I typically put so much pressure on myself when planning my yoga classes. I want the sequence to be original, transitions to be stellar, and I don’t want to repeat anything I have ever taught before.
So while I am trying to constantly re-create the wheel, I get all tangled up in my mind. I think whatever I come up with is not good enough, and it has to be better, fancier, and more interesting.
Clearly, a sensible and safe sequence is incredibly important, but I am also realizing planning doesn’t have to be such an internal struggle. When sharing this angst with a fellow yoga teacher, she shared this nugget, “Just get them into triangle pose and they are bound to feel better than when they walked into class.”
The geometry of the shape is sacred and it just feels so good to be there and breathe. The magic is within the structure of the asanas, and they already exist and are waiting to be experienced.
This takes the pressure off. I don’t resist planning when I remember it’s not about me and the mind blowing sequences I have to create. It’s about offering students the space to experience their practice and receive whatever nuggets are waiting for them.