Essential Yoga


This class is taught by:

Bri Postlewait

Bri first discovered yoga in 2008 after an injury incurred while pursuing a B.A. in Dance at the University of Kansas. She began her dance training at the early age of three, and found as she grew older that yoga and improvisational movement were much more personally rewarding. She practiced yoga for seven years before deciding to pursue a professional career, and has benefited from all styles of yoga, especially restorative. Bri has also worked as an improvisational dance teacher, adding the element of music to discover how the body can be drawn to various rhythms. With her dance background and interest in the breath-body-movement connection yoga teaches, she likes to create classes that teach traditional yoga postures and breath techniques, while also encouraging free-form movement to discover the hidden and unique voice within all of us.

Mary Pogge

Mary Pogge began her lifetime interest in fitness and health early, getting hooked on yoga through Lilias on PBS when only 10 years old. She has practiced yoga both with instructors and on her own ever since childhood. When living in Iowa City in the 80s and 90s, she became involved in martial arts, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do through Jung's Tae Kwon Do of Cedar Rapids. In 1993, her family moved to the Ann Arbor area of Michigan and her years as a stay-home mom, caring for her special needs daughter, brought Pilates into her life. She began teaching at a private studio eight years ago, earning a certification in Stott Pilates through Equilibrium Studios in West Bloomington, Michigan. After moving from the private studio to the Ann Arbor YMCA, she and her daughter made the circle complete, returning to Iowa City. Mary has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is also a published writer. Good health, good friends, and a commitment to lifelong learning are her ingredients to a good life!
Essential yoga teaches the foundations of Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, ha, means sun, while, tha, means moon. The sequencing for this class will explore these opposing energies and how they relate to the body. We will begin with warming breath techniques to focus the mind and prepare the body for movement. Using our breath as a guide and barometer, we will move through a series of poses seamlessly connected to prepare and warm the body for standing, balancing, and twisting postures. These poses help to build strength, stamina, and increase concentration. Next, we will transition into the lunar side of class where students learn the difference between active and passive yogic stretching. This process encourages muscular flexibility in seated poses, while simultaneously cooling off and rejuvenating the body. Restorative postures and meditation techniques may also be taught to assist in the relaxation process, bringing awareness around the body opening and releasing stress. This class is for yogis of all levels. People dealing with recent injuries or surgery should meet with the instructor prior to class for an assessment of mobility.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Dec 16 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Bri Postlewait
  • Wed Dec 19 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Mary Pogge
  • Thu Dec 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mary Pogge
  • Wed Dec 26 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Mary Pogge
  • Thu Dec 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mary Pogge
  • Sun Dec 30 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Bri Postlewait
  • Wed Jan 02 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Mary Pogge
  • Thu Jan 03 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mary Pogge
  • Sun Jan 06 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Bri Postlewait
  • Wed Jan 09 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Mary Pogge
  • Thu Jan 10 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mary Pogge
  • Sun Jan 13 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Bri Postlewait
  • Wed Jan 16 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Mary Pogge
  • Thu Jan 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Mary Pogge