Front Yoga Basics

We offer yoga classes for both members and guests. New members as well as drop-ins are always welcome. Yoga at The Front is an excellent choice for anyone from a beginner to a long-term yoga practitioner.

We provide unique classes and care about our practitioners. Our classes offer a non-competitive environment that is conducive to learning and expanding one’s ability.

All classes are held in our wood-floored studio. Participants have full access to our locker rooms, showers, saunas, climbing, and to our weight and aerobic equipment.

Beginning classes require no previous experience; all fitness levels are welcome. Students are encouraged to come on an empty stomach, hydrated and with an open heart and mind. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before class is scheduled to begin.

Wear comfortable clothes and leave shoes outside the classroom. Bare feet are encouraged. Please let the instructor know if you have any injuries or have had recent surgeries that might cause pain during a yoga session.

Did You Know...

We have the most extensive Ashtanga Yoga program in Utah! To learn more about Ashtanga, head to our Salt Lake Ashtanga Yoga webpage.

Your First Class is Free

If you haven’t ever attended a yoga class at The Front, it’s on us. When you arrive, just let the front desk staff know it’s your first time!

Also, our memberships include unlimited yoga classes! Interested? Learn more about membership rates and perks here.

March 7 // Headstand Workshop (12-2 p.m.)

Śīrṣāsana or “headstand”, often referred to as the king of all āsanas, is one of the most important postures of a yoga practice. The total shift in perspective that characterizes this inversion can be quite intimidating and challenging, and requires a balance of humor, regal confidence and dignified nobility. 

On our path to royalty we’ll warm up with shoulder, chest and core work then explore new realms in the kingdom of inversion practice through a variety of tips and tricks rooted in alignment as we lay the foundation for proper coronation, fully prepared for the enormous responsibility required of us as we crown ourselves with the weight of the world. All levels welcome.

In his teaching, Brian Forman blends his interests and experiences in yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation and mindfulness in a way that is accessible to all.

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Yoga Schedule

MONDAY

7:00a – 9:00aMysore AshtangaSarah Jane
9:15a – 10:30aVinyasaNicole Carlson
12:00p – 1:00pVinyasaSteph Nally
4:30p – 6:30pMysore AshtangaSammy Brown
6:45p – 7:45pVinyasaBonnie Russell
8:00p – 9:00pSoft & SlowJeff Silverstein

 

TUESDAY

7:00a – 9:00aMysore AshtangaSarah Jane
9:15a – 10:30aVinyasaSteph Nally
12:00p – 1:00pVinyasaTerence Brigham
4:30p – 6:30pMysore AshtangaSarah Jane
6:45p – 7:45pAshtanga FoundationsJeff Silverstein
8:00p – 9:00pIntegrated YogaNicole Carlson

 

WEDNESDAY

7:00a – 9:00aMysore AshtangaJennalyn Vignogna
9:15a – 10:30aVinyasaBailey Swingle
12:00p – 1:00pVinyasaSteph Nally
4:30p – 6:30pMysore AshtangaSammy Brown
6:45p – 7:45pVinyasaBonnie Russell
8:00p – 9:00pSoft & SlowDaniel Hill

 

THURSDAY

7:00a – 9:00aMysore AshtangaSammy Brown
9:15a – 10:30aVinyasaBailey Swingle
12:00p – 1:00pVinyasaBrian Forman
4:30p – 6:30pMysore AshtangaSarah Jane
6:45p – 7:45pAshtanga FoundationsSarah Jane
8:00p – 9:00pIntegrated YogaNicole Carlson

FRIDAY

7:00a – 9:00aMysore AshtangaSarah Jane
9:15a – 10:30aVinyasaBailey Swingle
12:00p – 1:00pVinyasaSteph Nally
4:30p – 6:30pMysore AshtangaSammy Brown
6:45p – 7:45pVinyasaBrian Forman
8:00p – 9:00pSoft & SlowAdrienne Dunlap

 

SATURDAY

9:00a – 10:45aPrimary Series of AshtangaSarah Jane
11:00a – 12:30pRestorative FlowJennalyn Vignogna
1:00p – 3:00pMysore AshtangaSteph Nally
4:00p – 5:00pSoft & SlowAdrienne Dunlap
5:30a – 6:30pYinyasaBrian Forman

 

SUNDAY

9:00a – 10:45aPrimary Series of AshtangaSarah Jane
11:00a – 12:30pRestorative FlowJennalyn Vignogna
1:00p – 3:00pMysore AshtangaSarah Jane
4:00p – 5:00pSoft & SlowNicole Carlson
5:30a – 6:30pYinyasaBrian Forman

*We don’t teach Mysore on full moon or new moon days. See below for those dates.

