So……..are you a writer or a sketcher? For me, as a yoga teacher sketch planning yoga classes using yoga stick figures is one of the most useful and fun things to do in preparation for a class.
Who Could Use Yoga Stick Figures
But it’s not just for yoga teachers. Teacher trainees & all yoga students can work with visuals to really help with understanding sequencing, asana mechanics and yoga practice flow.
I have always been a yoga class plan sketcher and my yoga stick figure has evolved over time. It started with your typical kindergarten kinda look. Disproportioned with straight limbs and a circle head but still illustrating the form of the pose and idea of the sequence.
Over time my yoga stick figure has evolved into more of a character with a round belly and pony tail.
The pony tail became a feature as I always wear a ponytail myself. The belly feature is getting there too 😉
Eventually she became the inspiration for my blog logo.
Creating your Yoga Stick Figure
You don’t need to be an amazing artist to create your yogi and classes with sketches.
I love the work of artist Eva Lotta Lam. She has created a number of books about sketching and her book Yoga Notes: How to Sketch Yoga Postures & Sequences is an awesome resource for yogis.
Eva shows you how to sketch your own simple yoga stick figure and illustrates a bunch of yoga poses and sequences.
Her little yogi characters are so adorable that just flicking through them is inspiring enough on its own.
In my own sketches the orientation of the pose and gaze is shown by the position of the ponytail. ie. if the ponytail is facing upwards then she is facing forward eg tadasana. Or to the left or the right if she is facing to the side eg virabhadrasana 2
Eva includes a nose on her yogi to demonstrate the position of the head and gaze.
Anatomical perfection is not critical as long as your sketches show the ‘essence of an asana’ Eva says. Simplicity is the best place to start and then you can embellish and make your yogi your own as you continue to sketch more.
How to Create your Sequence
Whether you are planning classes or taking practice notes here’s how to start.
Grab paper and your favorite pen. You can use index cards, a dedicated journal or a yoga class planner that has been devised specifically for the sketching purpose of creating your own yoga class plans.
I devised a planner specifically to create an organized approach to my yoga class planning. It’s an instantly downloadable 3 page PDF which you can see in my online store yogaskinnystudio here.
You can sketch, create a written plan and list all of the details of your class such as class focus, props needed and blessing/reading.
How to take your notes
- Practice simple stick yoga figures. Approach with an open mind and no concern for artistic perfection! Take a look at Eva’s yoganotes blog for inspiration
- Start creating your sketch sequences with your stick figure.
- Add written notes as you go (if you need to)
Ta-da! Enjoy sketching and have fun with your yoga character!
You can find out more about Eva’s adorable yoga sketches and her book yoganotes here