Yoga: beginners

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 14/12/20
Time: 11:45 - 12:45
Location: Online

Are you new to yoga? This beginners' class offers a chance to develop and improve your body and breath awareness, posture, strength and flexibility, and practise relaxation techniques to help you release tension.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This course offers an introduction to yoga practice. Yoga increases body and breath awareness; it improves posture, stamina and flexibility, enhances our quality of breathing and teaches relaxation techniques which help reduce stress in our daily life. Attending a weekly yoga class will improve your general health and well being. Arrive feeling tired and achy; leave refreshed, relaxed and energised.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Standing, sitting and lying down postures, including forward and back bends
- Inverted (upside-down) postures (optional)
- Breathing exercises
- Relaxation and visualisation.

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

- Perform basic yoga postures and breathing exercises with guidance
- Increase your observation skills
- Follow the tutor's 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
- Practise a simple breathing exercise.

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 within a group.

If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?

It is inadvisable for students suffering from certain medical conditions to attend an ordinary yoga class. This does not mean that they should not do yoga, but they may need individual attention or a special programme of asanas (postures). These conditions include hypertension (high blood pressure); conditions associated with heart disease, cancer or benign tumours; epilepsy including petit mal; diabetes; Meniere's disease; detached retina; MS (Multiple Sclerosis); ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis); recent post-operative conditions; new students who are pregnant. Advice can be sought from the Health and Wellbeing Department Office for those who have concerns about the suitability of the class for them.

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

- Demonstration and practice
- Follow me
- Verbal instruction
- Physical adjustment (optional)
- Questions and answers
- Mini lecture.

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

Yoga equipment including mats will be provided. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring something to keep you warm during relaxation. Postures are performed barefoot but you may wear non-slip socks if you prefer.

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

- Progression to a mixed levels course at City Lit
- Students need two years of beginner/mixed levels classes before joining an intermediate class. Students could, however, after four weeks, begin regular daily practice and progress more rapidly
- Students with a minimum of two years regular attendance may wish to progress to the Diploma in Teaching Yoga: Level 3 at City Lit.


Customer Reviews 15 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Very helpful teacher, lots of encouragement.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
Go for it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/03/2020)
Take it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/07/2019)
I would recommend the course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/06/2019)
I knew nothing about yoga, but this course has been inspirational
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/06/2019)
Good basic introduction to practical yoga
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
This course is for anyone of any age who wants to feel fitter, more flexible and better able to manage stress. Each student receives expert help and support to achieve her/his individual goals.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 07/04/2019)
Just do it, you will enjoy it! It's not at all frightening!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/03/2019)
Highly recommend for anyone who wants to start yoga from scratch.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
Very worthwhile
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
This has been a very good introduction to yoga.

It has helped me understand more about yoga, (I didn't know much about it), and how it can help with everyday life.

The tutor's knowledge and enthusiasm is an inspiration. She helped us to understand the importance of breathing and how this knowledge is important to the learning and practicing of simple yoga poses. Over the duration of the course I have felt the increased benefits of building up core strength and achieving greater flexibility. It has been both physically and mentally stimulating and it exceeded my expectations in ways I had not anticipated. I highly recommend it.

One point that may help is to start the course at 10 am instead of 9.30 am. Travelling to the City Lit at this time of day means travelling at peak time which is both busy and expensive.
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Review by Fi / (Posted on 31/03/2017)
This is an excellent course for anyone new to yoga or with a little experience. The course tutor is very skilled and involves all her students, providing specific challenges each lesson both at an individual and class level. She takes into account each student's specific needs and helps us to target our own goals for development. Our tutor is friendly, professional and very experienced, she encourages a relaxed but 'can do' atmosphere in which to develop our strengths and weaknesses.
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Review by PatB / (Posted on 12/10/2016)
A brilliant introduction to yoga with an outstanding teacher. A good variety of poses taught, and plenty of individual attention given.
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Review by Isabel / (Posted on 10/07/2015)
another excellent course
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Review by horse / (Posted on 08/07/2015)
If you have never tried yoga and want to gain the confidence to practice yoga at home this is the class for you. I was nervous about starting yoga because I had been inactive and never considered myself flexible. The teacher is amazing she is very skilled at teaching beginners and gives honest feedback and has a handoff approach which I think is excellent.
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Review by 伊 唯 / (Posted on 18/04/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Biljana Cacic

Biljana was originally trained in the Yoga Body of Light style of Hatha Yoga ( in the UK and India, and has been teaching it since 2008. Apart from her main teacher, Sama Fabian, Biljana has been studying and drawing inspiration from a number of prominent teachers from differring Yoga styles and lineages. Biljana offers her students a positive and joyful experience, allowing Yoga to work for each individual. Apart from City Lit, she has taught a wide range of students with mixed skills, abilities and specific needs and within different settings, such as charities, gyms, mental health centres and corporate organisations, as well as her private classes. As a Counsellor, Biljana has always been interested in body-mind connection and the therapeutic aspects of Yoga.

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.

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Course Code: FGD01

Please choose a course date 

Mon, day, 14 Sep - 14 Dec '20

Duration: 14 sessions (over 14 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £101.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2622

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.