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Asana II 
EY Asana II, Elements & Environment of a Yog Class Lesson

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Ecstatic Yoga Teacher Training

EY Asana II, Environment and Elements of a Class

Each yoga practice is a journey within… to the inner being. Yoga is an act of self-love, a moving meditation that connects you deeper to your body, allows your mind to become more still and invites your heart and soul to transform your life. With an inviting and clean environment, flowing sequencing and appropriate pacing you teach a powerful yoga class and assist students to have a deepening experience of connecting within.



There are many aspects of creating a positive, safe, and inviting environment for your yoga class. We will dive into simple ways to create a space for your yoga students to feel fully supported, wanting to keep coming back to your space to practice yoga.



It is important to have a visually pleasing space that provides a sense of spaciousness and openness. Less is often better and cluttered can be distracting. Simple décor like a plant, peace flags, or a yoga symbol or statue are pleasing. Nature related images or items are always inviting. A fountain if it is quiet to create some serenity.

Lighting is important also, you want your room to be lit up enough








Elements of a Class

Before Class



Warm Ups

Main Asana Practice






Before Class

Before you begin your yoga class, and as students are arriving, welcome students with a smile, ask (And remember) their names and create a comfortable and inviting space for them. Especially a new student who may possibly be coming to yoga for the first time. This may be the first time they have ever tried yoga, encourage their bravery of trying something new by assisting them to feel safe and welcome. You want to create a positive experience for all your students, so they continue to come back and have a great experience with yoga.

There may not always be the opportunity to greet each student, simply do your best. Understand that students that come in late or once the practice has begun you will not be able to greet them. Allow them to get themselves settled on their own without interruption of the class. If they are new, try to connect with them after the class is over.

Make sure all students sign a waiver that they are taking the class at their own risk and hold you and your business harmless.

Before class is a good time to ask students if they have any injuries or limitations. With this information you can offer some modifications, variations and adjustments to allow more safety and comfort during the practice. However, always put the ultimate responsibility on the student to care for their bodies and adjust the pose for their needs freely throughout the class.

It is always a gift to include complimentary music for your yoga classes. If your class is a yin restore class you will want to use music with a slower beat and tempo. With more yang classes you can use more upbeat music with a faster beat. Try to use slower music for the opening, warm-ups and releases. Silence is always appreciated for relaxation/savasana



-Welcome and Breath Awareness

Welcome students and share your name and style of yoga class (Yin, Yang, Pranayama etc.)

Invite students into either a seated position or supine position for opening.

Invite students to enter into breath awareness, or mindful breathing as you introduce the following message.

Invite students to care for and take responsibility for their own bodies using modifications of the poses if needed and invite the students to rest in savasana, childs pose or a resting pose of their choice if needed at anytime during the practice. Remind them that in yoga we don’t feel pain, nor do we force the body into poses. We always honor the body and allow the body to open. We invite them to play their edge without forcing, staying in the good feeling of sensation not in pain.

-Presence, Pranayama & Intention

-Belly breathing; as students continue to engage in mindful abdomenal/lower belly Breathing, inviting the parasympathetic nervous system to engage. Invite them to become present to their bodies, present to the moment, to feel the earth below them and the support the earth is providing their body. Ask them to honor themselves for their self love.

-Scan; Invite students to scan the inner environment, noticing what is occurring energetically, emotionally within them… without describing the sensations or emotions, but rather to feel fully the kaleidoscope of all that is occurring within them now. Invite them to feel without judgement, simply observing from neutrality, not pushing anything away. Being the witness to the inner state.


-Intention; after a few belly breaths invite them to set a silent intention for themselves… inviting them to set any intention for themselves… for the practice itself, the day… maybe for the year of a lifetime intention. Reminding them that intentions are always positive and present. For example, I have the relationship of my dreams now, I am enjoying a work I love now. I have all the time and money I need now. (Use just one, maybe two) Provide about two full breaths of silence for them to repeat this intention silently to themselves.

-3 part yogic breath; Invite them now to engage in 3 part yogic breath, continuing to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, yet also filling entire front body to fill with prana. 3 part yogic breath is inviting a deep inhale into the belly first, moving up the front body like a wave, into the rib area and finally filling the chest and clavicular area with breath and prana. Allow them to exhale releasing and relaxing the breath complete with no intention other than the exhale. Guide them through two to three, 3 part yogic breaths, then allow them to continue to engage in 3 part yogic breathing for  2-3 more breaths on their own at their own pace.


-Pranayama Option: At this time, depending on how long your class is  you may offer another pranayama of your choice.



After the final breathwork whether 3 part yogic or another, invite students to enter into pratyahara, withdrawing their attention from the external world and bringing their awareness to the subtle sensations within the body. Maybe they can feel their heart beating, or pulsations and vibrations, warmth or tingling. Give a few moments of silence for pratyahara.


Warm Ups

Invite some seated or supine movements to warm the body up before going into more active po