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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 077 (GHA) Yoga 1 (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and proficiency in yoga.

KINES 077 Yoga I (1.5)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Kinesiology 077 introduces students to the performance of yoga as a lifelong activity that maintains and enhances physical health and psychological well-being. This course provides the information that the student needs to understand, organize, plan, and implement a wellness program that features yoga as a primary activity.

The centerpiece of this course is a series of activity classes that introduce students to classical yoga postures that address such needs as stress management, muscular tightness, skeletal alignment, and injury rehabilitation. In addition to posture instruction, each class begins with a period of breathing and meditation practice where students are taught to use various breathing techniques to calm the mind and focus mental energy on specific tasks. These activities are complemented by a series of classroom lectures on such topics as the historical and philosophical foundations of yoga, nutritional practices that enhance the value of a lifelong yoga program, and Eastern-based movement traditions that complement yoga practice. Students also have the opportunity to complete reflective essays on various aspects of yoga philosophy and lead a group-designed yoga class.

When a student completes Kinesiology 077, he or she will be able to identify the components of an effective lifelong wellness program and explain how yoga contributes to the success of this program; perform yoga to develop flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular endurance; select and perform yoga postures that address specific needs (e.g., stress management, muscular tightness); describe the philosophical and historical framework that supports yoga practice; and understand how effective breathing and meditation techniques promote physical and psychological well-being.

Various evaluation techniques will be used to assess students' progress in Kinesiology 077. These techniques can include (but are not limited to) conventional objective testing; skill testing that evaluates the performance of specific yoga postures; reflective essays on aspects of yoga history and philosophy; and performance in a group-designed yoga class.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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