Yoga for Back and Shoulders
Lower back pain is said to be one of the most prevalent health problems and affects a huge number of us in today's society. Our lifestyles are speeding up but yet we seem to be doing less and less exercise as we move through our lives. The perpetual strain of getting in and out of cars, carrying heavy shopping and children is taking its toll. For those who work in physically demanding environments, there is plenty of exercise but often the repetition of similar movements over a lifetime of work, can cause a huge amount of damage to our bodies. So often we only notice this when we stop! This class will blow the idea of 'Ageing' apart and will give you tools which will enable you to remain young in mind and body for the rest of your life. Bring a friend and share the adventure!
Additional information about this course
A class which will focus on loosening the habitual tightness of our shoulders and backs due to stress and daily living. Students will be encouraged to take simple ideas back home and to measure the progress of their increasing flexibility in these areas. Yoga breathing will also be taught as a method of increasing relaxation and promoting flexibility over time.
A class which will focus on loosening the habitual tightness of our shoulders and backs due to stress and daily living. Students will be encouraged to take simple ideas back home and to measure the progress of their increasing flexibility in these areas. Yoga breathing will also be taught as a method of increasing relaxaton and promoting flexibilty over time.
Who is the course for?
Existing students will be able to add to and strengthen their practice and new students will learn some fun, delicious ways to ease stress and pain both in the shoulders and the lower back, as these two areas are inextricably linked.
What topics will this course cover
We will be looking at ways of correcting poor posture: strengthening our backs, learning how to use shoulders and arms correctly, rediscovering our 'core' strength and understanding the effects of stress on our bodies and our minds. There will be a mix of exercises for relaxation and toning and always a 'Nidra' or yoga relaxation at the end of every class. There will be a focus on breathing and developing our 'Prana' to give us energy and longevity and to beat depression and lack of focus in our lives.
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:
Bring the arms over the head to touch the floor with all ten fingers whilst lying on the mat Demonstrate 3 exercises which have helped their back pain Explain their breathing and say how it has developed over the duration of the course Discuss with a partner two different breathing techniques and their effects on the human system
How will I know I'm making progress?
Personal Practice Sheets will be kept by each student. These will visually log their starting postures and their development throughout the course Teacher assessment and feedback on three separate occasions: start, middle and end of the course Pair work: Occasionally students will be asked to work with another student to assist each other with ideas or to observe each other
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Bring a yoga mat if you have one (they are provided if you don't) and a favourite blanket to wrap yourself up in at the relaxation stage of the class. Wear loose or stretchy clothing and layer it so that you can gradually peel off clothing as the temperature of the body increases throughout the class. Socks with a sticky pad underneath are a must if you want to keep them on in class. Please bring a pen, as there are often times when notes can be made on the PPS (Personal Practice Sheet)
Reading and information sources
None is essential.
What could the course lead to?
As the year progresses, there will be more need to get our systems working well so that we can enjoy the summer sunshine and healthy outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and swimming. Once we expose our feet to the air and wear less supportive shoes, all sorts of problems occur. The focus for the May to July course will be on feet and legs. We will learn how to care for our feet and strengthen our legs so that we can live life to the full.