James Sanders Yoga

Beginning Yoga

A four class workshop

The most recent offering of this course has passed.  If you are interested in a beginning yoga workshop please email me and say so!  I’m looking for times and places to offer the course again.

Illustration of 4 people sitting in louts position

New to yoga?

Practiced mostly on YouTube or Zoom?

A lapsed yogi?

This class is for you!  Any size, shape, any age, & experience level. 

Come build strength & flexibility while feeling the calm peace of mind that yoga offers!

This four-class series is perfect for anyone curious about yoga, anyone who has been practicing mainly online and lapsed yogis who are ready to come back to the mat. We will focus on fundamentals and building a strong foundation for safe practice in a warm, welcoming, supportive environment.

Each of the four 90-minute classes will have a clear focus, and over the series, we will cover standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists, balance poses, and more.

At the end of the course, you will know:

• foundational poses which you will encounter in many yoga classes

• basic alignment principles to protect against injury and support a lifelong practice

• common yoga terminology

• how to find a class and teacher that suits you best

As an ancient practice, yoga has deep roots and many traditions. Yoga is also a contemporary living & breathing practice that has evolved to support us in our modern lives. In this workshop, we will touch on the deep roots and traditions while finding how yoga can best fit you and your life.

As you grow stronger and more flexible in these classes, you will learn proper alignment to prevent injuries, breathing techniques to calm your mind,  and develop balance and coordination.

Some of what we will cover in this workshop

Solid foundations

  • Alignment fundamentals
  • Yoga Terms
  • Core Strength
  • Warrior 1
  • Warrior 2
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Triangle Pose
  • Lunges

Breath & Movement

  • Vinyasa
  •  Breathing in poses
  • Pranayama
  • Backbends
  • Twists

Stoke the Fire

  • Challenging vs Harming
  • Balance poses
  • Core strength 2.0
  • Finding ease in effort
  • Sun Salutation variations

Bringing it All Together

  • What should yoga be for you?
  • Doing a whole body practice
  • Inversions
  • Restorative poses

This workshop will be held in-person and online

While coming in person is a great option, you can attend on Zoom, too.

About James

As a longtime yoga practitioner, I experience the richness a steady yoga practice brings to life.  Way back in high school (in the 80s!) I found yoga in a bookshop, thanks to Ram Dass, and began practicing.  

Flash forward to 2017, I decided to take a deeper dive into yoga and signed up for my first 200 hour teacher training.  This was with Sienna Smith.  That training opened my eyes to the value of an alignment based yoga. My practice prior to this was rife with poor habits which had left me with a variety of injuries.  By paying close attention to my body and developing a sustainable practice, those injuries are mostly healed.

Most recently I have been training with Tias & Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe.I received my 500 hour certification after training with them, as well as, a credential to teach SATYA (more about SATYA here). This training with Prajna is deeply infused with study of the subtle body, the nexus of Dharma and yoga, healing trauma and yoga anatomy.

My teaching is all about creating a healthy, sustainable yoga practice which will benefit students well in to old age.

As far as this Beginner Yoga Workshop goes, our classes will focus on building strength and flexibility in a non-inuring way.  Learning good habits right off the bat will yield great results in your ongoing practice.  You will be encouraged to pay close attention to how your body feels and how to find a calm mind in the face of physical effort.

Have some questions or concerns before signing up?

Please feel free to ask anything

Say YES to


No Spam here, unsubscribe anytime.

Share this: