3 Cheats for Crafting Yoga Sequences When You Just Can’t
As a yoga teacher, I’m sure you’ve figured out that there are many ways to develop the sequences for your yoga classes. But here’s the thing: all of the ways require effort.
And let’s be real, sometimes you just don’t have the time/energy/creative gumption to develop your class for Tuesday night. So how do you do it? How do you create a sequence when you just don’t feel like you can? To help you out, I’m sharing a ‘cheats’ to help you whip out a lesson plan with MINIMAL EFFORT.
Here are my three tips for finding inspiration to create great yoga sequences:
1) Take a Class
Subscribe to an online yoga platform like Gaia, or Oneoeight and take a class. Keep a journal nearby while you practice to write down the sequence and things you liked. You can always pause the class to do this. Then use the class to inspire your teachings for the day or week. Copy a few of the sequences in your class, try out a few of the cues the instructor used, borrow their idea for a theme. You can credit the instructor in the classes you’re teaching if you’re stealing the ENTIRE sequence but keep in mind that yoga has been around for hundreds of years so very few ideas/sequences are actually original and need to be credited.
2) Teach a Ladder Flow
A ladder flow is a style of class where you add one posture per sequence. For example, if you’re teaching a vinyasa flow class, the first flow could have Warrior One, then the next flow you could have Warrior One followed by Extended Side Angle, then the next flow might have Warrior One, Side Angle, then Goddess Pose, etc. You can teach a ladder flow for an entire hour and only have to incorporate 10 poses. The repetition can help students get deeper into their postures and is easy to remember as an instructor!
3) Be Spontaneous
At the beginning of your class, ask your students what they want. Yes, this means showing up to your class without a plan so this might not suit those of you who can’t fly by the seat of your stretchy pants. But allowing your students to provide requests shows them that you care about what they want. I’ll often ask for students to make requests at the beginning of my class and close the request line after I get three. I simply can’t remember more than three! And if when I ask for requests nobody says a word, I’ll offer up suggestions like hip stretching, shoulder opening, or a cozy inward-focussed fall practice. If you’re using this method of getting ideas for your class, be sure not to do this too often as your students will catch on and think you’re never prepared, or lazy, or unorganized. But once in a while, using your students to inspire your classes is golden.
Happy sequencing everyone and don’t be afraid to hit the ‘easy’ button once in a while. There is no shame in finding help for yoga class inspiration. You are a yoga-teaching god/goddess and sometimes taking the work out of class planning will give you the time you need to fill your own cup.
Speaking of hitting the EASY BUTTON, I share a fresh done-for-you yoga sequence every month in our Yoga Business Academy. It includes a theme, quote and downloadable cheat sheet with the whole flow laid out in a diagram. Want access? Become a YTP Yoga Business Academy member – the sequences are just one of the many benefits of investing in your career development.