Student case studies
Being on this course reminded me that Yoga is always inspiring. It helps with all aspects of our lives. If someone asked me about doing the course I would say definitely do it - but don’t rush it!
Stephanie Thompson on the Yoga Foundation Course
Yoga has been an almost life-long passion. My sister and I started Yoga classes in the 60s, at the time of Flower Power and the Beatles in India and all things hippy. We are still doing it and I am a trained Yoga teacher. Having done a particular type of Yoga for many years I wanted to do a course to widen my knowledge, deepen my understanding and compare my form of Yoga to others. My Yoga is very practical and does not cover a lot of the concepts. We do think about Mindfulness and non-worry, but not the more complicated practises. What I discovered by doing the course was that however you practise Yoga there isn’t a conflict of the basic teachings.
This course was very reflective and it was important to me to be able to take as much time as necessary with assignments. The course tutor was very helpful and the constructive and encouraging feedback meant I could go back and rethink things and reflect. The flexibility of the course was also important to me. The assignments were challenging (in a good way!) and some aspects needed practise before it was possible to proceed. The anatomy and the nutrition units also gave practical insights which were helpful. The nutrition unit made me think about my diet and how to improve it. For me the unit on the physical sequence was the most challenging part of the course (as all Yoga sequences are different) but all the guidelines were there and it didn’t make me change anything but showed me that all the fundamental elements of Yoga were represented.
Being on this course reminded me that Yoga is always inspiring. It helps with all aspects of our lives. Even as we age we can have as much vitality and contentment as ever. It is not necessary to be stressed to get things done. In fact if you are happy, contented and at peace you will get so much more done and not be depleted of energy and this is what practising Yoga teaches you. Apart from teaching classes I also find it useful in my work as a massage therapist and aromatherapist. And I teach massage to staff in Special Schools but of course the fundamentals of Yoga are in everything I do- even with my grandchildren.
If someone asked me about doing the course I would say definitely do it - but don’t rush it!