ESL yoga is designed to help students who are not native English speakers take a yoga class in English. By taking ESL yoga classes, students can build their vocabulary and listening skills in English while learning another skill and getting some exercise. One of the best ways to deepen your knowledge and improve your fluency in a second language is to learn a new skill in that language! Not only will students learn the names of body parts and new verbs, they will also learn how to understand a little bit of yoga philosophy in every class. In addition, idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs also come up in ESL yoga class.
This class is for total beginners and teaches basic poses and breathing techniques. Focus is on strengthening and stretching muscles and controlling the breath.
This class is open to all levels. Beginners, intermediate and advanced students are welcome. The class teaches basic poses and builds on these basic poses to try other related, more challenging poses. The teacher will sometimes give several options or steps for more difficult poses, so that beginners and advanced students can do a version of the pose which is appropriate for them. Inversions like handstand, headstand and forearm stand will be taught, but beginner students will try a version of the inversion which is appropriate for their level. It’s not uncommon for some students to do different things during the class; don’t feel bad if the teacher gives you a modification of a pose. Everyone’s body is different and has different needs!
Vinyasa with music
Vinyasa means step by step with the breath. This class is focused on movement and matching your movement with your breath. When music is added and students flow through sun salutations and other poses, it can feel a little bit like dancing. This class is a great way to reduce stress and rejuvenate yourself. Vinyasa is open to all levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Sometimes inversions will be taught, but if the student or teacher feels that they are not ready to try it, the teacher will give the student an alternative pose.
ESL Yoga Teacher Training
In the summer of 2016, Corinna will be leading a 200-hour yoga teacher training customized for foreign students learning English as a second language who would like to get a certification to teach yoga. It’s a great way to deepen your yoga practice and learn a new skill while using your English.
Once you learn how to teach yoga in English, You will be able to teach in New York and your native country in your native language. The teacher training will focus on alignment, hands on adjustment, anatomy, yoga philosophy and readings, yoga history, how to use your words effectively, breathing techniques and how to accommodate pregnant students and students with injuries. After the teacher training, there may even be opportunities for some students to teach yoga classes at Be Studio NYC!
About the teacher
Corinna Wilson has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She really got interested in yoga to help her deal with anxiety, stress and depression during and after college. She started teaching yoga in 2008 and received 500 hours of teacher training from YogaWorks in New York City. She studied under Chrissy Carter and Sarah Bell during her 200 hour training and assisted classes with her mentor Jeanmarie Paolillo during her 300 hour professional training. Her yoga classes are a combination of Vinyasa with elements of Iyengar; this means that the class has a lot of movement which is match with breathing, but also has a strong focus on proper alignment. She has also been teaching English as a Second Language since 2007.
For more information about classes, prices and workshops, visit: www.bestudionyc.com