RESOURCES FOR INSPIRATION:

Books:  Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens, Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind

Sample Class Themes:  Essentialism, Architecture, Beginners Mind, Embodied Symmetry

Oracle:  Animal Spirit Cards, Art of Attention Healing Cards, Gods and Goddesses

Poetry:  Rupi Kaur, Danna Faulds, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nayyirah Waheed

Theme Words:  Imprint, Self-worth, Truth, Trust, Pas (step), Destiny

Crystal vibes:  Larimar (calming, cooling, soothing, feminine), Moonstone (mystery, intuition, insight), Black Tourmaline (purification, protection), Pink Calcite (empathy, connection to the mind of the heart)

 

PREP PROCESS

The creative process of class planning is a unique experience for each teacher. For me, I begin with a theme or inspiration and I allow it to unfold as I move through a series of postures and sequences. I like to feel the flow of the sequence in my own body first before teaching it, so that I can really embody the class before I share it with others. This allows me to be more connected and present with my students and makes for a physically and energetically cohesive class. 

In designing my classes, I take inspiration from many forms - books, the symphony, art, ballet, life experiences, poetry and so on. Whatever the inspiration I make sure that the theme resonates with me first so that I can authentically and clearly share the teachings that spring forth from the theme - this allows the teachings to feel more real for me and become more relatable to my students. As I weave various elements into my classes, I try to keep it as cohesive and connected as possible, embracing a sense of ease and grace in the flow of asana, pranayama, meditation and words of inspiration. The more I can embody the theme and the message, the easier I can share the teachings with my students without having to say too much. I like the approach of less is more, allowing students to feel and arrive at their own awakenings. As a teacher my main role is to create space for these moments of inspiration and transformation to arise. 

 
 
 
 

Images:  Azulie
Cover Image:  My Dubio