Yoga Class Themes
Use A Quote For Your Next Yoga Class Theme


Coming up with a memorable “yoga class them” is the holy grail for most yoga teachers.  Though, you can save yourself a whole lot of time by simply using an inspirational quote.  Here are the steps to use a quote for your next yoga class theme.

Step 1
Look  

Take a look at the quotes below…

Acceptance 
Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.  ~  April Vallei

Cannot do yoga
You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.

Control the breath 
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.  ~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Fight or flight mode 
Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of Fight or Flight mode.  Melanie Haiken

Inside 
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.

Need not be enduring
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.

Presence
When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied: “I wish no gifts, only presence.

Practice
Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Short circuiting 
Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.  Baxter Bell

Stretch higher
If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and spirit reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.

Yoga is a light 
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.   ~  B.K.S. Iyengar

 

Step 2
Choose

Choose a quote that resonates with you.

 

Step 3
Weave

Read the quote to your class at the beginning.   Then throughout the class keep weaving the quote into the fabric of the class.  This helps to bring the quote to life and turn an ordinary class into a potentially life changing class for one of more of your students.

For example, if your quote is:

Growth is the most important thing there is.”  

…you could include these asanas into your yoga lesson plan.

Tree pose (growing roots)
Cobra pose (growing a new skin/body)
Mountain pose (growing taller)

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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