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Creating a Theme-Centered Class

Discover how using themes can turn your yoga classes from mundane to memorable.

By Sara Avant Stover

Lastly, make refinements. Experiment with vocabulary, pacing and the volume and inflection of your voice. Then test it out! Most likely, you will delight in the results. "Themes have only brought more focus to my classes, creating a more profound experience for my students," shares Manchester. "They are a wonderful way to allow them to reflect inside and see themselves more fully."

Sara Avant Stover is a yoga instructor and freelance writer who divides her time between Chiang Mai, Thailand and New England. Visit her Web site,

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I think yoga is so good for the body! My wife is way into it. She actually went to some teachers development fall courses in new york to become a yoga instructor. Do you think she will be able to make a little money doing this?


still in training... BUT definitely keeping those two themes in mind they are great.


I have used them on occasion. Mostly with my advanced groups. One of my favorite places to find inspiration is from "meditations from the mat"
a book by Rolf Gates. check out * The posture never ends * on page 46! Another favorite is on page 16 * Do everything with a mind that has let go* . My favorite ending of any of these meditations is @ the very end of this paragraph:
So I encourage you: get into that canoe ride and ride with the river. Commit and don't look back before your body can open, it must first let go: the clenched and guarded muscles must relax. But the Mind must let go first...

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