Foundations Yoga is a boutique style studio that embraces both a traditional and therapeutic approach to yoga helping our community develop a greater sense of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
As a studio, it is our philosophy that yoga should be accessible to all people. Your experience at Foundations will include small class sizes taught by a highly qualified staff that is present to provide a supportive and personalized experience.
Although we do offer classes for practitioners with a variety of levels of experience, the majority of our classes are designed for beginners and those looking for classes that are therapeutic in nature.
We have a unique focus on energy work including reiki and crystal healing. Foundations offers private Reiki and Crystal Healing services as well as a boutique that has everything you need to support your individual energetic practices.
Our boutique is open for shopping by appointment. Upon entering the boutique you will find a wide variety of hand selected crystals, handmade mala bracelets, sage, palo santo, crystal infused candles, essential oils, books and more!
Take the first step in your journey today and allow us to guide you in developing a practice that is comfortable, sustainable and fun!
Foundations is not a hot yoga studio.
Hatha yoga emphasizes proper alignment and technique while using the breath to dive deeper into each posture and ultimately oneself. This class is sequenced in a more traditional way to address the mind and body through standing, sitting, prone and supine postures. Each class will focus on various forms of pranayama, asana and meditation. All levels welcomed.
Fundamentals of Yoga Beginner's Class
The Fundamentals of Yoga beginner’s class will move at a relaxed pace. Together we will focus on preparatory poses and learning to form a connection between your mind and your body through movement and breath. This class will help to demystify some of the terms that are used in yoga classes and provide a foundation for which to build a sustainable yoga practice. Fundamentals of Yoga is appropriate for those who have never taken a yoga class, individuals recovering from injury and seasoned yogis who would like to return to the basics. Yoga truly is for everyone. If you can breath, you can do yoga.
Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to provide physical, mental and emotional relaxation. This class is about slowing down, quieting the mind and opening the body through passive postures. Props are used to fully support the body providing an opportunity for complete relaxation. A restorative sequence typically involves a gentle warm up followed by five or six postures that are held long enough for the body to enter into a state of "rest and digest." A short guided meditation is often included during your savasana. No Yoga experience required!
Beginner's Yoga: Hatha style
Introduction to yoga poses, breath work and meditation allowing the practitioner to build a strong foundation and yoga practice. This class is inspired-by a hatha style sequence beginning with simple breath work followed by standing, sitting, prone and supine poses, and finishing with relaxation and brief meditation. There is a strong emphasis on alignment using props and modifications to maximize the benefits of each pose. The poses explored in this class are the building blocks to intermediate and advanced postures. All practitioners will benefit from a deeper exploration of basic yoga poses, breath work and meditation, in turn strengthening their practice and personal growth.
Beginner's Yoga: Vinyasa style
Introduction to yoga poses, breath work and meditation leaving the practitioner with a deeper sense of connection. This vinyasa class uses gentle flows to build a strong connection between breath and movement, which creates a feeling of "meditation in motion". This practice is individualized using props and modifications allowing the practitioner to meet there practice where they are and feel the benefits of healing and relaxation. This class is accessible to all levels of practitioners and strengthens the foundation of their practice.
Back Care Basics
Back Care Basics is designed to provide yoga postures that strengthen the back, strengthen the core and lengthen the muscles that contribute to back pain. Specific sequences are designed to help improve and maintain the health of the spine. This class is appropriate for those that have chronic back pain, sciatica and reduced range of motion.
Back Care Basics is intended for beginners as well as seasoned yogis who are interested in a gentle mindful practice. This class is not intended to be a replacement for medical care. Back care basics is not recommended for someone in acute pain.
Intermediate Level Vinyasa
In this dynamic style vinyasa class, the focus is on connecting your breath with your movement. Each class begins with a few moments of grounding, connecting with the breath, and releasing active chatter in the mind. Heat is built up through the class as we transition through poses intended to challenge and strengthen both the body and the mind. This class is intended for those with some yoga experience. Modifications will be offered throughout class as well as challenges for more advanced yogis. Cues to encourage proper alignment and proper use of props will be offered. You will sweat, you move, you will breathe!
This power based vinyasa style class explores creative variations of powerful postures linked with breath to build heat and create a continuous flow of movement. While moving towards your “edge," you will feel supported by the detailed instruction, proper alignment cues, and adjustments. Breath and movement are synchronized to build heat, balance the nervous system and revitalize the body and mind. Modifications offered for practitioners where appropriate. Be prepared to sweat, have fun, and explore your practice in a new way.
*This class is intended for those with an advanced physical practice.
Lengthen and Strengthen
Lengthen and strengthen is a 45 minute intermediate level yoga class designed for those working toward an advanced physical asana practice. Proper alignment and breath centered movement will be emphasized throughout the practice. This class is intended to prepare the joints and strengthen major muscles associated with advanced yoga postures. Props will be used in conjunction with postures in order to add additional elements of strength and stability.
Yin Yoga is a quieter, more meditative and introspective practice in which postures are held for 2‐5 minutes. Holding postures allows us to observe the body's sensations and create a profound connection with the inner workings of the body.
Yin benefits the deeper tissues of the body, fascia, ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones. This slow paced practice improves flexibility and circulation while it helps to calm the mind and body. All levels are welcome.
