Last posting I talked about how I've been trying to keep class energized as I move into the New Year (see post here).
Yogiclarebear offered these suggestions as well: I like to do themed classes every now and then. this year we did surfs up yoga (outdoors), yama-niyama yoga, heart chakra flow, freedom flow (4th of july). its fun for practitioners to see an incorporation of the physical practice into a specific theme, and it helps me deepen my knowledge as a yoga guide.
I've done one themed class that I titled "Let Your Spirit Soar" where we kept coming back to Warrior III. I can't take credit for the title: one of my students was teaching some kindergartners and as a quick break he had them stand up and do some yoga poses. One little tyke spoke up and said, "Mr B! I can do flying warrior!" and she tipped forward and said, "And let my spirit soar..." Major cuteness and a great idea for class. Though afterwards the other students did jokingly ask John not to give me anymore ideas... :)
And I also came up with one more way to keep class energized: Introductions! This one is especially good at the start of a new session. I have the front row turn around and pair up with someone in the back row, ask their name and a question, such as, what are you currently reading?, what is your favorite dessert? what is your least favorite yoga pose?
Then the pairs have to introduce each other and tell the class the answer to the question. It's better than the traditional "go around the room and introduce yourself" because it makes people interact!
Another advantage is, again at the beginning of a new session, it gives stragglers a chance to find the room and get settled without disrupting class too much.