Workout review: Chill beginner yoga class in Superior is intimidation-freeadmin
Great place for beginners to get their feet wet and learn the ropes of Colorado’s unofficial workout
Fearless Motion Dance Center, 1691B Coalton Road, Superior, 720-768-2485; fearlessmotiondance.com
Instructor: After 18 years of dancing, Brianna Frey picked up yoga to stay active.
“The vinyasa flow, connecting one breath to one movement, still kind of feels like dancing,” said Frey.
She earned her yoga teacher training certification for both adults and kids before opening Fearless Motion Dance Center in September with her sister and mother. They teach a variety of dance styles and yoga to kids from 18 months to 18 years old, along with a baby and mom yoga class.
What is the workout? Yoga for beginners. By beginners, I mean actual beginners.The class needs no prior experience and there are no intimidating moves.
Frey teaches vinyasa-style yoga. She focused on the basic postures, then put them together into a flow sequence. Breath plays an important role in yoga and she continuously queued when to breathe in and out during the poses.
Her classes change to accommodate the student’s experience level. She kept a close eye on her students to see where they struggled and their limitations. Flow sequences weren’t rushed, Frey talked through each one at a sedate pace, giving multiple options for each move.
“You have to come to the class three times before you have any idea what you’re doing and then three more times before you know how your body should feel doing it,” said Frey.
What’s different? Yoga is the unofficial workout of Colorado, Boulder especially. Level 1 classes feel like intermediate classes. Often teachers expect students to know the basic moves and their names. For true beginners, this is intimidating and far from welcoming.
Frey understands this challenge. She broke down all the moves into parts with different variations. It was easy to see the teacher, and she moved around the room so we could always follow her example.
She knows students will look at their neighbor and compare themselves. Instead of trying to stop the inevitable, she encourages people to find inspiration in other students.
Cost: The first class is free, then the drop-in rate is $20. Five-class packages are $90, 10 classes $170 and 20 classes $320.
Level: “You do not need any experience, but you do have to come with an open mind,” said Frey.”Look at other people and let them inspire you.”
If you’ve been looking for a place to start yoga, without all the confusing jargon, hot studios and experienced yogis, this a great place to get your feet wet. The studio is small and homey. Frey is welcoming, and she makes the workout easily accessible.
When: This hour-long class is at 8 p.m. Mondays, 6 a.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Wednesdays.
What to prepare: Workout clothes you can move in, a yoga mat and water. Mats and towels are available with a rental fee.
Muscles worked: It’s a chill yoga class. People new to yoga will feel this in their arms, thighs and core. If it’s too easy, they offer a Yoga 2 class that includes a peak pose, like crow, and moves faster.
What I loved: No one was doing handstands, headstands or bending themselves into pretzels. It’s hard to feel you’re in a beginner class when advanced students are mixed in with new students. When studios try to make classes available to everyone, they risk alienating people at either end of the experience spectrum.
What I didn’t like: Frey played more contemporary music, which was fun, but was also distracting when she was talking.
How I felt after the class: Relaxed and ready to hit the hay. After a long week, a little personal time goes a long way.