Planning & Sequencing: Class Elements, Techniques, Tools & Practices

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Every so often, you may wish to review the many yoga tools at your disposal to bring about effective and sustained transformation.

  • Seeing all of the tools and practices in one place can help inspire your creativity.
  • You could use this section as inspiration for a written or mental checklist during planning to make sure you are considering all the techniques at your disposal. (Or see the Class Builder for a structured inquiry process.)
  • A list like this might remind you to plan breath practices to support your intention. Let’s say that you decide to teach at least two different techniques during various parts of class to support the energy of that segment. You might then choose a practice to extend the exhalation during the opening, and then later in class, teach Viloma Pranayama and finally, Nadi Shodhana before the closing meditation. Rather than relying on thinking about particular techniques in the moment, your checklist and planning can help you choose and teach more targeted practices.
  • Maybe you’ll be reminded of the oft-overlooked practice of pratyahara, or be inspired to create a plan using props or to incorporate a mudra.
  • Or, perhaps reviewing the class elements will prompt you to choose a  mantra, phrase, or object of meditation that can be carried through class.
  • There are endless options, of course, and we hope this section helps inspire you to explore them!

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