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Sequencing & Planning Tools Summary
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Sequence Index – Find Sequences by Asana Focus, Style, Theme, Energetic Effect, Student Experience
Strategic Planning – Vision & Goal-Setting, Dosha-Balancing, Strategic Planning Tools by Month & Week
- Class Planning Framework – Big-picture planning framework to inspire your own creative process
Strategic Planning – Different from planning an individual class, this is a strategic planning process for a progression of classes over a month or other timeframe
Help! I Teach Soon – Need to teach soon? Here's one way to start
Seasons, Moon Phases, Natural Cycles, Holidays & Observances– Considerations for equinox, solstice, full & new moons and seasons, world-wide holidays
Class Checklist – Very basic factors such as space, day, time, creating a sacred space, etc.
Yoga Poses – Many poses to choose from for a focus on anatomical categories such as shoulders or core plus Yin and Restorative
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 – Teaching considerations for sequencing backbends, twists, inversions etc.
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:
- 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
Themes – Ideas 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