Gentle Yoga For Relaxation

Who is this course for

This is a gentle yoga class for those wishing to relax and improve mobility and flexibility. It is suitable for those who wish to practice yoga at a slower, more gentle pace.
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 gently mobilising joints and stretching muscles with yoga postures (asanas). Some breath awareness (pranayama) and guided relaxations during the course will also help to aid relaxation and calm the mind.
By the end of the course, you should be able to
Perform some gentle yoga postures to aid flexibility and mobility
Combine breathing with movement to aid focus and concentration
Practice relaxation with guidance

What will it be like

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.

At the start you will be asked to complete a health check form regarding your general health and make an assessment of your current knowledge of yoga.
Students follow verbal instructions and physical demonstrations by the tutor. Occasional hands on adjustments will be given. Students are encouraged to ask questions to assist their learning. At times there may be some pair work to enhance learning and technique.
You will be asked to evaluate your progress during and at the end of the course.
As most of the practice will take place on the mat you will need to be able to get up and down from the floor unassisted by the tutor. A lightweight sports towel might help for additional padding underneath the head or elsewhere if you find you need additional cushioning for comfort.

What else do you need to buy or do

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 ( e.g. loose sports trousers, leggings, 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 any standing postures. Standing practice is done barefoot (or with anti-slip yoga socks if you do not wish to be barefoot.) You will need yoga mats.

You should come to class on an empty stomach or have waited at least 2 hours after a light snack before coming to class.

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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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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