Beginning Yoga 60


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. 

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 Aug 16 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Fri Aug 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Sat Aug 18 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Amy Towne
  • Sun Aug 19 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ashley Cupp
  • Mon Aug 20 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Jessica Benito S
  • Mon Aug 20 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Tiffany Blanco
  • Mon Aug 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amy Towne
  • Tue Aug 21 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Matthew Ledesma
  • Wed Aug 22 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Wed Aug 22 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Mod Plank
  • Thu Aug 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Fri Aug 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Sat Aug 25 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Amy Towne
  • Sun Aug 26 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ashley Cupp
  • Mon Aug 27 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Jessica Benito S
  • Mon Aug 27 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Tiffany Blanco
  • Mon Aug 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amy Towne
  • Tue Aug 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Matthew Ledesma
  • Wed Aug 29 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Wed Aug 29 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Mod Plank