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What Should I Teach in My Yoga Class?

One of the most difficult aspects of being a full-time yoga teacher is coming up with high quality lessons, time after time. It can also be especially difficult for the many yogis new to teaching the ancient art. With so many people being active in yoga these daysand so many practicing and aspiring yoga teachers around - it’s important to keep your yoga lesson plans high up, in terms of quality.


The quality of instruction plays a large role in the experience for the student, and will be a determining factor, whether or not they will come back. So what should you teach in your yoga class? Here are some guidelines to help you create yoga lesson plans for teachers.


Breakdown of a Yoga Class Plan

Actually writing out in full the details of the lesson plan is a great idea, especially for newer teachers. Some of the different things you need to think about are the sequence, theme, bhavana (or feeling), music, peak pose, teaching point, anatomical focus, story, quote, poem, verse, and a core message. One great exercise for teachers is to make a list for each variable. You can then use these lists to brainstorm different ideas and create different combinations between the components.


If you’re out and about and see something that inspires you, you can jot it down in the appropriate list so you don’t forget it. Breaking down and analyzing each component of the lesson is a great way to get on top of yoga lesson plans for teachers. Caren Baginski shares a list of 40 creative yoga class themes, to help you find some inspiration for your classes, if you’re looking for a good place to start.


Current Events 

Current events can play a large part in the theme of the lesson. As yoga is practiced as a lifestyle focused on mindfulness, world events can create a collective feeling, whether it’s negative or positive. Addressing these goings-on can be a good idea for helping get everyone centered and grounded once again. These can be addressed with the theme of the lesson as well, creating a relatable experience.


While it’s not always easy to plan ahead for incorporating this into your lesson plans, take a moment before the start of class to feel out the room and adjust accordingly. If students are tense or uneasy, you’ll need to encourage that collectively grounded feeling more, for them to get the most out of class.



Themes Help Teach the Big Picture

Yoga classes can sometimes be limited, in the sense of not always being able to teach as much as you’d like to within an hour to two-hour long class. Information overload is not desirable and, even if it were, you wouldn’t be able to teach everything about yoga in that time period. Themes allow you to pick out one very specific aspect of yoga to focus on. Additionally, they create structure and allow students to deeply explore a specific yoga theme. Here are another 100 themes, to help get your mind going on thinking up your own.


Need more help creating yoga lesson plans for teachers? Check out Yoga Journal’s sequencing primer. They show you 9 different ways to plan a yoga class! Could you use some assistance with staying on top of your yoga studio? Check out PerfectMind’s management software to save yourself time and money, while growing your practice.


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Sophia Munoz
Sophia Munoz

Sophia is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at PerfectMind. She coordinates webinars, campaigns and events, which help empower membership-based organizations to connect with their members.

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