Yoga for Complete Beginners

Ref: C2344076

This course will introduce the different elements of a typical Hatha yoga class including: preparation/warm up; yoga poses (asana) and physical movement; basic breathing practices; simple concentration techniques and guided relaxation. Students will learn about the 'what', the 'how', and the 'why' of yoga practice. This is a practical course enabling participants to experience yoga practices that aim to improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Yoga has many benefits. Physically it can help us release tension; increase the range of movement in our joints; strengthen and lengthen muscles; and improve balance. Practised mindfully, it may help us feel calmer and more focussed, responding to life with greater clarity. Emotionally it may help us feel more relaxed and reduce levels of anxiety and stress.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to yoga, enabling students to enjoy learning with a group of other complete beginners at a gentle pace.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for beginners
  • This is a mat based yoga course so students must be able to get up and down from the floor. This course is not suitable for students who are pregnant.

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

  • perform a range of foundational yoga poses with comfort and stability to develop strength, flexibility and balance, understanding how to adapt the yoga poses to suit my body's individual needs
  • practise at least two breathing techniques that develop awareness of the breath and aid mental focus
  • identify at least one concentration technique to focus the mind and encourage a calm, meditative state
  • state some of the benefits of relaxation and be able to choose at least one relaxation technique that feels personally beneficial
  • progress to mixed ability yoga classes (classes for beginners and improvers) with confidence and understanding

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • Teaching will take place in an online class using Zoom where the Tutor will guide students through a yoga practice each week as in a face to face class. Development of home practice will be encouraged.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There will be continuous visual assessment by the tutor to ensure safe practice as far as possible within the online learning environment. There will be question and answer and discussion with the tutor during each class and in WEA Canvas to confirm understanding and provide feedback.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need a non slip yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. Have extra layers of clothing and a blanket available to keep you warm during relaxation. Sometime yoga blocks and yoga straps may be used but if you do not have these alternatives can be suggested.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Students will need to complete a health questionnaire and participate in a short one to one Zoom session with the tutor in advance of the course starting. Pre-course reading will include advice on how to identify a suitable space to practice yoga in and how to make the most of the Zoom classes.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course information sheet

Yoga for Complete Beginners

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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