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.
Anatomy of a Yoga Class Plan
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
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.
Yoga Class Sequences
Looking at other people’s yoga class sequences is a great way to get inspiration for creating your own. If you’re looking for ideas, please peruse these yoga class sequences.
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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CLASS PLANNING PLAYLIST
What does it take to plan an excellent yoga class? How much planning is too much? This playlist will get you started with everything class planning and sequencing.
Learn all the ins and outs of teaching in a workshop format, like how to keep students engaged or how to boost attendance.
Are Cues Gender Specific?
Are cues gender specific? A podcast listener called in to ask if she should cue men differently around the hips and hamstrings. In addition to answering the specific question, Mado’s answer touches on how yoga teachers can best navigate the rapidly changing landscape of sex and gender.
Micro Studios and Minimum Viable Offers
Are your ideas for teaching realistic? Idealistic visions will eventually run into real world circumstances. In this On-Air Coaching Call, we evaluate Nev’s original vision of a micro studio and brainstorm ways to begin with a minimum viable offer.
How to Teach Better Workshops
Facilitation skills are essential for a memorable workshop. No matter how well you know your topic, your workshop will flop if you don’t understand how to keep your students engaged. Learn the different ways workshop presenters often go wrong and how to avoid these pitfalls to teach better workshops.
How to Boost Workshop Attendance
Curious about how to boost attendance at your workshop? In this episode I offer simple strategies to help you create workshops without the worry of needing to cancel due to low attendance.
How to Create Interactive Workshops
The best workshops are interactive. They engage the student on multiple levels and with multiple senses. Learn strategies and considerations for leading interactive workshops in this episode.
How and Why to Interview Your Students
Ever wonder what programs to offer next or the best way to talk about your work? Market research is a powerful strategy that helps you tap into the minds and hearts of the people you are trying to help. This helps you create the right programs, at the right time, with the right messaging. The best way for yoga teachers to implement this strategy is to interview your current students.
Planning Your Classes and Workshops
Planning Your Classes and Workshops with Nancy GersteinLearn how to plan your yoga classes and workshops around a theme using a basic framework that you can adapt and make your own. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? Episode Highlights...
Sequencing Warm Ups
Episode 48: Sequencing Warm Ups with Mado Hesselink Learn a simple but effective approach to creating warm up sequences for your yoga classes. Psst. Want to get an email each time a new episode is released? Episode HighlightsWarm ups are an essential part of your...