Teacher: Emily Hayward & Trudi Oliveiro

Time: Mondays for six weeks / 6.30pm - 7.45pm

Cost: £72 for the complete 6 weeks (£66 cons)

2017 Course Dates:

  • 9th January to 13th February
  • 8th to 22nd May & 5th to 19th June
  • 7th to 21st August & 4th to 18th September
  • 6th November 11th December

This six-week course will introduce beginners to the basic principles of yoga from a philosophical point of view, referencing seminal yogic text THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI.  It will also give you grounding in some of the key yoga postures and help you to understand alignment, benefits and contraindications.  We will look at breathing practices (Pranayama) and discover their numerous benefits.  You will explore how meditation can help you to connect deeply with the breath and calm the mood, enhancing your yoga practice.

Week One: What is Yoga? Reference to the Yoga Sutras and introduction to the Eight Limbs of Yoga / Breath work: full yogic breath / Brief explanation about different styles of yoga / Warm ups: how to release old tensions from the body and free the joints in preparation for posture work (Asana) / Postures: Cat & Cow pose (Marjaryasana & Bitilasana), Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Corpse pose (Savasana)

Week Two: The importance of alignment, Sthira (Stability) and Sukha (Ease) in your practice / Introduction to Sun Salutations with variations / Drishti: learn to visually focus during your practice / Introduction to Standing Postures: their purpose and benefits / Postures: Mountain (Tadasana), Warrior l (Virabhadrasana l), Warrior ll (Virabhadrasana ll), Side Angle pose (Parsvakonasana), Triangle (Trikonasana), Tree (Vrksasana).

Week Three: Useful Props: belts, blocks & bricks / Introduction to Seated Postures: Forward Bends and Twists – their purpose and benefits / Postures: Staff pose (Dandasana), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana), Head-To-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana), Sage pose (Marichyasana), Revolved Head-To-Knee pose (Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana), Half-Lord-Of-The-Fishes pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Week Four: Philosophy: how to apply yogic principles (Yamas and Niyamas) to daily life / Meditation (Dhyana): where to start and simple techniques / Breathwork (Pranayama): importance of the breath and breathing exercises including Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana)

Week Five: Introduction to Backbends: their purpose and benefits / Postures: Locust pose (Salambhasana), Cobra pose (Bhujangasana), Camel pose (Ustrasana), Bridge pose (Setu Bandha) / Introduction to simple Inversions: preparation and tips / Postures: Legs-Up-The-Wall pose (Viparita Karani), Half Shoulderstand pose (Ardha Sarvangasana)

Week Six: How to develop your own Personal Practice: structure and helpful suggestions / A full class practice including elements of breathwork, postures and meditation.

This course is ideal for complete beginners, yoga students with less than a year’s yoga practice and for those more practiced yogis who wish to deepen and further their knowledge and understanding of yoga.

THE TEACHERS: Emily teaches the Hatha all levels class on Saturday mornings and the Hypnobirthing Course.

Trudi teaches the Hatha all levels class on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings.

Both are fully qualified British Wheel of Yoga Teachers.

Course may be subject to change.

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