Yoga for Beginners with Lilly Bechtel

Are you new(ish) to yoga and ready to grow your confidence? Lilly Bechtel is offering a highly-requested Yoga for Beginners Series designed for folks who are familiar with yoga basics, but want one more safe stepping stone before diving into Level 1 & 2 drop-in classes. This welcoming and interactive 6-week series is open to all ages and bodies, but is best if you already do some form of physical movement, are returning to yoga, or have taken Intro to Yoga. (While Yoga for Beginners intentionally builds upon the warm and supportive environment of Common Ground’s Intro series, it is not a pre-requisite.)

In the Yoga for Beginners Series, you will learn how yoga can help you reduce stress and enjoy increasing your fitness, health and overall well-being. Lilly will start by reviewing basic yoga poses and breathing, while answering practical “how to” refresher questions. The series progresses to beginners’ yoga sequences that follow the rhythm and style of a typical drop-in class. Throughout, Lilly supplements the series with information about the roots, science, and benefits of yoga. Weekly topics may include somewhat more advanced yoga practice, such as how to adopt a “beginner’s mind” or practice balance on and off the mat by grounding, centering and working with resistance.

This course will be offered on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm from October 26th through December 7th. Since the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a popular travel day, there will be no class on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Additionally, as a bonus, you’ll receive a free pass for you and a friend to take a 7th class at Common Ground! We will be happy to point you toward a yoga style and teacher that is right for you. A full paying series is $66, and the course is available on a sliding scale (based on income). Our sliding scale form is available here.

This series will require a minimum of 10 people to be signed-up. If we haven’t hit the minimum we will contact those already signed up so that we all have chance to recruit a friend or two in the last few days!

Sign up for the series from here.


Lilly Bechtel is a Kripalu and Trauma-Informed Yoga instructor, writer and musician. With nine years of experience offering yoga in studios, correctional facilities, rehabs and hospitals, her teaching practice examines the relationship between self-empowerment and social change. Lilly believes if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing and if you can breathe, you can practice Yoga. Whether offering beginner or more advanced level classes, she invites her students to listen to their own music, intelligence and creativity.

Her writing has appeared in “USA Today”, “The Brooklyn Rail” “The Faster Times” “Public Books” “The Huffington Post” and “elephant journal.” She is currently working on a book based on interviews with veterans, which explores the role of mindfulness in the military. More information: Body Song Yoga.

Please note: refunds are not available for missed classes. No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made 24 hours in advance of the first class.