This course offers the chance to learn the structured discipline of Iyengar Yoga, practising a range of
postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and relaxation techniques. The course is for
people interested in yoga practice wishing to improve core strength, flexibility, balance, posture and wellbeing.

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Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those interested in Iyengar Yoga and wish to progress and develop their skills further however is not suitable for learners who are in the early stage of pregnancy or undergoing chemotherapy. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our learners and staff. Please inform us of any individual circumstances to help us meet your needs. If you have any doubts about your personal health and/or fitness you should consult your GP prior to enrolling and inform the tutor at the first session of any medical condition that may impede your progress.

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What can I expect to learn?

This structured, progressive and supportive course offers development of a range of postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), sequencing of postures and relaxation techniques used in the Iyengar method of Yoga. You will learn how to achieve maximum benefit from these techniques to enhance your feeling of well-being by increasing your body awareness, improving your posture, flexibility, strength, stamina, balance and breathing techniques. By the end of the course you should be able to: Demonstrate and practice a range of Introductory Level 1 and 2 asanas used in the Iyengar method of Yoga, including standing, seated and supine asanas, forward and back extensions and revolved asanas;

  • Practice at least one inversion or suitable alternative;
  • Demonstrate improved alignment in asanas;
  • Demonstrate appropriate pranayama, including ujjayi pranayama;
  • Demonstrate and practice sequencing of postures;
  • Deepen understanding of Yoga philosophy;
  • Know how to use Yoga props, such as blocks, to enable you to practice asanas correctly;
  • Safely practice Iyengar Yoga regularly at home (in negotiation and agreement with the tutor)
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How will I learn?

Teaching methods will include verbal instruction, hands on adjustments by the tutor and practical demonstration with active participation, discussions and tutor feedback.

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How will I know how well I am doing?

Outcomes to be negotiated with the tutor and you will work with the tutor to monitor and record your progress and achievement throughout the course. An Individual Learning Plan with specific learning outcomes will be negotiated and agreed both at the beginning and during the course. These will be reviewed and recorded at regular intervals. Learner achievement will be assessed and monitored by the tutor throughout the course and feedback given on a group basis or one-to-one as appropriate.

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Key information

  • Classroom based learning and home practice between classes will be beneficial and you will be advised as appropriate by
    the tutor.
  • Learners should bring to the class: Yoga blanket or firm blanket that can be rolled for support, pen and notepad, reading glasses if worn, appropriate clothing
  • It is advised that you do not eat at least 2 hours before the class
  • This is a paid course, please view course prices here
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What to do next

To view the full Mental Health and Wellbeing course listings and to enrol on a course, click here.

For further information about the courses or to discuss suitability please email Juliet.Gill@essex.gov.uk. You can also call 0345 603 7635 to enrol.