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Is Newmass Yoga right for me?
1st class only $ 5
Do I Need to be Flexible to Start Yoga?
Definitely not ... yoga practice builds flexibility! The yoga teacher Richard Freeman once said that "the advantage of being inflexible is that you don't have to go as far to find meaning."
Newmass Yoga classes are held in the UMass-Amherst Newman Center, 472 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002, in the Main Floor Meeting Room, beside the chapel. Click here for driving directions.
There is limited parking behind the Newman Center. Parking is allowed when attending yoga classes or while participating in other Newman Center activities.
Class Schedule and Descriptions
Yoga Basics -- 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. -- Monday through Thursday
For beginners and experienced beginners. This is an introduction to basic yoga postures, principles of safe and healthy movement, some yoga breathing fundamentals, and a bit of yoga philosophy, with supportive, clear instruction and individual assistance. More challenging variations of basic poses are offered; some intermediate postures and techniques are introduced, as well as relaxation and meditation techniques.
Intermediate -- 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. -- Tuesdays and Thursdays
For athletic beginners and students with a working knowledge of the basic asana and principles of movement who want to deepen their yoga experience and learn more challenging postures. An exploration of bigger backbends, arm balances, and inversions, their integration with breath-based flows of yoga movement (vinyasa), and a more thorough study of breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga philosophy and meditation.
Power Yoga -- 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. -- Mondays and Wednesdays
Build strength, endurance and flexibility of the entire body-mind with dynamic, breath-centered yoga posture sequences (vinyasa). Beginner-friendly. Great cross-training for athletes. Quiet background music during class.
Choosing a class
If you're completely new to yoga, you'll probably be most comfortable in the Yoga Basics classes.
Beginners who enjoy moving in vigorous and athletic ways might also like the Power Yoga classes. These classes are, however, more physically demanding than the Yoga Basics classes. If you need strong sensations to feel like your life is happening, maybe Power Yoga is right for you.
The Intermediate classes are not always more challenging. Try these classes if you're already familiar with a variety of physical yoga practices. Yes, some movements offered will require more strength or flexibility than the typical beginner has; but everything is optional ... in all Newmass Yoga classes.