Guidelines for Teaching with Themes or Incorporating Philosophy

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we provide guidelines for teaching with themes and for effectively teaching philosophy with asana.


Be familiar with techniques and considerations for effectively teaching themed yoga classes.


Explain the potential benefits of teaching themed yoga classes. Describe considerations or guidelines that may support effective teaching of themes in yoga. Describe some of the subtleties related to “teaching what you know.” Explain how you might teach concepts in a universal way. Describe the challenge of effectively distilling a concept down to its essence. Provide considerations that might help to effectively distill a concept for teaching it in class. Describe a common mistake when introducing a philosophical point in class and how you can avoid this. Provide components of an effective theme plan. Describe how to effectively teach a theme while also staying with students’ present moment experience.

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