Sequencing: Keep it Simple & Focused: Beginners: Sequencing

  • Beginners will naturally be less familiar with the many teachings they will be exposed to in a yoga class. Therefore, since so much is new, care must be taken to avoid overwhelming them with multiple teachings.
  • For instance, “creative sequencing” isn’t an appropriate objective because the class will naturally be interesting and varied to new students! Rather, with beginners the focus is on safe sequencing and effectively teaching basic poses. Creativity comes instead from more focus on ways to safely get students into the foundational poses. This can include choosing warm ups and prep poses, plus various effective approaches to cueing, teaching and inspiring.
  • Teaching fewer poses with more repetition is a typical strategy when teaching new students. When employing repetition, variation can be offered with changing arm movements, holds or flowing between two poses, for instance.

Focus on One Thing

First-timers try hard to follow your lead. If you’re jumping from pranayama, to asana, to chakras, to bandhas, to yamas, and then back to pranayama, I guarantee you, you lost them at prana. Choose to focus on one thing…. Of course, breathing and postures are part of every class, but if you choose to introduce the ujjayi breath to the group, maybe hold off on the other yoga limbs until they get the breath down. – Amy Cushing

For Beginners, Teach Short Sequences Multiple Times

Learning asana is like learning a new language, but it’s perhaps even more challenging because the language also requires movement.  When I build my sequences for beginners, I keep them short, and do the same sequence multiple times, with a few small tweaks like arm variations, to keep it interesting.  – Dina Ivas