What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to basic yoga postures, breathing practices, relaxation and concentration exercises. Arrive feeling tired, stressed and achy and leave refreshed, relaxed and energised. Over the duration of the course we will be working in a progressive manner, establishing an integrated yoga practice.
What will we cover?
- Standing, sitting and lying down postures, including forward and back bends
- Inverted (upside-down) postures (optional)
- Pranayama (breath work)
- Guided relaxation
- Concentration and mindfulness exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform basic yoga postures with guidance
- Increase your observation skills
- Follow the teacher's instructions and demonstrations
- Improve your body awareness
- Demonstrate a breathing exercise
- Practise relaxation with guidance
- Describe some benefits of yoga
- Obtain improved flexibility, strength, stamina and peace of mind.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
It is inadvisable for students suffering from certain medical conditions to attend an ordinary yoga class. This does not mean that they should not do yoga, but they may need individual attention or a special programme of asanas (postures). These conditions include: Hypertension (high blood pressure); conditions associated with heart disease, cancer or benign tumours; epilepsy including petit mal; diabetes; Menieres disease; detached retina; MS (Multiple Sclerosis); ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis); recent post-operative conditions; new students who are pregnant. Advice can be sought from the Department Office for those who have concerns about the suitability of the class for them.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Demonstration and practice
- Verbal instructions
- Physical adjustments (optional)
- Questions and answers
- Mini lecture.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Yoga equipment including mats will be provided. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring something to keep you warm during relaxation. Postures are performed barefoot but you may wear non-slip socks if you prefer.
Regular attendance and commitment to the full duration of each class is important. Late arrivals to class will result in your fellow learners being disturbed during the initial concentration practice.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- Progression to a mixed levels course at Build
- Yoga holidays or weekends
- After 3 years of regular practice and class attendance, progression to a recognised Iyengar Teacher training course.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details