25 Yoga Class Theme Ideas (to inspire your teaching)

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.

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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 yoga themes so eloquently, it reaches the masses and infects them with learning and discovery. The one who keeps the students coming back for more.

Choosing yoga class themes 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.


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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.

After covering these general themes, we’ll also share some more niche ideas such as class things for Spring, themes for holidays, etc.

25 Yoga Class Themes

  1. Letting Go
  2. Heart Centered / Love
  3. Gratitude
  4. Beginner’s Mind
  5. Non-Attachment
  6. Non-Judgment
  7. Alignment
  8. Unity
  9. Breath
  10. Benefits of stillness
  11. Quieting the mind
  12. Devotion to something else
  13. Surrender
  14. Creating Space
  15. Expansion
  16. Exploration
  17. Duality / Light & Dark
  18. Self-discovery/study
  19. Refinement
  20. Reflection
  21. Cultivating Peace
  22. Grounding
  23. Energizing
  24. Opening
  25. Working with Resistance


Alright lets jump into some more “niche” theme ideas for your next yoga class!

Spring yoga themes:

  • Spring cleaning detox class
  • Focus on mindful transitions between poses

Autumn yoga themes:

  • Letting go – releasing your carefree summer attitude in favor of grounding
  • Focus inward to prepare for winter
  • Balancing Vata theme (Autumn is a season dominated by Vata energy)

Winter yoga themes:

  • Worship the sun – focus on asana/pranayama that builds heat in the body
  • Winter solstice class – shortest day of the year


Yoga themes for Summer:

  • Cool down your Pita – prevent burnout of summer chaos with self care and cooling
  • Summer solstice class – worship the sun on the longest day of the year

Christmas themed yoga class:

  • Gratitude – instead of “getting gifts,” focus on feeling gratitude for what you have
  • Digestion, Detox, and Deep core – counteract unhealthy holiday lifestyle
  • Heart opening to counteract the hunched over body position cold weather puts us in

Now that you have some good yoga theme ideas, it’s time to learn how to build a yoga class that incorporates the themes!

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About Anne

Anne is a passionate yogi who loves to be active outdoors. When she's not traveling to destinations near the equator to practice yoga and eat tropical fruit, you can find her in the kitchen cooking up nourishing meals with her partner, Brandon. A music junkie at heart, she is currently spinning: Tor, Hiatus, Friend. and Giyo.

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