Full/New Moon Days

In Ashtanga yoga tradition both full and new moon days are observed holidays from the practice.

The moon’s relative position to the sun is seen to create strong energetic experiences and patterns in our bodies and minds.

Feel free to come in and use our space to do a gentle self-practice on moon days. Below are moon days for 2020.

FULL & NEW MOONS
Full Jan. 10 | New Jan. 24
Full Feb. 9 | New Feb. 23
Full Mar. 9 | New Mar. 24
Full April 7 | New April 22
Full May 7 | New May 22
Full June 5 | New June 20
Full July 4 | New July 20
Full Aug. 3 | New Aug. 18
Full Sept. 1 | New Sept. 17
Full Oct. 1 | New Oct. 16 | Full Oct. 31
Full Nov. 30 | New Nov. 14
Full Dec. 26 | New Dec. 14

About The Classes

Mysore Ashtanga
Mysore Ashtanga is unique; each person learns & practices at their own pace. This is the traditional way of practicing Ashtanga from Mysore, India. The teacher assists and teaches new asanas as the student is ready. The class is for all people from complete beginners and to advanced. *Beginners, please come at the beginning of class time so you can be grouped with other beginners and plan on attending for about an hour at first so we can help you memorize sun salutations and establish a foundational practice on which to build. Learn more about Mysore on our “Seriously, What is Mysore Yoga?” blog post.

Vinyasa
Unite your breath, body and mind as you flow through postures that will both challenge and calm you. This all-levels flow weaves in elements of ashtanga, arm balances and deep stretching in a playful and empowering way.

Integrated Yoga
Integrated Yoga is a free-form style that is great for increasing flexibility. It includes spine warmers (namaskars) and variations on poses such as laterals, twists, asymmetries and partial postures in order to access all the parts of the body, leaving the practitioner feeling unblocked and free. This is a beginner friendly class with intermediate and advanced options.

Ashtanga Foundations
This class is perfect for refining one’s understanding of the foundational aspects of the asanas (body postures) and vinyasas (specific ways of moving between asanas). Open to all levels.

Soft & Slow
As the day draws to a close, we offer a blend of mellow, grounding and restorative postures which will calm the body and mind in preparation for relaxation and rest. Breath and alignment will be the focus while you reset after long day.

Primary Series of Ashtanga
The full Primary series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system taught in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. This intelligently sequenced practice increases strength, flexibility, balance, stamina and conscious awareness. We practice a full range of asanas after warming up with sun salutations, concluding with backbends, inversions, a short sitting and breathing practice and a full 10-minute rest to ground and assimilate. The instructor calls out the asana names & vinyasa counts in Sanskrit and counts each breath to encourage a seamless, meditative, guided flow. *This class is not suited to complete beginners. We recommend that one participate in Mysore class before attending full primary series.

Restorative Flow
This class starts slow and builds heat in the body. We will lead into poses that will be held for a longer amount of time. This class encourages the use of props to achieve a greater sense of relaxation for a deeper opening of the muscles. The quiet nature of restorative flow will help to release sore muscles, gain flexibility and calm the mind.

Yinyasa
It’s said the mind and breath are like two fish swimming in tandem. We’ll explore this phenomenon as we discover balance of breath and mind by moving through a dynamic and warming flow and ending with cooling, passive yin based postures. You’ll work your core and discover strength while improving flexibility and internal equilibrium.

Meet the Yogis

Sarah Jane has been studying and practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1998 and teaching at The Front since 2009. Among her studies have been:

