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 tips, downloadable 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
- Step 2: Yoga Class Themes
- Step 3: 101 Yoga Lesson Planning Ideas
- Step 4: Yoga Genie Lesson Planner
- Step 5: 1001 Yoga Lesson Planning Tips
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.
Time to click the Pause Button. If you’re an A Type Personality, please read the above section several times.
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.
Body Part Focus Themes
Chair Yoga Themes
Nature Yoga Themes
Peak Pose Yoga Themes
Quirky Yoga Themes
Sports Yoga Themes
Yoga For Seniors Yoga Themes
Yoga Style Themes
Yoga Therapy Themes
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 for cardio
- Yoga for cyclists
- Yoga for golfers
- Yoga for paddle boarders
- Yoga for runners
- Yoga for rock climbers
- Yoga for swimmers
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.