Santosha Yoga Des Moines Cooperative Studio - Our studio is your studio for gathering, learning, and sharing. Would you like to host a class or workshop? If so, see the Teacher Info and Rental page. Dance, art, music, literature, wellness and, of course, movement classes, are welcome!
Hello and thank you for visiting Santosha Yoga Des Moines! I am Mary Lasky, a certified yoga instructor with additional teacher qualification in Ashtanga yoga, and owner of Santosha Yoga Des Moines. I teach at various locations throughout the metro including hospitals, clinics, schools, and my own studio. At the studio, I teach regular group classes in Beginner, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Kid/Teen Yoga, and Therapeutic, and work in group and private settings. I also work one-on-one with new teachers who are looking for additional help with sequencing and adjustments. I am committed to teaching under-served communities and at-risk youth and often partner with non-profits to provide these services in the neighborhoods. I specialize in working with clients on referral from medical facilities, tailoring a yoga practice to best meet their needs and prepare them for participation in group fitness. The studio is a cooperative concept, which means teachers and facilitators of all kinds are welcome to rent and hold public or private classes, rehearsals, meetings and events. I welcome teachers, group leaders, non-profits, holistic practitioners, and artists to join us and share their talents. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or a community leader, feel free to reach out and learn more about the good things we can do together.
Mary's Thoughts on Yoga
Yoga is a mind-body experience that brings something new each time you practice. I teach in the Vinyasa flow style which means we move through the practice with an emphasis on continuous breath and connection from posture to posture. This uninterrupted flow allows for a deeper experience and a real mental release from the daily stresses. The intensity level is up to you and you will see people of all ages and experience levels joyfully practicing together. My sessions include breath work and relaxation to balance the physical effort, and this combination will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Yoga is difficult to explain in words and something you just need to experience. I understand that getting yourself through the door for that first class, in order to have that experience, can be disconcerting. I make every effort to help new students ease into the practice while they become comfortable with the postures and the format and the group. I assure you, my first intention is to reduce your stress level and help you feel at home. If you have had a "less than favorable" yoga experience, I invite you to give it another try. Allow yourself to be led, just for one class, through an all-levels Vinyasa class, taught by an experienced, certified instructor. I am confident that you will find it enjoyable!
Yoga can be taught in a group, as a private lesson, in studios or in homes. Often new students like to start with a private lesson to become comfortable with the practice and learn modifications for their specific challenges. Feel confident in the fact that we all have challenges and things to work through. Yoga can be modified for every person and all will benefit. The expense of your yoga classes can often be reimbursed through insurance or a flex pay system, so be sure to check with your healthcare provider and I am happy to provide receipts and documentation of attendance. Medical referrals are welcome.
Best, Mary Lasky