I’ve been compiling this list of yoga class themes for over a decade. Themes add context and nuance to a yoga class. In addition, they help yoga teachers narrow down the focus of the class. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by wanting to share everything with your students at once, a theme is a great way guide your choices.
My list of yoga class themes contains a wide variety of themes from accessible to esoteric. They are a jumping off point to personalize your own theme – an idea that will be expressed differently by each person who uses them. Your theme may even morph into something completely different than what you started with, but a list of options is a great way to begin. Start with the ones that excite or inspire you. There are a ton of fascinating yoga philosophy concepts in this list of theme that you may not have heard of. As you become more adept at incorporating themes into your classes, check out some of the ones that you are less familiar with and research them more fully.
The most important thing when using a theme for your yoga class is to contemplate what it means to you personally. Journal about it, meditate, and even think about it right before you fall asleep. Distill the ideas of the theme into one main core message and keep that message in mind the entire class. I prefer to keep the same theme for all my classes in a given week because the significance of the theme starts to show up in my life and my ability to share it with my classes becomes more succinct & authentic.
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