Online Yoga for Beginners Course
Would you be interested in taking yoga lessons online for beginners, but don’t know where to start?
Maybe you think that you are too inflexible to practise yoga?
Perhaps you would like to develop a new exercise regime?
Are you spending a lot of time indoors at the moment, due to the lockdown, and have some spare time to learn something new?
Then perhaps this is indeed the right moment to take online “yoga for beginners” classes. Even better… how about taking a 4-week online “yoga for beginners” course?
I invite you to start your discovery of yoga with me.
I’m an experienced yoga teacher when it comes to yoga for beginners. In fact, introducing yoga to beginners is my passion as a teacher. We were all beginners at one point, and I love giving newbies access to the world of yoga for the first time.
In the yoga for beginners course, you’ll find four full yoga classes, which each broken down into three key elements: Breathing, Foundation & Flow.
Many yoga traditions use a specific method of breathing, performed whilst moving through the postures. This method is called ‘ujyaii’ breath and involves the constriction of vocal cords around the glottis, similar to a rasping sound. We keep that soft, subtle sound going throughout the whole practice. The purpose of such a breathing technique is to place the mind on the breath as you move through the practice.
Each lesson we continue to go back to this specific style of yogic breathing, reinforcing the practise.
To master a yoga practice, you need to learn the basics. By basics, I mean learning from the very foundation, or starting point, of all yoga poses – how to establish their form, and how to practise them safely and effectively. That’s why taking yoga lessons online for beginners is the perfect way to start your yoga journey, which may be the beginning of a lifetime of yoga practice.
For each key yoga pose, whether it be “downward facing dog”, the warrior poses, or bridge pose, you’ll learn the key alignment that is required to establish the posture. You’ll find that there are certain precise cues which can help to get into each posture in a way that is comfortable and effective.
As each yoga class is foundational and builds upon the preceding one, different alignment suggestions are offered each week to enhance each posture. When teaching yoga for beginners, my job as the yoga instructor is to convey the minimum instructions to make each yoga pose effective, without overwhelming you with too much information. The short video from my youtube channel below shows you an excerpt of how I teach the basics of ‘Warrior 2’.
The vinyasa flow style of yoga involves moving between each pose with the breath, so transitioning through poses is a fundamental aspect of all yoga classes. It creates a sense of lightness and joy in the practice, and often can be likened to a form of movement meditation. In each flow class, you will learn various versions of ‘sun salutations’, which are a traditional form of generating heat and warming up the body, and are a great way to start each session to prepare the body for the rest of the class. Various lunges are also taught (runner’s lunge, high lunge, low lunge).
You will also learn how to ‘link’ postures with the specific breath I described in the Breathing section. For example, we move from Warrior 2 to Extended Side Angle, and then to Triangle. In addition, how to transition into these postures using lunges is also taught.
What will students receive as part of the course?
As part of the online Yoga for Beginners course, each student will receive a recording of each session. This is helpful in case you miss a class or would like to watch the class again.
In case students wish to practise more between each session, complimentary access is offered for all group classes I currently have on my weekly schedule. These are mixed-level classes, encouraging students to practice more during the week and building upon each technique learnt.
There’s a famous quote that yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory. It goes without saying that the more you practise, the ‘better’ you become. What better opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learnt in the yoga for beginners course, than in an actual class?
Students will also receive class-specific course materials, describing the key learning points in each class.
In addition, they will receive a complimentary copy of my brand-new e-guide ‘5 Things You Need to Start your Yoga Practice’. This guide outlines the key questions that you may have regarding different styles of yoga, what yoga mat to buy, which teacher and studio to practise with, plus more. All the common questions that you may have when starting out on your yoga journey.
My goal is also to understand each student’s specific needs and goals from the course so I’m offering a complimentary discussion before the course to get to you know a little better and what you would like to get out of the course.
So to summarise, each student will receive:
A recording of each session
Specific handouts describing key learning points for each class
A copy of my e-guide, ‘5 Things you Need to Start Your Yoga Practice’
Complimentary access to all of my weekly online yoga classes
The offer to have a brief one-to-one discussion of your expectations and needs before we start the course
Frequently Asked Questions
What style of yoga do you teach?
The style of yoga I teach is a hatha yoga class that incorporates elements of vinyasa flow. Hatha yoga is a style of yoga based on the physical body and vinyasa flow typically incorporates yoga postures that are sequenced to move with the breath. The most important aspect though is learning the fundamentals of yoga practice that apply to any yoga style.
How are the classes taught?
They are taught via ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM application for your personal computer or other mobile device. Full instructions for accessing the classes are provided when purchasing the course.
How much does the course cost?
£50 which is paid at the start of the course for the 4 weeks.
Am I too old or stiff to start yoga?
Never! Yoga can be done by anyone at any age. It’s never too late to start yoga, even if you have aches and pains. Yoga is the perfect antidote to modern day living and can be enjoyed by everyone of any age. If you have any specific ailments, we can discuss those before the start of the course.
What if I don’t have a yoga mat?
A yoga mat definitely helps. I recommend that you get one that is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, and you may choose to go through one of my recommended Partners, Yoga Bliss or Jade Yoga. Jade make yoga mats from natural rubber without synthetic products. Jade was the brand of my first yoga mat, and I definitely recommend it.
What if I miss a session?
No problems. One of the advantages of offering yoga lessons online for beginners is that everything is recorded. I run my classes through ZOOM, which has the ability to record sessions. Each student will be sent a copy of each yoga class during the course.
What if I have some experience of Yoga before?
That’s fine. Students who come to the course will benefit from revising or gaining a new perspective on yoga. As each yoga teacher brings his or her experience to the class, the course offers the perfect opportunity to learn something new about yoga, or particular yoga poses they haven’t been taught in detail before.
How many students are in each class?
To keep the class intimate and to maximise student experience, each class is limited to 10 participants only.