Planning can bring some powerful benefits:
- You have the opportunity to take a higher and more strategic perspective, enabling you to delve more deeply into topics you love and/or progress through a series of related topics. This gives students who attend regularly the opportunity to focus in on a practice in a deeper or fuller way, likely experiencing greater impact. (But the progression of classes need not require previous attendance unless you specifically wish to offer such a series.)
- You must plan ahead of time and therefore have an opportunity to be mindful and responsive to the season, holidays and other considerations. (For example, be prepared to hold a workshop on Goddess mythology around the time of Navratri, or to hold a series on Restorative Yoga to cool and balance students during the heat of summer.)
- With advance planning, you can immerse yourself in the teaching ahead of time if you wish.
- With a predetermined focus, classes are less likely to feel stale, disjointed or too busy.
- You can condense your planning time into a few specific, focused times. If you rarely plan, your focus will pay dividends. And if you’re often trying to fit in mini-planning times, your advance planning of multiple classes means you can avoid the stress of feeling anxious about planning prior to every class.
And when your plans include workshops or a series of classes, you get these additional benefits:
- The opportunity to promote the upcoming focus, thereby encouraging current and new students to preregister.
- Students may be more inspired to attend regularly to experience the promised path of study.
- Series and workshops usually earn more per student and/or encourage more regular attendance, thereby generating additional revenue.