Maintaining personal yoga study is an important part of teaching but it is easy to get attached to favorite poses and sequences.
With this is mind, here is a list of seven easy ways to keep classes inspired and organized using the teaching resources we have already accumulated.
Improving your yoga class planning and organization
1 Get Organized
Having all of your notes, sketches and plans in one place is the start point to getting organized. Try compiling a journal that combines all of your class notes with dedicated sections for class types. Paste in pages from other notebooks or build up a stack of photocopies if you can’t bear to tear pages. Alternatively, a really workable solution is to invest in a printable class plan that can be arranged in a filing system that allows for reshuffling of pages to accommodate changes and expansion.
2 Be Consistent
Keeping one dedicated place for class plans will soon build into an invaluable class teaching manual. Consistency will also help you keep track of your class history to ensure variety and avoid repetition.
Look at older class prep notes to see which poses, breath techniques or sequences you may have used in the past but have gravitated away from.
3 Make Use of Old Stuff
Review older class prep notes and yoga class plans to see what poses, breath techniques or sequences you may have used in the past but have gravitated away from. There is a good chance that there is a vinyasa or a transition that you haven’t used for a while which you can now resurrect with a fresh perspective.
4 Combining Plans
Experiment. Try taking the opening sequence of one of your favorite class plans and mixing it with the middle flow section of your most recent vinyasa to create a pot pourri style class.
it is easy to get caught up with relying on our own favorite poses and sequences.
5 Create a System
Over time, as you gather all of these new, inspiring sequences and class plans, you can create a system organized by level, pose group, anatomical focus, spiritual theme or whatever other way you approach your teaching. Using a simple binder or adaptable filing method such as the disc system from Arc at Staples will become your personal yoga class plan ‘go to’ center for inspiration and direction.
6 Reuse, Recycle, Regenerate
Every scribbled note has something to offer whether it be a list of poses or notes from a training manual or a favorite quotation, book or piece of music. Make use of what you already have.
7 Read & Review
Always maintain your personal reading whether it be digitally on blogs and websites or in your own collection of magazines and books. Your constant reading, researching, and curiosity about yoga will continue to inspire. Remember that even the oldest and most experienced teacher is always still a student.
How do you keep your yoga class planning fresh? Share your tips and ideas in the comments – we’d love to hear them.