Sequencing is an important aspect of yoga class and quality of a refined yoga teacher is one who can sequence his classes correctly and in accordance to the students in the class. Novice teachers often face the challenge of sequencing the classes properly and having a theme for their classes. Although there are no set rules to teach your students and a best class is one that acknowledges the type & level of the students, offering them the most suited postures is a sign of a good class. Here are some sequencing rules you might want to consider, before to sequence a class:
An Intricate Beginning
Unlike your fellow mates in the yoga teacher training classes, who you taught as your sample class, the real life students might be beginners or not understand yoga at all. In such cases, when we start the class with a detailed alignment pose, or a bit of talking on hip joints or abductors becomes a challenge for them. Therefore, it is best to start your class with an easy warm up and allow the students to move in their space dynamically. Poses that are easy, requires minimum talking and are safer in comparison to others, should be taken up.
While considering seated postures right at the beginning of the class might be an easy transition from the mantra chanting done at the start, a seated forward bend requires open hips, thighs and also spinal alignment. Initially a student might be tight in the hips, or have lesser flexibility in comparison to the middle or end of the class. So instead of adding seated forward bends in the beginning, you can out seated forward bends towards the end of the class.
Lack of Stretching
Stretching through poses based on which part of the body you are taking up on a particular day is very important. For instance, if you are doing backbend classes, instead just going into a backbend, an ideal way to open the back is to open the hips. Hips or pelvic region is important in any back asanas. Incorporate poses like frog pose, pigeon pose, splits, dancer’s pose or warrior pose, so that space is created in the hips and back can move freely.
Back and Forward Bends
The counter poses are often practice one after the other so as to balance the body and while Paschimottasana is followed by Purvauttansa even in the series of Ashtanga Yoga, some other back bend when immediately followed after the forward bends or vice-a-versa can be unhealthy. For example hugging the knees immediately after Dhanursana can lead to back spasms for many. It is better you put the students in a more neutral position that immediately asking them for the counter pose.
We suggest you to incorporate these rules for the next class you sequence so that a healthy yoga practice can be evolved.