Yoga: mixed levels

Course Dates: 15/01/24 - 18/03/24
Time: 18:00 - 19:15
Location: Keeley Street
Whether you are a beginner who has done little yoga before, or you have more experience, this course will help you to unwind and relax after work. Learn postures and breathing exercises, improve your body and breath awareness, strength and flexibility, and practise relaxation techniques to help you release tension.
This course is delivered in-person at City Lit.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00

Course Code: FGD84

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Mon, eve, 15 Jan - 18 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course offers an introduction to Yoga practice for those who have done little yoga before or those who have more previous experience. 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 an in-person course.

In addition to the teaching, your tutor will provide a wealth of material on Google Classroom, including the handouts and videos, so that you can practice in between the classes and refer to after the course finishes.

What will we cover?

- Standing, sitting and lying down postures, including forward and back bends, twists
- 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 teacher'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 generally suitable for beginners who have done yoga before and also for those with little bit more experience, 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.

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?

An open class is not suitable for people suffering from certain ailments. 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
- 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?

You may like to progress to another mixed or intermediate levels yoga course at City Lit.

Madlyn Ray-Jones

Madlyn is an experienced yoga teacher and massage therapist who loves to share the joy and transformative power of yoga with with people of all ages and abilities. Having trained in Hatha and Perinatal Yoga, Madlyn now weaves together strength training, restorative movement, and stretching, in flowing sequences. Madlyn’s classes always include breathing exercises, meditation and deep relaxation. Her gentle style of teaching encourages students to adapt the practice as needed, and to connect with their breath, move mindfully, and relax deeply. Madlyn currently teaches for organisations, yoga studios and gyms in North and East London, as well as teaching and massaging private clients. She also volunteers as a massage therapist at St Joseph’s Hospice and leads and massages at yoga retreats. Madlyn is a dedicated mum to 2 kids, a dog and a cat, and is a disability advocate, supporting individuals with complex needs. She loves nature, culture, cold water swimming, spending time with friends and family, and dark chocolate (not necessarily in that order). Madlyn Maya Ray-Jones Yoga teacher and massage therapist 07949684638 @madlynmaya

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.