« December 2019: Received Authorization level 2 to teach Ashtanga Yoga from Guru R. Sharath Jois, Sharath Yoga Center, Mysore India
« December 2019 & January 2020: 2 month Ashtanga Yoga Study at Sharath Yoga center in Mysore, India with Guru R. Sharath Jois and 2 month Sanskrit, chanting and yoga philosophy study with Lakshmisha Bhat
« Month-long Ashtanga Yoga and Sanskrit study at KPJAYI in Mysore, India with Guru Sharath Jois, March 2019
« Namarupa Yatra with Paramaguru Sharath R. Jois and Eddie SternHimalayas, India, October 2018
« 5 day Advanced Training with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor in Boulder CO, February 2018
« 6 day led Intermediate and Primary Series Workshop and conferences with R. Sharath Jois in Los Angeles, California, 2017
« Month long study at Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with R. Sharath Jois, Mysore, India, 2016
« Sanskrit 1&2 and Bhagavad Gita study, KPJAYI, Mysore, India 2016
« 6 day Led Intermediate and Primary Series Workshop with R. Sharath Jois, Los Angeles, 2016
« 5 day Essentials Intensive with Richard Freeman, Boulder Colorado, 2014
« 6 day Led Intermediate and Primary Series workshop with R. Sharath Jois, Los Angeles, 2014
« 5 Day Led Intermediate and Primary Series workshop with R. Sharath Jois, Encinitas, 2013
« 200 hour Ashtanga Teacher’s Intensive including 4 hour hands-on anatomy lab with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, Boulder Colorado, 2012
« Month long Sanskrit Study with Marcia Solomon, Boulder Colorado, 2012
« Week long Yoga Intensive: Buddha and the Yogis with Richard FreemanMary TaylorJohn Campbell and Robert Thurman, Phoenicia, New York, 2011
« Week long study with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa, India, 2011
« 20 hour Intensive Ayurveda Study, Kerala, India, 2009
« 200 hour Ashtanga Teacher Training with Caroline Klebl, Kerala, India, 2009

“I have a deep love for Ashtanga Yoga. I am so grateful to be part of a lineage that has brought awareness, abundance, harmony, discipline, and health to my life. I want to help others find an enjoyment of this lifelong practice that can fit into practically anyone’s life, no matter the condition of their body.”

Sammy Brown has been studying yoga and eastern philosophy since he was 12 years old and has grown up around practicing yoga and meditation. He has studied such schools as Iyengar, Hatha,  Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Raja Yoga. Sammy spent the past five years living in Mysore India where he studied Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI under R. Sharath Jois the grandson of Sri K. Patabbi Jois and is happy to be part of a direct lineage that is traceable to T. Krishnamacharya.

On his 2013 trip he received his level 2 authorization to teach Ashtanga. He has also studied under other senior teachers such as Tim Miller and John Friend while continuing an ongoing study with Richard Freeman. Sammy has completed a 300-hour Yoga Therapy course in northern California at the Ananda Seva Ashram and continues to study Ayurveda, alignment, anatomy and both eastern and western philosophy.

Sammy is an E-RYT 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor with an emphasis in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Therapy.

Nicole Carlson has been practicing yoga since 2007. She completed a six month Sarva Purna Teacher Training at The Integrated School of Yoga, becoming certified in eight different styles of yoga. Recently, she completed a training in Assisted Stretching & Ayurvedic massage.

Nicole is currently working toward a masters degree with Swamini Ma Shakti Devi. Nicole earned first place in the USA 2014 Women’s Artistic Yoga Championship and first in the USA 2014 Rhythmic competition.

The Front SLC Yoga TeacherSteph Nally found yoga at the age of 14 when her mom became an instructor, but she truly fell in love with the practice when she discovered it for herself at 19 while attending the University of Utah. She completed her 200-hour teacher training a year later, and since then yoga has sneaked its way into every aspect of her life.

She takes every opportunity she can to deepen her understanding of the practice. Most recently she traveled to India for the second time to immerse herself in further training with Kia Miller. She is currently an E-RYT 200, 500-hour teacher through Yoga Alliance, and is dedicated to continuous training.

Steph has a degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Utah and has studied and been influenced by Ashtanga, Hatha, and Kundalini schools. She has a playful approach to yoga, and her intention is to connect you with your breath, alignment and a deep sense of strength you may have forgotten about. Her classes are accessible to all levels and often incorporate arm balances and inversions, basic mantra and aspects of meditation.

“For me yoga has been a journey of curiously exploring my body and mind and the way I subtly shift day to day, hour to hour. My intention is to help you connect to your breath, your intuition and a deep sense of presence that you can take with you out into the world.”

