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Larger Bullet Sample Yoga Class Plans & Yoga Sequences

Larger Bullet Yoga Class Planning Tools (Big Picture)

Larger Bullet Yoga Sequencing Principles

  • Sequencing Principles Cross-lineage guidelines for choosing & sequencing asana

  • Class Elements Reminders related to the dozens of elements that can contribute to a whole class

  • Pose Categories Useful considerations for sequencing backbends, twists, inversions etc.

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Asana Digest: Going Deeper

Have you tried selecting an Asana Digest and reviewing the Going Deeper and Variations pages? If not, please see how it works for you. With this approach, you might spend less time developing or choosing a whole new sequence and instead choose one of your go-to sequences but spend extra time or focus on a pose. Some options for this approach include:


  • Repeating Target Pose – If the pose doesn't require a significant amount of preparation, students could practice the pose early in class and then later. This would lend itself to highlighting actions of pose as experienced in other poses and to having students note effect of practicing pose again later in class. If the target pose is a peak pose, the repetitions could be practiced one after another with adequate time for observation of the effects of the repetitions.

  • Varying Alignment Cues & Inspiration – Use different alignment cues or inspirational quotes to encourage a particular focus for the pose – For Urdhva Dhanurasana, for instance, you'll find all of the following on a single page of the site.

  • An 8-minute Video targeted to teachers

  • 29 verbal cues to choose among

  • Industry expert quotes on: the unknown aspect of the back body, reasons to move slowly,  inspiration to perform multiple repetitions

  • An affirmation

  • An inspirational note of devotion to the pose

  • How to relate the pose to your relationships

  • 5 Options for advancing from this pose to more challenging ones

  • 15 (count 'em, 15!) Resources (article links and book references) you can consult for more expert support

  • Utilize Pose Variations – Demonstrate 3 levels so students can work on what is most appropriate for them. Or have everyone practice each variation to highlight particular actions.

  • Hold a Mini-Workshop – Use props, wall, partners and any number of variations. The Variations page for the Urdhva Dhanurasana Asana Digest has 15 (15!) clear photos with sweet options such as:

    • Lessening demand on wrists

    • Encouraging leg activation

    • Stretching over a chair as a precursor or alternative

    • Options for moving into more advanced poses and pose combinations

More Options

Here are more ideas for inspiring your class plan:

  • ThemesIdeas for centering your class on such topics as Suffering, Surrender, Power, Courage, Gratitude, Dharma and more

  • Pose Categories – An inspiring review of Standing Poses, Backbends, Twists, Inversions and other categories

  • Pose List – Many poses to choose from for a focus on anatomical categories such as shoulders or core plus Yin and Restorative