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How to setup weekly Yoga studio program and lesson plan

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

For both the instructor and the students, creating a weekly yoga studio program and lesson plan may be a great and enjoyable experience. Having a well-thought-out strategy for your sessions is crucial, whether you are a new Yoga instructor or have been teaching for some time. The effectiveness, safety, and enjoyment of your classes for your students will be improved as a result.

Yoga woman training  - Cobra pose

Are you starting yoga from beginning? Or you are teaching Yoga to pro’s?

Before you start creating your weekly yoga studio program, it's crucial to take into account a few vital variables. Consider your students' experience and skill level first. Are they beginners, mid-level, or suited? This will enable you to choose the right level of challenge for your lessons. Next, think about your students' goals. Do they wish to increase their balance, strength, or flexibility? Do they want to improve their general health or reduce their stress? You can modify your classes to better suit your students' needs if you are aware of their goals. Finally, will you be teaching the lesson in person or will it be delivered virtually? Additional factors to take into account when creating online yoga video classes could include not being able to monitor and correct students' poses, as well as not being able to get feedback from your students.

Woman in Yoga pose very complicated

Yoga Nidra script? Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, etc or breathing exercises??

After giving these factors some thought, you can start planning your weekly yoga class schedule. A typical program might include many yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin. To develop a well-rounded practice, you can also include additional components like meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques). It's crucial to remember to incorporate a warm-up at the start of each class when organizing your lessons. To assist the body get ready for the more difficult poses that will follow later in the class, this could be a series of easy stretches or motions. Basic breathing exercises should be incorporated into the warm-up because they can help to quiet the mind and focus.

The major part of the session, which usually consists of a sequence of Yoga positions, can be started after the warm-up. It's crucial to choose a variety of poses for your class that will both engage and challenge the students while being appropriate for their skill level. Depending on the skills of your students, you can also add adjustments and alterations to make the poses more or less difficult. It is crucial to give each posture explicit directions as you move through the class, as well as to offer hands-on corrections and alterations as necessary. This will make sure that your students are engaging in safe and efficient pose practice.

Woman in Yoga pose sitting on the floor to the left

Building yoga sequence

Every yoga class must have a lesson plan. It gives the class structure and makes sure the teacher stays on task and covers all the necessary content. Think about the following components when creating a lesson plan:

  • The goal of the class: what do you want students to achieve by the end of the class? This could be a physical goal, such as increasing flexibility, or a mental goal, such as reducing stress.

  • The structure of the class: how will you divide the class into segments, and what will each segment focus on? For example, a typical class may include a warm-up, a series of poses, a relaxation period, and a final meditation.

  • The poses: which poses will you include in

To develop a yoga lesson plan, follow these steps:

1. Identify your students needs and goals. This will help you tailor the lesson plan to their abilities and interests. 2. Choose a theme for the lesson. This could be a specific yoga pose or sequence, a focus on a particular aspect of yoga (such as breathwork or meditation), or a combination of these. 3. Create a sequence of poses that align with the theme and the needs of your students. Consider the difficulty level of the poses and the order in which they will be performed.

4. Incorporate breathing exercises and meditation into the lesson plan. These can help your students relax and focus, and leave them with great exercise experience for coming again.

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Weekly scripts example (Including Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga)

Here is a sample weekly yoga studio program and lesson plan: Monday: Beginner's Hatha Yoga

  • 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation

  • 20-30 minutes of sun salutations

  • 20-30 minutes of standing poses, such as Warrior I and II

  • 10-15 minutes of seated poses, such as seated forward bend

  • 10-15 minutes of supine poses, such as corpse pose

  • 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation

Wednesday: Intermediate Vinyasa Yoga

  • 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation

  • 20-30 minutes of sun salutations with variations

  • 20-30 minutes of standing poses, such as Triangle and Half Moon

  • 10-15 minutes of seated poses, such as Bound Angle and Pigeon

  • 10-15 minutes of inversions, such as Downward-Facing Dog and Shoulder Stand

  • 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation

Friday: Advanced Ashtanga Yoga

  • 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation

  • 30-40 minutes of Ashtanga Primary Series

  • 10-15 minutes of seated poses, such as Head-to-Knee Forward Bend and Lotus

  • 10-15 minutes of inversions, such as Handstand and Forearm Stand

  • 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and relaxation

Note that this is just a sample program and lesson plan, and can be adjusted to suit the needs and abilities of your students. It's important to tailor your classes to your students and ensure they are safe and comfortable while practicing yoga.

Last but not least, managing your studio's weekly schedule can be very challenging. To stay organized, and get your classes fully booked it's important to keep track of your class schedule and the availability of your instructors and staff members for personal sessions. With Simply Studio, you'll have complete visibility of your entire schedule, making even the most complex schedule modification simple and straightforward!

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