Prospective yoga teachers are required to take anatomy courses before they can become certified. A basic understanding of anatomy helps yoga teachers to work with students with injuries, and to prevent injuries while teaching yoga classes.
Even though the first two earlier sessions were filled with physical exercise, we cannot forget that we are Hatha Yoga teachers. The entire class is the full Yogic experience for the students.
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).
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.
As the years go by, after our first Yoga teacher training, we begin to form our own method of teaching. Some Yoga teachers have beautiful openings to their classes, while others may forget the importance of opening, centering, intention, warm ups and pranayama.