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3 (4) Elements to a Yogasana Class

Every yogasana class I teach, I consider 3 elements:


Vinyasa Krama



Sanskrit root: TEJ

= to sharpen, energy of the fire element

My favorite definitions:

✨Illuminating radiating light that shines from within



How can we invite Tejas into our classes?

Spoiler: it’s NOT a million Chaturangas 😉

Tejas is often the result of tapas (heat, discipline, burning enthusiasm)

Tapas may come from:

🔥 showing up when you don’t want to

🔥 sitting consistently

🔥 movement with breath cues

🔥 longer Asana holds

🔥 breath options

🔥 encouraging inquiry

Our radiating light comes from consistent polishing. Maybe today it’s an Asana practice, and tomorrow it’s journaling. As a teacher, it’s important to offer a range of tools beyond just the physical shapes.

No matter what, if YOU always show up as YOUR biggest/brightest/most authentic self, you can inspire others to do the same.


Sanskrit roots:

Vi = in a special way

Nyasa = to place

Krama = custom or succession

Loosely translated to “wise progression” aka intelligent sequencing, and easily my personal favorite element to teaching classes, whether 1:1 or public.

Maybe you teach a peak pose, or maybe it’s a category of poses.

Or perhaps you are cultivating a general feeling (Bhavana), even a generalized approach to hitting most major groups with clear intentions to stretch, strengthen, or assist in mobility.

Side note: I truly believe that peak pose sequencing can work at times, AND that’s a whole other post <soapbox> completely 😉

A few things to consider before beginning:

1️⃣ What’s your purpose for teaching this class? Intention, Bhavana, Goal? Whatever you want to call it, what’s your purpose?

2️⃣ Where are you going? Peak pose (or category)? Breathwork? Meditation? Pace?

3️⃣ Who are your students? Who usually shows up? And then who actually shows up?

4️⃣ How do you want them to feel?

5️⃣ What is the energy of the world? Season? Locally?

6️⃣ What areas of the body will require more flexibility? More strength? Any areas of risk?

“Not enough to climb a tree, we must also get down.” ~ T.K.V. Desikachar

Oh yeah!

Remember to bring your students back home, no matter how far out you may have adventures!


Sanskrit root:

SMARA = remember or loving recollection #lesigh

Stated as an opportunity for inquiry:

What sort of lasting impressions am I leaving?

Inquiry for students:

Which class(es) do you remember? WHY? Get specific.

Chances are you left class feeling inspired, 10-feet tall, unf*ckable with, sparkly AF, unicorn glow activated…. A little more connected to your inner radiance and shine #tejas

<Disclaimer: not all of the classes that I remember are for good reasons. I also remember the classes that left me feeling disempowered, or disconnected from my own radiance. This too deserves further inquiry>

“At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

I recently did a super scientific poll on Instagram, where I asked a simple question. I was asking truly from a place of curiosity, as I always struggle with how to describe my teaching style. I was smacked in the face with floods of loving recollections, and reflections. I’m not sharing this to pump myself up (although I’m never one to shy away from personal celebrations). Rather to offer examples of remembered resonances.

A few words that were reflected back to me that have imprinted themselves on my heart: