Transformation Hatha Yoga & Relaxation
Who is this course for?
If you would like to try gentle Yoga stretches with the breath and guided Relaxation exercises, regardless of how fit, able or flexible you are, then this course is for you.
Transformation Hatha Yoga & Relaxation.
This is gentle Yoga which aims to harmonise breathing and movement, where good posture and moving in safe ways are more important than being able to get into the stretches fully.
There is choice throughout each class over how much or how little you do. Depending on the needs of the learners, some stronger asanas (postures/positions) may be introduced through the course, although there will always be easier variations and alternatives to these taught at the same time, and you will be invited to use cushions, chairs or the wall for support/balance ~ as needed.
Paul will encourage students to take notes on how to move into and out of stretches and time will be given for note-taking (this is optional, although please bear in mind that there will be no handouts on how to practise the stretches).
There is also significant time in each class given over to guided relaxation.
Support and feedback
Paul will give each student feedback within the classes (as appropriate) or outside of the classes. Paul will ask you to correct your positioning if you are out of alignment or risk hurting yourself. He will not just come up and adjust you. If you need hands-on adjustment, he will ask your permission first. Paul will say when you have good posture and alignment so that you can develop your understanding of what that feels like.
Additional costs and requirements
A non-slip yoga mat (at least 5mm thick), if you have one. Spares will be available. Also any cushions you might need (e.g. for comfort sitting on the floor) and a blanket to cover you for comfort in relaxation. Spares of cushions and blankets are also provided.
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Paul will encourage you to practice what you learn at home as this will help to consolidate your learning. However, this is a recommendation rather than a requirement and how much/little you do is entirely your choice.
About the tutor
Paul Beard (Dip. THY&R [Transformation Hatha Yoga], Dip P. Couns.Coach & SRMHC Registered Teacher of Pure Meditation Foundation) is a qualified Yoga instructor, Meditation Teacher and Coach, member of the Government-recognised REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals), IYN (Independent Yoga Network) and accredited by CSA (Coaching Supervision Academy).
Since 2001, Paul has been training and teaching individuals and groups in self-development, well-being and stress management practices.