George’s 5 Step Formula For Creating Memorable Yoga Class Plans


A few years ago I was asked to be a speaker at the BWY Yoga Congress. At Congress, I shared my 5 step formula for creating memorable yoga class plans. Now I’m going to share it with you. Hope you find it useful.


 

Step 1: Memorable Yoga Lesson Plan
One Yoga Class Plan


Create ONE yoga class plan


The biggest mistake a newbie yoga teacher makes is to create a new yoga class plan for each yoga class.

I used to do it. Why?

Firstly, because I thought I was over-delivering value. And secondly, I thought I was being a fabulous yoga teacher.

But boy, was I wrong.

Your students won’t like it. My formula is simple: only create one yoga class plan every six weeks.

One!

Yes, you heard right. Only one. Shocking isn’t it. You can tweak each plan a little bit. For example, you could add a new relaxation at the end of the class, or change one or two poses.

So, why won’t students like you to go the extra mile to create six unique yoga class plans for your next 6 yoga classes?

Surely that would be a sign of your yogic teaching brilliance?

No, it’s not.

Firstly, creating a new yoga class plan for every class means your students never get their “groove on”.

Secondly, they don’t have time to learn anything because you’ve given them something new in every class. If, however, you teach from the same yoga class plan for 6 or 10 weeks, they get to groove some of the sequence and yogic teachings into their DNA.

So, trust me on this one.

Your students want continuity for 6 or 10 weeks. That means resisting your A-Type Personality (gotta be the best at everything you do) urge to create a new yoga class plan every week.

If you’re an A-Type Personality, please read the above section several times.

Seriously.

Read the above section a few times. I’ll be here waiting for you.

Welcome back! You’re ready for step 2.


Step 2: Memorable Yoga Class Plan
Yoga Class Themes


Morph into existence an interesting yoga class theme 


There is an infinity of yoga class plan themes you can choose from.

Below are 34 free downloadable yoga lesson plans that I’ve created for my own yoga classes here in the UK. Feel free to use them for your own yoga classes, or as inspiration to come up with your own yoga themes.


Body Part Yoga Class Themes

Core Yoga Lesson Plan

Chair Yoga Class Themes

Chair Yoga Lesson Plan I 
  Chair Yoga Lesson Plan II
  Chair Yoga For Seniors Lesson Plan

Nature Yoga Class Themes

Dolphin Yoga Lesson Plan
  Sun Moon Yoga Lesson Plan
  Sun Salutations Chair Yoga Lesson Plan
  Sun Salutations A Yoga Lesson Plan
  Sun Salutations B Yoga Lesson Plan
  Sun Salutations C Yoga Lesson Plan

Peak Pose Yoga Class Themes

Camel Peak Pose Yoga Lesson Plan
  Downward Facing Dog Pose Variations Lesson Plan
  Plank Peak Pose Yoga Lesson Plan
  Revolved Poses Yoga Lesson Plan
  Twists Themed Yoga Lesson Plan: 41 Twist Poses To Whip Your Student’s Cores Into Shape

Quirky Yoga Class Themes

Become A Peaceful Warrior Yoga Lesson Plan
  Caterpillar To Butterfly Yoga Lesson Plan
  How Heavy Is This Glass Of Water Yoga Lesson Plan
  Surrender To Slowness Yoga Lesson Plan
  You Don’t Need Permission To Shine: Just Show Up, Shine & Be Yourself
  Valentines Yoga Lesson Plan

Sports Yoga Class Themes

Yoga for Cyclists Lesson Plan
  Yoga for Golfers Lesson Plan
  Yoga for Runners Lesson Plan
  Yoga for Triathletes Lesson Plan

Yoga Style Themes

Hatha Yoga Lesson Plan
  Kundalini Yoga Lesson Plan
  Pregnancy Yoga Lesson Plan
  Yoga For Seniors Yoga Lesson Plan

Yoga Therapy Themes

Yoga Therapy Lesson Plan Bundle
  Arthritic Spine Yoga Lesson Plan
  Asthma Yoga Lesson Plan 
  Hips Yoga Lesson Plan
  Opening Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders Yoga Lesson Plan
  Restorative Yoga Lesson Plan
  Soothe Sciatica Yoga Lesson Plan
  Varicose Veins Yoga Lesson Plan

Step 3: Memorable Yoga Class Plan
101 Yoga Class Planning Ideas


Have a brain storming session


Firstly, click here for 101 yoga class planning ideas. That post covers the following seven categories for coming up with creative yoga lesson plans: theme, peak pose, group of postures, muscle type, key point, body area, and quotes.

The only rule to coming up with a creative yoga class plan is that there is no rule.

Allow your imagination to roam free!

At the end of a 6-week yoga course, I allow myself time to brainstorm a new “theme” for my next 6 weeks of yoga classes. This brainstorming time can take anywhere from 5 minutes (if I get lucky and stumble across a theme quickly) or 5 hours. Though, my 101 yoga class planning ideas will save you time.


Pick Up A Book


I also love picking up a book and flipping through for ideas.

To show you what I mean, I’ve just randomly picked up a book from my bookcase and scanned for sentences and words that popped from the pages.

