This course has concessions available

Yoga: Back To Basics – Online

Suitable for beginners and those who wish to go back to basics. Experience for yourself how yoga can help improve posture, balance, strength and flexibility as well as calm the mind. Enjoy a mixture of basic yoga postures (asanas) to stretch and strengthen the body as well as guided relaxation to further quieten the mind.

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Who is this course for

This online course is suitable for students wishing to learn through easy to follow yoga sessions. The course is aimed at students who are beginners or those with some experience who wish to go back to basics.

What does this course cover

This course will introduce students to a variety of lying, kneeling, seated and standing asanas (postures). You will be encouraged to participate at a level suitable for your current level of health and fitness and, when needed, alternatives to some of the asanas will be offered.
Classes will include:

- Gently preparing the body (e.g mobilising joints)
- A selection of asanas (postures)
- Breath awareness and relaxation

By the end of the course, with guidance, you should:
- be better aware of how your breathing can help to focus and calm your mind
- feel confident participating in a variety of basic yoga postures.
- be comfortable engaging in guided relaxation.

What will it be like

Due to the pandemic, the Back to Basics Yoga course moved online in September 2020. As in the face to face classes, there will be the opportunity to ask questions as you follow verbal instructions and visual demonstrations.
Below is some feedback from students who attended this course last year regarding their online learning experience:
'I loved joining Eleanor's welcoming and brilliant class from home'
'It was a very good and easy to follow class. I was able to follow all the tutor's instructions as she guided us through this energising and relaxing class. It was easy to see and hear the tutor and we could ask questions and get feedback. Contrary to my expectations I really enjoyed using Zoom.'

'Your classes have been a life saver for me during lockdown.
I am looking forward to the autumn term'
' I think the online yoga classes have been planned and executed wonderfully under the circumstances and have worked a treat for me. You are still able to give good feedback to participants and I would be sad to see them end completely.'
'I love that these classes are online a brief respite from all the stress.'

To participate online, you are advised to have a yoga mat with enough space around it so you do not hit your arms or legs when you are stretching. If you have yoga block(s) and a yoga belt that would be helpful, otherwise you could use small cushions or a long scarf.
Wear loose comfortable clothing that does not restrict movements (sports top, loose sports trousers, T-shirts etc) and that does not restrict your breath. Standing practice is done barefoot (or with anti-slip socks if you prefer).
Please ensure the area is free of any hazards such as a slippery floor or pets in the room.

What else do you need to buy or do

A medical checklist/Par-Q needs to be filled by all prior to starting the course. Please consult your G.P. for advice and guidance if you have any medical conditions that might affect your ability to participate safely.

Regular attendance and commitment to the full duration of each class is important.
You should attend with an empty stomach or have waited at least 2 hours after a light snack before doing a yoga class
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 quite 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.

What this course could lead to

Continue to consolidate your knowledge and experience the benefits of yoga by enrolling in this course or another yoga class next term.


I have taken a lot of courses at the Mary Ward Centre, including Pilates, Yoga and Dance. They have all improved my wellbeing and the staff and tutors are supportive, helpful and humorous.



This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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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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