Yoga Teachers: Plan your classes with specific intentions

Dear Yoga Teachers,

I have an important question for you:

Are you teaching with intention?  

If not, you should be.  And not just with intention, but with specific intention.

I think that by now, many, if not most of us teach with a certain theme in mind.  What I would like you to do, if you’re not already doing so, is to make that theme very very very specific.

Teaching with the intention of leading your students to a state of well-being, peace, tranquility, getting centered or more grounded are waaaaaay too general.

These states are natural after effects of a good class anyway, whatever your theme may be.  

Go deeper, develop your themes and get clear.

How does one do that?  Start with a general theme, for starters.

What are some themes that you might explore?

  • Working on specific body parts
  • Ayurvedic themes
  • Chakra themes
  • Mythology themes
  • Themes found in spiritual teachings
  • Themes found in poetry
  • Ideas from the personal development movement
  • Specific life experiences.

There is a wealth of ideas available to you in your everyday life.  Start looking for them and apply them to your classes.

Once you know your theme, your very specific theme, define the result that you intend for your students to experience during and by the end of your class.  Have a specific place for them to go.

It’s like setting off on a voyage with just some vague notion of going somewhere pleasant in general, as opposed to having a specific travel plan:  knowing your destination and modes of transportation.  Where are you going and how are you going to get there?

Just a few of the benefits of being very specific in your planning are,

1.  YOU know what your course of action is and you teach accordingly.  You feel safe and secure in what you’re doing.

2.  Students gain confidence in you as a teacher.  They feel safe and secure in their experience with you and build trust in your ability to teach them and guide them to a specific desired result.  They are more willing to follow your lead.

3.  You increase the efficiency and potential of your classes.  Your work becomes stronger and your results are powerful.

This is a good way to work.

Want to try it?

Let me give you a little brainstorming exercise: 

1.  Find just ONE major theme that you’re interested in exploring in your classes.  

2.  See if you can develop at least FIVE specific themes or intentions from that one theme. 

3.  For each specific theme, come up with a specific result that you want for your students by the end of that class.  

4.THEN, work on the modes of transportation:  ALL of the elements required that will bring your students to the desired result.  Those elements include yoga asanas, sequencing, music, ambiance, etc.

5.  Then experiment!  Try it out!  How does this way of class planning and teaching work for you and your students?  Know that you need to practice anything over a longish period of time to see if something really works or doesn’t work.  So, try out this method of class planning over time in order to better analyze your results.

In the comments, let me know how this method works for you.

If you’d like specific coaching and feedback, please join my Yoga Teachers mentoring group online.  I’ll be happy to work with you.