Phed 120b intermediate Yoga

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University of Southern California

Physical Education Department

PHED 120B Intermediate Yoga

Instructor: Isabelle Mazumdar


Office hours: By appointment

Office: PHED 213

Course Description: This class is a more in-depth study of Hatha Yoga including, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, relaxation and meditation.

Course Objective: This second level will aim to reinforce the student’s knowledge of Hatha Yoga, with the practice of intermediate and advanced asanas, including inversions and arm balances, breathing techniques and relaxation as a means toward stress reduction and overall health and fitness.

Physical education program objectives:

Students will understand the importance of sound health and fitness principles as they relate to better health and will be able to:
Recognize the physical and mental benefits of increased activity.
Understand anatomy, basic bio mechanical principles and terminology.

Students will be exposed to a variety of activities providing them the opportunity to:
Apply learned fundamental skills.
Utilize physical activity as a tool to manage stress.

Students will demonstrate proficiency through knowledge and acquired skills enabling them to:
Develop an appreciation of physical activity as a lifetime pursuit and a means to better health.

Course Material: Dykema, Ravi. Yoga for Fitness and Wellness 2nd ed.2011 (not mandatory) available at the Leavey Library. The class material will be posted on Blackboard.

We will use it in addition to classroom instruction for resources and class information.

Location: PHED 201, upstairs next to the North Gym.
Equipment: You will need your own mat. All other props will be provided: straps, blankets, bolsters, and blocks. Please bring your own hand towel and water if needed.
Lockers are available, sign-up in room 108 (PE Office).

Locker Rooms are open from 7:30am-3pm M-TH and closed on Fridays.

The lockers will need to be cleared out the week of the PE Dept. finals (week 15).

USC Physical Education IS NOT responsible or any lost, stolen or damaged property.  If you choose to bring any valuables to class, it is strongly recommended that they be locked up during class.

Evaluation Criteria:

Testing locations will be announced on Blackboard™

Active Participation

90 points

Practical midterm

40 points

Practical final

30 points


60 points


220 points

Point/grade-base cutoffs










Below 130

Plus and minus will be issued for each grade, based on percentage range.
Attendance: Because this is a Physical Education course, regular attendance is required for the participation portion of the grade, and is a large component of your final grade. Tardiness and/or leaving early will not be tolerated as it disrupts the class and practice – this is especially true of 50-minute class sections. If you are late or leave early, you will only receive partial credit for attending the class. You will be expected to attend the section for which you are enrolled. Make-ups are not allowed except for emergency situations and then only upon approval from instructor.
General Guidelines for practice

Please notify me of any injuries, illness, or medical conditions (including pregnancy), prior to starting your practice. This is confidential and necessary to avoid complications and to help adapt the practice to your specific needs as best we can.

Wear clothing that allows freedom of movement, athletic wear is best. No jeans or street clothes and no socks or shoes, as yoga is practiced barefoot. No jewelry or watches.

Practicing on an empty stomach is recommended, but not a rule.

No cell phones allowed.

No candy or chewing gum during practice.

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting academic accommodations based on a disability are required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP when adequate documentation is filed. Please be sure the letter is delivered to the instructor or TA as early in the semester as possible. DSP is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. The office is in Student Union 301 and the phone number is (213) 740-0776.

Statement on Academic Conduct and Support Systems

Academic Conduct

Plagiarism – presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in your own words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences.  Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Section 11, Behavior Violating University Standards  Other forms of academic dishonesty are equally unacceptable.  See additional information in SCampus and university policies on scientific misconduct,

Discrimination, sexual assault, and harassment are not tolerated by the university.  You are encouraged to report any incidents to the Office of Equity and Diversity or to the Department of Public Safety  This is important for the safety whole USC community.  Another member of the university community – such as a friend, classmate, advisor, or faculty member – can help initiate the report, or can initiate the report on behalf of another person.  The Center for Women and Men provides 24/7 confidential support, and the sexual assault resource center webpage describes reporting options and other resources.

Support Systems

A number of USC’s schools provide support for students who need help with scholarly writing.  Check with your advisor or program staff to find out more.  Students whose primary language is not English should check with the American Language Institute, which sponsors courses and workshops specifically for international graduate students.  The Office of Disability Services and Programs certification for students with disabilities and helps arrange the relevant accommodations.  If an officially  declared emergency makes travel to campus infeasible, USC Emergency Information provide safety and other updates, including ways in which instruction will be continued by means of blackboard, teleconferencing, and other technology.

Department of Physical Education-Yoga- PHED 120B
Spring 2016 - Course Outline

Week 1


Day 1 Introduction/Orientation. Review of syllabus.

Day 2 – Review: Vinyasa- Surya namascar A & B

Ujjayi breathing

Week 2

Martin Luther King 1/18

Review continued

Pranayama review: Samavritti

Week 3

Forwardbend asanas- physiology & anatomy

Inversion: Tripod

Last day to add a class: Fri. 1/29

Week 4

Prana and the subtle body

Pranayama: Nadi Shodhana

Backbend asanas- physiology and anatomy

Week 5

Mudra- Bandha

Balance poses/Arm balances

Inverted asanas

Week 6

President’s day 2/15

Spinal twists

Week 7

Midterm practical assignment posted

Kapalbhati Pranayama

Restorative yoga

Week 8

2/29-3/ 4

Midterm practical

Week 9


Bhastrika Pranayama

Inverted asanas -Arm balances

Week 10

Surya, Chandra Bhedana

Advanced asanas

Week 11


Restorative yoga

Arm balances

Week 12

The subtle body- Prana/ Nadis/ Chakras and Kundalini

Yoga Nidra (a guided, deep-relaxation practice called ‘yogic sleep’)

Week 13

Final practical assignment posted

Inverted/ Advanced asanas


Last day to drop a class with a W: Fri.4/15

Week 14

Final Practical
Week 15


Review and

Final- Location TBA (P.E finals are held a week earlier than core classes)

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