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Create yoga class themes with yoga philosophy, inspirational quotes, and simple concepts that inspire and motivate students.
New yoga teachers are often taught the poses but not themes or phrases that will make students come back and seasoned instructors often want a fresh approach or new theme to explore. Experienced yoga instructors Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato give yoga teachers tools to find a genuine voice and tap into innate wisdom; offer ready-made, detailed themes to use in classes or home practice; and provide guidance and useful, flexible templates for building a toolkit of authentic themes for future use. The workbook begins with a section on voice, authenticity, emulation, phrasing, practice, repetition, and finding inspiration. While offering guidance for new or experienced teachers so that they feel confident speaking from a place of authority and offering their students memorable themes, the authors explore what it means to be authentic and how teachers can approach authenticity without feeling overly exposed or turning their yoga classes into a therapy session. The second section of the book contains 54 complete themes in template form, so instructors can easily use them in a class. These themes are broken down in chapters such as: yoga philosophy, seasonal themes, meditations, quotes, and spiritual ideas and stories from other traditions that translate well to yoga. Each theme is explored in a way that allows teachers to add their own voice, take, and spin. The final section of the book includes gentle advice and prompts with 54 blank templates, so instructors can create their own themes. With a unique angle and a practical feel, this workbook will appeal to yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and at-home practitioners who are moving to the next level.
“So pleased to see the beautiful work from Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato in Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. This book is designed to support teachers in finding their voice and expressing their innate wisdom—what a worthy effort! It’s a wonderful resource!”
—Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat
“An absolutely essential read for all yoga teachers.”
—Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body
“As a yoga student of over forty years, I’ve taken classes from a wide variety of teachers, and a well-planned class is a thing of beauty. In Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato go deeply into what makes not only a great class but also what makes a fulfilling practice. This is a book that both teachers and students of yoga will love for its insight and clarity.”
—Barbara Hamby, author of On the Street of Divine Love and Bird Odyssey
“Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, you’ll be inspired and feel supported by Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. This extremely comprehensive book will help you find your authentic voice, integrate impactful and memorable themes, and truly share the deeper dimensions of yoga. With great expertise, wisdom, and friendship, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato walk you through sample themes and creative exercises that will bring your teaching, as well as your students’ practice, to the next level.”
—Jillian Pransky, author of Deep Listening: A Healing Practice to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart