Yoga Class Themes Tip Of The Week

Use One Of These 20 Inspirational Yogic Quotes As A Yoga Class Theme

Coming up with a memorable “yoga class theme” is the holy grail for most yoga teachers. Though, you can save yourself a whole lot of time by simply using an inspirational Yogic quote.  


20 Yogic Quotes

Acceptance Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.  ~  April Vallei
Body is your templeThe body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” ~ B.K.S Iyengar
Cannot do yogaYou 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
Curious”Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”
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.
Journey of the self“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~ The Bhagavad Gita
Listen to yourself“When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.” ~ Petri Räisänen
Need not be enduringYoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
Need the most“The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.”
PresenceWhen asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied: “I wish no gifts, only presence.
Present moment“Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.“
PracticeYoga 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 higherIf 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.”
Transforms the person who sees“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” ~ B.K.S Iyengar
World peaceWe all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.” ― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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
Yoga is a mirror

“Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within”


Choose a quote, and take the time to memorise it.

Say the quote to your class at the beginning of the class. Then throughout the class keep weaving the quote into the fabric of the class, by saying it over and over and over (as a sort of mantra during the class). It’s impossible to say the quote too much.

This “repetition of the quote” helps to bring the quote to life and turns an ordinary class into a memorable one. 

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
Tree Pose
Cobra Pose
Growing a new skin/body
Cobra Pose
Mountain Arms Up Pose Growing TallerMountain Arms Up Pose

To get more ideas for what poses to use, take a look through some of the 2000+ yoga poses in the Yoga Pose Directory that I created for my fellow yoga teachers. 

George Watts

Hope you enjoyed my post. I'm a BWY yoga teacher, and creator of the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner. Create yoga lesson plans quickly and easily. Get started with the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner for free today.

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