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Yoga for Beginners: Exploring Yoga Styles Weekly Drop-In Yoga Class

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Tara Swoboda, MA, RYT
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(47)
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and more! Learners explore a new style of yoga each week. Classes include an overview of the week's style and guided practice of signature yoga poses. Drop in just once or join weekly to learn them all!

Class experience

Students will learn the history, key terms, and signature poses of each week's yoga style.
Students will gain confidence, balance, and calm through yoga practice.
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor
Licensed to teach children's online yoga in the US and internationally
RYT200 (Yoga Teacher Certification)
RYT500 (Advanced Teacher Certification) in progress
Teaching highlight: Hike+Yoga instructor at Big Bear Yoga Festival

Bachelor of Arts - UC Berkeley
Master of Arts - Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
Home Education Diploma - Awarded with Distinction
Outschool ACE Educator

Hi there! I'm a former university literature instructor, a certified yoga teacher, and a mom of two young learners. I started teaching literature classes on Outschool in 2019, then began offering yoga classes when I completed my yoga teacher certification. I teach mostly yoga classes today, but be on the lookout for the occasional throw-back literature class! Whether you're a reader or a yogi, I'm excited to welcome you to my classroom.

I offer beginner-level yoga for kids ages seven years and up. My youth yoga classes are always beginner-level to encourage safety and confidence. Every class focuses on positivity and individual strengths, regardless of how long a student has practiced or what other activities they may do. We each have our own strengths, and every yogi expresses their strengths differently in their poses. I provide a watch-and-copy teaching method in which I demonstrate every pose, then walk students through how to copy what I'm doing themselves. Classes are kept intentionally small to allow for individualized attention and pose modifications. 

I've been practicing yoga for twenty years and enjoy yoga outdoors. My kids enjoy practicing yoga, too! By age four, my son was flipping through illustrated yoga textbooks and practicing every pose from cover to cover. My daughter wasn't very interested in yoga until she started taking karate lessons -- Suddenly, then, yoga was a helpful tool for her to perfect her forms and build strength and confidence. No matter where you are in your yoga journey, you're welcome to practice with me!

WELLNESS CERTIFICATIONS
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor: 200-hour certification specializing in teaching beginner-level yoga. I'm also working towards my advanced 500-hour certification!
Iyengar Yoga Certification: Specialization in yoga style emphasizing proper alignment and celebrating small points of perfection.
Vegan Nutritionist Diploma: Certified nutritional consultant and meal planner specializing in athletic and family wellness.
Homework Offered
Yogis are encouraged to practice the poses they learn between weekly drop-in classes. No formal homework is assigned.
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Yogis should come to class dressed in comfortable attire. Be prepared to move -- don't wear clothing that is too tight or restrictive. Also be prepared to stretch -- don't wear clothing that is so loose that it falls over your face or body when moving or bending.
Yoga mat and props are not required, but yogis are welcome to use a mat or towel if they choose. For modifications in poses, the instructor will provide suggestions for household items that can be used such as books, pillows, and scarves. If you don't have any workout equipment at all, that's perfectly fine!
This drop-in yoga class requires physical activity. Yoga students should plan to participate in a location that provides open space free from sharp objects, loud noises, and visual or physical distractions such as televisions or pets. Students should have enough open space to stretch their bodies without hitting walls, objects, people, or pets around them. Any floor surface is fine; if practicing on a slick or potentially slippery floor, please wear athletic socks with grip, or go barefoot (our feet are great natural grippers!). Please wear comfortable clothing that is loose enough to move in, but fitted enough so that sleeves and necklines don't accidentally slip off of shoulders. Sweatpants and a t-shirt are great options! Students are welcome to have a water bottle nearby and water breaks will be available regularly throughout the practice.

Please also consult with your child's physician regarding any previous injuries or medical concerns before enrolling in a yoga course. This yoga class is intended for beginners and will focus on gentle stretches. There will be no inversions (upside-down poses) or "challenge" poses, as our purpose is to gently introduce students to moving their bodies safely and comfortably. Students will not be asked to disclose any health issues or previous injuries publicly, but parents are welcome to reach out to notify the instructor of any health concerns or restrictions ahead of time and accommodations can be made.
Occasional free yoga resources may be shared to encourage students in exploring yoga further on their own.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(47)
Profile
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor
Licensed to teach children's online yoga in the US and internationally
RYT200 (Yoga Teacher Certification) - Big Bear Yoga
RYT500 (Advanced Teacher Certification) - Cloud Nine Yoga
Teaching highlight:... 
Group Class

$10

weekly
1x per week
45 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
1-10 learners per class

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