Not only do yoga teachers compete with each other, but we also compete with however a person chooses to spend the free hour of their day. The one completely unique aspect to your yoga class is how you inspire your students and the passion you bring to the moment. The number one way to be authentic in your teaching is through your themes. You are the only you. Nobody can teach your theme exactly like you. – Michelle Berman Marchildon, Theme Weaver © 2013, pg 28
Many students find incomparable value and inspiration from the deeper teachings that are thoughtfully shared in class. When class themes are taught effectively, they can benefit both teachers and students:
Here are some considerations for effectively utilizing themes in yoga teaching:
This point, “Teach What You Know” is about your personal experience and the meaning the topic holds for you.
New Age Blather
There’s talk in yoga classes about spirit but most of it is not genuine. It’s just somebody reading something. That’s a start but it easily turns into a sort of New Age blather. But when the teacher can get confident enough to teach from his or her own truths, then whatever they have to say is so much more profound. – Ana Forrest, Huffington Post Interview
We hope you found this excerpt from our Member site useful and inspiring. We go deep on the rest of the guidelines and more on teaching themes here. The Themes & Readings section is just one component of the Plan & Sequence section which includes a large library of tools and resources.
Our new Theme Plans take class theme support to a new level!
Now teachers can consult a detailed guide for incorporating a particular theme into class, including:
We include plenty of ideas and readings to make the presentation unique, but provide the structure and specifics to make it easier to effectively teach themes that resonate for you.
We’d like to offer you a free Theme Plan in exchange for feedback. With your feedback, we can be sure to create our library of Theme Plans using a format that is most useful to you. As of March 2018, we are testing these two formats:
As you’ll see in Format 2, we can suggest a way to teach the theme through each segment of class, if you wish. But we did not include the Theme Plan with a particular sequence, since the Theme Plan can be used with any sequence. Sequences in our Sequence Library include Printable Class Notes such as this:
Here is a link to a super quick, 2-minute survey regarding your reactions to the two formats above. It includes an option to provide your email address (not required) if you wish to be notified when the format is finalized and more Theme Plans are available.