Mind Body Movement: Yoga and Pilates


This course combines Hatha Yoga and Pilates Method mat exercises with the goal of improving postural alignment, balance, strength and range of motion as well as motor respiratory coordination and psychological well being. Students will be guided through beginning level yoga breathing practices (Pranayama), yoga postures (Asanas) and Pilates Method mat exercises. Intermediate level postures and exercises will be added as the class progresses. An emphasis will be placed on practicing safely with optimal postural alignment, joint stabilization and breathing technique. No previous training in yoga or Pilates is required. The instructor will offer modifications that address individual limitations. Reading material will address topics in yoga and Pilates, as well as related topics in exercise science and functional anatomy. Coursework will include a short written/oral assignment on a yoga or Pilates related research topic. May be repeated one time for credit. This course is offered as Pass/Fail only, unless students are pursuing the Certificate in Somatic Studies; these students must enroll for a letter grade. This course is fully online. Students enrolled in day classes at Washington University should review the policies of their home division on credit earned for online courses.
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