Most yoga teachers, even experienced ones, are always asking themselves this question:
“Is There A Better Way Of Preparing For My Yoga Class?”
Below are the steps I take when preparing for teaching a yoga class. I hope you find them useful.
How I Prepare For Teaching A Yoga Class (7-minute video)
Below is a 7-minute video showing how I prepare for teaching a yoga class.
Step 1: Create A Lesson Plan
I create a yoga lesson plan using the online Yoga Genie Lesson Planner.
Step 2: Print The Plan
I print out the long version of the plan, fold the pages and put them in my back pocket, then several times on the day before my class, I whip out the lesson plan, close my eyes and imagine myself teaching the class.
If I get stuck, I’d take a peek at the lesson plan. This works great for me because I have a terrible memory.
For example, if I forget the Sanskrit for the pose or one of the modifications, I take a peek at the plan.
Step 3: Stream The Plan
I also take the class as a “streamed class” the day before I teach the class.
Physically practising the poses within the lesson plan is obviously a great way to prepare for teaching those poses when I rock up to class.
It helps me get into the shoes of my students, and sometimes I realise that a pose should be deleted or changed or moved somewhere else in the plan.
FYI: To stream a lesson plan, within the lesson planner, you simply click “Stream Plan” on the top menu.
There are many ways to prepare for teaching a yoga class. Throughout your entire yoga teaching career, you’ll probably be testing and tweaking new ways to prepare and that’s a good thing.
There is no end to the craft of planning a yoga class!
There are an infinite variety of yoga lesson plans to craft, thousands of yoga poses, endless yoga anatomy to learn, and don’t forget all the Sanskrit that needs learning, but if you love teaching yoga, you’ll love picking up as many yoga lesson planning tips as you can.
If you have any other questions about teaching a yoga class, please email me. I reply to all emails within 24 hours and will answer any questions you have.
Yoga Genie Lesson Planner
If you’re a yoga teacher trainee, newbie yoga teacher, or experienced yoga teacher, you’ll want to make your yoga lesson planning as easy as possible.
If you have a few minutes spare, please check out my Yoga Genie Lesson Planner.