Chapter 1. Beginning Lessons
Chapter 2. Breathing Practices
Chapter 3. Asana
Chapter 4. Salutations in Motion
Chapter 5. Prana
Chapter 6. Pranayama
Chapter 7. Motivation
Chapter 8. Yamas
Chapter 9. Niyamas
Chapter 10. Chakras
Chapter 11. Mindfulness
Chapter 12. Lessons of the Heart Center
Chapter 13. Emotions
Chapter 14. Workshops
Chapter 15. Yoga for Special Populations
Chapter 16. Practices for Home and Office
Chapter 17. Guided Relaxation
The benefits of yoga are valuable to people of all ages and all fitness levels. Yoga teachers have a responsibility to keep classes fresh and challenging to help students discover their unlimited potential available. Serious yoga students have a personal responsibility to learn the principles of yoga in order to lead a more fulfilling, meaningful life.
Motivational Yoga simplifies that task with 100 easy-to-follow lesson plans that vary in length. The lessons progress from basic yoga asana and pranayama lessons for beginning students to more advanced material such as mindfulness and meditation.
Fully customizable to meet individual student needs, these ready-to-use lessons will save you valuable preparation time. Choose from beginning lessons focusing on body and breath awareness, basic postures, and breathing, or select more advanced instruction on the yamas and niyamas, guided relaxation, the heart center, the chakras, emotions, and mindfulness. You’ll also find lessons for kids, older adults, athletes, and pregnant women to ensure you are equipped to serve all populations.
Most of the lesson plans offer a written script for use in class, or as a guide for student home practice purposes. For beginning teachers, these scripts provide a helpful structure and set the stage for mindful yoga instruction. Veteran teachers may use these lessons and scripts as a creative departure point for expanding on one of the eight limbs of raja yoga or designing a tailored focus for the day’s practice. Motivational Yoga is a starting point for bringing yoga’s abundant teachings into the daily lives of teachers and students alike. For ease of planning and organization, each lesson follows a five-part outline:
• The intention provides the focus for the day's yoga class.
• The lesson (script) embodies the essence of the day's teaching.
• The Asanas for Deepening section illustrates the lesson through body stretch, movement, and sensation.
• The Motivation Off the Mat section presents suggestions, homework assignments, and reminders for practicing the yoga teachings outside of the classroom.
• Teacher Tips and Wise Words offer advice for fine-tuning sequences and proverbs that convey a specific thought or feeling for the lesson.
In addition, five full-length workshop lesson plans help you expand your teaching beyond a traditional class to offer focused workshops to your students on these popular topics: Spring Cleaning Yoga Detox, The Joy of Backbends, Yoga for Absolute Beginners, Introduction to Meditation, and Transformational Breath.
With each lesson, Motivational Yoga demonstrates how the strength, balance, and stretching of the physical practice can inspire a healthy, complete, and joyous existence on and off the mat.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Motivational Yoga Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of Motivational Yoga With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.
Reference for yoga teachers, advanced yoga students, and fitness professionals.