Tuesday 1st August – 6pm-7pm, Friday 15th September – 7pm-8pm
Welcome to our Beginner’s yoga course! This course is perfect for you if you are new to yoga or are returning to it after a break. It will start you off on a firm footing and brush up your skills if you have previous exposure to yoga.
Introduction To Yoga
For most people, yoga is a technique that helps improve body flexibility and helps cure physical and mental ailments. This is true, and the belief has helped the popularity of yoga, especially in the west. However, yoga is not just about the body and mind. As an aspiring yoga student, we would like you to have a better understanding of yoga so that you can derive maximum benefit from it.
Yoga has its origins in Hinduism. In Hinduism, life is described as a journey that takes us towards specific goals. The analogy used to describe this is that of a person travelling in a chariot drawn by five horses. The chariot is our body. It is just a vehicle that carries us. The five horses are our five senses. The set of reins that help control these five horses is our mind. The reins are in the hands of a charioteer, which is our intellect. The traveller in the chariot is our soul.
When things work as they should, the senses help take the vehicle along, controlled by the mind and guided by the intellect. However, life is not so simple. There are many distractions which occupy our mind, make us pause and do things that we should never be doing. When the mind overcomes the intellect, the result is stress, despair and a failure to reach the destination (achieve our goals). This is where yoga comes in.
Yoga helps us keep our senses and mind firmly in the control of our intellect. The result is peace, happiness and success. When you start learning yoga, keep this higher purpose in mind and you will be motivated to stay with it and derive the maximum benefit from it.
History Of Yoga
The word yoga has its origins in the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, which means to join, yoke or unite. Yoga unifies the mind, body and spirit and mentally unites us with our creator (God). Yoga originated in ancient India and consists of physical, mental and spiritual practices. Although it is mentioned in the Rigveda, it is believed to have originated in the fifth and sixth century BCE with roots in ancient Indian ascetic and sramana movements. Yogic practices are described in various Hindu Upanishads, but the exact timeline is unclear.
The techniques of yoga were initially passed on orally from teachers to students with no written texts. Over 2200 years ago, Patanjali, a sage and scholar, wrote the first philosophical texts about yoga. They are called the Yoga Sutras. They gained popularity in the west in the 19th and 20th centuries after being introduced by teachers like Swami Vivekananda. After the 1980s, medical science started acknowledging the benefits of yoga and it became hugely popular all over the world as a relaxation technique with numerous health benefits.
Patanjali has prescribed an eight-fold path or eight stages of yoga. They are yama (morality), niyama (self-discipline), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses), dharana (concentration and inward awareness), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (the highest state of consciousness).
The beginner’s course will introduce you to asanas and pranayama. These two techniques are sufficient to get several health benefits associated with yoga.
Benefits Of Yoga
With regular practice of asanas and pranayama, you can expect:
The beginner’s yoga course will introduce you to yoga and give you a good foundation. In 5 weeks, you will explore yoga poses, its benefits, alignment, breath control and relaxation. It is ideal for complete beginners and those who are coming back to yoga after a break. What you learn in this course will give you the awareness and confidence to explore yoga further and move into other yoga sessions.
Yoga goes much beyond the classroom. You can use these techniques in your everyday life! It will help you reduce stress, concentrate better, shed excess weight, breathe better, improve digestion, get rid of back pain and increase the strength of your body and the power of your mind.
Learning never stops. You are welcome to continue with the beginner sessions after completing the block. You may have missed things during the first course that you will be able to find and explore in the second.
The number of students in each group is limited to permit close attention and observation of each student’s abilities. This is necessary to provide the best help and to ensure the required progress.
The course consists of 5 sessions, one per week, for 5 consecutive weeks. Please inform us beforehand in case you are unable to attend a class. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer replacements if you miss any of your sessions.
If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact us.