Yoga Lesson Planning Clinic
How To Teach Purvottanasana
Intense Eastward Facing Stretch

Step 1
Teach the philosophy

Explain to your students the philosophy behind purvottanasana.  You could say something like:  “As the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the east is considered the direction of new beginnings and unlimited potential.”

Step 2
Teach the benefits

Explain a few of the benefits.  You don’t have to give them all!

Physical Benefits

  • Strengthen core
  • Strengthen back, triceps, wrists, back, and legs
  • Stretches your shoulders, chest, and front ankles
  • Counter to forward bend

Mental/Emotional Benefits

  • Keeps you open to new possibilities

Step 3
Quick Teaching Tips

  • Point fingers towards body = less open shoulders = wrist flexor stretch.
  • Point fingers away from body = shoulders more open = greater chest stretch.
  • Have someone press the outside of your arms inward to stabilize elbows.
  • Push through your thumbs and big toes.
  • Avoid hardening buttocks.
  • Firm shoulder blades against your back.
  • Fight gravity from pulling your head down by keeping it elongated.
  • Keep a slight chin tuck as you lower crown of head towards floor.

Step 4
Teach the Counter Pose

A good counter pose is dandasana.

Step 5
Watch A Video Tutorial

Watch videos of other yoga teachers teaching Purvottanasana.  Here’s one to get you started off.  You can then head off to youtube.

Step 6
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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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