Last week, Alexandra and I turned in the manuscript for our second coauthored book, Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses: A Practical Workbook for Integrating Themes, Ideas, and Inspiration into Your Class. (Preorder it on Amazon here!)
We designed this book for yoga teachers of every style, background, and level of experience; it would also be of interest to yoga practitioners who want to add depth to a home practice. In part 1, we discuss finding your authentic voice, how students learn, and ways to stay fresh and engaged through the years. In part 2, we offer 54 class theme templates, starting with concepts from yoga philosophy and expanding into more general themes, including some fun quotes and mantras. Each template has some analysis of the theme, suggested readings, and cues for things to say before, during, and at the end of each class. Part 3 then invites you to complete more templates of your own—do another 54 and you’ll have 108, enough to keep your teaching fresh and your students inspired for years to come.
It was a joy cowriting with Alexandra, just as it was to work with her on Lifelong Yoga. Some extra fun came from our never knowing just who wrote what parts, and in the project of working on teacher development, which Alexandra does beautifully with Whole Mama Yoga’s 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and which I enjoy so much in the Carolina Yoga 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings and in the online courses at Sage Yoga Teacher Training.
Whether you’ve gone through a training with me, are starting one of your own as a teacher or a student, or are just beginning to consider whether you would like to become a yoga teacher, I hope this book will provide you with hundreds of ideas to help you serve your students better. Preorder it today on Amazon to get the guaranteed best price—it’ll be out next spring.