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Caroline Roberts Yoga Design Narrative

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Caroline Roberts
2 April 2015

A hatha yoga class

Title A yoga class

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Situation

A class of 10 students in a local studio which is warm and comfortable, students of all ages and abilities.  Equipment (mats, blocks, water, music) is provided.

The instructor has 20 years of experience and is qualified in psychology with a background in dance theatre.

Some students have various aches often back problems, the hope is that the yoga exercise will strengthen the muscles without risking any damage.

Task

I was trying to tone my muscles, increase my strength and lose fat.  Also, as a beginner I have to learn postures, breathing and the capabilities of my body and potential capabilities.

Actions

Instructor demonstrates postures and then gives each student personal attention so that they can achieve the posture as far as they are capable. The class is mixed ability so each person concentrates on their own practice pushing the edge of their capabilities.  This is a non competitive environment.  The instructor often provides several options for students to choose from dependent on ability.  Instructor provides motivation, obvious enjoyment.

Each class concentrates on a particular body area, back, hips etc, the instructor has chosen particular postures and designed a sequence for the class.

Results

Gradually (over months) postures improve, strength increases. The class has given me an awareness of the body and its interconnectedness. Initially, some postures look almost impossible but after much practice they are achievable.  Stamina is important, some classes have been extremely challenging but it is up to the student to determine how far to push themselves.

Reflections

More in tune with my body.  Stronger and healthier.

 

 

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Caroline Roberts
2:05pm 2 April 2015 (Edited 12:40pm 16 April 2015)


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