Beginners yoga: 6 week course – Introduction to Ashtanga yoga

Saturday 20th January 2018 2017 11:45 – 12:45 

at Kala Sangam.  Price: £30

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Over the six weeks we will break down the fundamentals of a well-rounded yoga practice: asanas (physical postures) and body alignment, movement and transitions, pranayama (breathing techniques), basic meditation and some philosophy and history of Ashtanga yoga. Build strength, flexibility, improve posture, balance and mental focus whilst practicing in a relaxed and friendly group setting. Upon completion of the course students will have the experience, confidence and knowledge to attend the open level yoga class and start to build a regular yoga practice.

Course structure: The beginners yoga course is taught in a six week sequence. Each class will include a complete basic yoga practice with emphasis on the following:

Week 1: Introduction to meditation, Sun salutations and standing postures

Week 2: Forward bending and seated postures

Week 3: Twisting and balancing

Week 4: Heart-openers and back bending

Week 5: Introduction to inversions

Week 6: A typical class with pranayama (breathing) and meditation techniques

Some supporting information will be provided in class/via email so you can deepen your knowledge and understanding.

What to expect in each class:

  • We will start each class with a short mindfulness meditation, in which we will connect with our breath and allow the mind to settle.
  • We will then be introduced to the history and philosophy for each of the weekly themes to help understand the origin and foundations of the practice.
  • Following this we will learn and practice some physical postures (asanas), including Sun Salutations to build heat and strength, followed by some seated postures to develop flexibility.  Modifications/alternative postures will be offered to ensure you can practice safely and choose the best pose to suit you.  In some postures I may physically adjust you to ensure safe alignment and/or to deepen your stretch in the pose.  If you prefer not to be adjusted, or the adjustment feels too strong, then just let me know.
  • Finally we will rest in Savasana to calm and relax the mind and body, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

To ensure you get maximum enjoyment from the class, there are a few things that will help you prepare:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in; nothing too tight or restrictive
  • Ideally you should practice yoga on an empty stomach (e.g. 3 hours after food)
  • Bring some warm clothing to wear for the relaxation at the end of the class
  • If you have any illness or injuries, check with your GP to make sure you are safe to practice
  • Bring your own mat if you have one, but we do have mats and props at the studio that you can use


Clock Tower (3rd Floor)
Kala Sangam Arts Centre
St Peter’s House
1 Forster Square