This course should be suitable and beneficial for participants new to yoga and to more experienced practitioners with knee challenges who find it difficult to get down to the floor and back up. It is not necessary to have a flexible body to participate since the intention of this session is to explore ways to adapt the more classical yoga practices for bodies that are facing some mobility issues. Reconnecting with the body to find ways to activate what is movable and strengthen what is weak will restore your energy and calm your mind. The tools to be explored are: simple breathing exercises to bring awareness to body sensations, calm the nervous system and slow down the thinking process; and introductory yoga movements to free the joints, gently stretch the muscles, help develop more strength, balance and flexibility while facilitating the relaxation of the physical body.
The pace will be progressive and participants will be encouraged to move within their capacity, noticing and respecting how the body feels in each moment. A few minutes of guided relaxation will close each session to give the mind an opportunity to settle down and refresh.
Anita Sielecki has been practising yoga since 1974 and biochemistry research at the UofA since 1976. Certified as a yoga instructor in 1990, she has taught for Campus Recreation since 1993. In 1996 she left her career in science to dedicate her time to the teaching of yoga, presiding over The Yoga Association of Alberta for ten years and organizing numerous yoga/meditation retreats with remarkable teachers throughout the province.