Beginning Yoga

This class is taught by:

Mod Plank

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics, I spun my wheels in corporate America until I rather sanely decided to trade my cubicle for a yoga mat. I took my first yoga teacher training in the Anusara style in 2008, and I’ve been teaching ever since. Along my journey, I’ve become a Certified AIReal YogaTM Instructor and a performance acrobat. I like to think that my classes are playful yet still focused on alignment, proper body mechanics, and making deeper connections, as well as lots of handstand-y postures and cheesy jokes.

I’m a performer at heart and cirque is my passion. I’ve had the opportunity to perform at many venues across southern California, as well as on reality television. If you want to catch me on the small screen, I can be found on Season 2 of truTV’s “Fake Off,” performing alongside members of Astra Dance Theatre while wearing very big hair and gobs of makeup.

I consider yoga to be a central element of my wellbeing. I’ve used my practice to help piece myself back together after a moderate lumbar injury and, in a separate incident, a serious neck fracture. I find yoga to be a multifaceted package of awesome, and I love the opportunity to share the practice’s many benefits with my students, and quite frankly, anyone willing to give me an ear.

When I’m not teaching yoga or performing circus arts on stage, I’m working on my urban farmstead. Together with my husband (acro and life partner), I grow my own veggies, raise livestock, preserves foods, brew kombucha, sew, and make almost every meal mostly from scratch. I am the proud mama of two turkeys, too many chickens to count, 3 pygmy goats, and two very spoiled cats. I may have left college with a mundane bachelor’s degree, but Berkeley, known for its books and Birkenstocks, definitely planted a seed. It just took a few years and a whole lot of yoga to help me discover my inner granola-eating-greens-sprouting-animal-rescuing-organics-promoting-asana-practicing-tree-hugging-hippie. 

Lalique Gangcuangco

Devoted to the Greater Good, I center my practices around holistic wellness and helping others meet their full, pure potential. Halfway through my last year of high school in 2009, I took my first yoga class. Without a doubt, yoga united my mind, body, and spirit creating the strongest of unions. After about 5 years of practice, progress, and growing passion, I delved even deeper into my journey and completed my 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training mid-2014.
Cultivating mindfulness through movement, quieting the mind, and freeing the spirit through my teachings are my passions. I teach an array of yoga forms—from gentle, feel-good flows and slow-paced, beginner flows to fiery, power vinyasa and yin style, restorative yoga—to amazing human Beings of all walks of life. My heart warms at the thought of sharing space and creating magic with you!
Love, Light + Wealth in Health,

This class is perfect for the beginning yoga student with no experience or for those looking to revisit a slower paced class focusing on proper alignment. Our experienced teachers will guide you safely through transitions and the fundamentals of basic yoga poses to help create a solid foundation for your practice. We will teach you how to breath mindfully to reduce stress levels, to create better body awareness for a healthier body, and help you to enhance your self-confidence in each pose. You are always encouraged you to go at your own pace. 

Level: 0-1 (beginner)

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jul 27 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Mod Plank
  • Fri Jul 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michelle Scarbrough
  • Sat Jul 29 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Sun Jul 30 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ashley Cupp
  • Mon Jul 31 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michelle Scarbrough
  • Mon Jul 31 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Mod Plank
  • Tue Aug 01 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Michelle Scarbrough
  • Tue Aug 01 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Wed Aug 02 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Lalique Gangcuangco
  • Wed Aug 02 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Mod Plank
  • Thu Aug 03 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Mod Plank
  • Fri Aug 04 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michelle Scarbrough
  • Sat Aug 05 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Sun Aug 06 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ashley Cupp
  • Mon Aug 07 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Michelle Scarbrough
  • Mon Aug 07 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Mod Plank