Undoubtedly, you’ve been touched by yoga. Something about the practice keeps you coming back to your mat day after day.
It started in your physical body. You began by noticing a difference in mobility and flexibility. Perhaps you also gained more strength and muscle definition.
These positive changes drove you to continue to test the boundaries of your physical form on your mat.
Then like magic, over time yoga seeped through to your mental body. The opening you began to feel in your body transcended to your mind.
This mental openness helped you move throughout your days with more peace and clarity… more grace with every step.
To reach these heightened states of awareness, you sought out the instructors who took you to those places with ease. The ones who were able to deliver a thought-provoking theme for you to ponder during and well after the class ended.
As yoga instructors, we all wish to be that teacher who has made a significant impact on our students. The one who is able to deliver a theme so eloquently, it reaches the masses and infects them with learning and discovery. The one who keeps the students coming back for more.
Choosing a theme should be the heart of building a yoga sequence. It is arguably the most difficult element of guiding a yoga class.
I’ve provided 25 theme ideas for you to choose from below. Then, read how to apply a theme to a yoga class.
Get started by choosing one of the 25 themes below to incorporate into your next class. Consider what it means to you and how you can tie in your own life experience. Be vulnerable. Vulnerability helps connect you more deeply to your students.
- Letting Go
- Heart Centered / Love
- Beginner’s Mind
- Benefits of stillness
- Quieting the mind
- Devotion to something else
- Creating Space
- Duality / Light & Dark
- Cultivating Peace
- Working with Resistance
Next week we’ll dive deeper in learning HOW-TO deliver these in your classes. For now, ponder what each theme means to you, and what life experience you have to offer up to accompany the theme.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a go-to theme or topic you’d like to add?