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Motivational Yoga

Motivational Yoga

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    The benefits of yoga are valuable to people of all ages and all fitness levels. Yoga teachers have a responsibility to keep classes fresh and challenging to help students discover their unlimited potential available. Serious yoga students have a personal responsibility to learn the principles of yoga in order to lead a more fulfilling, meaningful life.

    Motivational Yoga simplifies that task with 100 easy-to-follow lesson plans that vary in length. The lessons progress from basic yoga asana and pranayama lessons for beginning students to more advanced material such as mindfulness and meditation.

    Fully customizable to meet individual student needs, these ready-to-use lessons will save you valuable preparation time. Choose from beginning lessons focusing on body and breath awareness, basic postures, and breathing, or select more advanced instruction on the yamas and niyamas, guided relaxation, the heart center, the chakras, emotions, and mindfulness. You’ll also find lessons for kids, older adults, athletes, and pregnant women to ensure you are equipped to serve all populations.

    Most of the lesson plans offer a written script for use in class, or as a guide for student home practice purposes.  For beginning teachers, these scripts provide a helpful structure and set the stage for mindful yoga instruction. Veteran teachers may use these lessons and scripts as a creative departure point for expanding on one of the eight limbs of raja yoga or designing a tailored focus for the day’s practice. Motivational Yoga is a starting point for bringing yoga’s abundant teachings into the daily lives of teachers and students alike. For ease of planning and organization, each lesson follows a five-part outline:
    • The intention provides the focus for the day's yoga class.
    • The lesson (script) embodies the essence of the day's teaching.
    • The Asanas for Deepening section illustrates the lesson through body stretch, movement, and sensation.
    • The Motivation Off the Mat section presents suggestions, homework assignments, and reminders for practicing the yoga teachings outside of the classroom.
    • Teacher Tips and Wise Words offer advice for fine-tuning sequences and proverbs that convey a specific thought or feeling for the lesson.
    In addition, five full-length workshop lesson plans help you expand your teaching beyond a traditional class to offer focused workshops to your students on these popular topics: Spring Cleaning Yoga Detox, The Joy of Backbends, Yoga for Absolute Beginners, Introduction to Meditation, and Transformational Breath.

    With each lesson, Motivational Yoga demonstrates how the strength, balance, and stretching of the physical practice can inspire a healthy, complete, and joyous existence on and off the mat.

    CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Motivational Yoga Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of Motivational Yoga With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.


    Reference for yoga teachers, advanced yoga students, and fitness professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Beginning Lessons
    Beginner’s Flow
    First Class Facts
    Learning Diaphragmatic Breathing
    Benefits of Yoga
    Softening the Edges
    Body Tension
    Lengthening the Exhalation
    Defining Ha and Tha
    Setting an Intention

    Chapter 2. Breathing Practices
    Smiling Breath Vinyasa
    Two-to-One Breathing
    Three-Part Exhalation
    Ujjayi Breath
    Nadi Shodhana
    Opening the Left Channel

    Chapter 3. Asana
    Stepping Stone Vinyasa
    Forward Bends
    Asana and Acceptance
    Asana and Peace
    Sequencing a Class

    Chapter 4. Salutations in Motion
    Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation)
    Chandra Namaskara (Moon Salutation)
    Star Salutation
    Earth Salutation
    Salutation to the Self

    Chapter 5. Prana
    Wave Vinyasa
    Holding On to Prana
    Feeling the Flame
    Prana and the Focused Mind
    Storing Prana

    Chapter 6. Pranayama
    What Is Pranayama?
    Benefits of Pranayama
    Working With Ha and Tha
    Boosting the Immune System

    Chapter 7. Motivation
    Motivation in Motion
    Moving Forward
    Morning Gratitude Meditation
    Energy Is Your Identity

    Chapter 8. Yamas
    Yamas: Moral Disciplines and Restraints
    Yama 1: Ahimsa
    Yama 2: Satya
    Yama 3: Asteya
    Yama 4: Brahmacharya
    Yama 5: Aparigraha

    Chapter 9. Niyamas
    Niyama Flow
    Niyama 1: Saucha
    Niyama 2: Santosha
    Niyama 3: Tapas
    Niyama 4: Svadhyaya
    Niyama 5: Ishvara Pranidhana

    Chapter 10. Chakras
    Chakra Flow
    Chakra 1: Muladhara
    Chakra 2: Svadhisthana
    Chakra 3: Manipura
    Chakra 4: Anahata
    Chakra 5: Visuddha
    Chakra 6: Ajna
    Chakra 7: Sahasrara
    Chakras and the Five Tibetans

    Chapter 11. Mindfulness
    Vinyasa for Awakening
    Mindfulness: The Core of Practice
    Paying Attention
    Mindfulness of Gratitude
    Holiday Gratitude
    Mindful Eating

    Chapter 12. Lessons of the Heart Center
    Anjali Mudra: Namaste
    Seeds of Love
    Expanding the Heart
    Reversing Negative Emotion

    Chapter 13. Emotions
    Emotional Effects of Asana
    Frustration in the Body
    Empowerment of Change
    The Only Constant Is Change
    Letting Go
    Clinging to Happiness

    Chapter 14. Workshops
    Spring Cleaning Yoga Detox
    The Joy of Backbends
    Yoga for Absolute Beginners
    Introduction to Meditation
    Transformational Breath

    Chapter 15. Yoga for Special Populations
    Yoga for Kids
    Yoga for Pregnancy
    Yoga for Seniors
    Yoga for Athletes
    Chair Yoga

    Chapter 16. Practices for Home and Office
    Design a Practice to Support Your Needs
    Obstacles to Practice
    Keeping Your Home Practice Interesting
    8 Minutes to Awesome
    10-, 20-, and 60-Minute Home Practices
    Busting Through Anxiety
    Bedtime Yoga
    Good Morning Bed Yoga
    Chair Yoga at Work

    Chapter 17. Guided Relaxation
    Be a Corpse
    Expanding the Light
    Favorite Place
    Dark Cloud
    Journey Through the Chakras
    Silent Chanting

    About the Author

    Nancy Gerstein is a yoga teacher, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She is the creator of Motivational Yoga, a yoga style that empowers life decisions, goals, and results. Nancy’s teachings incorporate spiritually strengthening practices that bolster personal growth and self-motivation. Her classes feed the body and the mind, encouraging students to make conscious choices about how they direct thoughts, energy, and physical focus to live the best live they can. It's Nancy's belief that a genuine yoga practice begins within.

    A Himalayan Institute–certified yoga teacher, Nancy is a frequent contributor to yoga publications and websites, including Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, Yoga Magazine, and Yoga and Health Magazine, and she is the author of Guiding Yoga’s Light (Human Kinetics), a go-to reference book for yoga teachers and students. Motivational Yoga is Nancy’s third book.

    Nancy resides in Morton Grove, Illinois. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and trying most things at least once.