Yoga and Meditation

Module code: 4HMDS001W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 4
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This experiential module will provide you with the theoretical and conceptual framework to learn the physical, mental, spiritual and social dimensions of yoga and meditation. You will explore the principles underlying the safe practice of yoga and meditation, and personally experience the effects of yoga postures, breathing, and relaxation and meditation techniques.

For the duration of the module you will develop your yoga and meditation practice, as well as maintaining a learning journal. The journal will enable you to reflect on the experience of practising yoga and meditation. By the time you complete the module you will be able to demonstrate and explain the effects of a range of appropriate positional, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques drawn from diverse yoga practice, and describe how the underlying anatomical and physiological principles of alignment relate to safe yoga practice. You will also be able to summarise the philosophical framework underpinning a range of styles of yoga, and demonstrate awareness of the effects of yoga practice within the context of health.

This is an experiential module, so all sessions will include a practical component, learning and experiencing the postures, breath work, and relaxation and meditation techniques. Assessment will include an in-class practical assessment, and an essay featuring a reflective summary of your learning.