all levels.