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Barbara Harris, Instructor
Office: by appointment Aspen bldg. Faculty Room
Instructor’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor’s phone number: 208-870-7866
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Physical Education Activities
13FA PHYA 119 002
This course provides an introduction to the ABCs of Yoga: AWARENESS and proficiency of basic yoga
postures and personal alignment; BREATH for enhancing personal energy levels or calming oneself; and
CONCENTRATION on the body/mind by incorporating beginning techniques for visualization and
relaxation. This course may be repeated once for credit.
Class meets once weekly: beginning Thursday, 8/29/2013
Classes begin 2:00 PM and ends 3:40 PM
Class will be conducted at the Aspen Classroom Building across the street from the Nampa main
This class will have a regular 16 week session. The first class will be held August 29, 2013 the last class
will be held December 17, 2013
This course emphasizes alignment and body awareness. This method uses a variety of techniques and tools
to assist the student to move appropriately while minimizing the risk of injury or strain to muscles and
joints. Accommodations are made to help nearly everyone to participate.
Gain a sense of body awareness
Gain a basic understanding of the yoga philosophy and mind/body connection
Learn to integrate the yoga philosophy into daily living experiences
Provide students with sufficient understanding of yoga and their own bodies to help prevent injury.
Outcome: Students will learn a series of beginning yoga poses (asanas), or postures.
Outcome: Students will learn basic alignment principles with appropriate modifications.
Outcome: Students will learn basic principles of yoga philosophy and history
Outcome: Students will learn breathing, relaxation and restorative yoga techniques.
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Assessment: Each student will be assessed on his/her demonstrated mastery of poses andpractices based
on an individual physical capacity and restrictions. Student performance and progress will be evaluated by
the instructor during class time.
Assessment: Students will be expected to practice the yoga poses presented in class approximately one
hour per week and to submit a Yoga Journal of assigned poses on Blackboard each week.
Assessment: Students will be expected to read and understand assigned materials and to complete a
Blackboard quiz related to the assignment.
Assessment: Students will be assessed based on a final exam at the end of the semester consisting of
multiple choice and matching questions as well as at least 2 short essay questions.
In addition to class participation, students will be assessed based on weekly journal, periodic
quizzes presented on Blackboard and a final exam.
One absence will not have an effect the final grade more than one absence may have serious
consequences on the final outcome
Make up classes will be allowed with arrangements, no more than three make up classes
during a semester.
60% of the total grade will be based on class participation and attitude
20% of the total grade will be based on the timely submission and quality of the Yoga Journals
20% of the total grade will be based on quizzes and the final exam
Grade Scale: 60% of total points will be needed to pass the course
90% and above will receive “A”
80% and above will receive “B”
70% and above will receive “C”
60% and above will receive “D”
Textbooks and Required Materials
Students will need to purchase a yoga mat for use in class. Students will be expected to have
the mat on the first day of class.
Class will be conducted in bare feet
Students will be expected to come to class in clothing appropriate for practice that allows for
movement and modesty. Pants or shirts that are too baggy will interfere with movement and
instructor observation. Tops or pants that cut too low will cause a distraction to your practice and
to other students.
Athletic pants or shorts that come above the knee
Shirts and tops that hang close to the body
The instructor will be the final judge of the appropriateness of clothing choices
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Daily access to a personal computer that is compatible with the CWI requirements for access to
Internet Browser equivalent to Explorer 7.0 or higher
Dependable access to internet
A back up option
Ability to download/upload digital files
Ability to navigate and use the capabilities of Blackboard
There is no required text for this class.
Suggested reading: Yoga in Action, Preliminary Course, by GeetaIyengar; Light on Yoga, by BKS
Iyengar: The Tree of Yoga, by BKS Iyengar; The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar
Methods of Delivery
The primary instruction will be delivered in class by instructor demonstration. Assignments will be posted
on Blackboard weekly.
