Do your yoga class plans spark joy? Have you ever applied Marie Kondo’s decluttering method (the life changing magic of tidying up) to your yoga class planning? As the evenings get longer and the weather cooler, take the opportunity to declutter and streamline your yoga teaching.
Midway through a recent office declutter I came across old bundles of yoga class plans on scraps of paper, index cards and spread throughout numerous notebooks. It was time to transfer all of the elements of my class planning that ‘sparked joy’ and incorporate them in to the new, streamlined and organized yoga class plan system that I’d started to use.
Declutter Your Yoga Life
Numerous yoga magazines from different publishers. I tore out a handful of inspiring and teaching related articles that I wanted to keep. And I also spent time gathering a stack of yoga imagery that I like to use for art journaling purposes.
I haven’t renewed any of my yoga magazine subscriptions since as I want to be more selective with my purchasing. To be honest, I haven’t missed them.
Not all of them but a handful. I do have a great deal of yoga, anatomy & yoga philosophy books but I simply don’t read or refer to them any more. I know which titles I constantly pick up and love and the more post it notes and pencil marks there are confirm their value to me. If I haven’t felt compelled to underline or highlight anything then there is a good chance it isn’t the right yoga book for me.
As with magazines, I’ve reviewed my book buying habit and if I feel it’s a book I would really use and enjoy then the library or ebay will be my go to place.
Streamline Your Yoga Class Plans
Yoga Class Plans
I came across a big, higgledy piggledy pile of papers notebooks and index cards. I’ve used many different techniques for yoga class planning over the years. I now know that working on individual sheets of paper with written notes & sketches is the technique that works best for me. This inspired me to create my own yoga class planner which I now print as needed and file in one location. It makes preparing for classes and working on sequences, themes and class types so much easier and organized.
With the paper clutter sorted, I moved on to other yoga related physical clutter.
Ooh dear. Way too many leggings! Going through the yoga clothes was a quick project. Washed out yoga leggings had lost shape and gained transparency in areas you wouldn’t want. As for the gold embellished bootleg legging that had been worn only once, it was time to let go. And for tops, I don’t have many but a couple of the baggier ones were removed – they don’t do well in inversions!
My yoga space stores a set of basic props – home yoga mat (another lives in the car), 2 cork blocks, 2 straps, 1 bolster and 4 blankets (possibly too many but I had to invest in them for a restorative training). I haven’t donated anything as I’ve repurposed the props I’ve replaced.
I’ve cut up an old yoga mat for various upcycling projects and a pair of old foam blocks make great homemade stamps for crafting!
I have subscribed to many yoga related websites across recent years. Digital clutter is just as suffocating as physical so I’m spending time every day reviewing all yoga related email. My intention is to receive email from yoga sites that I really love to read each time they post. This decluttering exercise may take some time …..