10 Tips for Teaching a Kick-Ass Vinyasa Class

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Whether you are a newly certified vinyasa yoga teacher or a veteran yoga teacher, you can always become a better teacher. It is true that the best teachers are those who remain students and continue to connect with the spiritual lineage. There is no “right” way to teach a vinyasa yoga class. Every teacher has their own style and interacts with students in unique ways. Yoga teachers can even change and adjust their teaching style over time as they become more comfortable with their voices.

A yoga teacher must be willing to step off this imaginary pedestal and utter the phrase “I don’t know” on a regular basis. Good Jon Bergman

However, there are definitely some fundamentals that all vinyasa yoga classes should have in common, and some similarities between the best vinyasa yoga teachers. Below we discuss some of the basics behind Vinyasa Yoga and how to teach a great Vinyasa Yoga class.

What is Tandem Yoga?

What is Tandem Yoga

Although every vinyasa yoga session is different, there are some basic qualities that all vinyasa sessions should share. First, vinyasa refers to the flowing yoga practice guided by the breath. Vinyasa directly means “put in a special way” in Sanskrit. However, Western yogis tend to refer to Vinyasa as “flow yoga”. Vinyasa Yoga is an umbrella term for certain types of yoga, such as Ashtanga Yoga or Power Yoga, both of which use breath to connect flowing sequences.

In addition to the general fluidity of the course, “vinyasa” also refers to the specific sequence of flow inherent in all vinyasa courses. Vinyasa is the transition from plank to chatturanga to up dog to down dog, usually during sun salutation or in between poses. Use vinyasa to make vinyasa sessions energizing, energizing, and sometimes even cardio.

If you look at the history of vinyasa yoga, it goes back to the hatha yoga system. As early as 200 BC. Patanjali wrote his Yoga Sutras in which he consolidated the eight limbs of yoga and the concept that yoga postures (asanas) should be associated with the breath. Over the centuries, this style of yoga has changed and evolved, incorporating more movement and incorporating the vinyasa style recognized by modern yogis.

Teaching Tandem Yoga

Teaching Tandem Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is a particularly popular style of yoga, especially in the West. However, this certainly presents some challenges to teaching high-quality Vinyasa classes. Flow yoga, for example, is physically demanding, so many gyms offer it. Because of this environment, vinyasa yoga classes can attract many students who are unaware of yoga’s deep spiritual traditions and just come to class and want to get a good workout. Balancing each student’s personality and goals while maintaining the integrity of centuries-old spiritual traditions can be a challenge for both novice and experienced Vinyasa yoga teachers. Here are ten tips for yoga teachers who want to teach the best vinyasa yoga classes possible.

Includes grounding, warm-up, main sequence, strengthening poses and Savasana

Includes grounding, warm-up, main sequence, strengthening poses and Savasana

Organizing a good vinyasa yoga class is often the biggest challenge for new teachers. Arranging a really great yoga class (the kind where students leave thankful and looking really happy) is a skill. However, this skill can be honed and honed by following a few basic steps. Any good vinyasa yoga class should follow this basic structure:


This will focus and calm the student’s energy before the entire sequence begins. It can contain poses like child poses, simple poses, mountain poses, etc.

warm up:

About one-quarter to one-third of the class should have a warm-up. Typically, in vinyasa classes, sun salutation is used to warm up the major muscle groups.

main plot:

The main sequence forms the middle part of the class and should consist of a series of poses on both sides of the body, usually repeated at least once. Good flow has a specific goal (e.g. detox, open hips, open chakras, etc.).

Recovery pose:

After the main sequence, it’s important to cool down physically and mentally with restorative poses. These poses usually appear on the mat and are held for a long time, such as B. bondage angle pose, shoulder stand, wheel pose, etc.

Corpse Pose (Savasana):

Every vinyasa yoga class traditionally ends in corpse pose, where the student lies flat on his back. This can last from a minute to 15 minutes or more, depending on the total length of the lesson.

Arranging a great vinyasa yoga class is truly a work of art. It includes careful planning and building poses that work well together and create a cohesive class, as well as the ability to adapt intuitively to the needs of students.

track time

track time

Every yoga teacher and student has probably had the experience of someone being late and barging into class and disrupting the energy in the room. If teachers expect students to arrive on time, they must also respect students’ time at recess. It is very important that a yoga teacher completes a class on time. This sends a message to the students that the teacher respects and respects them. In order to meet deadlines, yoga teachers must track time throughout the class and make sure the correct time is given for each step of the class sequence. For example, if you rush through a restorative pose or savasana because you only have five minutes left in class, students will leave the class feeling shaky and over-excited. To keep track of time, yoga

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