How To Save Time Planning Your Yoga Classes

Reuse That Yoga Class Plan Again!

If you teach several yoga classes each week, just planning all your classes, let aloneteaching them, can take a lot of time. If you’re finding that it’s more stressful than fun to plan all your classes, you’re not alone, but there’s a simple, easy way to alleviate that unwanted pressure – reuse your class plans!

You may feel like you’re taking a shortcut or disappointing your students if you don’t show up with a completely new class plan each and every time, but nothing could be further from the truth. You should reuse your class plans! Teaching the same class a few times gives your syllabus a chance to grow, develop, and change. Plus, you’ll find yourself improvising and riffing in new directions that will offer your students a different and deeper experience.

Also, working your students through the same sequencing a few times will allow them to feel some progress with the poses. If you’ve introduced some new or challenging poses, giving your students the chance to try them again will boost their confidence and self-esteem as they see their practices improve.

Instead of working on 10 unique class plans and spreading yourself too thin, plan just two or three instead. Not only will you find that you’re less stressed, you’ll also be able to infuse more quality and thoughtfulness into your sequencing and themes.

Don’t be afraid to be transparent about it! If you feel like you’re copping out by reusing class plans, be upfront with your students. Let them know they’ll be working through similar sequencing a few days in a row, and tell them why. Once they understand the benefits of yoga pose repetition, they’ll be on board with it, too!

Plus, with some of that free time that you’ve found, why not attend a yoga class right here on Gaia and get even more great class ideas to share with your students!

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floating-drumbeat, posted on December 9, 2012

Having eschewed live studio yoga classes well over one year ago (and counting), I never appreciated inconsistency in the intensity of the practice presented (I primarily do self-sequenced class length yoga programs at home; beginning to use lone-practiced home downloads and videos somewhat more). Being an "older" student, but with years of experience, younger newbie beginners were often catered to if they seemed to be in number (more than 10% of the class?); I am all for repetition. And a short class series for newbies, please, external to the level-deflated-labelled "Level 1" class. Unlike old-school yoga, something is wrong with a style that does not encourage child's pose ...

cailen.ascher, posted on November 9, 2012

@7BessyT Thanks for your feedback, and I'm glad you liked my article :-) No need to feel guilty about reusing class plans -- as you can see from the comment about yours students like it! my studio actually has a "pose of the month" for that exact reason. if you're interested in more yoga biz tips and lifestyle advice, be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter at www.CALMbiz.com.

cheers!
cailen

cailen.ascher, posted on November 9, 2012

@yfermin Thanks for your feedback -- glad you liked my article :-) As both a yoga teacher and a practitioner, I like working the same poses and sequences again and again -- it lets your see your improvement. At my studio, we actually have a "pose of the month" for that exact reason! I have a FREE newsletter that i send out with lots of yoga inspiration and lifestyle tips if you're interested, you can find it at www.CALMbiz.com

cheers!
cailen

yfermin, posted on November 8, 2012

As a student (that is, a non-teacher), I like it when I encounter similar flows and sequences in my classes. They allow me to focus on and improve in certain poses. Plus, seeing my new growth and strength is totally uplifting. I have never thought of my teachers as being lazy or boring when they repeat class plans.

7BessyT, posted on November 8, 2012

Thank you for this! I already do this with my class plans but was feeling quilty about it, feeling like I was being lazy or something. Thanks for the affirmation that is ok!

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