Gentle Yoga And Meditation
A gentle class to help calm the mind, improve posture, balance, strength and flexibility. The course includes gentle asanas (postures), breath awareness, concentration/meditation techniques and guided relaxation.
Who is this course for
This is a gentle yoga class accessible to all, to improve posture, core strength, balance, flexibility, and calm the mind. It will benefit students wishing to be introduced to the practice of yoga and/or those wishing to develop a slower and more mindful practice.
Each class will include gentle yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breath manipulation practices), a long guided relaxation period, and concentration/meditation techniques.
Yoga is generally safe, but students who have any health concerns should check with a medical advisor that yoga is suitable before enrolling.
What does this course cover
The class will include: - An initial relaxation period - Pranayama (breath awareness practices) - Sun Salutations - A sequence of gentle Asanas (postures) - A final guided relaxation - An introduction to concentration & meditation practice
Philosophy and principles of yogic practice will be woven into the class.
By the end of the course, students will have: increased body awareness; increased strength, flexibility, core stability and balance; a better understanding of their own physical capacities and limitations, the ability to recognise minor signs of stress and tension and to use yoga practices to address these symptons; the ability to focus/concentrate the mind for a short period of time (if practiced daily) and an introduction level understanding of philosophical principles of yogic prcatise.
These learning outcomes are reliant upon regular practice, effort and a willingness to meet these objectives. Also, self exploration in trying to apply yogic practices in daily life.
What will it be like
- A medical checklist needs to be filled by all on the first session - Physical demonstration, oral explanations and hands-on adjustments of postures - Variations of postures will be given as required by individual needs - Occasional hand-outs will be given when relevant and helpful for home practice
At the start you will be asked to complete a health check form regarding your general health and previous experience of yoga if any. The first class will be a general class where the tutor will assess student capacity by observation. Continuous assessment and verbal feedback will be given throughout the term. Regular attendance and commitment to the full duration of each class is vital. The initial and final relaxation periods are particularly important therefore attendance for the full duration is essential.
Important note: Students running more than 15 minutes late may not be admitted. If possible, please advise the tutor of possible lateness. If arriving to class during the initial relaxation please remove your shoes and be as quiet as possible in order to not disturb your fellow students
What else do you need to buy or do
Wear loose comfortable clothing that does not restrict movements (sports top, loose sports trousers, T-shirts) and that do not restrict your breath: no jeans or belts.
For health and safety reasons socks will need to be removed during standing postures. Practice is done barefoot (or with anti-slip socks if you do not wish to be barefoot.) You are welcome to bring your own mat, or a towel if you wish to place over the mats that are provided.
You should come to class on an empty stomach or have waited at least 2 hours after a light snack before coming to class. It is preferable not to drink water during class, however have water with you to drink after class.
Students wishing to have water in the studio should bring a bottle or cup, as the fountain there is designed for filling only.
Try to practice yoga as often as possible but at least once a week. Using your experiences and knowledge gained from the course and handouts, try to do a bit at home as often as you can.
What this course could lead to
Tutor to advise at the end of the course. Students who wish to continue to the next term must enrol in advance.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
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