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Teaching Yoga Classes – After the Opening of a Fitness Yoga Class – Part 2

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

By Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

We left off while practicing head stands at the end of the opening and now we are going into the middle of a fitness yoga class structured for athletes. Students with pre-existing medical conditions or who are pregnant are strongly encouraged to go to a different class.  To continue on with this point, prenatal Yoga classes, under the guidance of a certified teacher specialist and approved by one’s doctor, are the  safest place for pregnant students to practice. 

Ujjayi pranayama is recommended while going through this next portion of asana practice. We will do a separate pranayama session at the end before meditation. To continue on with inversions is the next step. After the head stands and alternative options have passed, we move to shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana).

Students are advised not to look around in this asana. The compression from the cervical vertebrae to the mat is fine, if the vertebrae are free from disease, but moving the head is not recommended while holding Salamba Sarvangasana.

At this point, I demonstrate the next series of asanas. Then students begin to set up. The next postures are plough, bridge, wheel and fish. Explanations about spinal health, modifications, and this series can be made after I walk around the room, while making observations and adjustments.

Rest in knees to chest pose (Apanasana) for one minute. Roll to the right and transcend to cat pose (Bidalasana), downward dog, forward bend, reverse swan dive, and mountain. From mountain position, we will practice rooting first and progress into a dancing warrior series for four rounds.

The dancing warrior series is as follows: Mountain, extended mountain, swan dive into forward fold, step back lunge, warrior 1, warrior 2, reverse warrior, side angle, reverse warrior, half moon, reverse warrior, warrior 3, lunge, plank, crocodile, cobra, downward dog, extended dog, pigeon, extended dog, downward dog, extended dog, opposite pigeon, extended dog, lunge, warrior 1, warrior 2, reverse warrior, side angle, reverse warrior, half moon, reverse warrior, warrior 3, lunge, step forward into forward fold, reverse swan dive, extended mountain, and finally mountain.

Students are asked to sit for at least three minutes to recharge and relax, while I demonstrate the prone series, which contains cobra, king cobra, bow posture, half locust posture, and locust. After I demonstrate the prone series, students are told to lie on their stomachs for strengthening and stretching the back muscles. We are two thirds of the way through this class and we will cover how to close a class with fitness and Hatha Yoga in mind.

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Sanjeev Patel is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.

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Teaching Yoga Classes – Opening for a Fitness Yoga Class

Monday, July 26th, 2010

about teaching yoga classesBy Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

Yoga teachers may need to teach a variety of class types. Teaching yoga classes is an art form that grows with your experience. Yoga teacher training programs prepare you to teach many different types of people. The following is the beginning of a series of articles. This article gives you an opening for a two hour, fitness oriented, Hatha Yoga Class.

This sequence is just one of many possibilities. It is only for athletes and students in good health with no medical conditions. These students want to push their athletic limits. Hatha Yoga for therapeutic application is wonderful, but my athletic students want a serious challenge and this gives them what they seek.

To begin: Greet students and settle everyone to sit down. Ask for any medical conditions or injuries that you should be aware of even if students all look healthy. Pregnant students should not be in this class at all. Start the Yoga session with the corpse posture Savasna and relax for one minute.

Pranayama: Sit beginners in perfect posture. Intermediate Yoga students can choose any position they can sit in comfortably for a two minute round each of Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, and alternate nostril breathing. Explain to them the benefits and show all of them how to perform these Pranayama techniques.

Begin asana practice with eight rounds of sun salutations (a series of 12 sequences of postures and synchronized breath). Ask students to lie on their backs to regain their breath for a couple of minutes while doing a series of abdominal strengthening exercises. The abdominal strengthening exercises will continue for twenty minutes.

Start with the boat pose, alternate leg raises, next the double leg raises, hamstring stretches, crunches, cross crunches and a variety of leg raises. Come to all fours and perform cat crunches while kneeling on all fours. Show all students the dolphin, extended dolphin, and how to perform these asanas. Observe and assist them, while they work on dolphin poses.  Work on dolphin variations for ten minutes.

Show students how to go into the headstand. Also, they learn how to measure and a step by step guide to going into this posture by watching first. Everybody is different and not everybody has enough strength to go into head stand straight away. I help students if they need my assistance. There is the option to carry on doing the dolphin, plank, or dolphin plank.

That’s it for now. My next article will discuss the Yoga lesson plan after this opening. This opening alone followed by meditation will make for a challenging Hatha Yoga practice. Please make sure your health is perfect before practicing head stands.

© Copyright 2010 – Sanjeev Patel / Aura Publications

Sanjeev Patel is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.

See our testimonials to find out what our graduates have to say about our selection of affordable hatha yoga instructor training intensive programs.

If you are a teacher, yoga school manager, blogger, e-zine, or website publisher, and are in need of quality content, please feel free to use my blog entries (articles). Please be sure to reprint each article, as is, including the resource box above. Namaste!

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