Yoga Class Planning
If only our students knew how much work we put into planning classes, they’d understand the value they are getting when they come to class! The amount of time spent planning a yoga class varies from person to person, depending on the style of yoga they teach, their personality, and how long they’ve been teaching yoga. Whatever your style of planning, here are some resources to help you rock it.
A yoga class plan might be as simple as an outline of a few poses or a complex multi-page document detailing every possible aspect of the class. The follow is a list of components that a yoga teacher might include in their plan
Yoga class themes are like a thread that creates form and structure for the class. This article lays out some of the most common approaches to using themes to make your yoga classes stand out.
Inspiration For Yoga Class Themes
A yoga class theme can be anything that helps narrow the focus for your yoga class and enriches the experience of your students. It could be a teaching point, alignment cue, poem or song, positive emotion, or a lesson from yoga philosophy. A theme will be most potent if it is something that YOU are excited about. Instead of choosing an abstract theme, something concrete that includes something for your students to practice during class will make your theme relevant.
When you’re feeling less inspired, look at the class plans of others to widen your perspective and boost your creativity. Part of my vision for this website is that it be a place to come to for inspiration, ideas, and information. Yoga Teacher Resource has compiled a list of 100 yoga class themes that we give to all new subscribers to our newsletter. If you’d like a copy, please fill out the form below.
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This is the first in a set of three classes that could be taught in consecutive weeks, building on the same theme of “kleshas into lakshmis”, each week turning a different klesha (scar) into a lakshmi (mark of distinction).
This is the second in a set of three classes that could be taught in consecutive weeks, building on the same theme of “kleshas into lakshmis”, each week turning a different klesha (scar) into a lakshmi (mark of distinction)
This class is designed to help beginners ease into the intensity of Hanumanasana (splits). 60 minutes would be plenty for this sequence, or you could repeat the standing poses (side angle & triangle and add legs up the wall at the end and stretch it out to 90...
This class offers an accessible approach to the most basic arm balances. While designed for a mixed level group, it would also work for a class of strong beginners.
This sequence for a 90 minute mixed level class focuses on becoming more skillful at graceful transitions between poses.
Increases flexibility in the knees and ankles, teaches internal rotation in the thighs, reduces tension in the legs, and aids digestion and soothes abdominal discomfort. It is also one of the classical seated postures for meditation and breath awareness. The steadiness of virasana can be grounding and emotionally soothing.
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.