This course will focus on the practice of yoga poses (asana) with an emphasis on the quality of the breath and a mindful approach. Each session will include breathing and/or concentration techniques as well as a relaxation technique. Elements of yoga philosophy will be introduced as appropriate to the theme of the session.

Course aim

To enable the individual to experience yoga practices that aim to integrate body, breath and mind, developing physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This is a mat based yoga course so students must be able to get up and down from the floor

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

  • Perform yoga poses (asana) to maintain and develop strength, flexibility & balance; practising comfort & ease (sukham) and steadiness & focus (sthira) in accordance with yoga philosophy (Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 2.46: "Sthira sukham asanam")
  • Practise breathing techniques that develop awareness of the breath; improve control over the respiratory system; and aid mental focus
  • Use concentration techniques to focus the mind and encourage a calm, meditative state
  • Recognise the benefits of relaxation and choose techniques that feel personally most beneficial
  • Appreciate aspects of yoga philosophy included in the course that explain the purpose, practice and benefits of yoga

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
  • Development of home practice will be encouraged

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There will be continuous visual assessment by the tutor to ensure safe yoga practice. There will be question and answer and discussion with your tutor to ensure correct understanding.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a non slip yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. Please bring extra layers of clothing and a blanket to help keep you warm during relaxation. Blocks and any other props used will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Yoga

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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