Class Standards

  • Within 14 days of the end of each quarter, teachers will receive an attendance analysis.
  • Prime classes (listed below) must be ranked in the top 10. Failure to rank in the top 10 will mandate change. 
  • Negative fluctuations greater than 15% of overall classes will mandate change. For example, q3 2020 had 32 weekly classes, a negative fluctuation of 5 or more would mandate change.
  • Exceptions will be considered such as a pandemic, season changes, and typical/historical/expected fluctuations. 
  • Any brand new class will have a start up time of 2 quarters to establish a base. 
  • Classes in the bottom 10% overall for 2 quarters will mandate change.
  • If a teacher cannot teach 25% of any normal class in a quarter, a new teacher will be assigned.

Ujjayi breath based vinyasa classes

Time movement with breath. Let students know where they’re going as the breath happens.
Call the pose before the breath or cue. Let students know where they’re going before enhancing the pose.
Use minimal relevant words:
Leave space for the students to absorb your direction.
Mindfully provide moments of silence throughout the class.
Limit cues to allow each cue to resonate.
Avoid using the word “that” instead of “your” (objectification vs. personalization).
Avoid using -ing words without a full sentence. For example, “breathing in” (on its own) vs. “extended mountain pose as you’re breathing in.” (“Breathe in” is the most efficient way to tell students to breathe in.)
Watching students is more important than demonstrating for them. If you choose to teach from the mat, face the class more than 50% of the time.
Music:
Choose mindfully if you use music.
Make sure the students can hear you.
Make sure you can hear the students’ breath.
If your music has words, decide what the students will be listening to, your direction or the song.
Use positive messages only, avoid love songs.
If the music is in another language, like Sanskrit, know the meaning.
Know how your music works with meditation.

Hot Power Yoga
Ideal Temperature: 98 degrees
Ideal Humidity: 50-60%
Breath based vinyasa flow with focused attention on key intense poses or holds.
Physical poses will absolutely challenge the breath practice.
Use a combination of 1 breath 1 movement sequences in combination with key long holds (5 or more breaths per pose).
Guide students to advanced variations of poses.

Hot Slow Burn
Ideal Temperature: 100-105 degrees
Ideal Humidity: 50-60%
Breath based vinyasa flow with focused attention on long holds.
Poses will challenge the breath practice intensely.
Focus on long holds of 10-20 breaths for most poses.
Guide the students to advanced variations of the poses.

 Hot Power Yoga Basics
Ideal Temperature: 90-95 degrees.
Ideal Humidity: 40%.
Breath based vinyasa flow. The physical postures should bring some challenge to the breath practice.
Sequence includes: integration, chaturanga, sun salutation A, sun salutation B, the extended side angle series, a balancing series, inversions, the triangle series, backbends, hip openers, and finishing poses.
This class establishes a consistent foundation for a power vinyasa practice.

Slow Flow
Ideal Temperature: 78-80 degrees.
Ideal Humidity: 30%.
Gentle breath based vinyasa flow. The poses might provide subtle challenges to the breath.
Avoid more advanced poses. Don’t put added demand on the muscles and or the joints of the body.
Hold most poses for 3 to 5 breaths.
A notable amount of time is spent on the floor.
Minimal major transitions. Minimize frequent transitions from standing poses to folded poses.

Donation Class
Ideal Temperature: 90-95 degrees.
Ideal Humidity: 45%.
Breath based vinyasa flow similar to Hot Power Yoga Basics.
Provide modified options of poses.
Music: optional.