how to become a yoga teacherBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Do you always design a lesson plan before teaching Yoga classes, or do you mentally group segments, of your next class, before teaching them? Regardless of which method you choose, it seems that every Hatha Yoga teacher wishes that he or she could have inserted five more techniques in the class.

The challenge is to design a class that is well-rounded and fits into a finite amount of time. For example – if you teach classes in a fitness center, the management may require that your class last only one hour before the next class uses the same studio space. This puts you on a strict schedule and may require more planning than if you had to teach a 90 minute class.

Yoga teachers are like everyone else; we need to prepare for the upcoming day and it requires a bit of scheduling. One of the easiest ways to get the most accomplished in a day is to have a “to do” list. Within those daily tasks, we have sub-tasks, such as designing the lesson plan for our next Yoga class.

An easy way to design a lesson plan is to take a more broad view of the class, rather than writing down each technique. Hatha Yoga classes tend to be made up of centering, warm-ups, pranayama, asanas, meditation, and/or relaxation. We change the dynamic of our classes in order to maintain the interest of our students. By keeping classes fresh, we do not feel stale and our students look forward to coming to Yoga training sessions.

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