Yoga Class Themes

Even though the content of this entire blog is inspiration for themes, below are ideas from other gracious teachers or as they come to mind.

The most important thing when using a theme is to contemplate what it means to you personally. Journal about it, meditate, and even think about it right before you fall asleep. Distil the ideas of the themes into one main core message and everything else will unfold from there.

General Themes 
  • Effort and Surrender 
  • Giving and Receiving 
  • Strength and Softness 
  • Beginner’s Mind 
  • Balance 
  • Luck 
  • Smiles 
  • Miracles 
  • Play 
  • Friendliness 
  • Discipline 
  • Integrity
  • Foundation
Yoga Sutras
  • 1.1 - Atha Yoganusasanum ~ Now begins the practice of yoga…implying “now”at this present moment…and even again 5 minutes from now, when the student falls out of their yoga mind or the quality of the breath starts to suffer. This sutra implies an ongoing fresh start both on and off the mat... 
  • 1.2 Yoga chittavritti nirodhaha – yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind 
  • 1.12 Abhyasa vairagya tannirodaha – happiness is obtained through a strong practice and letting go of the fruits of your practice. 
  • 2.1 Tapas svadyaya ishvarapranidhani kriyayoga – the practice/action of yoga is a disciplined offering to something bigger. 
  • 2.33 - The yoga concept patipaksha bhavanam ~ (changing a negative thought into a positive,changing ones perspective of a situation). This can be applied to how a student views there practice 
  • 2.46 Sthira sukham asanam – your asana or seat should be both steady and comfortable.
Chakras
  1. Muladhara – pelvic floor – earth – instinct, security, survival, potential, food, matter 
  2. Swadisthana – sacrum – water – change, movement, pleasure, emotions, sexuality, desire 
  3. Manipura – navel – fire – power, autonomy, will, energy, technology, self-esteem - twists 
  4. Anahata – heart – air – love, breath, balance, relationship, 
  5. Vishudda – throat – ether – self-expression, sound, vibration, communication, creativity 
  6. Ajna – brow/pineal gland – light – intuition, sight, imagination, vision 
  7. Sahasrara – crown – consciousness – thought, knowing, understanding, transcendence, meditation, universal connection
Koshas

1. Annamaya kosha – earth – physical layer
2. Pranamaya kosha – water – energy layer
3. Manomaya kosha – fire – mind layer
4. Vijanamaya kosha – air – wisdom layer
5. Anandamaya kosha – space – bliss layer

Kleśas (also klesha)

A term from Indian philosophy and yoga, meaning a "poison". The third śloka (also anglicized as shloka or sloka, meaning, 'song', from the root śru, 'hear) of Patañjali's Yoga sūtra explicitly identifies Five Poisons pañcakleśā):

Translated into English, these five (pañca) Kleśa-s or Afflictions (kleśāḥ) are:
  1. ávidyā - Ignorance (in the form of a misapprehension about reality)
  2. Asmitā - egoism (in the form of an erroneous identification of the Self with the intellect)
  3. Rāga - attachment
  4. Dveṣa - aversion
  5. Abhiniveśāḥ - fear of death (which is derived from clinging ignorantly to life)
Yama
  • ahimsa – non-violence
  • satya – benevolent honesty
  • aparigraha – non-hoarding
  • asteya – non-stealing
  • bramacharya – to behave as a student of god
Niyama
  • saucha – cleanliness
  • santosha – contentment
  • tapas – discipline
  • swadyaya – self-study
  • ishvara pranidhana – offering to something bigger
Mudras
  • Jnana
  • Anjali
Hindu Gods and Goddess stories
  • Durga
  • Hanuman - the story of Hanuman remembering his powers – Hanumanasana
  • Shiva Nataraj
  • Ganesha
  • Sarawat
  • Lakshmi
  • Kali
5 Divine Acts of Shiva
  1. Creation
  2. Sustenance
  3. Dissolution
  4. Concealment
  5. Revelation
Opposites
  • Purusha/Prakriti – spirit/matter
  • Concealment and Revelation (Vilaya and Anugraha)
  • Mystery & insight
  • Ignorance and awakening
  • Forgetting and remembering
  • Sthira/Sukha
  • Yin/Yang
  • Embrace/Release
Trinities
  • Icca – Jnana – Kriya = Will, Knowledge, and Action
  • Sarawati – Lakshmi – Kali
  • The Gunas – essential qualities of nature: tamas, rajas, sattva
The Malas
(dust or film on the mirror of consciousness concealing us from our true nature)
  • Anava Mala – unworthiness, sadness, separation from God, lack of meaning
  • Mayiya Mala – competition, anger, jealousy, separation from others
  • Karma Mala – anxiety, fear, the desire to own and to accomplish
Attributes of the Absolute
  • Swatantrya – ultimate freedom
  • Purnatva – fullness
  • Spanda – pulsation
  • Chit – consciousness
  • Ananda – bliss
  • Shri – benevolence/ auspiciousness
Western Philosophy/Psychology
  • Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Flow – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
  • Thriving vs Surviving
  • Use your strengths
5 Elements
  • Earth
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Space/Ether
Bandhas
  • Mula
  • Uddiyana
  • Jalandara
  • Hasta & Pada
Holidays
  • Thanksgiving: Gratitude
  • Valentine’s Day: Love yourself first
  • Easter: I believe in miracles
  • Remembrance Day: Service
  • Diwali, Indian festival of lights: Be the light
  • Guru Purnima: honor the teacher inside & out
  • Equinoxes: Balance
  • Mother’s day: nurture yourself
Other
  • Beauty
  • Nitya Karmas – creating beauty out of the every day. The nitya karmas are the actions that we do every day of our life: eating, sleeping, drinking water, going to the bathroom. They are the eternal actions that we are bound to do
  • Listening
  • Dedication
  • Stillness
  • Prana
  • Sankalpa – Intention
  • TED Talks Courage and Vulnerability – Brene Brown
  • Lotus: beauty from the muck
  • The 3 gunas(3 qualities of mind) ~ tamas,rajas and sattva
  • The place in the middle
  • Practicing to 75% so you never harden & hit the wall. Be careful what you teach yourself
  • The similarities between nature & our yoga practice
  • Our connection to the Divine Mother (Earth) - Bird of Paradise
  • Gravity - Force & Counter Force (Tara Judelle)
The Five Koshas & The Five Kleshas

 

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