Yoga: beginners

Course Dates: 15/01/21 - 26/03/21
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Online
Caroline Ings-Chambers

Learn Yoga postures and breath awareness. Improve posture, strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance at the same time as releasing tension, relaxing your breathing and clearing your mind. Classes close with a guided relaxation to further calm the mind. For those with little or no experience of Yoga.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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 Yoga postures of gradually increasing intensity, develop body alignment, introduce breath awareness
to improve the quality of our breathing, and practise short guided relaxation techniques. The benefits of a
regular Yoga practice include increased stamina, improved flexibility, better posture and improved peace of mind.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart
phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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
- 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?


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
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 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.


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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)
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Course Code: FGD43

Started Fri, day, 15 Jan - 26 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £95.00
Concession: £81.00

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