Introduction to Yoga: Traditional Hatha Yoga for Beginners

Course Code: YOG102
In this course, you will learn the practical aspect of yoga and how to introduce this ancient technique to your modern and fast-paced life. You will learn a solid base to develop your daily discipline. Poses, breathing techniques, and meditation will be explained simply and effectively, you will experience the benefits of yoga from the first class. This will be a traditional hatha yoga class with movement and breathing alignment.

From the physical body, yoga moves on to the mental and emotional levels. Many people suffer from phobias and neuroses due to the stresses and interactions of everyday living. Yoga cannot provide a cure for life, but it does present a proven method for coping with it.

The course includes and introduction to Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, and Bandha, beginning with breathing – Ujjayi. Benefits that may come as a result of practicing the Ujjayi breath include: building internal body heat and energy, relieving tension, encouraging the free flow of Prana, maintaining a rhythm while practicing, and increasing feelings of presence, self-awareness, and meditative qualities. From this base the course explores the full range of movement of the body and joints, including flexion, extension, rotation, protraction, retraction, elevation, and depression. Each class will close with a meditation practice.

1. Body awareness.

2. Increase your range of motion.

3. Meditation and breath awareness.

4. Develop a sustainable and solid base for self-practice.

Anyone who wants to improve their health, mindfulness, physical and mental balance, and stability. This program will help you to get started on your inner journey.
No required textbook
Luiz Olimpio
Luiz Olimpio has been practicing yoga since 1999. He has trained in India with the nonprofit Yoga Alliance and holds regular meditation retreats in the Tokyo area and across Japan. He is a mindfulness facilitator for corporate clients to support organizational behavior. He is the founder of Olimpyoga, an executive mindfulness and wellbeing consultancy where motion and meditation are intertwined to promote physical health and enlightenment. Trainings include diversity and cross-culture communication workshops, senior management mindfulness facilitation, and teambuilding facilitation for cross-department synergy.