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The Science and Practice of Yoga

University of Texas Arlington via edX

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Concerned about how the digital age is impacting your well-being? Looking for ways to find balance? This course takes the ancient practice of yoga and translates it into modern day science with practical applications.

You will learn how to practice yoga on the mat as well as in your everyday life using aspects of yoga that are immediately applicable to you. Having taught yoga to thousands of people just like you, we have reduced the practice down to the nectar of what really works.

Your team of instructors brings a dynamic blend of science and practice to the course. Stacy and Dave Dockins own four yoga studios in Texas and have trained hundreds of instructors to teach yoga as a life-transforming practice rooted in mindfulness. Dr. Catherine Spann and Dr. George Siemens are researching what it means to be human in a digital age at the University of Texas at Arlington’s LINK Research Lab. With years of experience in online education and psychological research, they bring expertise in learning and well-being in the digital age.

This course is for anyone interested in learning the science and practice of yoga. No previous yoga experience is needed! We welcome those who are interested in learning the basics of yoga postures as well as experienced yoga practitioners or instructors looking to deepen their practice.

By signing up for this course, you will have the opportunity to meet and discuss yoga and meditation with people from across the world. Encourage friends, family, and colleagues to sign up with you!


Week 1: The Practice of Yoga
Introduction to yoga, postures, meditation, and beginning your personal practice.
Week 2: Being Well in a Digital Age
Introduction to the stressors of hectic modern technological society and the ways these impact our health.
Week 3: The Science of Yoga
An overview of the research around yoga and how it impacts us mentally and physically.
Week 4: Stress: Survive and Thrive
An overview of the stress response and using mindfulness and self-compassion to counteract stress
Week 5: Linking Body and Mind
Details the relationship between mind and body and the interconnectedness of physical and mental health.
Week 6: The Yoga of Social Connection
How connectedness to others, to the yoga practice, and to ourselves improves our quality of life.

Taught by

Stacy Dockins, Dave Dockins, Catherine Spann and George Siemens


3.3 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • I took this class on edX 4-5 years ago when it was first offered. It was a great class and I have been using the full yoga class covered in week 1 for my regular yoga practice even now!
    This class is currently in archived mode, so, am not sure if anyone can access the material. Still, if anyone is interested in the yoga class video, it is available on youtube at this link ...
    Hope you enjoy the yoga practice covered in this video!
  • J. Doe
    It was an ambitious project, to cover the science and practice of yoga in a 6 week MOOC. Pseudoscience and new age ideology mixed with a bit of science, too much focus on popular ideas of well being not specifically related to yoga, so many aspects of yoga were left unexamined. The assessment was poorly organised, had a digital media focus and did not contribute much to learning about yoga.
  • Anonymous
    It has been one year that since I took the course and I have to say I found it very useful since I mainly wanted to learn proper technique and this course did it for me. I did not feel overly rushed and I could always stop the video if needed, something you can't do in a class setting. Both the main instructors were equally effective. I was hoping that they would do a sequel since there is so much in yoga to cover but nothing so far. Great detailed instructions.

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