Sunday, June 27, 2010

Syllabus Summer 2010

Hi Class,

Our first class is June 29, 2010. *** The first class will go the full time, and will give important instruction for the rest of the session, as each class will build on the prior class.

Pasted below is the the Yoga class syllabus. The ESSF department has made a standard form, which is part of every class's syllabus which clarifies University Requirements for acquiring Credit. All that I have added is the Class Description and the Class Objectives. This class is a Credit/No Credit graded Class. No Letter grade is given for any fitness class.

For this class, you are required to have a written component. I require a journal entry to be written based on the topics we discuss in class and that we incorporate into our Yoga Practice. This does not need to be long, but I do want some thought put into your writings. I put our discussion topics, and all class communication on my blog at: Some of the weekly topics will include some questions at the end that are there to stimulate your thinking. They do not need to be answered, but you might choose to do so. Some times there will not be any questions listed on the weekly philosophies. I would like you to still respond with your feelings about the subject matter. There are no right or wrong ways to write your feelings and opinions. Your entries only require you to write what you feel, and learn about during your own 'Self study' (Svadhyaya).

The syllabus below is for the yoga courses that I teach. I Teach an Ashtanga Influenced Active Flow Yoga Style. Each class will include some restorative elements at the end of class. You don't need to be able to become a human pretzel in these classes. There are always modifications for every pose. Please be willing to ask for guidance, make modifications when needed, and embrace your challenges.

This e-mail as well as other information important to these classes will be placed on my blog at: Check the blog weekly as it will help you keep up with the information that you will need in order to fulfill the written component of this class.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant and do not already practice yoga, you need to take a Prenatal Yoga class first. If you have already taken a prenatal class, please bring a note from your DR. okaying your participation, and talk to me before class.

If you are taking this class non-credit, you are not required to adhere to the requirements in the syllabus.

See you Tuesday,
Vicki Yost


Intermediate - ESSF 1058
Beginning Yoga - ESSF 1057
Days and Times: Tuesdays 6-8 PM
Instructor: Vicki Yost
Contact Info:

Course Description:

This class is a Flow/Vinyasa Yoga style: connecting the movement of the body with the movement of the breath. In this class the student will learn and practice the elements and postures of Hatha Yoga in a vinyasa style format (the practice of linking together movement with breath). This style is a very energizing and cleansing style of yoga. It combines flexibility, strength training, balance and endurance, while learning classical postures and breathing techniques. Each class will build upon the class before it. Classes will include yoga history, theory, and philosophy.

Course Objectives:

To gain knowledge of what the Practice of Yoga actually is. To gain knowledge of Hatha Yoga postures; to gain a better mind/body connection. To build strength, stamina, balance, and core stability. To learn to correct muscle and flexibility imbalances. To improve mental focus, physical posture and body awareness. To gain a good general knowledge of yoga. To, Above All, learn to fully breath and to be fully present.

Course Requirements:

The requirements of the student include attending each day of class in appropriate, loose fitting clothing with appropriate foot attire that will be discussed in class the first week. It is recommended that each student brings in a full water bottle to class each day to prevent overheating, dehydration, and promote health. Each student must also document their attendance on the roll sheet provided by the instructor. Failure to do so will result in a recorded absence for that class. Students will be required to adhere to the University of Utah?s Behavior Code. CLASS WILL NOT END UNTIL ALL EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN PUT AWAY PROPERLY.

Grading Policy:

As per Exercise and Sport Science departmental policy, each student must attend 80% of the total number of classes to earn credit for this course. This attendance is documented each day in class. Any student taking this course for credit must also complete and turn in a written assignment. Details and instructions for this assignment will be provided by the instructor during class. Attendance is crucial to receive this information. For students taking the course for non-credit, record of attendance and submittance of the assignment given in class is not necessary.

Written Assignment:

The Written Assignment will require the student to submit weekly journal entries during the session. The Journal Entries should consist of the student expressing, in writing, their own thoughts and philosophies as they pertain to the yoga philosophies that will be posed to them in class each week. There is no wrong way to express these personal thoughts.

If a student misses a class, they are still required to submit an entry for that week, discussing their view or personal philosophy on the week's subject. Journal Entries need to be "DETAILED and WELL THOUGHT OUT." To get credit for the written assignments journal need to be submitted with your full name included.


Being 10 minutes late to class equates to one tardy. Two tardies equals one absence.


The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services (CDS), 162 Olpin Union bldg., 581-5020 to make arrangements for accommodations. CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations.

Student Code:

Students Rights and Responsibilities is provided in detail on the University of Utah web page

Special Dates:

Holidays: Refer to Academic Calendar

Due date of assignment: A journal is the written requirement due the last day of

Last day to add class: refer to Academic Calendar

Last day to drop class: refer to Academic Calendar

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Vicki Yost - Personal Bio

Vicki L. Yost
E-RYT 500 (Yoga Alliance Registered - Experienced at the 500 hr Level)
NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)

Contact info:

Vicki was introduced to yoga after giving birth to her 3rd child at the age of 23, in 1981. Realizing the child she still was, she saw the need to find herself in the midst of her many responsibilities: Mother, Wife, and true partners in a Farming and Trucking Business with her husband Date. She still drives part-time for FedEx National LTL as a single driver of Double and Triple Trailers. She has enjoyed the wonderful gift of being able to see this country through the different seasons and taking in the sights only Nature can create. She has been married since 1975, has 4 children, and 11 grandchildren. Throughout these life experiences Vicki has been studying yoga and mind/body/spirit topics. Through her study and practice of Yoga, she has recognized the amazing gift of being part of nature recreating itself, and the true joys of life.

Vicki has been teaching professionally since 2001. She has fully enjoyed every aspect of the process it took to become a teacher, and now loves sharing the gifts Yoga has brought into her life. She has a deep respect and gratitude for all the teachers that came before her and who have helped her on her yogic journey. Many of them she has not known personally, but who were and are very much a part of her growth. She teaches with a strong influence of the Ashtanga Yoga Style, with an emphasis on the Yoga philosophies and traditions.

Vicki is presently teaching “The Yoga Teacher Training at the University of Utah” as well as other yoga classes at the 'U'. She also takes classes into Corporate settings, and provides Private and Semi-Private classes. You can follow my class blog info at: