Yoga beginners with Renate

Course Dates: 17/04/21
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Practise yoga and feel refreshed, relaxed and energized. In this session you will learn and practice yoga poses at beginner's level, as well as breath awareness and deep relaxation to rejuvinate the body and the mind.
This is an in-person course, onsite at City Lit. To book onto the online version of this course, please use the course code FGY22AO.
Please ensure you have read the Health Declaration below and email the department on if you have any questions or concerns.
This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
Book your place
Out of stock
Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £13.00 Concession £13.00

This course has now finished

Course Code: FGY22A

Finished Sat, day, 17 Apr - 17 Apr '21

Duration: 1 session

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

Enjoy yoga postures at beginners’ level. We start with a few minutes calming the body, breath and mind, followed by warm up movements and basic yoga poses to move your spine in all directions possible to rejuvenate your body. We finish with breath awareness and a guided relaxation. Suitable for all.

What will we cover?

- Standing, sitting and lying down postures
- Forward and back bends
- Spinal twist and side stretch
- A balance pose
- Alignment of the spine and whole body in postures
- Breath awareness
- Guided relaxation with visualization
- Concentration and mindfulness throughout the practice.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Perform yoga postures with guidance
- Practise a gentle forward and a back bend
- Practise a gentle spinal twist and a side bend
- Demonstrate basic alignment in yoga postures
- Practise relaxation with guidance
- Describe some benefits of yoga.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge or experience of yoga is needed. Complete beginners are very welcome.

This workshop involves movement.
Your health and safety is paramount to City Lit.
By booking onto this course, you agree to take full responsibility for your own health and safely during the course, and you will select the appropriate level of activity for your skills and abilities, as well as for any mental or physical conditions and/or limitations you have.
Please let us know by email in advance to if you have any of the following: Hypertension (high blood pressure); conditions associated with heart disease, cancer or benign tumours; epilepsy including petit mal; diabetes; Menieres disease; detached retina; MS (Multiple Sclerosis); ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis); recent post-operative conditions; new students who are pregnant.
Additionally, if you have any other health condition or special considerations that you would like the tutor to be aware of, or concerns about the suitability of the course, please email us on
There will also be a chance at the beginning of the course to discuss any health issues with the tutor directly.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Demonstration and practice
- Verbal instructions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

A termly Yoga Beginners course.

Renate Lalloo

Renate worked as a nurse before training to become and qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher in the early 1990s. Later she gained a Yoga therapy qualification to connect her nursing background with teaching Yoga, and holds British Wheel of Yoga teacher status. She has been teaching for all those years in South East London and since 1989 at the City Lit, and has previously run Yoga weekends and yoga holidays abroad. As a teacher, Renate focuses on correct alignment in the yoga postures, using a variety of equipment; breath work is often included and each class finishes with a guided relaxation. Renate enjoys Dances of Universal Peace where she learned many chants from different spiritual traditions.

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.