Front Yoga Basics
The Front offers yoga classes for both members and day 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, 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, Front memberships include unlimited yoga classes! Interested? Learn more about membership rates and perks here.
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 2018.
About The Classes
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.
A powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting breathing to their movements.
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 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.
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 si ing 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.
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.
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:
- Coming up October 2018, Namarupa Yatra with Paramaguru Sharath R. Jois and Eddie Stern, Himalayas, India
- 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 Freeman, Mary Taylor, John 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 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.
I was 16 years old living the first time I walked into a yoga class. In was in that first class that I knew that I wanted to be a yoga instructor. As life goes I lost track of that desire and had become active with rock climbing (mostly bouldering). A day came when I had a serious fall, breaking both of my ankles! I was bound to either crawl, be carried, or a wheelchair for 3 months. That fall brought me to Salt Lake City, where I met a local yoga instructor – he reminded me of my forgotten passion and desire to become an instructor.
I have since been teaching in the Salt Lake City area. There are many things that I love about yoga, one being that anybody can do it and that “the actual practice of yoga takes each person in a different direction.” Through intentional breath and conscious movement, head, heart, and body can move as one, and come into union. When in union with oneself, true authentic expression can be found.
When not in a yoga studio I am often out climbing up some rocks (I still think climbing is a blast and adds to my yoga practice), oil painting, or riding my motorcycle around town in bright red cowboy boots.
I’m 500E-RYT. In 2010 I received my 500hr certificate from Dana Baptisite. In 2012, a 200hr from Peter Francyk. In 2013, a 500hr with Charlotte Bell and Peter Francyk. In 2014, advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest. In 2015 I studied with Seane Corn, a 5-day training. I have also had the blessing to attend workshops with knowledgeable yogis and I have every intention to keep adding to my training.
Nicole has been practicing yoga since 2007. She completed a 6 month Sarva Purna Teacher Training at The Integrated School of Yoga, became certified in 8 different styles of yoga. Recently completed a training in Assisted Stretching & Ayurvedic massage.
She is currently working towards a masters degree with Swamini Ma Shakti Devi. Nicole earned 1st place in the USA 2014 Women’s Artistic Yoga Championship and 1st in the USA 2014 Rhythmic competition.
Steph 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 snuck its way into every aspect of her life.
She takes every opportunity she can to deepen her understanding of the practice, and most recently traveled to India for the second time to she 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.”
Photo by Moudi Sbeity
I was having a difficult time and generally not content with the way my life was going when a friend recommended ashtanga yoga to me. Knowing I was a member at The Front, she recommended I take a class with Sarah Jane. Naive and clueless as to what I was signing up for, I attended Sarah’s full primary series class, sweat buckets, flounced around, and fell in love with a practice that enhances my life and inspires me every day.
Since that first class in 2014, I’ve deepened my practice by attending two week-long and one weekend intensive with my guru, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, and have practiced daily under the teaching of Sammy and Sarah here at The Front. In November and December of 2016 a dream came true and I practiced and studied under Sharath Jois at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Yoga Research Institute, the first of what I hope to be yearly trips to India to see my teacher and immerse myself in the discipline.
One of the great privileges of my yoga journey and life is to have been asked to teach alongside my teachers, who enhanced my life so powerfully and positively, in such a vibrant community of climbers, practitioners and fitness enthusiasts at The Front. It’s a joy to share the practice with you all and learn along the way. I hope to continue my studies and practice for many lifetimes.
A student first, a teacher second. Lead by the incredible Maggie Smith, Bonnie 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, have some fun with your body and sweat! Come as you are.
Jeff 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 was closed down for 6 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 3 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 found yoga about 7 years ago working at a gym in New York. Shortly after, she moved to Florida and began to explore various styles of yoga, and develop 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.
I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 13, going to occasional classes at the rec center with my mom or different studios with my friends. Attending my first semester in college, I took a yoga class with an instructor who told us her story of despair and how yoga had changed her life. This was when I decided that I wanted to become a teacher, to truly learn what yoga has to offer and be able to pass that gift on to others. My time came seven years later, after graduating from college and finding a more consistent practice with the guidance of incredible teachers at The Front. I completed the RYT-200 in October 2017 with Sarah Jane, Cooper, and Sammy. In addition, I am continuing my 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 and creating a channel for self-discovery and self-love.