Feel pressured to make your classes new and exciting? More complex? More demanding? Today hosts Tiffany and Rachel offer tips for yoga teachers who are ready to work smarter, not harder, when crafting class sequences.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of starting with a clear focal point and a base class template, and the benefits of reusing past sequences. We also discuss the two parts of the creative process and what to do when you are sapped of inspiration.
Listen in to learn how to save time and energy with a simple and systematic sequencing process that brings your ideas to life.
“Never underestimate the power of creating a quality in the body that having a focal point allows you to do.” – Tiffany Cruikshank
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“I will teach from the same sequence…multiple times and as I am teaching it to different people it is almost refining itself because I am looking around the room and…continuing to tweak it as I go.” – Rachel Land
- Pressure to craft the “perfect” sequence for every class [1:10]
- Tip 1: Start with a clear focal point or intention [4:30]
- Thoughts on Peak Pose sequencing [15:40]
- Tip 2: Plan your classes, but hold your plan loosely [17:43]
- Thoughts on building a curriculum over time [21:10]
- Tip 3: Use a base class template [24:23]
- Leaving space in your sequence [27:05]
- Tip 4: Use a systematic sequencing process [32:17]
- Tip 5: Keep and reuse your sequences [38:23]
- Fear our focal point won’t be relevant to every student [42:36]
- How we record sequences and ideas [48:44]
- Working with the two phases of the creative process [53:40]
- Sources of inspiration when you’re out of ideas [55:32]
- Learning to sequence versus using a set sequence [1:01:41]
- Key takeaways, being of service [1:05:44]
- Upcoming Yoga Medicine Sequencing Teacher Training [1:08:55]
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“The sweet spot as a teacher is that spot where my students are engaged and interested, but I am also feeling fed by the process and not being depleted by the end of classes, which is where we can end up when we are constantly feeling like we have to plan a great sequence.” – Tiffany Cruikshank