This course covers the history, theory, principles/benefits, and methods of yoga as well as the application of yoga poses, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods.

Additional information: Asana (physical poses) yoga is a system of posture, movement, and breath that has been developed over several centuries to cultivate a sense of self-awareness and well-being, and to bring balance to an individual as a whole: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Yoga affects all systems of the body: muscular, skeletal, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous.

The practice of yoga promotes flexibility, strength, and improvement of overall health. It is non-competitive, enhances physical and emotional health through the coordination of purposeful movements, breathe work, and conscious relaxation. In yoga, you will learn to coordinate movement with breath.

Most importantly yoga is a path of self-discovery. The yoga poses, or asanas, are designed to bring union, balance and control to our energy by helping us gain self-awareness and focus in the present moment. Yoga techniques help us realize our own potential as individuals and the nature of our connection and relationships with others.

Each class begins with centering and ends with relaxation. Most of our time will be spent working with basic asanas and yoga conditioning exercises, and gaining an understanding of the principles of alignment. There will be a brief period in each class
for questions and discussion.