The course calendar will be attached as a separate document
Students can expect to devote one hour outside class time each week
Students will be expected to come to class on time and prepared to participate
Students will be expected to inform the instructor before class of any injuries or illnesses
Students will be expected to wear appropriate clothing as outlined above
Students will be expected to practice in bare feet
Children will not be allowed in class
Class cancelation or other announcements will be delivered by email. Students will be expected to log
on to email daily for information
Students will be expected to complete end-of-course evaluations
Cell phones, Ipods should be turned off during class. Smoking, eating, drinks, guests or anything that
would be a distraction for the students or instructor will not be allowed in class
Every student has the right to a respectful learning environment. In order to provide this right to
all students, students must take individual responsibility to conduct themselves in a mature and
appropriate manner and will be held accountable for their behavior. Students who disrupt the class
or behave inappropriately or disrespectfully, as determined by the instructor, may be asked to
leave the classroom. Instructors or Student Services has the right to create a written behavioral
contract with students; if a student violates a behavioral contract, they may be released from the
All work submitted by a student must represent his/her own ideas, concepts, and current understanding.
All material found during research must be correctly documented to avoid plagiarism. Cheating or
plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and violations may result in disciplinary action ranging from failure
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of the assignment to failure of the course. Repeated acts of academic dishonesty may have more severe
CWI E-mail and Blackboard Accounts
Announcements regarding changes in class schedule, reminders or other general communication will be
delivered by email or through Blackboard Announcements. If you wish to communicate with me I prefer
email. Please confine communication to issues related to the class. I do not respond to communication on
Facebook or any other social media.
If you are going to be late or are unable to attend class for any reason, I expect that you have made a good
decision about your attendance. You do not need to notify me unless there is a problem that will keep you
out of class for more than one class meeting. Unusual circumstances do occur. I want you to succeed, I will
work with you to help you to make arrangements to help you when I can.
All registered CWI students receive a college email and Bb account. Every course at CWI has a Bb
component. It is the student’s responsibility to access both accounts regularly to avoid missing
important messages and deadlines. Bb can be accessed through the icon on CWI’s home page:
www.cwidaho.cc. Email can be accessed through the login page at http://mail.live.com. Your
default password for both Bb and email accounts will be the first letter of your firstname in CAPS +
first letter of your last name in CAPS + “logon” in lower-case letters + last 4 digits of your SSN; if you
don’t have a SSN, then use the last 4 digits of your student ID number (Ex: Jonathan Smith’s
password would be JSlogon1234).
It is the student’s responsibility to drop the course. Students are responsible for adding and
dropping courses. At the end of the first week of class, faculty may drop students for non-
attendance up to census date. Beyond census date, it is the student’s responsibility to drop any
course he/she does not intend to finish. Students who stop attending a course without filing a drop
request may receive a grade of F.
I will not allow new students into the class after the 2ndclass on September 5.
Last day to withdraw without a “W” is September 9
Last day to withdraw with a “W” November 15
If you are not attending classes and you do not withdraw before November 15 you will receive an
“F” for the class. While this is only a one credit class, an “F” will have an effect on you GPA.
Students with disabilities who believe that they may qualify for accommodations in this class are
encouraged to contact the One Stop Student Services Center and discuss the possible
accommodations with an Enrollment Specialist. If you have a diagnosed Learning Disability, please
initiate this contact as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a
timely fashion. Please contact the One Stop Student Services at 562-3000 or Room 107 – CWI
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Library and Information Resources
The CWI Library is located in room 209 of the Nampa Campus. Online library and information
resources, including electronic databases, are accessible through the library web page at
https://cwidaho.cc/library/. Student login instructions are available on the library home page.
If you are pregnant you should wait until after your delivery to take Beginning Yoga. Your safety and the
safety of your child is our up most concern. If you become pregnant during the semester, you will need to
notify the instructor as soon a possible, consult your physician about your participation in a yoga class.
You should explain to him/her that the CWI Yoga is very physically demanding. Written consent from the
physician will be needed so you can continue the class. If you are able to continue to participate in the class
appropriate modifications will be made as your pregnancy progresses.
Suggestions for Success
In order of importance:
Have a good attitude
Do your best
Turn in your journals
Do not suffer in silence. Talk to the instructor if you have concerns or problems.
I do not keep regular office hours. I will gladly meet with students before or after class by
appointment. I can be reached by phone at 870-7866 or by email to answer questions or assist
students in any way I can. I will generally provide a response to email within 24 hours. Email is
the preferred method of communication outside class time.
THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NOTICE OF CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED THROUGH