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:

  • Sun Oct 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ashley Cupp
  • Mon Oct 22 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Jessica Benito S
  • Mon Oct 22 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Mon Oct 22 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amy Towne
  • Tue Oct 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Matthew Ledesma
  • Wed Oct 24 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Wed Oct 24 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Mod Plank
  • Thu Oct 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Fri Oct 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Sat Oct 27 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Amy Towne
  • Sun Oct 28 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ashley Cupp
  • Mon Oct 29 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Jessica Benito S
  • Mon Oct 29 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Mon Oct 29 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amy Towne
  • Tue Oct 30 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Matthew Ledesma
  • Wed Oct 31 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Wed Oct 31 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Mod Plank
  • Thu Nov 01 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Antoinette Altomonte
  • Fri Nov 02 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashley Cupp
  • Sat Nov 03 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Amy Towne