Relaxing Yoga for All

Ref: C3678430

The word yoga means union or bringing together. In this course we will learn about the deep connection between body, breath and mind and work to bring them together through a variety of yoga practices, working physically, mentally and with the aim of finding strength,stillness and peace. We will practice asana (poses or flowing movements) that aim to lengthen and strengthen our muscles and help us to find physical balance and to release tension. We will experience the effects of mindful breathing on our stress levels and learn about pranayama (yogic breathing). We will explore some meditation techniques to help us calm and gain some control over our chattering minds. We will learn to relax deeply and begin the practice of yoga nidra (sleeping with awareness). All practices will gently taught with the aim of being accessible to anyone who is able to get onto the floor and back up again without help. Please check you have a clear, safe space to practice before beginning this course.

Course aim

This course aims to help learners experience a positive and long-lasting effect on general health and well-being.

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
  • It is always advisable to speak to your GP about the suitability of this sort of physical activity if you have specific medical needs.

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

  • Give one example of how to connect the breath to movement of the body.
  • Describe or demonstrate one way to warm up or release the joints and muscles of the body
  • Name or demonstrate one way to encourage flexibility in the spine.
  • Name or demonstrate two breathing practices.
  • Describe or demonstrate one way of preparing the body for deep relaxation.

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be encouraged to practice your yoga in your own time to maximize the beneficial effects on your health and well-being.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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 need enough safe space to stretch up, stretch sideways and to lie down on the floor. A non-slip (yoga) mat is strongly advised. You may find it useful to have a dining type chair, a blanket, a firm cushion or two and a dressing gown (or yoga) belt.

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?

Download full course information sheet

Relaxing Yoga for All

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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