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Gentle Yoga

Course Number: PE 182J
Transcript Title: Gentle Yoga
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Introduces techniques to better manage stress. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic series of poses performed at a gentle pace and helps to reduce stress levels. Recommend for students with limited abilities and beginners who are not ready for Yoga I. Covers basic yoga philosophy, asanas, pranayama, meditation and relaxation for a holistic approach to better health and wellness.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Improve physical conditioning
  2. Develop skills for maintaining lifelong health and fitness
  3. Experience the relationship of the mind, body and spirit
  4. Apply the principles, language and techniques of yogic conditioning

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Successful tracking of goals and yogic experience through the completion of personal journal
  2. Performing asanas and pranayama in a safe and comfortable environment
  3. Completion of a written final essay about the goals that were achieved and how the student plans to continue with skills that they have learned in their daily life

Course Activities and Design

  • Class is designed to include warm-up, asanas and pranayama
  • Utilizes props/equipment for balance, breathing techniques and stretching
  • Students keep records of personal experiences and goals in daily journal

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Development and progression of:

  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Kinesthetic Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Breathe Control
  • Strength
  • Proper Posture
  • Introduction to relaxation techniques
  • Experience the relationship between mind, body and sprit
  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and language
  • Elements of an on going yoga practice
  • Concepts and basics of warm up and cool down
  • Safety principles in a yoga practice

Related Instruction

Applies only to PTE courses used for Related Instruction in certificates of 45 credits or more.

Department Notes

All gentle yoga students are required to participate in a one on one meeting with the instructor to assess the student’s physical and mental needs and goals. Based on the result of the one on one meeting, the class will be adjusted to the overall needs of the students. An average class includes asanas for the major muscle groups, breathing techniques, balance activities, and skills for stress management. This course utilizes the use of equipment to help tailor fit the class to each individual student.