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Leisure Skills Course Profiles

Fitness & Wellness

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  • Basic yoga (LS 235)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Develops flexibility, strength, sensitivity, energy, and a sense of relaxation through the study of basic yoga postures, conscious breathing, and meditation techniques.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    This is a foundational class that explores the types of poses for the first 8 weeks and the styles in the second 8 weeks. (~Anita)
    This is an overview of yoga. The students learn the structure of basic poses, breathing technique and then explore different styles of yoga. The class is fun and challenging. The benefits include stress reduction, fitness and emotional well-being. (~Phaedra)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Students learn how to approach yoga poses and styles safely and effectively. (~Anita)
    The breathing is the most important aspect of yoga which brings relief from stress and an overactive mind. The student will be able to create a yoga routine. Also, after a fair sample of different styles of yoga they can make an educated favorite choice. (~Phaedra)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Students learn anatomy of yoga poses, types or styles of yoga and introductory breathing techniques. (~Anita)
    Students get immersed in yoga with expertise which will inspire their own practice or participation in other classes; Students get physically fit and relief from the stress of college life; Students have a lot of fun doing yoga together and enjoy the unique quirks of each style of yoga. (~Phaedra)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Students receive mats to keep. In addition, we provide blocks, straps and blankets to make poses more attainable. (~Anita)

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    This class is great for beginners or a refresher for the seasoned practitioner. Most students love that they get to try so many different styles. (~Anita)
    Yoga is a lifestyle choice. Many people are doing yoga as a fad. Some people will continue to practice for the rest of their life. As a 21 year practitioner, I have found nothing to compare to its benefits in all aspects of my life. (~Phaedra)

    Other students have said…
    "I have been here at Clemson for 3 years as an undergrad and have just started graduate school. This was my first leisure skills course and I am hooked! Having a set class time and a grade helped me stay accountable and keep a commitment to my health and well-being. My instructor was so good and the class was not too big. I am already signed up for next semester yoga. This has been a great stress reliever and I would look into taking other leisure skill courses in the future. There seems to be a good variety offered." (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about yoga at…
    www.yogajournal.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Phaedra O’Connell
    Anita Reina-Nunnelley

    Sample Syllabus

  • Core Training (LS 232)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…Teaches fundamentals of core training. Students learn basic anatomy, proper strength training, and how to design a program to fit their fitness goals.

    Sample Syllabus

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  • Kripalu Yoga (LS 237)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Great emphasis is placed on learning breath work techniques to combine directly with the various kripalu yoga postures. The goal is to teach individuals the physiological reactions produced by this type of yoga in developing and restoring health.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Kripalu yoga is based on a more meditative approach. The poses explore various regions of the body according to the chakra system. (~Anita)
    This is a good class for therapy and stress relief. We explore different yoga poses which correspond to energy in the body. The breathing is emphasized as a way to go further into a pose and flow between poses. It is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students. (~Phaedra)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    The major emphasis of this class is to explore the more meditative approach to yoga. (~Anita)
    The student will learn about how breathing can help relieve stress and energy blockages in the body. The chakra energy system is introduced, which explains why we do certain poses for certain conditions. (~Phaedra)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Students learn the benefits of types of poses to meditation, in depth practices in breathing, and theory of kripalu yoga practice. (~Anita)
    Breathing and stress relief, Chakras and energy regulation, Koshas or layers of the mind , body and moving deep into poses (~Phaedra)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Students receive mats to keep. In addition, we provide blocks, straps and blankets to make poses more attainable.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    This is an excellent style for those who just need a break in their day. It’s less about sweat and more about exploring yourself. (~Anita)
    Kripalu Yoga is a great way to keep joints healthy and use yoga as therapy for the individual. It has been coined “movement meditation.” The student does their own version of yoga without excessive corrections. (~Phaedra)

    Students can learn more about Kripula yoga at…
    www.yogajournal.com
    Google: Amrit Desai or Sri Kripalvananda

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Phaedra O’Connell
    Anita Reina-Nunnelley

    Sample Syllabus

  • Meditation & Relaxation (LS 242)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Exposes students to the benefits of relaxation and meditation techniques. Students learn different techniques used to relieve stress and promote relaxation.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    This course explores various practices of seated, movement and creative meditations as well as various relaxation techniques. (~Anita)
    I teach several different meditation techniques from the Buddhist tradition with a very practical focus. Some of these help focus your concentration, some get you in touch with your body, some help you understand and control your emotions. (~Kelly)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    The most important thing anyone can learn from meditation is slowing down and appreciating the moment. (~Anita)
    Students will learn to relax, of course, but much more importantly they will learn things about themselves and how they relate to others they never knew they were missing. At the risk of sounding too dramatic, the goal of the course is self improvement through self reflection. (~Kelly)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Students learn techniques of directed breathing, mind clearing focus and cognitive rewiring. (~Anita)
    Learning that you can sit still for 20 minutes and be perfectly entertained, discovering that you can feel your pulse anywhere in your body, and learning something about yourself you never realized – and then changing it for the better. (~Kelly)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Students are provided bolsters and blankets to sit on for class.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    There is a type of meditation for everyone and not all meditations fit. This class will help you begin to understand the most effective method for your lifelong journey. (~Anita)
    At a minimum, you will learn some great techniques for relaxing and focusing your mind (e.g., to fall asleep or study for an exam). Most students report that they got much more out of the class than they expected - though exactly what is hard to explain in 50 words or less. (~Kelly)

    Other students have said…
    "The class really helped me manage my stress and feel more relaxed every week." (Fall 2010)

