There are many different ways to modify Yoga classes in order to adjust the pace and intensity levels of the workout to better meet your students’ needs. When people think about Yoga, they often think of a languid, but relaxing workout that is practiced in a serene health-spa setting. However, the sequence or krama of Yoga postures and the pacing of your class will determine the level and results of the practice.
These types of kramas or Yoga asana sequences certainly do help to boost students’ metabolisms, burn calories and expedite weight loss. However, it is also important to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of your students through a regular practice of pranayama exercises, in order to facilitate mental well-being and hormonal balance.
Often times, a Yoga instructor may find him or herself teaching a class to beginning students and may feel that including the practice of pranayama into an hour-long class may take too long and be too complicated for the students to absorb. It may also be the case that the Yoga teacher may not be that well versed in how to teach pranayama techniques.