Yoga Lesson Planning Formula
Yoga Class Structure


If you like the idea of structuring your yoga lesson plans, you may like the 12 part yoga class formula.

Outcome
Come up with a class formula, structure, for your yoga classes.

Reasons
You may find structuring your class useful for several reasons including…

  • A structure allows you to save time when planning your classes
  • A structure reduces the stress of planning
  • A structure allows creativity to flourish (not wasting time structuring)

Picking a structure for a yoga class often makes new yoga teachers want to pull every last strand of hair out.  It’s as if the newbie teacher is looking for the holy grail of yoga lesson planning.  Unfortunately that grail doesn’t exist.  There is no right or wrong way to structure a class.

It’s time to relax.

It’s time to accept.

It’s time to banish the destructive thought of their being a ‘perfect plan’.   There is no such thing as a perfect plan!   There is, however, a formula…a traditional sequence.  You can either follow the traditional sequence verbatim, or use as a template and tweak it to suit your personality.

Action Steps
Yoga Class Structure 

Remember, there’s no right way of structuring a yoga class.

This is just a guide for you to edit and come up with your own.   For example, you may only have 5-parts to your “yoga class planning formula”.   You don’t have to stick to the formula, it can evolve over time.

  1. Registration – Students sign in
  2. Notices  Tell students about upcoming yoga days, weekends, events, etc
  3. Handouts  Give students handouts
  4. Centring  Awareness of breath
  5. Warm up
  6. Seated Postures 
  7. Standing Postures  
  8. Partner Work and Inversions
  9. Pranayama/Meditation
  10.  Reading From the Gita, Sutras, etc
  11.  Relaxation
  12.  Namaste

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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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