Yoga theme ideas

How to Theme a Yoga Class – Tips for Yoga Teachers

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but the question is how to do that

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skillfully so a lot of times what I’ve

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seen and what I’ve done as a teacher is

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to start off the class of the theme like

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hey everybody we’re going to be more

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mindful and then to teach the class and

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then at the end of class say something

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like so remember be more mindful and

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that’s not the most effective way to

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really theme so here’s a technique that

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I learned from this amazing teacher

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Chris Java’s and you have to check his

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closet out if you ever have the

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opportunity because he is brilliant at

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this so the three steps to theming a

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kick-ass day of the class number one

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tell a personal story that’s nothing too

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creepy or depressing right not TMI but

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something that could be elevated and and

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it could be something really really

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mundane almost from daily life that

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everybody can relate to so for example

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one of the stories that I used to be me

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in my classes was simply a story about a

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mint lunch like I’d realized I had my

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lunch that day and I was eating it and I

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realized that the meal was over even

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before I’d noticed it like I’d

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completely forgotten to taste my food so

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that was my personal story so that step

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number two is to distill what the moral

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of that story is what’s the lesson that

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learned that is elevated from that story

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so in this case I mean there could be so

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many different morals they can choose so

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many different lessons however from this

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story I could take something like savor

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my food or enjoy the taste of my lunch

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or to stay for my meal so it might be

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simple as that and then the third step

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once I got the moral of the story is to

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discern what is the tool that I can use

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to take this concept for this idea and

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make it physical in the yoga practice so

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how can I make this tangible so from

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this story in this moral it could be as

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simple as slow down so slowing down is

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the tool that I would use to bring this

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story into the practice so what I’d like

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to do at the beginning of the class this

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is kind of what it would look like I

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would share my personal story about

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eating my lunch tip brushing through

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realizing that I needed to savor my food

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and that a way to do that was to

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actually slow down and then I might say

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something like well just as in life it’s

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the same thing as our yoga practice so

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have you noticed that sometimes you’re

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participating in the practice and it’s

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over and you forgot to experience

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anything so today in class we’re going

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to stay for our food we’re going to

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savor our yoga practice and then

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throughout the class I can refer back to

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that idea into that story so for example

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while they’re hanging out is something

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léo pose or backbend I could say like

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okay are you stammering this moment can

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you slow down and really experience and

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feel what you’re doing or I might say

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something like okay can you taste this

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pose is the flavor of this pose

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different in your body than the last

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pose so those are the three steps to

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really integrate a theme into your yoga

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practice one tell the personal story to

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discern what the moral of that story is

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keep it simple and then three what is

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the tool that your students can use to

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physicalize that normal that lesson into

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their parts and then at the end of the

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practice as you send them away it’s

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lovely to give them a way to take that

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tool into their life so I might say

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something like okay just like let our

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real good practice today be a reminder

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that just as we can savor our yoga

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practice we can savor the experiences in

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our life simply by slowing down so there

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you go there are three steps to play

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with bringing more theming into your

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class enjoy more tips and resources

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