Dance 180 - Introduction to Yoga - Professor Phylise Smith
|Course:||Introduction to Yoga|
|Professor:||Professor Phylise Smith|
Welcome to Dance 180- Virtual Yoga. I am Professor Phylise Smith. I've been teaching yoga and dance for many years and am here to serve you and guide you on your journey to experiencing the union(yoga means union) of your body, mind and spirit. My yoga classes focus upon learning how to relax and how to develop a yoga practice that uniquely belongs to you. After completing my yoga class, you will have been introduced to the importance of breath, stillness and yoga poses that work for your body and mind. You will also be familiar with basic yoga Sanskrit terminology. I look forward to meeting you. Namaste- which means I see the divine in you.
Course Description- Introduces yoga techniques designed to improve both fitness and health through mind and body integration.
- Practice basic yoga poses such as cat, mountain, standing side stretch, tree, forward bend, downward facing dog, triangle, boat and other fundamental yoga postures.
- Study basic yoga Sanskrit terms.
- Study and practice yoga relaxation techniques.
- Study and practice basic yoga breathing techniques.
- Study and practice yoga restorative poses.
- Demonstrate basic Yoga poses and breathing techniques.
What to Expect in this Course
The class will begin with warm-ups to prepare the body for the yoga poses we will study. Then we will perform breathing and relaxation exercises. We will then work on standing and sitting Yoga poses. Then we will review certain poses and demonstrate that we know these poses. At the end of our class period, we will again return to relaxation poses.
Types of Assessments
A. Yoga Skills Midterm The Yoga Midterm will consist of two parts. Part 1 will be an English and Sanskrit terminology test. Part II will be a test on asanas (poses) that we perform in class. = 25% of grade.
B. Yoga Topic Oral and Written Report You will conduct research on various aspects of yoga and write and report on one topic in class. Your written report shall be a 1-page double-spaced essay with 1 reference = 25 % of grade
C. Final Exam The Final Exam will consist of a 10 or more minute(s) demonstration presentation of yoga asanas(poses) practiced and learned in the class as well as new poses that you will have researched. The Final will be held on the last day of the class= 25% of grade.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Required Course Materials
1. a quiet place where you can spend alone for at least 1 hour and a half. Preferably a carpeted or wood floor room that has a bare wall available and or where you can put your legs on the wall. (You will be introduced to legs up the wall pose.) Please do not do your yoga on concrete floors.
2. A yoga mat (can be bought from Walmart, Target, Big Five.)
Optional Course Materials
1. 2 towels or blankets.
2. 2 blocks or sturdy books that can support your hand weight.
3. Yoga strap, belt or scarf that can be used as a strap. Of the 3, this is the most important.
Other Relevant Course Information
Please wear comfortable clothing to class that you can stretch and relax in such as leotards, sweats, exercise pants, yoga pants, leggings, any type of clothing in which you feel comfortable in and do not mind showing on camera. Street clothes such as jeans should not be worn. Also, we will work in barefeet unless you have a medical problem with your feet. If so, then you may wear socks. No hats or caps, please.
Yoga is suited for all types of bodies. During my time of teaching yoga, I have worked with students confined to wheelchairs, I have worked with those who are visually impaired. I have worked with those who have seizures and or other medical situations that need monitoring. All have benefitted from doing yoga.
If you have, MEDICAL PROBLEMS, INJURIES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I will provide modification poses for any poses that are especially difficult or that you prefer not to do.
Again I look forward to our journey together. Welcome to Virtual Yoga. See you in class.
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