Gentle Chair Yoga for Beginners and Seniors

Ref: C2525975

Join us for this friendly and supportive course. Ideal for beginners and less active people, this is a great way to ease into exercise. Physical activity and exercise are a recognised intervention in helping to increase balance, mobility, reaction times, muscle strength and general wellbeing. As a consequence the risk of falling is greatly reduced. Chair based Yoga is a very safe, gentle and effective way to maintain and promote mobility and independence in older people. There will be a particular focus on breathing practises and relaxation. Everyone can take part even those with very restricted mobility.

Course aim

To provide a Chair Based Yoga programme for beginners and less active people in order to maintain and / or promote balance, mobility, independence and hopefully decrease the risk of falling

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 a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain or demonstrate one warm up exercise
  • Explain or demonstrate one exercise to help with flexibility of the fingers.
  • Explain or demonstrate one breathing / Pranayama practise.
  • Explain or demonstrate how a sitting to standing exercise links to a functional activity such as balance or walking.
  • Explain or demonstrate one relaxation practise.

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
  • You will need a chair, preferably without arms, a dinning chair would be fine. You'll need a long scarf, a belt or 2 ties knotted together if you don't have a Yoga strap.

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
  • We always discuss alternative moves during the session to either make things easier or to extend the practise.

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'll need a chair, preferably without arms. A dining chair is fine. You'll need a long scarf or a belt or 2 ties knotted together or a pair of tights if you don't have a Yoga strap.

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
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Prior to the start of the course you will need to complete the WEA online Pre Exercise Health Questionnaire. You'll need to read the British Wheel of Yoga's Student Guidelines for live online learning - see your Canvas Course for details.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Gentle Chair Yoga for Beginners and Seniors

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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