    "Anita's approach to exposing us to various forms of meditation allowed me to have inner experiences that I have never had when practicing meditation on my own. My imagination was expanded to levels I have not previously accessed, and as a consequence, my motivation to practice meditation on a daily basis has considerably increased. As an instructor, Anita also excellent at conveying the intent and value of a particular form of meditation, and in encouraging students to speak openly about their meditation experiences. I could not be more satisfied with how she approaches her class." (Fall 2011)

    "Awesome class. Completely spiked my interest in meditation, helped me relax on stressful days. Anita is an interesting and skilled teacher." (Fall 2011)

    "This was a great course to help me learn how to deal with the stress of being a college student. I learned new ways to calm myself down and relax more. I took away practices from this course that I will use for the rest of my life. This course defiantly helped put everything into perspective for me." (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about meditation and relaxation at…
    www.yogajournal.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Anita Reina-Nunnelley
    Kelly Smith

    Sample Course Website
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  • Pilates (LS 245)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is… Study of the history, philosophy, and fundamental movement concepts of Pilates.

    Other students have said…
    "Pilates is a wonderful course to take if you are looking to strengthen, tone and work on your flexibility. Melanie Job is an excellent teacher and really helps to make you better. I had never taken a Pilates class before and I ended up truly loving it!" (Fall 2010)

    "Melanie Job is a wonderful pilates instructor who is very well trained in the art of pilates. Every class was a great workout and as the class progressed new exercises were introduced to keep the workout new and exciting. I have really noticed a change in the tone of my body, my flexibility, and my strength. I recommend this class to anyone who is looking to learn some new exercises to add to their daily routine." (Fall 2010)

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    "This course was very relaxing, but Pilates is not easy if you have never done it before. Throughout the semester I began to feel healthy and stronger in my core and upper legs. I highly recommend this class. Melanie is super nice and flexible. Great class!" (Fall 2011)

    Students can learn more about pilates at…

    Instructors who may teach this course are…

    Sample Syllabus

  • Power/Ashtanga yoga (LS 236)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Power/Ashtanga Yoga is a comprehensive workout based on the Eastern philosophy of K. Pattabhi. Students learn the eight limbs of this philosophy and the rigorous series of postures that produce a high power, athletic workout with the purpose of detoxifying impurities in the body.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    From the direct tradition of Pattabi Jois, this method of yoga is consistent and there is measurable room to grow. This has been considered the most rigorous style of yoga so expect to sweat. (~Anita)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    By practicing the same series week after week, students are able to see how they have grown through practice and discipline. (~Anita)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    This course highlights the traditional yoga flows; sun salutations A & B and the primary series. There is emphasis in Anatomy as well as vigorous breathing methods. The Raja philosophical system linked to the practice is also highlighted. (~Anita)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Students receive mats to keep. In addition, we provide blocks, straps and blankets to make poses more attainable.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    Leave your attitude at the door and take the opportunity to explore your inner strength. (~Anita)

    Students can learn more about Power/Ashtanga Yoga at…
    www.yogajournal.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Anita Reina-Nunnelley

    Sample Syllabus

  • Running & Jogging (LS 251)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces the various components important to improving overall fitness level through a running or jogging activity. Topics include proper stretching exercises, nutrition, workout program design, and proper running techniques.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Running is a sport that many people do for the physical, social and mental benefits. Anyone can become a runner. As long as the person is willing to push themselves and listen to their body they can be a successful runner whether it is for recreational or competitive reasons.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Students will take from this course as much as they put into it. They need to think about their personal goals and I will help them incorporate that into a realistic training program.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Everything from proper running shoes, form, workouts and nutrition will be taught. We will train and run in a local 5K at the end of the semester.

    The instructor would also like students to know…

    Students can learn more about running and jogging at…
    www.runnersworld.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Lauren Toperzer

    Sample Syllabus

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga (LS 238)

    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Explores the energetic, fluid movement of Yoga postures in sync with conscious breathing. Students study creative sequences using classical as well as innovative and advanced Yoga postures.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Vinyasa means to flow. From dynamic to effortless, these flows explore both traditional and creative yoga sequences. (~Anita)
    This is a dynamic flowing style of yoga with it’s roots in ashtanga yoga. Each class is unique and creative with an emphasis on uniting breath and movement. Appropriate for intermediate and very athletic beginners. (~Phaedra)

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    The major emphasis of this class is to explore the expressions of flowing from pose to pose. (~Anita)
    How to link movement and breath into challenging yoga positions. How to create an intelligent sequence of yoga poses including several elements and types of poses. (~Phaedra)

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Students learn about anatomy, breath with flow, and sequencing practices. (~Anita)
    Vinyasa means ‘appropriate action’ which will be linking movement and breath in yoga, Rasas: the emotions of yoga rooted in Indian theatrics, Unique,fun and challenging yoga routines. (~Phaedra)

    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Students receive mats to keep. In addition, we provide blocks, straps and blankets to make poses more attainable.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    There is more to yoga than just doing poses. This class explores a more creative approach. (~Anita)
    This is a popular style of yoga which varies depending on the instructor’s background and teaching style. Most serious yoga gurus and yogis practice some form of Vinyasa in addition to their own unique style. It is best to have a foundation of good form in poses before trying Vinyasa Flow. (~Phaedra)

    Students can learn more about Vinyasa Flow Yoga at…
    www.yogajournal.com
    www.ShivaRea.com
    www.yogadventures.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Phaedra O’Connell
    Anita Reina-Nunnelley

    Sample Syllabus