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 will save you time.

 

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 (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)

 

Step 4: Yoga Lesson Planner

 

Use the Yoga Lesson Planner

 

Open up the Drag & Drop Yoga 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 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 Lesson Planner and have any questions, email me at mail@georgewatts.org.

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