CYS is introducing a brand new
4-week Beginners Course in January 2022.
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The Beginners Course is specially designed for people who have had little or no previous yoga experience. The course covers the fundamental principles of breath, movement and alignment. The classes offer a good foundation to build on as you progress and explore the huge variety of yoga styles available at Canberra Yoga Space.
Beginners classes are Face-2-Face only. Numbers are strictly limited so bookings are essential
If you have not yet completed a registration form please do so before you attend class.
The CYS Beginners course is a progressive course that runs over six weeks. There are several classes a week for you to choose from and we recommend starting with at least 2 classes a week if possible. It is recommended to book into all your classes for the duration of the course. If you are unable to attend a class please cancel yourself out of the classes to free up space for another student on the waitlist. Full instructions on how to do this are on your course purchase email receipt.
Each of your teachers has a different teaching style but will be covering the same concepts. This will give you an opportunity to see some of the different ways one can practice yoga. We are all very different so no one way of doing anything will suit everyone. Yoga practice is very adaptable and modern yoga, in particular, has given us ways to make yoga accessible to everyone, so I encourage you to try different teachers throughout your course.
Your course will cover the fundamentals of yoga practice. You will learn a Sun Salutation, this is a sequence used in most yoga classes. It creates heat, warms the spine and the body and is often used to link different poses or shapes together. Our physical yoga practices have been broken up into the different shapes we make. Each week you will be focussing on these different forms moving through standing shapes, backbends, twists, core (abdomen) strengthening, hip openers, balances and forward folds. You will explore some yogic philosophy each week, touching on different teachings that underpin the physical practice, as well as breathing practices and relaxation techniques.
There is a lot to take in and starting something new can be daunting but I have no doubt that once you start you will feel fantastic and see the benefits of this practice enhance your body and mind, as well as other aspects of your life. It is not uncommon for students to take the course a few times before heading into Open classes. This helps cement the concepts and give you a fantastic starting point from which to build your yoga practice. But if you only come once that’s ok too.
Jump on in, breath and see what arises, that’s all you need to do.
Feel free to click on the FAQ tab if you still have questions and/or send us an email. We are always happy to help.
When should I arrive
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to class to allow the Instructor time for registration.
- There is a lot to be covered in each class, hence “starting on time” means being on your mat with all your equipment ready to start (not walking through the door at the appointed time). Kindly note, to support practitioners and the teacher, we have a closed-door policy, ie the teacher locks the door 5 minutes past the start time.
Mobile phones and personal belongings
- Kindly switch off your mobile phone or set it to silent before entering the space.
- Please leave your mobile and personal items inside the designated locker room located on the left when you enter the studio.
- No personal items, including shoes, are allowed on the practise floor – this is to allow you and your fellow participants unobstructed use of space when you move.
Hydration and digestion
- Hydrate yourself before and after class.
- It is recommended you DO NOT have a full meal directly prior to class.
What to bring
- Wear something light, comfortable and fitted (not baggy). Singlets, leggings and normal gym wear will suffice. What is important is for you to feel comfortable moving without clothing disrupting your practice.
- Yoga practise is done barefoot. Kindly leave your socks and shoes in the locker area.
- All mats and props are provided for at the studio. If you have sensitive knees (when kneeling, or on hands and knees), double up your mat. If you are particular about using your own yoga mat, bring your own mat.
Please note: We require that you wear appropriate clothing. You may be refused entry to any of our classes if you are not appropriately attired. For example, we do not allow transparent (see-through) leggings or pants, or bikinis.
Health information and history of injury
- If you have any history of injury, illness, or anything about your health we should know about, PLEASE INFORM YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE CLASS.
- Kindly note that yoga practise is not a substitute for therapy or medication, hence if you have any pre-existing condition, including pregnancy, injury, history of illness, surgery, or any other symptoms which may affect your health or the safety of your practise, please consult your GP or health care provider prior to commencing practise.
- PRACTISE AT YOUR OWN PACE. You can come down to downward facing dog pose or active child’s pose (two alternative resting postures), at any time.
- Every asana (posture) also has a simpler variation. Speak to the instructor after class, if you needed an easier variation in class. It is important for us to know our classes support your needs.
Beginners Yoga Course – $159
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