Please use this list of yoga class themes as inspiration for your classes. The most important thing when using a theme, especially one that someone else thought up 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 themes into one main core message and everything else will unfold from there. 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.
Effort and Surrender
Giving and Receiving
Strength and Softness
1.2 Yoga chittavritti nirodhaha – yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind
1.12 Abhyasa vairagya tannirodaha – happiness is obtained through a strong practice and letting go of the fruits of your practice.
2.1 Tapas svadyaya ishvarapranidhani kriyayoga – the practice/action of yoga is a disciplined offering to something bigger.
2.46 Sthira sukham asanam – your asana or seat should be both steady and comfortable.
Muladhara – pelvic floor – earth – instinct, security, survival, potential, food, matter
Swadisthana – sacrum – water – change, movement, pleasure, emotions, sexuality, desire
Manipura – navel – fire – power, autonomy, will, energy, technology, self-esteem
Anahata – heart – air – love, breath, balance, relationship,
Vishudda – throat – ether – self-expression, sound, vibration, communication, creativity
Ajna – brow/pineal gland – light – intuition, sight, imagination, vision
Sahasrara – crown – consciousness – thought, knowing, understanding, transcendence, meditation, universal connection
Annamaya kosha – earth – physical layer
Pranamaya kosha – water – energy layer
Manomaya kosha – fire – mind layer
Vijanamaya kosha – air – wisdom layer
Anandamaya kosha – space – bliss layer
ahimsa – non-violence
satya – benevolent honesty
aparigraha – non-hoarding
asteya – non-stealing
bramacharya – to behave as a student of god
saucha – cleanliness
santosha – contentment
tapas – discipline
swadyaya – self-study
ishvara pranidhana – offering to something bigger
Hindu Gods and Goddess stories
5 divine acts of Shiva
Purusha/Prakriti – spirit/matter
Concealment and Revelation (Vilaya and Anugraha)
mystery & insight
ignorance and awakening
forgetting and remembering
Icca – Jnana – Kriya = Will, Knowledge, and Action
Sarawati – Lakshmi – Kali
The Gunas – essential qualities of nature: tamas, rajas, sattva
The Malas (dust or film on the mirror of consciousness concealing us from our true nature)
Anava Mala – unworthiness, sadness, separation from God, lack of meaning.
Mayiya Mala – competition, anger, jealousy, separation from others.
Karma Mala – anxiety, fear, the desire to own and to accomplish.
Attributes of the Absolute
Swatantrya – ultimate freedom
Purnatva – fullness
Spanda – pulsation
Chit – consciousness
Ananda – bliss
Shri – benevolence/ auspiciousness
Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs
Flow – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
Thriving vs Surviving
Use your strengths
Hasta & Pada
Valentine’s Day: Love yourself first
Easter: I believe in miracles
Fourth of July: Independence
Martin Luther King Jr Day: I have a dream
Veteran’s Day: Service
Diwali, Indian festival of lights: Be the light
Guru Purnima: honor the teacher inside & out
Mother’s day: nurture yourself
Nitya Karmas – creating beauty out of the every day. The nitya karmas are the actions that we do every day of our life: eating, sleeping, drinking water, going to the bathroom. They are the eternal actions that we are bound to do.
Sankalpa – Intention
TED Talks Courage and Vulnerability – Brene Brown
Lotus: beauty from the muck
What other theme ideas have I missed? Add to the list by posting your ideas in the comments below.