Developing a regular yoga practice can be a daunting prospect. I'm often asked whether a class is suitable for 'complete beginners'. In most cases they are, provided you're in reasonably good health and don't mind attending a class with other students, who may have been practising for longer than you have.
If that doesn't feel like the best option for you - maybe you feel self conscious, don't consider yourself flexible, are recovering from injury or illness, or you have a long term health condition - it can be really nice to attend the Introduction to Yoga Basics course to get started.
Taught over six weeks, the course is progressive in nature. Each week builds on the last, to give you a good grounding in the fundamental elements of a weekly class. The course includes a combination of laying, kneeling, sitting and standing yoga postures (asana), simple breath practices (pranayama) along with guided deep relaxation. We close each class by chanting the mantra OM together three times.
During the course you're encouraged to develop a sense of inner awareness by observing the body and breath. Practices are simple and accessible to all, allowing students of all abilities to try yoga. At the end of the course, you will have a feel for whether yoga is for you, along with - I hope - the confidence to join a weekly class.
What do I need to attend the course?
The preparing for a class page of my website has lots of information about getting started. In a nutshell... a yoga mat is an essential. They can be purchased online at Amazon or www.yogamatters.com - their sticky yoga mats are perfect -, at a good sports shop or in TKMaxx. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing. For gents, shorts should come to mid-thigh to avoid embarrassing moments!
In the cooler months of the year, it's good to wear layers which you can slip on and off as you need to. A pair of socks and a warm blanket will help keep you warm during the guided relaxation at the end of the class.
Is the course suitable for returning students?
It is! I've had a number of experienced students attend the course over the years. From time to time, it can be a really good to go back to basics to refresh your understanding of yoga. Like most things in life, we only take in, a small proportion of what we hear at any one time. Attending this course can be really positive, it reminds you of what you do know, along with encouraging you to pay as much attention to the simple practices, as you do the more advanced ones.
For those switching teachers/traditions, it can also be a great way to become familiar with a new style of yoga. I've also been told that it has been a great way for students to continue to attend classes, if as a result of injury/illness their usual class isn't suitable.
Upcoming Course Dates
In Autumn/Winter 2020 courses will run online, in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.
Todmorden - start TBC, each class will run from 7:45-9:00pm - The Todfellows Space, Oxford Street, Todmorden OL14 5PU.
Hebden Bridge - start TBC, each class will run from 6:00-7:15pm - The Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EW.
The course costs £40 and must be booked in advance.
If you would like to discuss the course in more detail before booking please get in touch with me on 07443 602108 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of this course, I usually recommend that students join a weekly yoga class. If you would like to chat about suitable options, please let me know. Don’t feel ready? You’re welcome to attend the course again, if you feel it would be helpful.
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