The book I picked was called:

Journey Into Power: How to sculpt your ideal, body, free your true self, and transform your life with yoga 

Below are the theme ideas I found when reading the book:

Bumblebee Theme

“With my heavy body, I shouldn’t be able to fly, but with light in my heart, I find a way.”

This would make a great bumblebee theme.

Emotional IQ Themes

As We Think & Act, So Our World Becomes – The Dhammapada.
  Be In The Now And You’ll Know-How.
  Empty Your Mental and Emotional Cup.
  Exceed Yourself To Find Your Exceeding Self.
  Forgive & Let Go.
  Stop Chasing The Illusion.
  Stumbling Upon Your Path To Bliss.
  Transcend Your Boundaries And Grow.
  Unlearning Negative Patterns.
  We Are Either Here Or Nowhere.

Journey Into Power Theme

This could be a lesson plan with Warrior I, II, or III as a peak pose.

Sculpt Your Ideal Body Theme

This could be a lesson plan with poses that build the core muscles

Sculpt Your Inner Body Theme

This could be a lesson plan with meditation exercises, mantras, and mudras.

Sweat And Serenity Theme

This could be a yin yang lesson plan.

Think Less, Be More Theme

This could be a lesson plan with one or more pranayama exercises.

Uddiyanna Core Stabilisation

This could be a lesson plan focused on a specific muscle type. Uddiyana Bandha is an Upward Abdominal Lock. It helps energy rise up through the center of your core.

Step 4: Memorable Yoga Class Plan
Yoga Lesson Planner



Use my Yoga Genie Lesson Planner



Okay. I admit it. This is a blatant plug for my Yoga Lesson Planner. My hands are up. Almost every penny earned from the lesson planner goes to updating and improving it. The more users we get, the better it gets.

Go to my Yoga Lesson Planner and get it.

Once you’ve got your yogic hands on it, you’ll be able to create yoga class plans quickly and easily. Or you can create plans from scratch using pen and paper.

I use both methods.

Most of the time I use the Yoga Lesson Planner because it saves so much time, but sometimes I create plans by drawing yoga stick figures on paper. There’s no reason why you can’t use both methods.


Step 5: Memorable Yoga Class Plan
Keep Learning 


Below are 1001 yoga class planning tips to help enlarge your yoga teaching brain…


101 Ways To


101 Yoga Lesson Planning Ideas

101 Ways To Teach Yoga With A Poet’s Heart

101 Tantalising Yoga Lesson Plan Title Templates

101 Yoga Asana Symbols: Reveal A Hidden Language To Your Yoga Students

101 Guided Yoga Imagery Phrases For Yoga Teachers

101 Perfect Quotes For A Quote Themed Yoga Class

Yoga Anatomy 101: A Crash Course For Yoga Teachers


A Bit Less Than 101 Ways To


22 Yoga Lesson Planning Tips

12 Part Yoga Class Structure

10 Reasons To Use A Yoga Lesson Plan

10 Steps To Uncover Your Yoga Sequencing Formula

10 Tips To Motivate Your Students To Start A Home Yoga Practice

10 Yoga Lesson Planning Tips From 10 Yoga Teachers

9 Quirky DIY Yoga Props To Use In Your Classes

7 Yoga Imagery Phrases To Inspire Your Students

5 Steps For Teaching Relaxation Techniques

4 Quick & Easy Ways To Combine Yogic Breathing & Movement To Your Yoga Sequences


How To Tips


How To Become An Olympic Yogi: Use Visualisation To Rehearse Your Yoga Classes

How To End Your Class On Time Every Time

How To Give Your Yoga Lesson Plans A Chill Pill

How To Create A Yoga Card Deck In 10 Easy Steps Using My Free Downloadable Card Template

How To Create Yoga Class Themes (5-minute video tutorial)

How To End Your Yoga Class On Time Every Time

How To Make A DIY Bolster In 60 Seconds

How To Sequence Around A Peak Pose: Secret Formula Revealed

How To Use Safari Web Browser To Create Yoga Class Handouts With One Click

How To Teach Mula Bandha

How To Write Compelling Yoga Lesson Plan Aims & Objectives

How I Applied The 8 Limbs Of Yoga To Go From 5 To 25 Students

How To Become A Full-Time Yoga Teacher

How To Draw Staff Pose

How To Hire A Local Photographer To Morph You Into A Yoga Star

How To Remember Student Names

How To Teach Extended Triangle Pose

How To Teach Revolved Triangle Pose


Other Class Planning Tips


Einstein And Om

Why I Include 10 Minutes Of Inversions At The End Of My Classes

My Simple Sequencing Secret Formula

Yoga Class Plans Made Easy

Yoga Therapy Precautions Cheat Sheet

Yoga Practice Tracker

Yoga Sequence Flow Formula


How To Teach Yoga Using Imagery


Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Backbends With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Boat Pose With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Bow Pose With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Bridge Pose With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Extended Side Angle Pose With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Mountain Pose With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Staff Pose With A Poet’s Heart

Yoga Teacher Poet: How To Teach Tree Pose With A Poet’s Heart

That’s it. Hope you found my formula useful. And I hope you enjoy the hundreds of free yoga class planning tips, yoga class plans, and yoga class handouts on my site. 

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