What is the course about?
This class is a natural progression from the yoga beginners courses, offering a variety of yoga asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and relaxation. Classes are designed to help you increase your strength, flexibility, body awareness and posture, and to enhance general well-being. Arrive feeling tired and achy, and leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and energised.
What will we cover?
- Asanas (postures) practice: standing, sitting, inversions, supine and prone
- Forward and backward bends, twists, side stretches and balancing
- Pranayama (breathing techniques)
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform many yoga postures with a little guidance and some unaided at home
- Increase your observation skills and body awareness
- Practise basic breathing exercises in Pranayama
- Practise relaxation with guidance and unaided at home
- Describe the benefits of some yoga postures
- Improve flexibility, strength, stamina and peace of mind.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for students with some yoga experience. 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.
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 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 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?
You should attend a mixed levels classes for around two years before joining an intermediate class.