September 16, 2012

Sequencing Yoga Classes—Keys to Building a Better Class.

Note: the author received this book for free, in return for a guarantee that she would review said offering.  That said, we say what we want—good and bad, happy and sad. ~ ed.

One major way we express our voice and perspective as yoga teachers is through the way we sequence our classes.

Unless you teach in a tradition with a set series, sequencing can be a challenge, and somewhat daunting, even for seasoned teachers. A well sequenced class can be one of the key reasons why your students will return time and time again. I recently had the chance to speak with my teacher here in Santa Cruz, Mark Stephens about his new book on sequencing, and come of the challenges we face as teachers.

Stephens’ new book, Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes, dives deeply into the art of sequencing. Stephens covers everything from philosophies and principles of sequencing, to structure, flows, and ways to design unique classes that make sense.

Yoga Sequencing is geared toward the vinyasa flow yoga teacher, but has a great deal to offer for teachers in other traditions and styles. This is a great resource for full yoga sequences as well: it contains over 60 sequences, and covers flows for different aims, including flows for seniors and pregnancy.


In this audio interview we discuss some of the larger “mistakes” new teachers make, a few key ways we can make our classes more dynamic and more effective, while still maintain our voice as yoga teachers.


Listen to our interview below:



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