Iyengar Yoga: beginners

Course Dates: 12/01/24 - 15/03/24
Time: 17:30 - 18:45
Location: Keeley Street
Learn yoga postures focusing on alignment to achieve maximum benefit from your practice. Improve your posture, strength and flexibility, and practise relaxation techniques to help you release tension. For those with little or no experience of yoga.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £125.00

Course Code: FGD70

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Fri, eve, 12 Jan - 15 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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or call 020 8142 4577

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What is the course about?

This course offers an introduction to Iyengar Yoga practice. You will learn correct alignment and use a variety of yoga equipment to support you and deepen your learning.
Yoga increases body and breath awareness; it improves posture and increases stamina and flexibility, enhancing our quality of breathing and range of movement. It also teaches how to release tensions which help reduce stress in our daily life.

Attending a weekly yoga class will improve your general health and well being. Regular practice of yoga has been proven to have a beneficial effect on general health. Enter the class feeling tired and stiff, leave refreshed, relaxed and energized.

What will we cover?

- Standing, sitting and lying down postures, including forward and back bends
- Easy inverted (upside-down) postures
- Relaxation
Postures will be adapted and alternatives offered to suit students level of experience and ability.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Increase your observation skills
- Follow the teachers instructions and demonstrations
- Improve your body awareness
- Practise relaxation with guidance
- Describe some benefits of yoga
- Obtain improved flexibility, strength, stamina and peace of mind.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This class is suitable for complete beginners regardless of age, gender and fitness level. You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Demonstration and practice
- Imitating teacher's demonstration
- Verbal instruction and correxction
- Questions and answers
- Mini lecture.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and have something to keep you warm during relaxation. Postures are performed barefoot. You would need to have a yoga mat to practice on; yoga blocks (or cushions, folded blanket or books), yoga belt (or a scarf, bath rope belt, etc).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

- Progression to a mixed levels course at City Lit, or
- Yoga holidays, weekends etc.
- Students need 2 years of beginner/mixed levels classes before joining an Intermediate class.
- Home practice is encouraged to enhance progress and enjoy the benefits of your yoga practice.

Irina Baillie Tutor Website

Irina is an experienced and thoughtful Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been teaching and practising Iyengar Yoga with the leading teachers of the UK and Russia, and completed her first study trip to India in 2011. Irina first came in contact with yoga as a child through books to improve her posture, through which she corrected her scoliosis. Then 15 years ago she started practising Iyengar Yoga in St Petersburg, Russia. After moving to London she qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. Since then she has been teaching at Citylit and in her own practice in East London, Baillirina Yoga https://www.baillirinayoga.co.uk/ For her the best thing about teaching yoga is to help students trust their own bodies and their capacity to restore and heal. She enjoys when students feel more capable and confident.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.