Class Themes, Yoga Practice, Yoga Teacher

Class Theme: If it Doesn’t Flow, Let it Go

The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, for your group classes, or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté  

Quote:

From the Sutras of Patanjali, Book 2:46 ‘Asana should be steady and comfortable’

Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Physical Focus: Easy flow through transitions and low effort in holding poses. Gentle hip openers and grounding poses.

Pranayama: Simple awareness, no effort to our breath

Yama/Niyama: Ahimsa/non-violence &/or Isvara Pranidhana/Surrender

Chakra: 2 – The sacral chakra 

Mudra: Contemplation  

Meditation: Body scan, releasing tension

Additional Notes:

Softening into the poses, checking in with how we are approaching and practicing each pose. Are we truly listening to our bodies or are we pushing and pulling ourselves try to fit our bodies into the pose over allowing the pose to fit to our bodies. Stepping off of the mat, what are we trying to force or make work and how is that affecting us energetically. Where can we stop fighting and just allow ourselves to go with the flow.

Use the tree as a metaphor and its ability to move with the wind

Use weather references, mother nature wants us to be better Yogis. (This theme was inspired by our last big winter storm that happened mid-April in Toronto this year) 

 

2 thoughts on “Class Theme: If it Doesn’t Flow, Let it Go”

  1. Love this theme! ‘Asana should be steady and comfortable’; by letting go of our expectations within, we can find more comfortable and releasing movement.

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