The course combines principally an opportunity to learn through doing a variety of yoga techniques, with an opportunity to evaluate which practices are beneficial. This will be put in context of the background of yoga plus, equally importantly, the need to make yoga practice really suit us as individuals, so that we are not robotic. We will also consider the significance of this ancient philosophy for today. Techniques will include asana, (poses and varients), pranayamas, (breathing techniques), mudras, (gestures), and regular practice of conscious relaxation

Additional information about this course

Alternatively you can enrol in person and pay on the day at the first session.

Course aim

The course aims to enable people to learn through practical experience of yoga techniques, and thus to find out which are beneficial for themselves.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You will need to discuss your health limitations with the tutor.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have identified and practised 2 hatha yoga poses that are particularly beneficial for me, within a sequence.
  • Have learnt, practised and developed pranayama in the context of my own health limitations, and had opportunity to assess if these can develop beneficial introspection and deep relaxation.
  • Have practically explored the use of sound in the yoga meetings and identified if they could be used at home.
  • To have used and evaluated a variety of mudras.
  • Have tried to use yoga to help achieve conscious, deep relaxation

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Any comfy clothing without a belt, plus blankets or cosy shawls will be helpful. Yoga mats are provided but also bring one if you have one, plus any meditation stools. Specs may help for when we use handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Yoga practice is very much something which can become little and often, part of ones lifestyle away from the class setting. The tutor will mention other learning through yoga events.

Download full course outline

Yoga Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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