1001 FREE Yoga Class Planning Tips And Downloadable Class Handouts…Plus My 5 Step Formula For Creating A Memorable Yoga Class Plan

 

I hope you’re enjoying the 1001 free yoga class planning tipsdownloadable yoga class plans, and yoga class handouts on my site. I’ve spent hundreds of hours since 2010 adding them to this site so that my fellow yoga teachers can access them for free.

I recently got an email from one of our drag & drop yoga genie lesson planner members asking me this question…

“How do you go about creating memorable yoga class plans?” 

Below is the blog post I created for her.

It has my 5 step formula for creating a memorable yoga class plan. And includes links to most of the 1001 lesson planning tips on this site.

 

5 Step Yoga Class Planning Formula

 

 

Step 1: One Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Create ONE yoga lesson plan

 

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

 

I used to do it. Why? Because I thought I was over-delivering value. Because I thought I was being a fabulous yoga teacher.

 

But boy, was I wrong!

 

And here’s why I was so wrong…

 

It takes too much time to create a new yoga lesson plan for each class, and your students won’t like it. That’s two really good reasons to only create one lesson plan every 6 weeks (or 10 weeks if you run your classes every 10 weeks).

 

Creating a new yoga lesson plan for every class means your students never get their “groove on”.

 

Creating a new yoga lesson plan for every class means your students don’t have time to learn anything because you’ve giving them something new in every class. If you teach from the same yoga lesson plan for 6 or 10 weeks they get to groove some of the sequence and mental/emotional 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 (got to be the best at everything you do) urge to create a new yoga lesson plan every week.

 

Hmmm, OK…

 

Time to click the Pause Button. 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: Yoga Class Themes

 

 

Morph into existence an interesting yoga class theme 

 

There in an infinity of yoga lesson plan themes you can choose from.

 

Below are 34 free downloadable yoga lesson plans (within 10 themes) that I’ve created for my own yoga classes using the Online Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner. Feel free to use them for your own yoga classes, or as inspiration to come up with your own yoga class themes.

 

Attitude 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

 

Body Part Focus Themes

 

Abiciously Delicious Core Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Chair Yoga Themes

 

Chair Yoga Lesson Plan 1 

 

Chair Yoga Lesson Plan 2

 

Chair Yoga For Seniors Lesson Plan

 

Nature Yoga 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 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 Themes 

 

Valentines Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Sports Yoga Themes

 

Yoga for Cyclists Lesson Plan

 

Yoga For Seniors Yoga Themes

 

Yoga For Seniors Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Style Themes

 

Hatha Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Kundalini Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Pregnancy Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Therapy Themes

 

Yoga Therapy: Arthritic Spine Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Therapy: Asthma Yoga Lesson Plan 

 

Yoga Therapy: Hips Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Therapy: Opening Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Therapy: Restorative Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Therapy: Soothe Sciatica Yoga Lesson Plan

 

Yoga Therapy: Varicose Veins Yoga Lesson Plan

 

 

Step 3: 101 Yoga Lesson Planning Ideas

 

 

Have a brain storming session

 

 

Click here for 101 yoga lesson planning ideas which 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 lesson planning ideas, and list of ideas below will save you time.

Age Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas

  • Partner Yoga For Teens
  • Yoga for high school students
  • Yoga for kids
  • Yoga for kids: 7 to 11 age group
  • Yoga for teens
  • Yoga for seniors

Body Part Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas

  • Arm balance with crow as peak pose
  • Arm balance with crow and crane pose
  • Hip opening: seated & supine poses
  • Yoga for gaining arm strength: arm balances
  • Yoga for hips
  • Yoga for lower body (thighs & feet)
  • Yoga for spleen and stomach
  • Yoga for tight psoas muscle
  • Yoga for tight hamstrings (Uttanasana as peak pose)

Chair Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas

  • Chair yoga for beginners
  • Chair yoga for office workers
  • Chair yoga for seniors 
  • Chair sun salutations

Emotional IQ Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas

I 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 (it didn’t have to be a yoga book though). The Journey Into Power book is packed with emotive, rich wording. So, the theme ideas I came up with (see bullet points below) were almost all “emotional IQ themes”.

