Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Kinesiology and Athletics Division
3 hours laboratory.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Lifelong Understanding

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/01/2007

1. Description -
Combines basic Pilates mat exercises to strengthen abdominals with full body yoga based stretches for development of improved posture, flexibility, and relaxation. Students must provide their own fitness mat.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Flexibility & Stability family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to
  1. define mechanical, physiological, and neurological principles fundamental to body alignment and relaxation
  2. describe certain pathological conditions for the skeletal structure and suggest possible remedial measures
  3. describe various procedures for assessing posture
  4. analyze correct and incorrect body alignment in one's own posture and the posture of others
  5. integrate body awareness with elements of correct body alignment to develop their posture
  6. select and perform exercises for posture improvement
  7. demonstrate different techniques for the release of tension
  8. identify relaxation procedures and benefits of participating in a daily program that reduces muscular and mental tension and prevents certain pathological conditions
  9. examination of the evolution of various forms of stress, posture and relaxation and how it may reflect cultural values
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Fitness mat, class room for chalk-talk and video reviews.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Principles of body alignment and relaxation
    1. Definition of stressors
    2. Definition of alignment and accommodation
    3. Use of breathing, mediation, core strength and yoga exercises to improve self-awareness
  2. Procedures for assessing posture
    1. Partner work to develop posture assessment skills
    2. Compare posture habits based on life style and cultural demands
  3. Select and perform exercises for posture improvement
    1. Core strengthening exercises based on Pilates mat class
    2. Yoga stretching exercises for re-educating alignment patterns in joints and muscles
    3. Various breathing and meditation exercises to evaluate the improvement of posture
  4. Release of tension
    1. Imagery, meditation and music to facilitate release of mental and muscular holding patterns
    2. Breathing and flowing movements for focusing the mind and releasing tension
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Instructor and student evaluation of technique
  2. Pre and post test for posture and mental relaxation
  3. Improvement through participation and direct instructor observation

7. Representative Text(s) -
Kirk, Martin, Brooke Boon and David DiTuro. Hatha Yoga Illustrated. For Greater Strength, Flexibility and Focus.. Champaign, IL.: Human Kinetics, 2006.

8. Disciplines -
Physical Education.
9. Method of Instruction -
Laboratory, Skill demonstrations, Instructor observations
10. Lab Content -
This is a P.E. activity class. All lab content is covered under course content.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - No content
13. Need/Justification -
This course meets the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-20 13:22:14

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines