“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.” 

- B.K.S. Iyengar

ABOUT

How Do I Start Classes?

You can start taking drop-in classes any time. There are no start and end dates, as classes are drop-in and ongoing. This means that new students are always joining us so there is no need to be concerned about being new. You will feel right at home soon enough. Please arrive 10 minutes before class if you are new to register and pay for class.

How Do I Prepare for My First Yoga Class?

  • Leave at least two hours between meals and class time

  • Avoid wearing fragrances to class as some people are allergic to various scents

  • Yoga is best practiced barefoot

  • Always report any new injuries or health issues to your instructor to receive proper modifications

  • Bring a mat if you own one, otherwise you can borrow one

  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Stretchy fabrics are best but avoid excessively bulky clothing so the teacher can see your alignment.

What Class is Right for Me? 

If you are new to yoga, Gentle Yoga, Mixed-Levels Yoga, Level I & Restorative Yoga are perfect classes to start learning about yoga. For more explicit class descriptions, please visit the Classes Page

How Do I Pay? 

You can pay when you come with cash or check. There are various Pricing Options based on how often you plan on attending classes. 

Do I Need to Call Ahead First? 

You do not need to call ahead before you attend your first class.

How Often Should I Practice Yoga? 

Whether you practice once a week or every day, the most important thing is that you practice yoga regularly. Commit to a regular practice and you will receive the benefits!

Can Children Attend Classes? 

Children can attend yoga classes starting at age 8 as long as they are with a parent and are able to practice with the group and not create a distraction.  Those who are ages 14 and up do not need a parent along to attend.  

I am Pregnant, Can I Attend Classes? 

It is recommended that you do not begin a yoga practice when you are pregnant. However, if you practiced yoga prior to pregnancy and would like to continue throughout your pregnancy you are welcome to attend group classes. Please contact Marca before attending class if you are in your third trimester or have any complications with your pregnancy. 

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Marca Andriesse

I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and have been most greatly influenced by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar- a true master at the art, poetry and science of yoga. As a writer, I enjoy the metaphor one can apply in working with the body and mind to express micro and macro themes and as a teacher I love exploring the use of language to direct and deepen the experience of my students. I believe yoga is a medium for cultivating inspiration by way of moving precious energy through the body. My classes offer carefully designed sequencing to explore the depths of the physical body to influence the stilling of the mind. My teaching style is one of inclusivity and encouragement with a through-line that emphasizes breath, internal awareness, alignment, and grounding gently guiding each student back to their true nature and inner home while attempting to meet each individual student where they are.  In addition to teaching group classes, I offer one-on-one individualized yoga instruction and specialize in introducing beginners to yoga, fine-tuning and helping one advance their practice, modifying practice around injury/illness, and using yoga to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. I am currently under the mentorship of Jill Johnson and Faith Russell (Yoga Co-op of Madison) to assess for Iyengar Yoga certification in the fall of 2020. Contact Marca      (608) 692-8453        yogawithmarca@gmail.com

 


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About Jill Johnson - Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Jill Johnson is a physical therapist and a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Junior Intermediate II level.  She began her study of yoga in the 1980’s in Madison and then moved to N.H. in 1998 where she opened a studio in Lebanon, N.H. She continued her studies with Patricia Walden in Boston and Janice Vien in N.H.  Jill has traveled to Pune, India six times to study with the Iyengar family and to assist in the medical classes. Recently, she returned to Madison to be closer to family and is looking forward to combining her physical therapy knowledge with yoga to conduct private yoga sessions and classes.                                                                  Contact Jill (603) 667-5117, jilljohnsonyoga@gmail.com with questions or to schedule private yoga. 


Ngawang Thekchen

Ngawang Thekchen is an ordained monastic of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and holds a PhD with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. She has published in both professional and general journals.

Lynn Messinger

Lynn Messinger has had a meditation practice for 30+ years, practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 7 years, and has held a Loving Kindness Meditation group for 3 years.