Course Syllabus

KINES 50.2 – Yoga Teaching Practicum

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Catalog Description

Practical application and supervised practice of lead instruction techniques for students seeking to complete the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Students will assist faculty in areas of administration, classroom management, teaching techniques, and instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop written lesson plans for a yoga class.
  • Instruct an entire class using appropriate communication, instructional methods, and yoga teaching skills.


At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
  1. Identify and implement the components of a lesson plan with clear objectives and learning outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate communication skills pertaining to group and individual instruction using appropriate cueing, terminology, and student feedback.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate yoga asana selection and order, using proper technique and safety in individual and group instruction.
  4. Demonstrate standard safety skills in selected use of props and activities.
  5. Provide appropriate options for multi-level participants and various health conditions.
  6. Apply instructional methods, classroom management techniques, and administration organization for a particular activity to teaching experiences in a practical setting.
  7. Assess and analyze personal experience and current strengths and areas of development as a lead instructor.

Content will vary with the instructor and the type of activity class assigned. Students will be matched with instructor and course of interest and develop 1-5 learning objectives and respective assignments. Students will be required to perform class objectives in course assigned and attend the regularly scheduled course and preparation work (approximately 4.5 hours per week).


Ameya Bela, SRJC Yoga Instructor Certificate Coordinator, Kinesiology Instructor 

Kristine (Krissy) Marchus, SRJC Yoga Instructor

Ameya Bela and Kristine (Krissy) Marchus are the instructors for teaching practicum "course". Both instructors will supervise students in the classroom, whereas Ameya will manage grades and Canvas so questions related to that should be directed to Ameya.  

General Topics and Scope

  1. Lead Instructing for Components of a Yoga Class
    1. Introduction, centering, and warm-up
    2. Cool-down
    3. Savasana and closing
    4. Main practice or flow sequence
  2. Lead Instructing for a Full Yoga Class
  3. Assisting a Lead Instructor
  4. Lesson Planning and Class Organization
  5. Classroom Procedures and Protocol
    1. Administration
    2. Classroom management
  6. Proper Form, Skills, Use of Props, and Safety Considerations for the Activity
  7. Teaching Methods Appropriate for Yoga Instruction
  8. Providing Options, Modifications, Regressions, and Progressions for All Levels and Limitations
  9. Appropriate Corrections, Assistance, and Feedback to Participants
  10. Communication Skills
  11. Assessment of Teaching Experience
    1. Personal evaluation of strengths and areas of development
    2. Student evaluations and feedback


  1. Develop personal objectives (4)
  2. Lesson plans for a Yoga class (3-5)
  3. Instruction of individual components of lesson plans
  4. Instruct full length class based on lesson plan and proper instructional methods
  5. Written assessment of teaching experience, personal objectives, and self-evaluation
  6. Attendance and participation

Course Evaluation

Written Work (20% of grade) Points
Assessment of teaching experience/self-evaluation  25
Lesson Plans 25
Skill Performance (40%)
Personal Objectives 100
Participation (40%)
Attendance in course  100
Total 250


Take care to get assignments submitted. You will lose 10% of your points on any submission per day it is late, so if you are 3 days late for a 10 point submission, you will receive 7 of those 10 points. I will not deduct beyond that. If you submit, no matter how late, you can still receive up to 70%, so DO complete assignments even if you missed the due date. I set the gradebook up so that you will see 0 points for missing submissions, but you can certainly submit and that grade will update. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to message me or email me.

90-100% = A

80-89%  = B

70-79% = C

60-69% = D

Below 60 = F