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.
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.
The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.
- 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
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
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 will need a yoga mat.
You should attend the 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.
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.
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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