YOGA

THE 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 up to long-term yoga practitioner.

We offer unique classes and care about our practitioners. Our classes offer a non-competitive environment that is conducive to learning and expanding ones 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.

GOOD KARMA

Your first class is free. If you've never 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.

200HR TEACHER TRAINING

THE SCHEDULE

Yoga Schedule

*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.

January 12

January 27

February 10

February 26

March 12

March 27

April 10

April 26

May 10

May 25

June 9

June 23

July 8

July 23

August 7

August 21

September 6

September 19

October 5

October 19

November 3

November 18

December 3

December 17

 

ABOUT THE CLASSES

Align and Refine: Recover from the week. A therapeutic approach to relieve low back pain and open the hips and shoulders.

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 of experience and ability.

Ashtanga Primary Series: Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy). This class follows the the full primary series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, as taught in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. This intelligently sequenced practice uses a combination of Vinyasa, Asana, Ujjayi breath and bandhas (energy locks) to increase muscular strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and consciousness. It is recommended that one go to at least a month or so of Mysore class or one of the 1 hour Ashtanga classes before attending full primary series. This class goes through a full range of asanas after warming up with sun salutations and then concluding with backbends, shoulderstands, and headstands as well as a short sitting and breathing practice to ground and assimilate. Lying down and resting for the final 5-10 minutes, we experience a very full and balanced practice.

Ashtanga Yoga: This class is the first half of the Primary Series on Tuesdays and the second half on Thursdays. Open to all levels, modifications will be provided for those with tighter muscles and joints or injuries.

Beginner's Yoga: For those new to yoga. Learn safe alignment and commonly used poses. Basic techniques for breathing.

Saturday Ashtanga: This Saturday class slowly and playfully explores unique asanas from the Ashtanga method including deep backbending, hip opening and twists as well as strengthening and balancing postures. Suited for all levels.

Ashtanga Mysore: This class is modeled after the traditional way of learning and practicing Ashtanga from Mysore India, taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The class is for all people from complete beginners to people with a long term practice. It is for all ages from 10 and up. You will have one on one help and support from the instructor in a group setting. Beginners plan on attending for a shorter amount of time for the first week of so so we can help you memorize sun salutations and establish a foundational practice on which to build. Come and leave anytime during the 2 hour block.

Power Vinyasa: A powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements.

Yoga Therapy: Heal yourself and repair muscles. Deep rest to recharge for the week. Restoration of the spine.

PRIVATE LESSONS

The most effective way to establish a proficient and safe yoga practice is tailoring it to your individual needs. Private lessons refine and inspire existing yoga practices by taking it to another level and helping students move beyond physical limitations.

Email yoga@frontslc.com for help with questions and to schedule appointments.

THE YOGIS

 

Sarah Jane

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

  • 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. Experiencing a deeply rooted yoga practice can bring insight into the meaning of life. I want to help others find a love and enjoyment of this life long practice that can fit into practically anyone's life, no matter the condition of their body." 

Sammy

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-RYT500 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor with emphasis in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Therapy.

 

Nicole Carlson

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.

Rebecka Cooper

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.

Bonnie

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.

Jean Marie

Jean Marie’s first experience with yoga came courtesy of an incredibly cheesy video during a college break. In the years that followed she dabbled in everything from Baptiste to Bikram and Jivamukti. Ashtanga appeared in and out of her life during many of these years; it is now the daily practice she calls home. While she got into yoga for a better body, she ultimately found it gave her a better mind and heart (though the physical side effects ain’t bad).

She left her job as an attorney to pursue her interest in yoga, completing her 200-hr training in New York City in 2010, and has been teaching ever since – from Boulder, Colorado to Washington, D.C./Virginia and now Park City, Utah, where she expects to stay until she turns into a shriveled husk of a human flying down the mountain on skis.

She combines a home ashtanga practice with weekly trips to her Ashtanga family here at The Front, who inspired her to make her first month-long trip to Mysore, India this past October to study with Sharath Jois. She has also studied with wonderful teachers of the ashtanga lineage like David Garrigues. Over the years, her irreverent blogs about practice and teaching have appeared in Elephant Journal, Ashtanga Dispatch, Yoganonymous, and Fiterazzi.

"Amanda Palmer once said 'Go where the love is.' That's why I'm here on my mat. That's why I share it. And that's why I teach it. I'm thrilled to be teaching here at The Front, with the teachers who support and inspire me to no end."

Steph Nally

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."