“Is The Yoga Genie Lesson Planner Too Good To Be True?”
Below is an email I just received from a fellow yoga teacher….
Not new to yoga but being new to teaching yoga I am a beautiful example of someone spending hours and hours planning a class. Although I think it is a great part of a learning process, I do love practising more than spending days with pen and paper.
Looking at the Drag & Drop Yoga Lesson Planner, there are certain things that interest me:
* Help with creating a 10 week plan for beginners.
* Advanced and more intense classes to cater for a physically fit lot.
* A traditional Hatha yoga classes with prep and counter poses.
Would you say all these options are included and available in your ‘seem to be too good to be true’ Planner?
Here Was My Answer To Her Three Wondrous Questions…
Will the Yoga Lesson Planner help with creating a 10 week plan for beginners?
Within the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner is a nifty “Copy Lesson Plan” feature.
You create a lesson plan by dragging and dropping poses into the lesson plan dashboard (or cheat a bit by clicking Ask Genie button to create a lesson plan for you). Once you have the first lesson plan, you simply click the “copy” button to copy the lesson plan and make a few changes (eg. drag a new pose in or delete a pose).
You could rename this lesson plan something like:
Week 2: Moon Theme
You then repeat this simple process until you have all 10 lesson plans. So, to recap. By using the “copy lesson plan button”, you’ll be able to create a professional 10 week course within 10 minutes.
Does the Yoga Lesson Planner have advanced and more intense classes to cater for a physically fit lot?
The Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner has over 1000 poses within 15 categories including: Ashtanga Yoga, Bandhas, Bolster Yoga, Chair Yoga, Laugher Yoga, Mantra, Meditation, Mudra, Partner Yoga, Pranayama, Pregnancy, Relaxation, Seated/Floor, Standing & Xtras.
That means you can include lots of the so called “advanced poses” within your yoga sequences which your your physically fit, Type A Over Achievers will enjoy. Plus, the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner has 2000+ shared yoga lesson plans (approximately 15 new lesson plans are added daily). You can “copy” as many of those 2000+ yoga lesson plans as you want. You’ll find hundreds of shared yoga lesson plans that cater to the physically fit lot.
Does the Yoga Lesson Planner have a traditional Hatha yoga classes with prep and counter poses?
I’m a fully qualified Hatha yoga teacher. I did a two year BWY yoga teacher training course (The British Wheel Of Yoga is the Sport England recognised national governing body for yoga). So, you can rest assured that the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner has been designed for Hatha yoga.
We have also added several non-traditional Hatha yoga categories such as “Ashtanga Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Laughter Yoga”. We’ve done this to add as much variety as possible to the Planner. This allows you to create more engaging lesson plans. And gives you a little nudge to teach things you might otherwise not considered (e.g. add a laughter yoga exercise to the lesson plan).
Every one of the 1000+ poses within the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes pre-filled with teaching steps, benefits, modifications, alternatives and precautions.
Every one of the 1000+ poses within the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes with a YouTube video for a quick refresher on how to teach the pose.
Every one of the 1000+ poses within the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes with recommendations for Preparation Poses.
Every one of the 1000+ poses within the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner comes with recommendations for Counter Poses.
Everything a yoga teacher needs for planning a class has been meticulously thought through. Why? Because I am a yoga teacher. And I use the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner every week.
Too Good To Be True
I think your concern of the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner being too good to be true is a valid one. It may seem too good to be true for a first time visitor because it’s been updated and constantly tweaked since 2010. That’s a whole lot of time to get things right.
The too good to be true feeling you have is why I add lots and lots of reviews from yoga teachers who use it. These reviews provide social proof that the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner is a massive time saver for yoga teachers.
It has taken 1000’s of man/women hours to create the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner. It obliterated my life’s savings. But after all the blood, toil, tears and sweat, it’s been a life-changing experience. I get to wake up every morning with a bubbling passion to shine light into the lesson planning darkness that fills many yoga teacher’s lives. Constantly updating and tweaking the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner is my way of bringing more yoga into the world.
With climate change the #1 threat to humanity right now, yoga has never been so important and vital for humanity.
How can yoga going to help save our planet from a climate change disaster?
Yoga helps people become more aware and in tune with themselves and the world around them. The more people that practice yoga, the higher the awareness of humanity becomes. I believe that one of our collective goals as yoga teachers is to increase our student’s awareness to a tipping point that accelerates positive habit change that will help our fragile Mother Earth (e.g. become vegan), faster than global warming reaches its tipping point. Most scientists agree that if the tipping point is reached, it will cause runaway greenhouse warming.
And if runaway greenhouse warming isn’t bad enough, consider this…
Most yoga teachers quit teaching because they don’t have enough time.
If that sounds like you, I have a question for you…
“Would you cut your lawn with a pair of scissors?”
Hopefully your answer is,
“No George. Of course I wouldn’t do something so insane as cut my lawn with a pair of scissors.”
Cutting your lawn with a pair of scissors would be a monstrous waste of time and effort.
A normal, sane person chooses to use a time-saving tool called a Lawn Mower. The same is true of the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner. Just because you spent 6 hours creating a yoga lesson plan doesn’t make it any better than if you’d taken 6 minutes creating it using the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner.
And your lawn wouldn’t look any better if you cut it with a pair of scissors verses a Lawn Mower.
A Scary Calculation
This Is How Long You’re Really Spending Each Year Creating Yoga Lesson Plans
If each yoga teacher takes an average of 2 hours to create a lesson plan, and teaches 80 classes a year, that’s 160 hours of lesson planning per year. Even if you take your time when creating a lesson plan using the Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner, you would never take more than 20 minutes per plan.
Most yoga teachers only take 5 to 10 minutes to create a plan, but lets say you take 20 minutes.
That means in one year you’d slash your lesson planning from 160 hours to 26 hours.
And if you took 10 minutes to plan a class, you’d only spend 13 hours per year.
And if you took 5 minutes to plan a class, you’d only spend 6.5 hours per year.
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