This class explores Hatha yoga, a physical practice that works the body through asanas, or poses. This workout will build a flexible strong body, rinse out toxins, dissolve tensions, and improve body composition. The class will start out at a beginning pace, progressing to power yoga at the end of the semester.
Each class will end with a relaxation segment and/or a guided visualization
Yoga was developed more than five thousand years ago as a comprehensive system for self-development. Today, the teachings of yoga are transcending racial, cultural and religious barriers as never before. It is a practice that any person, regardless of age, sex, race or religion can use to develop his or her full potential. Today, as more people take a proactive approach to attain health and wellness, yoga has become an important part of many people’s lives. There are countless styles ranging from therapeutic and meditative styles, to those that can physically challenge even the best athletes. There is a style for everyone!
Our definitions of heath and wellness have broadened to incorporate not only the physical body and freedom from disease, but emotional, mental, spiritual and social dimensions. People are being encouraged to take more responsibility for the quality of their lives. As technology and change continue to challenge us daily, yoga is becoming more and more popular as a means to balance our lives.
This course is graded on the point system. There are 500 points possible.
450 points and above =A 400-499=B 350-399=C below 300=F
If you miss a class, you may make it up in another yoga class, on or off campus. If you go off campus, you must write up a summary of the class.
There are no prerequisites for this class other than to be free from injury. If you have a chronic condition, or you are pregnant, please check with your doctor before actively participating in this class.
Please be on time for class. The beginning of each class will introduce new asanas or progressions. The practice will begin 10 minutes after the introduction.
We recommend you use your own yoga mat for hygienic reasons.
The textbook recommended for the class is Yoga for Health and Fitness by Sharkie Zartman. This book has asanas broken down, and all the information you will need for the take-home midterm assignment. If you do not have the book, all of the information is available either online or from other yoga books.
Class Etiquette Essentials
- Get to class on time. If you are late, come in quietly.
- Turn off cell phones and pagers.
- Keep conversation to a minimum.
- Don’t compete with others.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Put away any mats or props when finished.
- Do not wear heavy fragrances to class.
- Leave negative attitudes outside of class.
- Once the practice has started---no talking!
Do not eat 2-3 hours before class.
Rest whenever you need to.
Ease into postures slowly
Come out of postures slowly
Continue to breathe through all postures
Remove shoes and socks
Make sure you clear your mat before use
Remove watches, glasses and jewelry
Yoga's Health Benefits
- Increases Flexibility
- Strengthens Muscles
- Improves Posture
- Prevents Arthritis
- Keeps Spinal Disks Supple
- Prevents Osteoporosis
- Improves the Cardiovascular System
- Stimulates the Lymphatic system
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Lowers Cortisol
- Relieves Depression
- Burns Calories
- Decreases Risk of Diabetes
- Decreases LDL, Increases HDL
- Increases Proprioception (body awareness)
- Encourages Present Moment Living
- Improves Lung Capacity
- Relieves Tensions in the Body
- Relieves Stress
- Eases Constipation
- Improves Self-Esteem
- Calms the Overactive Mind
- Reduces Pain from Chronic Conditions
- Improves Self-Discipline
- Reduces Anger and Reactivity
List assignments here.
1. The pre test will be administered the second week of school. Please bring your book.
2. The midterm take home assignment is due the 8th week of class. The answers are in your book, or you can research them online.
3. The project is due the 14th week of class-- either a book report, journal or comparative study.
4. The post test and final evaluation will be administered the 15th week of class.
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