Yoga I: Basic Introduction to Hatha Yoga

With over 30 years’ experience in teaching yoga to beginners, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center has developed a highly successful two-part introductory program that addresses all the major needs of newcomers to Yoga.

The program is divided into a series of progressive classes, each of which provides a balanced yoga session that leaves students feeling relaxed and full of energy.

Designed for complete beginners, the program is also appropriate for those with some experience of yoga who are new to this style of practice.

The courses are held in small groups to ensure individual attention; please reserve early to secure a place. The course includes the following:

  • Introduction to Yoga philosophy
  • Basic breathing exercises
  • Guided relaxation techniques
  • Stretching exercises
  • Sun salutation
  • Introduction to the basic sequence of 12 asanas

Yoga II: Intermediate Course

This course builds on the foundation laid in the first part of our beginners courses and gives the opportunity to build up a solid practice, including all the basic postures and breathing exercises.

Emphasis is placed on holding postures longer, and making smooth transitions between postures. Some variations of the basic postures are introduced. Training in the headstand is offered for those who are ready.

This is an ideal refresher class for those who have lapsed in their practice. It is also suitable for experienced practitioners who are new to the Center. Please reserve early to secure your place.

Yoga & Meditation Course

The practice of yoga asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and relaxation is considered to be ideal preparation for the practice of steadying the mind in meditation.

This course gives a practical introduction to all of these practices. Each 90-minute class includes approximately 60 minutes of yoga, pranayama, and relaxation practice and 30 minutes of work on the theory and practice of meditation.

See also fuller descriptions of our Beginner Yoga course and Introduction to Meditation, which are combined in this course.