From Couch Potato to Yogi: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga
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From Couch Potato to Yogi: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

In just 2 hours go from the couch to your mat, learning all the basics of yoga, while having fun!
5.0 (6 ratings)
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62 students enrolled
Created by Amanda Kingsmith
Last updated 3/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 34 mins on-demand audio
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will gain a comprehensive understanding of what yoga is
  • You will understand the 3 main components that make up "yoga"
  • You will understand the importance of pranayama, or breath
  • You will develop your breath and learn how to move with your breath
  • You will practice a variety of breathing techniques
  • You will gain an understanding of the importance of practicing yoga
  • You will be able to move through a guided yoga asana practice
  • You will improve your flexibility and strengthen your muscles
  • You will understand why meditation is important in daily life
  • You will practice a guided medtiation
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Requirements
  • You should have either a mat or towel to practice on, although a yoga mat is recommended.
  • You should dress in comfortable clothing that is stretchy for the best range of movement.
  • If you have tight hips or hamstrings, it is recommended that you have a pillow, block or bolster to sit on for added comfort
  • Please come with an open mind and a willingness to learn!
Description

This course is designed for individuals at the beginner yoga level, and is aimed to get you from a couch potato to a yogi in no time. By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of what yoga is and why you should practice yoga. You will leave this course with a basic knowledge of breath development and meditation, as well as beginner level asana poses. By the time you finish this course, you will be able to practice a guided yoga class on your own or in a class setting. Throughout the course, you will experience increased flexibility, muscle strength and toning, improved sleep and overall well being. Get ready to feel amazing!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are new to yoga
  • If you are looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of pranayama, asana, and meditation
  • If you are looking to become more active
  • If you want to practice yoga on your own time from the comfort of your home
  • This is a beginner level program, and is not designed for intermediate or advanced yoga practitioners, unless you are looking to learn yoga basics
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
02:10:44
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Welcome to your new life as a yogi
4 Lectures 08:18

Welcome to From Couch Potato to Yogi! In this lecture you will meet your instructor, Amanda, and hear a little bit about what you will be learning throughout the course.

Preview 01:30

What is yoga? In this lecture you will learn the basic principles, the 3 things that yoga is comprised of, and the 8 limbs of yoga. By the end of this lecture, you will understand that yoga is so much more than the movements you see.

Your guide to all things yoga
02:21

In this lecture, you will learn about ayurveda, as well as dosha types. You will be responsible for completing a fun quiz to discover what your dosha type is after the lecture!

Discover your Dosha
02:09

In this lecture, you will what you need for this course, and to practice yoga in your day-to-day life.

Preview 02:18

After completing Section 1, take the following quiz to test what you've learned about yoga so far. Have fun!

Yoga Basics
3 questions
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A few of the reasons why you're going to fall in love with yoga
2 Lectures 04:30

In this lecture, we will cover why everyone should do yoga, and the benefits that you will experience from a regular yoga practice.

Preview 02:10

In this lecture, you will learn some of the changes you can expect in your day-to-day life if you begin a regular yoga practice.

How yoga is going to change your life
02:20

In this quiz, you will go over why you should be practicing yoga, and the benefits you will receive from a regular yoga practice.

Why You Should Practice Yoga
3 questions
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Pranayama: Inhale, Exhale, Repeat
4 Lectures 18:03

This lecture covers why breathing is so important... other than the fact that you die if you don't breathe!

The importance of breathing
01:46

In this lecture you will learn how to breathe properly, using the techniques of belly breath, resting breath, and chest to abdomen breath.

Preview 07:12

In this lecture, you will practice fixed ratio breath and Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing). These breathing techniques will help you balance out the right and left sides of your brain and body, helping you to feel calm and relaxed.

Balancing out your breath
06:33

In this lecture, you will learn what it means to marry breath with movement, and why it is extremely important to allow your breath to begin your movement in your yoga practice.

Marry breath with movement
02:32

So you've learned all about breathing, including why it's important and a few awesome breathing techniques. Now, let's test your knowledge and see how much you remember. Good luck!

What do you know about breathing?
5 questions
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Shake your Asana
9 Lectures 01:04:44

In this lecture, you will gain an understanding of what asana is, the importance of asana for practicing yoga, as well as proper alignment in an asana practice.

Beginning to move your asana
01:27

In this lecture, you will learn prep poses before you begin to flow. These will include child's pose, a lateral stretch, cat-cow, and a shoulder opener.

Walk before you run
07:09

Saluting the sun
07:44

In this lecture, you will learn how to do a proper sun salutation B (surya namaskar B) as we break down each movement slowly.

Saluting the sun: Round 2
05:27

In this lecture, you will learn how to move through warrior I, warrior II, reverse warrior, extended side angle and triangle pose. These are a few of the most important standing postures that are key to know for a well-rounded yoga practice.

Preview 11:49

In this lecture, you will learn 3 balance poses: tree pose, dancers pose, and eagle pose. You will leave this lecture confidently able to do these poses, as well as with an understanding about why balance is important.

Life's all about finding balance
07:40

In this lecture, you will learn a few important seated postures, including paschimottanasana, janu sirsasana, and a seated twist.

Down on the mat
09:27

Backbends and inversions are key to a yoga practice, so this lecture teaches you how to correctly perform little bridge, shoulder stand, and legs up the wall.

Upside down & backwards
04:43

In this lecture, you will practice the final relaxation, or savasana, that is at the end of a yoga class. Get comfortable and get ready to feel relaxed!

I'm just here for the savasana
09:18

Test yourself with this quiz to see just how much you learned about asana!

Are you ready to shake your asana?
4 questions
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Quiet your mind with meditation
2 Lectures 13:00

In this lecture, you will learn the positive benefits of meditating regularly.

Preview 02:04

In this lecture, you will practice your first guided meditation. This lecture is intended to leave you feel relaxed and wanting to add meditation into your day-to-day life!

The practice of meditation
10:56

Take this quiz to see how much you learned in the lecture all about meditation!

How much do you know about meditation?
2 questions
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Congrats, you're a yogi!
1 Lecture 18:09

This lecture will be a guided yoga class that will cover all of the techniques covered throughout the course.

Your very first yoga class
18:09
About the Instructor
Amanda Kingsmith
5.0 Average rating
15 Reviews
89 Students
2 Courses
Yogini, Yoga Teacher, Business Graduate, Travel Enthusiast, Writer & Life-long Learner

I'm a yoga practitioner and teacher, writer, podcast host, lover of travel and learning. My goal is to help others to live a happier and healthier life and to inspire others to find their passion and follow their dreams. I seek to empower others through my yoga teaching and writing.