Course Syllabus

KFIT 6, 6.1, & 6.2 Introduction, Beginning, and Intermediate Yoga  Fall 2022 SRJC
Sections 1355, 2980, & 2981

Course Syllabus

Mon & Wed  12:00-1:30 pm – 1.5 Units  IN PERSON

Tauzer Gym

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Course Description

Introduction Yoga Course Description: This introductory level class is designed for individuals with no previous yoga experience. Using Hatha yoga asanas (postures), students will practice introductory level flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination. Yoga techniques for mind-body connection and centering will include breathing and relaxation methods.

Beginning Yoga Course Description: This beginning level class is designed for individuals with no previous yoga experience, Using Hatha yoga asanas (postures), students will emphasize beginning level flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination. Yoga techniques for mind-body connection and centering will include breathing and relaxation methods.

Intermediate Yoga Course Description: This intermediate level class is designed for individuals with previous yoga experience. Using Hatha yoga asanas (postures), students will emphasize intermediate level flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination.  Course covers the history of yoga, chakras, meditation, and the eight limbs of yoga.

Student Learning Outcomes

Introduction Yoga Student Learning Outcomes:

  1.  Demonstrate introductory level Hatha yoga asanas and techniques.
  2.  Improve flexibility, muscular strength, balance, and coordination.
  3.  Properly demonstrate breathing and centering yoga methods.

Beginning Yoga Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate beginning level Hatha yoga asanas and techniques.
  2. Create a beginning level yoga practice designed to improve flexibility, muscular strength, balance, and coordination.
  3. Describe beginning relaxation, breathing and centering yoga methods.

Intermediate Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate intermediate level Hatha yoga asanas and techniques.
  2. Create an intermediate level yoga practice designed to improve flexibility, muscular strength, balance, and coordination
  3. Describe the historical origins of yoga and the eight limbs associated with a holistic yoga practice.

More info on COR (Course Outline of Record)

KFIT 6 - Introduction to Yoga

KIFT 6.1 - Beginning Yoga

KFIT 6.2 - Intermediate Yoga

Instructor Contact

Donna Burch


Office Hours: By Appointment 

Office Location: Home Office for Fall 2022

I respond to emails within 24-48 hours.

Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmate's work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.


None required - Instructor Prepared Materials available on Canvas

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Deepak Chopra is a book I like. Recommended, though not required.

Required Software

You will need the following software for this course. 

Important Dates

See Academic Calendar

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it to avoid getting no refund (after 10% of course length), a W symbol (after 20%), or a grade (after 60%). Also, for several consecutive, unexplained absences, the instructor may drop a student.

Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online with TLC or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

You must file for the P/NP option by 9/27/2020. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade. If you are taking this course as part of a certificate program, you can probably still take the class P/NP. Check with a counselor to be sure.

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. A “Q&A Forum” is also on Canvas to ask for assistance of your classmates or instructor.

In order to check your notification settings; please click on ‘Account’ in the upper left hand corner when you are logged into canvas, then click on ‘notifications’.  If you are logged into canvas, the communication settings link should take you straight to the page.

I highly recommend that you update your user settings to make sure that you receive the following right away (Click the check mark – notify me right away) for:

  1. Announcement: this is how I will communicate with the entire class 
  2. Submission comment: this is how I will give you personal feedback on your assignments
  3. Conversation message: this is where I send students private messages through Canvas 

Feel free to change the settings on any others based on your personal preferences. 

Options for Participation 

Since this is a movement-based class, participating in a regular yoga practice if  critical for success in this course and is 50% of your grade. Your options are as follows. 

  1. Attend LIVE Yoga Classes/ Practices.
  2. Following recorded Yoga Sessions or Youtube Yoga Videos are acceptable make ups.
  3. Written options will be given mid-way through the term
  4. Following other instructors videos is an option as well. Tara Jacobson has a nice library/channel on YouTube.

LIVE Zoom Instructions

If attending the LIVE Zoom Practices, at some point the instructor will ask you to type your name in the chat for attendance.  Please have your video "on" but microphone muted unless you have a question. If you are having technical/internet issues or other issues with this, please email your instructor privately about your concerns.   If you are consistently late or leaving early or absent during check-ins, points may be deducted from your score.

Pre-recorded Instructions

If you are doing recorded videos, you will be required to turn in a time-lapse video of you doing the practices. You will attach the time-lapse video on the participation assignment by the due date. Include a description of the video you chose to do in the submission comments. For example, the name of the video on youtube or date of Zoom yoga practice session, etc.. 


Students who fail to attend the first class (face-to-face courses) or do not log-in to an online class after the second day of the semester will be dropped from the class. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact me to avoid being dropped from the class.

Course Evaluation

Yoga Practice Participation – 160 points (5 points for each session)

Class Assignments

  • Introduction Discussion - 5 points
  • Yoga Goal Discussion  - 5 points
  • Yoga Journal - 10 points
  • Meditation Discussion - 5 points
  • Pranayama Discussion - 5 points
  • Yoga Personal Practice - 10 points

Mid Term Exam – 30 points

Final Exam – 30 points

Skill Performance-40 points

Total = 300 points

Grading Policy

Visit the “Grades” in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade once a week and post grades and submission comments on the online Canvas gradebook.

Grades will be assigned as follows:






270 points or more



240 to 269 points



210 to 268 points



180 to 209points

If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.


There will be an online midterm and final exam. The material comes from the class content and supplemental materials on Canvas. If any exam is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. It is your responsibility to take the online exams by the due date.

Late Policy

All assignments are due by 11:59pm on the due date. Late submissions are not accepted without prior arrangement.  Upon the discretion and approval of the instructor, a student may have an opportunity to make up missed work due to an unforeseen emergency with written documentation provided to the instructor. Late work will not be graded unless student sends instructor an email with URL for late work. 

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's policy on Academic Integrity

Other Important Policies and Practices

Avoid Plagiarism Like the, er, Plague

Although most students have likely heard about plagiarism during their years of schooling, it still is prevalent-even in higher education.

The video below reviews what plagiarism is and how not to do it.

Plagiarism: How to avoid it

Netiquette, or Why Is It Harder to Be Polite Online?

Netiquette refers to using common courtesy in online communication. All members of the class are expected to follow netiquette in all course communications. Use these guidelines:

  • Use capital letters sparingly. THEY LOOK LIKE SHOUTING.
  • Forward emails only with a writer's permission.
  • Be considerate of others' feelings and use language carefully.
  • Cite all quotations, references, and sources (otherwise, it is plagiarism).
  • Use humor carefully. It is hard to "read" tone; sometimes humor can be misread as criticism or personal attack. Feel free to use emoticons like :) for a smiley face to let others know you are being humorous.
  • Use complete sentences and standard English grammar to compose posts. Write in proper paragraphs. Review work before submitting it.
  • Text speak, such as "ur" for "your" or "ru" for "are you" etc., is only acceptable when texting.

All academic papers and submissions should be void of text abbreviations and include proper capitalization, spelling, and grammar. For every uncapitalized "i" or use of a text abbreviation there will be a one point deduction on your submission. 

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278), as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

IMPORTANT: The Course Summary below is a chronological list of assignments to help you keep track of due dates. It does not contain links to course learning materials. Please access the course materials through Modules.