- In many ways a good yoga workshop is very similar to a thematic yoga class.
- Generally a workshop is 2 ½ to 3 hours long.
- The workshop should have a clear theme, which should be stated in the name of the workshop.
- Often the goal of a workshop is to educate the students in some way on the chosen topic.
- It is useful to have an assistant to help give hands on adjustments during the workshop.
- If it is relevant there might be a hand-out to accompany your workshop so your students have something to take home.
- A good workshop will start with a short introduction to your topic.
- This could be followed by Chanting and/or Pranayama.
- As in a thematic class, the workshop will probably be working towards a few peak poses, so the warm–up part of the class will reflect the peak poses you are working towards and will warm up the body intelligently in preparation for those poses or sequences.
- As you progress through the workshop make sure you weave in the theme and return to it often.
- A good inclusion for a workshop is to have a section somewhere close to the middle where you offer some partner work. This will add an interesting and interactive element to the workshop.
- Take some time to explore and educate in more detail than you would in a regular class.
- Take some time to verbally wrap up the workshop before going into savasana….recapping what you have covered in the workshop.
- During Savasana try to tie in the theme in your guided relaxation script.
- Have a quote that is relevant to your theme.
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel
Director of Suryalila Retreat Centre and Frog Lotus Yoga International,
Yoga Teacher Trainings.
This article was first published in The Om Yoga magazine.