We often think of a detox style class to be focused on the workout. This cleansing practice however is a reset for both mind and body. A strong physical practice, but with moments built in between flows for reflection, observation and meditation. Think of this as space clearing for mind, body and spirit.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or 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
Physical Focus: Building up to a challenging class physically for your students by incorporating lots of spinal work and twists, working all planes of the spine. This is a heat building class so keep the flows moving until the layers start to come off or they begin to sweat.
Niyama: Saucha – Purity, Cleanliness
Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya (I bow to shiva, destroyer of ego – my true self)
Pranayama: Kapalabhati – Breath of Fire
Essential Oil*: Purify by DoTERRA Ingredients: Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils.
Use the build up of Yang style energy to help your class clear their minds as well as work out their body. Focus on the positive aspects of this class, that detox shouldn’t be a punishment but an opportunity to stand as a witness to our samskaras (unconscious negative habits) so that we can begin to unravel them from the source. Detox, like fasting, isn’t meant to be forever but brief moments in time to reset. Ultimately, abiding by the code of moderation or bramacharaya.
Use other examples for a 24-hour or one week detox:
- stop negative thought patterns, or speaking to ourselves in a negative way.
- stop complaining
- only using our phones to text, make a phone call or listen to music
- social media detox
- cleaning out drawers or closets
- cleaning out computer files
What class themes are you looking for? How else can I help you with class design? Let me know in the comments below.
*always check with your students for allergies or sensitivities to scent.