Teaching with a Theme

with Susana García Blanco

REQUIRED MODULE for the 300 h Advanced Teacher Training


Teaching with a class theme is one of the hallmarks of Anusara® yoga. Themes inspire both teacher and student to connect the asana practice to a deeper meaning in yoga and life. Although teaching with a theme is introduced in the Basic Anusara Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training, it often remains a skill that is not well understood or honed by Anusara teachers. In this module, we will share a group of simple but coherent methods to make class themes that are authentic and powerful.


Pre-requisite: Anusara Yoga Immersión and Teacher Training Level 1 

This module content, if needed, could expand into a second module that will be an Optative Module



 In this module we will:

  • Review theme, heart quality and the main elements of a class plan built around a theme
  • Practice ways to develop themes directly from personal experience
  • Present ways to personalize the theme
  • Review various techniques for weaving theme into the asana part of the class, including:  connecting theme to heart quality, and heart quality to Universal Principles of Alingment™ (UPA) and asana / Mini-dharma talks / Metaphors and imagery, including from the natural world / Storytelling 
  • Consider strategies and rhythms and sequence for the weaving of a theme into the flow of a class
  • Work with templates for creating a class plan with a theme
  • Discuss challenges in teaching with a theme
  • Share a compendium of great themes and heart qualities



summer 2018





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