Master Class: How to Replan Your Class on the Fly

Yoga Journal’s new Master Class program brings you the wisdom of nine world-renowned teachers through a new online workshop and live lesson every six weeks. In Colleen Saidman Yee’s workshop, Yoga for Emotional Balance, you’ll discover effective movement, restorative, and breathing practices for various states of mind. This isn’t about “hacking” your mood; you’ll learn enduring tools to dive underneath stress, anxiety, sadness, pressure, feelings of inadequacy, and more—so you can always find and reveal the true you. Sign up today. 

So you worked on planning a powerful, vinyasa-packed sequence all day, only to get to the studio in a downpour and observe sluggish students who will not be having a Chaturanga, namaste very much. Congratulations, it is your opportunity to unlock an advanced yoga teacher achievement: Tweaking your class on the fly to complement the collective emotional state of the room. External conditions (such as weather, time of day, political climate) all have a way of seeping onto the mat. Here, Colleen Saidman Yee offers a tip to help you stay flexible and edit your practice right then and there.