Iyengar Yoga - Beginners

Course intent

Yoga helps build your wellbeing holistically, by using slow movements and poses, with deep breathing exercises, offering physical and mental health benefits. Iyengar Yoga is a precise and careful style of yoga, paying strong attention to correct postural alignment and body awareness, so it’s an excellent starting point for those new to Yoga practice.

The intent of the course is to introduce you to the principles and practice of Iyengar Yoga, and using a range of basic and simple postures, to build strength and flexibility.

What will we cover?

You will learn a range of yoga postures (asanas) in standing, seated and lying positions, and how they work in sequence. You will also learn breathing exercises (pranayama) and relaxation techniques.

Iyengar Yoga is characterised by precision, correct postural alignment and body awareness. The system of teaching Iyengar Yoga is methodical, structured and progressive, emphasising detailed correctness and safety. It often uses equipment, such as blocks, or bolsters, to assist you to achieve the posture correctly, at your own pace and to suit your body. Beginners work in a basic way on simple postures according to their capabilities.

You will be able to practise the exercises at home and fit them in to your daily routine.

Our courses build on past learning, week by week, to develop new skills and abilities. You will find you make the most progress if you attend every taught lesson and complete any self-directed study opportunities provided.

Who is this course for? Is there anything I need to know before joining?

This course is designed for those with no prior experience of Iyengar Yoga. It is also intended as a refresher for those wishing to return to Iyengar Yoga practice. It includes exercises in standing, seated and lying positions.

If you are pregnant, it would be much more appropriate to attend a course specifically structured for starting Yoga during pregnancy. Please be aware that Yoga is not recommended at all for the first 3 to 4 months of pregnancy.

As our courses are taught in English, please contact us if you have any concerns about your level of English.

What do I need to bring to the first class? Will there be any extra costs?

Wear comfortable clothing which allows a full range of movement, e.g. raising the arms above the head and bending over/crouching down. Yoga is practised with bare feet. Bring extra layers and/or a blanket for relaxation.

You will need a non-slip Yoga mat (or a camping mat for the first lesson and the tutor will give advice). If your Yoga mat is new, please unroll it before the first lesson.

You will also need drinking water,

There are no extra costs on this course.

What can I do when I finish the course?

At the end of the term, you may wish to re-enrol on the next Iyengar Yoga - Beginners course, and at the end of the academic year, in discussion with your tutor, you may wish to progress to the Iyengar Yoga - Improvers course.

Additional information

We welcome learners with additional needs and disabilities. When you enrol, please let us know if you would like to discuss your extra support needs with a member of the Supported Learning Team who will then contact you as soon as possible. If you are enrolling within 10 days of the course start date, we may not be able to contact you before your first class. Surrey Adult Learning values and supports equality and diversity by promoting fairness and respect at all times.

How to enrol

You can't currently enrol online for this course, so please call 0300 200 1044 to express your interest or to make an enquiry for further information.

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  • Day: Monday
  • Start date: 22 Apr 2024
  • Time: 11:30am to 1pm
  • Cost: £136
  • Location: Molesey centre
  • Sessions: 11 sessions
  • Tutor: Charlotte Palmer-Ali
  • Course code: QLDW1060GA
  • Places: Call 0300 200 1044

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