Group Reiki Class
Foundations Group Reiki class allows clients an opportunity to receive individual hands on Reiki healing in a group setting. Reiki is a term that translates to "Life Force Energy" and has been used for thousands of years to heal aspects of our being by targeting the energetic body and chakra system. After a brief mediation, all participants are invited to lay comfortably while the Reiki practitioner uses their hands to hover over the body as energy is exchanged. Blankets and bolsters are provided for comfort. Through an energetic exchange, the practice of Reiki can heal the physical body as many injuries or illnesses are thought to begin within our energetic field before they are manifested in the physical body. With the reduced class size, everyone will experience individual attention. Reiki restores and aligns the energetic elements within the body encouraging participants to enjoy a sense of stability and peace. Each class includes a brief guided mediation, individual reiki healing, journaling and discussion. This class is currently being offered by appointment only. Please see the appointment schedule to book your small group reiki class.
This class is designed to be a combination of safe strength building, stretching and relaxation. Chair yoga includes seated, standing and floor postures. The chair is used to provide support, stability and proper alignment. Class concludes with relaxing restorative postures using the floor or your chair as a prop.
Flow and Let Go
This is a hatha/vinyasa style class. The first half of the class includes a flow to warm up and loosen the body. The second half of the class includes a 30 minute restorative practice designed to allow the practitioner to relax and let go.
Group Crystal Healing Class
This class begins with a brief gentle warm up to loosen the body and prepare for relaxation. After the warm up, everyone is invited to lay down in a comfortable position. Mats, blankets, and bolsters are provided for comfort. A crystal is placed at the feet and the crown to help the energy begin to flow freely through the body as you enter a deeply relaxing state. Then crystals are placed at each of the seven major Chakra centers. Everyone will enjoy a long relaxing Savasana as the crystals help to bring each Chakra center back into balance. At the conclusion of class, all crystals are removed as the class is invited to bring their awareness back to the present moment and the surrounding space.
This beautiful gem of a studio has a lovely crystal shop, dedicated teachers and a variety of classes to keep your practice inspired. The owner, Sandy, is knowledgeable and accessible and has personally assisted me with crystal purchases. The Online class options have been thoughtful, varied and challenging.
A silver lining of Covid has been that I’ve been able to do zoom yoga with Foundations. I live in Boston and my college roommate, Deb Kephart, teaches at Foundations, which drew me there. It’s true, Sandy is so warm and helpful. Debbie is a seasoned yoga teacher. She methodically warms up each joint as we move through a variety of sequences. No class is the same, encouraging a beginners mindset. I bought a long term pass and am enjoying Sunday morning classes with other teachers who are also very knowledgeable and inclusive. Community is so important, especially during Covid. I’m glad I’ve discovered this one.
Sandy, the owner at Foundations, is a gifted crystal/energy healer. The space she has created in Madison, NJ is simply put, “magical.” From the first time I stumbled upon this special gem of a studio, I felt the energy of the space and was greeted by warm smiles and a beautiful selection of crystals. They also offer a variety of yoga classes by very experienced staff along with healing crystal/ energy sessions with Sandy. My crystal healing session with Sandy was amazing. I highly recommend Foundations Yoga in Madison,NJ. It’s a beautiful space of healing and yoga.
Foundations is so much more then a yoga studio, or community, it’s a family. Sandy, the owner, has put her heart and soul into this place. Every instructor takes the time to get to know every individual who walks through the door. During classes, variations for all poses are given in order to accommodate yogis of every level. On a more personal note, Anna’s classes have helped me to discover my inner stillness and learn to heal myself. Thank you Anna, you are truly a wonderful mentor and friend.
I have loved every class I have taken at Foundations Yoga! All of the instructors are wonderful . The atmosphere is so peaceful and relaxing. They have classes that meet the needs of all levels.
This place has saved me, really. I found a post of theirs on Instagram or Facebook and decided to swing by for Hugo's Sunday meditation. His strong, firm tone makes you feel safe to wander up into other realms. It brought tears to my eyes as the mantras reminded me to connect to the quiet peace inside that I had forgotten in the past few tumultuous weeks upon returning to suburban New Jersey. I met Sandy, the owner, and Anna another teacher, and they all welcomed me into the community. The Reiki sessions with Ashley have been crucial during this time as well. She is a gentle, knowledgeable guide whose soothing voice and calm energy help bring you back into a state of Love. So so thankful.
This studio is the best yoga studio I've ever been to--to me it is a second home and everybody is so kind and welcoming. I feel I practice yoga in its truest form allowing me to not just relax with each pose, but to become more self aware. It has really been like a healing for me which is beyond what I have experienced at many other studios where they felt more like a gym workout. This studio has really strengthened my yoga and meditation practice as well as myself as a whole. If you want the real deal of a yoga experience then come here. You can't beat the price of a subscription either!
I went to their grand opening and fell in love with the space and teachers! I’ve taken class with Katie, Hugo, and Anna. I can’t say enough about how warm, thoughtful, challenging, and healing all their classes have been. The classes I have taken were vinyasa flow style-NOT heated! So hard to find these days!! You will not regret starting or continuing your yoga journey here. Small intimate space, you don’t even need your own mat because everything is supplied for you-just show up!
Sandy uses lots of movement to keep the children's attention. She speaks clearly. Sandy uses positive, engaging, age appropriate language. I love the music that she plays, and the way she incorporates a story into the session.
Sandy provides clear, age appropriate instruction to her young students and is able to maintain a fun learning environment. Both of my daughters truly enjoyed her class and asked when they could go to another on our way out the door!