If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE theming Yoga classes. It’s one of the most fun and unique aspects of being a Yoga teacher. It gives you the ability to share ideas with your students in sometimes fun and non-conventional ways.
If you’re new to theming, check out my article How to Theme Your Yoga Classes Like a Pro. Here, I go into more detail about why you should theme your classes as well as how to plan and successfully execute your dream theme.
If you are new teaching classes every week, it can be hard to stay consistently inspired. Below I’ve listed 50 ideas to reignite your spark and get you back on track:
- Work through the Yamas and Niyamas: Doing a different one each week
- Work through the Chakras: Start at the root Chakra and work your way up each week
- Build to a peak pose: Sequencing and movements prepare the students for an advanced posture
- Open or strengthen a specific part of the body or grouping of muscles
- A practice all about breath
- Focus on a specific type of pose or movement: inversions, forward folds, heart openers, etc.
- Work through the Kleshas: Talking about a different one each week
- Do a subtle Yoga class focusing on the Koshas
- Weave in Pranayama practices: Resonance breath, alternate nostril breathing, Ujjayi breath, square breathing, lions breath, breath of fire, etc.
- Weave in Meditation practices: Loving kindness meditation, metta, mindfulness, etc.
- A whole class on Dristi
- Tell a story (especially good for Yin or Restorative yoga and could be a historical story from Yogic philosophy)
- Share a quote or poem
- A whole class on meridians
- Weave in Eye Yoga throughout class
- Music themed class: Just acoustic guitar, just female vocalists, bluegrass night, 80s night, r+b night
- Classes based on the elements: fire, water, air, astral
- A class for better sleep
- Weave in Face Yoga throughout class
- A class based on energy shifting (bringing energy down or up)
- Mandala flow where you face all directions of the room
- A practice geared towards a specific group of people: people who deal with certain illnesses, people who struggle with anxiety/depression
- Do a class with live music
- Weave in historical aspects of Yoga
- Weave in scientific aspects of Yoga
- Lead a class of self-inquiry by weaving in meditative questions
- Use aromatherapy throughout class for a sensory experience
- Do a whole sequence then do it backwards
- A class for healthy digestion
- Weave in movements from different practices: Pilates, Tai Chi, Karate, Calisthenics, etc
- Do a class based on a specific piece of nature: like a plant, the moon or sun, etc.
- Dedicate a class to another Yoga teacher by weaving in movements or flows they use (of course giving them credit!)
- Use tarot cards to inspire you
- Do a class based on a specific animal or grouping of animals
- Do a whole class with tennis balls for myofascial release
- D a yoga flow using light hand weights
- Chair yoga
- A practice that encourages non-attachment
- Lead a restorative class with gentle massage
- Do a hike followed by an outdoor Yoga class
- Do a class for a cause (donations go to a certain program or nonprofit)
- Do a Karma Yoga class where you lead a practice followed by a community clean up in your area
- Lead a class at a local brewery or organic grocery store to promote nutrition combined with movement
- Focus on one particular organ in your Yoga class (detox flow, digestion flow, etc)
- Do an ocean themed class: flow like the waves, weave in ocean sounds, do ocean themed poses
- Do a class where the student’s are encouraged to have a beginner’s mind
- Gratitude centered practice
- A practice that encourages non-judgement
- Focus on unifying mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath
- A partner Yoga class for friends or romantic partners
Hope these ideas will help inspire you the next time you are in a slump. If you have any ideas to add, feel free to put them in the comments. The list could certainly go on and on…
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Della Wheeler is a Yoga teacher and business coach helping teachers and studios grow their communities with confidence, authenticity, and abundance. Connect with Della on Facebook here.