Article by Eve Sengkeo
There are numerous ways to teach prenatal yoga based on the level of the students. As students tend to range from beginners to advanced yoginis within a class, it can be tricky to adjust sequences so that all students get the most out of their session.
At the end of the day, every yoga teacher knows that you can’t please everyone regardless of how hard you try.
However, there are ways to enhance the class atmospherics to make it more enjoyable!
Here are three ways to enhance your prenatal yoga class:
1. Try a variety of formations
During the first three prenatal yoga classes of each new session, I like to try different formations. On the first day, I have the students face the wall mirror at the front of the room.
The next class, I have the students form a big circle and practice facing each other.
During the third class, I have them face the back of the room which does not have a mirror.
When I asked which they prefer for the fourth class, each student had a different preference!
One class unanimously did not want to see themselves in the mirror whereas another class enjoyed a more intimate circle setting. Now if the class is divided in preferences, you can always continue to rotate the formation.
When it comes to prenatal yoga, there are a number of songs that are great for helping the class get centered.
After opening the class with a guided meditation, I start the music in the background during warm up exercises.
Here are 5 songs that I have on the playlist especially for my prenatal yoga classes:
*You Were Born by Cloud Cult
*Lullaby by Dixie Chicks
*O Mother by Suzanne Sterling
*Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoole
*Hold Onto Hope Love by Amy Stroup
It’s not easy to ask for feedback sometimes. But since we aren’t mind readers, it’s important to be open to feedback in order to improve as a teacher and yogi.
When teaching a class of students coming from a range of levels, sometimes the pace may be too fast or too slow.
Sometimes there are specific poses that students prefer so it’s helpful to keep in each follow-on class.
Other times, students just want to be heard so the key is to hold the safe space for open communication.
Eve Sengkeo, RYT is a prenatal and Hatha yoga teacher. Her passion is helping busy women achieve holistic wellness through yoga and energy healing. You can read all about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between on her website SilverLinedDays.com. Welcome to connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/