 

  • As We Think & Act, So Our World Becomes – The Dhammapadda (emotional IQ theme)
  • Be In The Now And You’ll Know How (emotional IQ theme)
  • Bumblebee: With my heavy body I shouldn’t be able to fly, but with light in my heart I find a way (bumblebee theme)
  • Empty Your Mental and Emotional Cup (emotional IQ theme)
  • Exceed Yourself To Find Your Exceeding Self (emotional IQ theme)
  • Forgive & Let Go (emotional IQ theme)
  • Journey Into Power (warrior yoga theme)
  • Sculpt Your Ideal Body (core yoga theme)
  • Sculpt Your Inner Body (yin yoga theme)
  • Stop Chasing The Illusion (emotional IQ/yin theme)
  • Stumbling Upon Your Path To Bliss (emotional IQ theme)
  • Sweat And Serenity (yin yang theme)
  • Think Less, Be More (breath awareness theme)
  • Transcend Your Boundaries And Grow (emotional IQ theme)
  • Uddiyanna Core Stabilization (muscle type theme)
  • Unlearning Negative Patterns (emotional IQ theme)
  • We Are Either Here Or Nowhere (emotional IQ theme)

Restorative Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas 

  • Restorative yoga with a bolster
  • Restorative yoga with props

    Peak Pose Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas 

    • Balance with eagle as peak pose
    • Balance with tree as peak pose
    • Balance with warrior as peak pose
    • Core strength with side lying (samanasana) as peak pose
    • Deep leg stretch with split (hanumanasana) as peak pose

    Spiritual Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas

    • Balancing chakras
    • Balancing the sacral chakra
    • Balancing the root chakra (muladhara)
    • Balancing the third eye chakra (ajna)
    • Chakra yoga
    • Heart opening with side bends
    • Sun salutations with mantras

    Sporty Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas

    Yoga Therapy Lesson Plan Ideas

    • Yoga for achilles tendonitis
    • Yoga for anxiety
    • Yoga for arthritis in knees: poses to strengthen knees
    • Yoga for back pain 
    • Yoga for bladder control (Urinary Incontinence)
    • Yoga for breast cancer survivors
    • Yoga for diabetes
    • Yoga for digestion (poses to stretch/strengthen stomach)
    • Yoga for endometriosis
    • Yoga for hip replacement
    • Yoga for insomnia
    • Yoga for knee injury
    • yoga for lower back pain
    • Yoga for menstruation
    • Yoga for osteoporosis
    • Yoga for sciatica
    • Yoga for trauma survivors (restorative yoga)
    • Yoga for varicose veins
    • Yoga for weight loss

     

    Step 4: Yoga Genie Lesson Planner

     

    Use the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner

     

    Open up the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner that’s included within The Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit and create the yoga lesson plan quickly and easily. Or, if you love creating yoga lesson plans from scratch with pen and paper, do that.

     

    I do both.

     

    95% of the time I use the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner because it saves so much time.

     

    5% of the time I draw yoga stick figures using pen and pad.

     

     

    Step 5: Keep Enlarging Your Yoga Lesson Planning Brain

     

     

    Below are 1001 yoga lesson planning tips on my blog…to help enlarge your yoga lesson planning brain

     

    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

     

    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

     

    Become An Olympic Yogi: Use Visualization To Rehearse Your Yoga Classes

     

    Do Your Own Practice Tactic

     

    Einstein And Om

     

    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

     

    Include 10 Minutes Of Inversions At The End Of A Class

     

    Smooth Flowing Yoga Sequence: A Simple Formula For Yoga Teachers

     

    Yoga Class Plans Made Easy: Includes 3 Top Secret Yoga Teacher Marketing Tactics

     

    Yoga Practice Tracker

     

    Yoga Sequence Flow Formula

     

    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

     

    Yoga Anatomy 101: A Crash Course For Yoga Teachers

     

    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

     

    Yoga Therapy Precautions Cheat Sheet

     

    That’s it. I hope you enjoyed this EPIC post. If you’re interested in the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Lesson Planner and have any questions, email me at mail@georgewatts.org.

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