Brian Forman has been a student of yoga since 2014. Upon a friend’s recommendation, Brian attended his first Ashtanga yoga class at The Front. Shortly after that initial class he began daily asana practice in Mysore classes led by Sarah Jane and Sammy Brown. Yoga continues to inform all aspects of his life, and has led Brian to India and other places to deepen his studies. In 2016, he studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for two months with Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

Brian has been studying with his principal teachers, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman, since 2015. He has attended three of their week-long Intensives, several weekend workshops. In 2018, he completed their 200-hour Teacher Intensive. Each year Brian returns to The Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, to continue his studies with them. In 2018, Brian attended his first 10-day course in Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka, and maintains a daily practice in this technique. In 2017, Brian completed The Front’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and he began teaching at The Front during that time. In his teaching Brian blends his interests and experiences in yoga, yoga philosophy, meditation and mindfulness in a way that is accessible to all. 

Photo by Moudi Sbeity

A student first, a teacher second. Lead by the incredible Maggie Smith, Bonnie Russell became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 within the discipline of Ashtanga. She loves to design flows that combine breath and movement while challenging the equanimity between strength and ease in a high energy setting with a killer playlist.

She gives you the opportunity to challenge your edge, open your mind and have some fun with your body and sweat! Come as you are.

Jeff Silverstein has been a student of yoga since 1970. He started practicing yoga from a book called “Be Here Now,” when a dear friend handed out the book to many of his high school friends. His high school was closed down for six months due to rioting and racial tensions. He went to talks in NYC as a teenager and eventually studied with his guru Satchidananda. He lived at the Sivananda Ashram in Quebec for three months, where he did a teacher training with Vishnudevananda. Since 2000 he has been studying and teaching Ashtanga yoga and has done many teacher trainings. His classes are welcoming to all levels of students. Jeff is 500 EYRT.

Jennalynn Vignogna found yoga about seven years ago while working at a gym in New York. Shortly after, she moved to Florida and began to explore various styles of yoga and developed a daily practice. She was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in 2014 and became fascinated with the elegance of the practice. Upon moving to Utah in 2016, Jenna completed her 200 YTT at The Front in the fall of 2017. Jenna’s hope is to help students use yoga to find grounding and balance in their everyday lives. When Jenna is not teaching or practicing you can find her cooking vegetarian food or outside hiking, biking or snowboarding.

Adrienne Dunlap was first introduced to yoga at the age of 13, going to occasional classes at the rec center with her mom or different studios with friends. While attending her first semester in college, Adrienne took a yoga class with an instructor who told the class her story of despair and how yoga had changed her life. This was when Adrienne decided that she wanted to become a teacher, to truly learn what yoga has to offer and be able to pass that gift on to others. Her time came seven years later, after graduating from college and finding a more consistent practice with the guidance of  teachers at The Front. She completed the RYT-200 in October 2017 with Sarah Jane, Cooper and Sammy. In addition, she’s continuing her yoga education through different courses and self-study.

“Yoga has influenced my life in so many positive ways and has allowed me to develop gentle strength and deeper compassion for myself and for others. I want to assist others in exploring yoga in the way that most resonates with them through reconnecting mind, body and spirit as well as creating a channel for self-discovery and self-love.”

Bailey Swingle started her personal yoga practice in 2007 after moving to NYC. It wasn’t long before she noticed the internal and external transformation that began to take place in her life. In 2010 she moved to the island of Maui where she committed to a daily ashtanga yoga practice with her teacher Nancy Gilgoff. After years of practicing and studying with some of the worlds most influential teachers, she realized her passion to share this experience with others. In 2012 she journeyed to India for her first teacher training and has been offering public classes ever since. Armed with this global, encompassing perspective she weaves all of her trainings into each class.

Certified at the ERYT-200 level, she invites every student, from beginner to advanced, to challenge themselves in ways they may have never thought possible. Balancing flexibility and strength, she teaches every detail – from breath awareness to alignment. Her classes are as dynamic as they are diverse, allowing each student to use their body as a tool to find balance in the mind and off the mat.

Daniel Hill discovered his love for yoga while in college in 2008. In 2018, he completed a Yoga Alliance RYS-300 Teacher Training at The Front and began sharing his love and passion for the practice with others.

He continued his yoga education with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor by attending the five-day Essentials Course in Boulder, Colorado (2019). He studied with Hala Khouri (2019) where he was educated on Trauma Informed Yoga. In October of 2019, Daniel took his first trip to India where he studied Sivananda yoga, Ashtangsa and Ayurveda in Kerela with Robert & Sarah Moses, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Sarah Pulmer-Holzman, Radhakunda das, Swami Govindanada and Rishi Chaitanya.

Daniel is also the author of the book Pattern Breakers. A guidebook on assisting those in creating healthy patterns, boundaries and cultivate a strong foundation of empathy to assist them in their work and beyond.