Beginners Yoga

Ref: C3670715

Yoga is an ancient practice that aims to bring a sense of unity to the experience of the mind and body so that we can become more aware of who we are. There are many different styles of yoga, the yoga taught on this course falls under the broad banner of Hatha Yoga, which is a gentle and meditative form of yoga that is suitable for all. The course will cover basic principles of yoga through practice of posture work, breath work and relaxation. Particular attention will be given to the foundation of a posture, using the contact of the body with the ground to bring greater length and balance to the spine and greater ease and freedom of the breath. Different breathing techniques will be practiced to enhance awareness of the breath and the breath will be used as a tool for greater awareness of the body.

Course aim

To provide a basic introduction to the practice of yoga which is enjoyable,safe and beneficial to students of all abilities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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 contact that the body makes with the ground to improve on stability and posture.
  • Support the spine in postures so it can lengthen.
  • Explore how posture affects the breath.
  • Gain a greater awareness of the breath.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Any practice that the student feels able to continue with outside of the classroom will help to build on the techniques that they have learnt and aid with progression.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Questions and feedback are welcomed and there will be time during the sessions for both individual and group discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Mats, blocks and a small number of blankets are provided but students are welcome to bring their own. Warm, comfortable clothing is suitable.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Beginners Yoga


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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