Themes from the Yoga Road

Since 2008 we have used a theme each term to guide our yoga practices.  Using a theme is really just a motivator and guide for me to ensure that I cover the full range and depth of what should be covered in a term.  This has the advantage for the student that a little yoga history and yogic psychology and physiology is introduced.  But you can take it or leave it.  Although emphasis changes from week to week I aim for every class in the term to include breath regulation, forward, back and side bends, inversions and twists couched in a mixture of static and flowing poses.  The last class of each term is a restorative class which relies more on static poses supported by extra props.

Repeating presentation of the themes over the years is revelatory.  When I compare the lesson plans from 2009 with 2016 for the Chakras for example I’m amazed and proud with how far, how deep and how subtle we have become on our journey.  I relish requests for new themes from students as then teacher and students grow together.  Please feel free to make requests!

Theme                                          Covered in the years

Yamas and Niyamas                                                              2008, 2010, 2012, 2015

Chakras                                                                                    2009, 2010, 2012,                                                                                                                                                                  2014, 2016, 2019,2021,2022

Systems of the Body                                                              2009, 2012, 2013

Spiritual Muscles                                                                   2009, 2011, 2018, 2023

The Five Elements                                                                 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018

Asana (forms of poses)                                                         2010, 2012

Strength                                                                                   2011, 2015

Balance                                                                                    2012, 2014

Balance, Strength and Ease with your Breath                         2021

Yoga Toolbox                                                                          2013, 2014, 2017

The Eight Graces                                                                    2014

Freedom from Base to Apex                                                2015, 2017, 2019, 2023

Back to Basics                                                                         2020

The Koshas (layers of a person)                                          2016, 2019

Flow                                                                                          2017

Working with the Breath                                                      2017, 2018

Living Well from Now: Meeting the Ageing Process       2018, 2023

Ebb, Flow and Rhythm                                                          2019

Strength with Ease; Sthira and Sukha                                    2022

Body Systems through a Yogic Lens                                     2023