By Jasmine Myers, taken from here
Have you ever wondered how to write out a yoga lesson? Creating a yoga session is much like writing out any other kind of lesson. It simply takes a little creativity, organization, and practice.
How to Write Out a Yoga Lesson
If you want to learn how to write out a yoga lesson, it’s a good idea to attend as many yoga classes as you can. Even if you’re already an instructor or have been attending classes for quite some time, it may help to attend a variety of classes to get ideas for what you want to incorporate in your lesson plan.
Here are a few other ideas that will help energize your yoga routine for yourself and your students.
Before writing out your plan, do some basic groundwork. Start with a few questions and considerations.
- Ask your students. You can do this formally through a paper or online survey or just simply ask a group of students. What do you they enjoy in a good yoga routine? What poses do they like or dislike? What is an appropriate class length? Do they prefer music or silence? What about room temperature? Do they practice yoga to relieve stress or just as a workout?
- Consider your own preferences.Yoga instructors are also students of the practice. Ask yourself what you prefer in a class. When you attend other classes pay attention to the flow of the poses and the pace of the class. What do you like or dislike?
- Practice makes perfect. It’s important that a yoga lesson plan be challenging, but not so challenging that your students get lost in the routine. Practice your routine. You should be able to complete the entire routine while still being able to talk your students through it.
- Match the expertise level of your students. If your class is advanced, this may not be an issue. However, if you expect to have a mixed group of students, it’s important that you consider that some individuals may be completely new to yoga. Consider how you will incorporate contingencies for them into the more challenging parts of the lesson.
Organize Your Plan
Once you’ve decided what you want to incorporate into your lesson plan, it’s time to get organized.
- Start slow. Your routine should ease into the more challenging poses, so focus on breathing and strengthening poses at the beginning.
- Build toward challenge. To prevent injury, you want to build toward the most difficult parts of the yoga session.
- Encourage water and towel breaks. Staying hydrated is very important in yoga. This is especially true if you are teaching types of yoga that require elevated temperatures.
- Create an outline. Break up your routine into five-minute intervals. Make a general list of the poses you will focus on within each time slot and work from there.
Writing the Plan
Once you have your outline, the hard work is done. All that is left is to add in the details and put your lesson into action.
- Add in reminders. As the yoga instructor, it’s your job to remind students to breathe deeply, pause for water, and to towel off their bodies or mats if necessary. These reminders should be included in your formal plan.
- Type or handwrite your formal plan. The plan should be easy to read and simple to follow.
- Get feedback. Constructive criticism can be very helpful. Consider giving your plan to some fellow yoga instructors to try out. Often, this kind of feedback is invaluable to a new teacher or instructor.
- Make changes if necessary. To grow, you must be willing to change. Any advice you get from other teachers or students should be taken seriously. Not every suggestion is cause for change, but if you get enough feedback about a particular issue, it might be fruitful to consider it.
Yoga is a highly popular form of exercise and a stress reliever for many individuals. Creating a lesson plan that will appeal to all the students in a class is a challenging and enjoyable way to organize your yoga routine.