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My name is Mary Griffiths

I am a qualified ESOL teacher with 16 years experience teaching Entry Level adults in London colleges.  I left my college job last year and now teach yoga.  I am writing and recording yoga classes for ESOL students to help them with English grammar, vocabulary and fluency. 


If you are a non native English speaker (any level) and would like to be part of this exciting project please let me know.  I am looking for volunteers to help me trial the course before it goes on sale.

You are invited to join my private Facebook Group: ESOL Yoga where I will be posting updates about the live sessions and useful resources.  Use the group to talk and interact with each other. 

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Session 1 - Recording 12th March 2023

Introduction and yoga class

Session 2 - Recording 19th March 2023
Introducing ourselves: My name is ......  I come from ...........
Vocabulary: yoga mat, yoga block, cushion, small blanket
Sitting cross legged (legs crossed), legs in front, kneeling

Session 3 - Recording 26th March 2023
Awaiting upload

Session 4 - Recording 2nd April 2023

Suitable for ESOL levels from E1 upwards (not pre-entry)

Session 1A - Recording 28th May 2023

Start of the new course in development


yoga equipment - Blocks/Bricks/Belt/Mat

Shapes/sizes - Round/Circular, Rectangle/Rectangular, Long

Improvised equipment - Cushion/Pillow/Belt

American English = Bathrobe, British English = Dressing Gown

Sitting - Crosslegged/Legs in front/kneeling


Seated Warm up

Hamstring stretches using Yoga or Improvised Belt

Session 2 - Recording 4th June 2023
Recap of last week's vocabulary

New Vocabulary:

Parts of the Body: Thigh, thumbs, heel

Sitting: kneeling


Seated Warm up

Moon Salutation with Runner and Sphinx

Session 3 - Recording 11th June 2023

Recap of vocabulary

Breathing: Sitali Breath = Cooling Breath where you curl up the sides of the tongue (if you can), purse the lips - as though you are kissing with the mouth slightly open, suck cool air along the tongue to the back of the mouth

Note: My internet had problems for a short time so this recording includes peer teaching of Sitali Breath!

Session 4 - Recording 18th June 2023

Recap of past weeks - Conversation before recording starts was about the weather

"It is too hot today.  I feel very hot."  
After practising the Cooling Breath: "I felt hot, I feel cooler now."

Recap: Siltali Breath = Cooling Breath - see last week's description above

Yoga = Seated Warm up, Moon Salutation/Chandra Namaskar, Relaxation/Corpse Pose/Savasana

Session 5 - Recording 2nd July 2023

Eagle Pose/Garudasana:

Adjectives describing the appearance and qualities of an eagle

Vocabulary for body parts

Yoga = Seated Warm up, Dead Bug, Hamstring Stretches, Eagle Pose kneeling, lying down/supine and standing balance

Relaxation/Corpse Pose/Savasana - relaxing the body from the feet to the head

Session 6 - Recording 9th July 2023

Recap of Eagle Post/Garudasana as taught in Session 5

Deer Pose

Session 7 - Recording 23rd July 2023

Recap of Deer Pose as taught in Session 6

Dru Sequence: Sun Salutation


opposites - Yin/Yang, Moon/Sun, Male/Female, Hot/Cold, Wild/Tame

Discussion about wild animals in Romford area: badgers, foxes, deer

Nuisance, Pests, cull/control

Collective Noun for deer = herd

Yin/Yang, Ha/Tha qualities

Zoom classes take place most Sundays 1.00 to 2.00pm BST.  Please email with your name and details to be included in the pilot sessions - free while the course is still in development to non-native English speakers who want to improve their English skills (grammar and fluency) while practising yoga.  No previous yoga experience required.



Next session planned for 17th September
Online (zoom) 1.00 to 2.00pm UK time

All levels of English and Yoga from pre-entry upwards welcome

No charge


263 903 7609

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