A classical hatha yoga class including dynamic asana (standing postures, balances, forward folds, twists, backbends, sidebends, hip openers, arm balances, inversions, core strengtheners and sun salutations) pranayama (heating, cooling and cleansing breathing techniques) concentration/ meditation exercises and relaxation. Suitable for students with some experience and beginners with good fitness levels.
Who is this course for
This class is suitable for complete beginners and students with some experience, regardless of age, gender and fitness level. You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group. Students should have a good level of fitness to do this course. if in doubt, please seek medical advice before enrolling on the course.
What does this course cover
Attending a weekly yoga class will improve your general health and wellbeing. Arrive, feeling tired, stressed and achy maybe, and leave refreshed, relaxed and energized.
Over the duration of the course we will be working in a progressive manner, establishing an integrated yoga practice which will include the following:
- Surya Namaskar practice (sun salutations)
- Asanas (Yoga postures)
- Pranayama (breath awareness practices)
- Guided relaxation, including Yoga Nidra
- Concentration & meditation techniques
At the beginning of each class there will be a small amount of theory focussing on Yoga theory, background, philosophy and principles.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Have improved your body awareness, balance, strength and flexibility
Practice Yoga safely and effectively at home
Describe the benefits of some yoga postures and breathing practices
Practise a short meditation and breathing practice
What will it be like
- A medical checklist needs to be filled by all at the first session
You will be taught with mini-lectures for the theory with a short powerpoint presentation, question and answer, demonstration & practice, Instructions and hands-on adjustments (optional), variations of the practices will be given as required, occasional hand-outs will be given
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 discussion of the theory or in the initial concentration practice. Please stay for the final relaxation to reap the full benefits of your efforts.
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. In the middle and at the end of the course you and your tutor will assess the progress you have made.
What else do you need to buy or do
Wear loose comfortable clothing that does not restrict movements. No jeans or belts. You will be encouraged to practise barefoot. You are welcome to bring your own mat instead of using the mats that are provided.
You should come to class on an empty stomach or have waited at least 2 hours before coming to class. It is preferable not to drink water during class, however there is water available in the classroom
What this course could lead to
Your teacher will advise you at the end of the course. You can go onto attending Yoga weekends and Yoga holidays.
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
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.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’