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Part I: How to structure a yoga class for beginners

Jason recently did a webinar on how to structure your classes for beginners and there were tons of requests from folks who wanted to be able to re-watch it even after the replay period. So, ta-dah! we are making it available to everyone as a two-part series! Part I focuses on the 5-part class structure that I’ve been using with my beginners for over a decade. Part II will be coming next week!

You can also watch this on our Youtube channel, which you can find at: @jasoncrandellyoga

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