The course will include the practice of a wide variety of different techniques using posture work, breath work and relaxation. Students will be guided to progress at their own pace and according to their own ability.
To provide students with an opportunity to maintain a yoga practice and further expand and develop their knowledge of yoga and self awareness at their own pace.
Who is the course for?
The course is for students who already have some previous experience of yoga, for those wanting to improve through appropriate challenge or simply to maintain their yoga practice.
What topics will this course cover
The course will focus on using the breath to explore the body and the body to further explore the breath. Good foundations in postures using the contact the body makes with the ground to support the natural curves and length of the spine will help to enhance greater ease and freedom of the breath. Various breathing techniques will then be taught to develop greater sensitivity and awareness of the breath and body.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
Feel the benefits of a regular, on-going yoga practice to overall feelings of well-being. Use the support of the ground to stabilise and thus release the body and the spine for the movement of the breath. Have a greater awareness of the breath and the respiratory system. Use comfortably several breathing techniques. Use techniques learnt during the course in everyday situations.
How will I know I'm making progress?
Students will be visually observed by the tutor and offered modifications and adjustments where appropriate, though self adjustment through the development of inner feeling will be encouraged as a way of bringing deeper and longer lasting progress. Progress and improvement will be registered primarily through student's inner awareness of body and breath rather than through outer appearances and accomplishments.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
The tutor will provide mats, blocks and blankets, though students may wish to bring their own. Warm, comfy clothing is all that is required.
Reading and information sources
No reading or preparation is necessary prior to the course though reading materials may be recommended during the course.
What could the course lead to?
Students generally feel that they wish to continue their yoga practice after the course and carry on attending, either the same course or a course recommended else where, which may be a meditation or mindfulness class. Yoga has a wide range of benefits from physical improvements such as increased strength and stamina to mental benefits such as increased clarity and concentration, as well as greater confidence and reduced stress levels. These help students face challenges and progress in any chosen area of study or learning.