What is the course about?
Hanuman: a monkey hero faced trials and demands he thought he couldn’t possibly accomplish or overcome, yet with the power of devotion, with a leap of faith, he did things he never thought possible. In this workshop, we’ll test our limits, both on and off the mat, and see how a devoted and fearless heart can take us anywhere—even into hanumanasana the monkey posture! Approximately 2/3 of the time will be given to asana, and the remainder will be self exploration, story, myth and play.
What will we cover?
Yoga asana, theory and practice - exploring Hanumanasana the Monkey Posture in detail
Myth and legend surrounding Hanuman
Reflections and journaling to explore self image
Some basic anatomy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe Hanumanasana the Monkey Posture in detail
- List what qualities are needed in a deep & strong yoga pose like Hanumanasana
- Have practiced a variety of yoga postures and variations to warm up thoroughly
- Describe the benefits of the posture
- Reflect on Hanumans qualities and the symbolism in the story of this character
- Have practiced, with guidance a pranayama practice, utilising a meditation and visualisation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have experience of yoga and meditation have a genuine interest in yoga and an enthusiasm to learn. This course involves strong yoga practices so make sure you’re aware of this and are in basic good health. This course is not suitable for beginners.
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences; follow verbal instructions, concentrate for short periods; observe and copy physical movements and have the ability to use spatial awareness within a group.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Instructions, explanations, demonstrations,
- Individual practice
- Some pair work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Yoga equipment including mats will be provided.
Handouts provided. You might like to bring a notebook and pen.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Postures are performed barefoot but you may wear non-slip socks if you prefer.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any yoga class or yoga workshop.
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