Episode: 130

3 Yoga Sequencing Principles for Teaching Beginners

As the owner of Aham Yoga Studio for 10 years, I have honestly been testing, trying, and failing many times and coming up with a blueprint that now we put on repeat that helps us to move the students in a way where they relate to yoga, they feel successful, and they come back to continue investing in themselves and in their journey with yoga. So I have taken these 10 years of my work and have condensed and packed it into a 30-hour online Teaching Yoga To Beginners Course that is built specifically for you.

As a yoga & asana teacher, I see the tremendous need for high-quality asana teachers who aren’t just good with yoga sequencing but can actually contextualize and lay a rock-solid foundation for yoga. This has been my primary motivator throughout my career to showcase the best of yoga to my students no matter what stage they’re in.

I define a good yoga teacher as one who aims to transform a beginner student into a lifelong practitioner of yoga, and perhaps, even a lifelong yoga student. It’s one thing to “influence” people with your yoga, but it’s a completely different thing to create a real impact as a yoga teacher. It’s what makes it necessary, and even our responsibility, that our asana classes are really high quality, thorough, and relatable.

Beginners, specifically, will need to start with asana. Niching down too quickly in your yoga journey might cause setbacks in the long run because yoga is meant to be done, learned, and lived in a certain sequential order. Unfortunately, this is a problem we face in the modern yoga landscape. Teachers would often skip the first steps and jump to what they deemed best would sell to their students based on the popularity index, discounting their student’s best interest.

And while there are many aspects to teaching beginners—which we’ll explore in-depth in the Teaching Yoga to Beginners course—in today’s episode, I want to focus on discussing the yoga sequencing principles for beginners. Yoga sequencing principles largely being asana-oriented.

I’m giving you three, out of nine, proven yoga sequencing principles that I have used for beginner’s asana classes for a decade successfully.

The training starts on November 7th, 2023, and enrollments open on October 15th, 2023. It’s completely online. It is built for yoga teachers who want to get better teaching, especially a beginner. How you learn matters to me so I’ve done my best to make it as effective as possible.

On October 16th, I’m hosting an information session at 8:30 AM Pacific Time to give you a preview of the content and walk you through the content library where you can also ask your questions.

I hope to see you on November 7th in the Teaching Yoga to Beginners Course. Enjoy this episode.

Yoga Sequencing Principles Episode Highlights:

  • Sequencing principle #1: Lay the roadmap
  • Sequencing principle #2: Start and end positions matter
  • What positions to avoid
  • Sequencing principle #3: Know your what-if moments

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