What is the course about?
Yoga provides us with a practical method of engaging with our bodies and minds healthfully and beneficially. A regular weekly Yoga practice combining yoga postures, breathing techniques and methods of relaxation can improve our sense of wellbeing, reduce stress levels and enhance our general health.
During this course we will learn and practise the cornerstone postures of yoga, introduce breath awareness to improve the quality of our breathing, and engage with a variety of relaxation techniques. The benefits of a regular yoga practice include increased stamina, improved flexibility, better posture and improve peace of mind.
What will we cover?
- Standing, sitting and lying down postures
- Forward and back bends,
- Spinal twists and side bends
- Balance work
- Alignment of the spine and whole body in postures
- Breath awareness
- Guided relaxation with visualisation
- Concentration and mindfulness throughout the practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform cornerstone yoga postures with guidance
- Practise gentle forward and back bends
- Practise gentle spinal twists and side bends
- Demonstrate alignment in yoga postures
- 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?
PLEASE SEE THE PRE-EXERCISE CHECK LIST BELOW:
To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to
consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, 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
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
Recent post-operative conditions
New students who are pregnant.
Advice can be sought from the 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
- Verbal instructions
- Physical adjustments (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.
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical
movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- Progression to a mixed levels course at the City Lit
- Yoga holidays, weekends etc
- Students need 2 years of mixed levels classes before joining an Intermediate class. Students could, however, after
4 weeks, begin regular daily practice and progress more rapidly
- After 3 years of regular practice and class attendance, progression to a recognised Iyengar Teacher training course
(e.g. at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.