The intention of this course is to offer a time to calm down, reconnect with the body and restore your energy. It is not necessary to have a flexible body in order to participate. The class should be beneficial to participants new to yoga and to more experienced practitioners willing to slow down somewhat and experiment with a more meditative approach. The tools to be explored are:
– Simple breathing exercises to bring awareness to the body, calm the nervous system and slow down the thinking process.
-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 the participants will be encouraged to move within their capacity. 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 U of A since 1976. Certified as a yoga instructor in 1990, she taught for Campus Recreation beginning in 1993. In 1996 she left her career in science to dedicate her time to the teaching of yoga, preside over The Yoga Association of Alberta for 10 continuous years and organize numerous yoga/meditation retreats with remarkable teachers throughout the province.