Local Mandali Programs
Local Mandali Programs help teachers support and expand their communities through “grassroots marketing.” This is how most people find their way to Svaroopa® yoga, through friends and recommendations.
2018 Local Mandali Events
January — Embody an Inner Quality
At the end of each class, ask your students to create a yogic start to their New Year. Invite them to enjoy a short reflection:
“Svaroopa® yoga gives you your Self. In what way is this true for you? What inner qualities come to the fore as you grow in your yoga… Which of these qualities would you like to embody more fully?”
Ask each to name a quality they want to embody and write it on a paper to post in your studio (or on a bulletin board).
February — Send Valentines to Swamiji
What a blessing to have Swamiji as the fire of our bonfire. She is like an Olympic runner bringing the experience of Self to your community. Express your appreciation by sending her gratitude wishes on Valentine’s Day.
Buy a package of kids’ Valentines and have your students sign them and write their answer to: “What Svaroopa® yoga means to me.” Package and send them all to Swamiji.* She will post a photo on Facebook, with all the Valentines, once she gets them. *Mail to: Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, 1400 Hampton Drive, Downingtown PA 19335 USA.
March — You-jjayi: Every minute counts!
Have your students count the number of minutes of Ujjayi Pranayama that they do at home and post them on a weekly chart at their yoga class. Keep adding up the total to inspire everyone!
At the end of the month, send in the name of the yogi with the highest number of minutes along with a photo of your chart. The Svaroopi with the highest total wins a Free DIY Weekend in 2018, which includes their housing & meals (transportation not included).
April — Friends Get a Free Class
How wonderful to share your yoga with friends and family! The support they get from a yoga class can be the gift that keeps on giving, to them AND to you. Valid only for guests who are new students.
Empower your students to share their yoga:
if they bring two guests to a single class, all three of them get the class for free.
if they bring one guest, their guest’s class is free.
May — Tie an Orange Ribbon…
Use orange ribbons to remind your students of their January plan to embody an inner quality of the Self. Orange is a color typically associated with yoga because swamis wear orange, so use the ribbons to help them deepen their commitment to the quality they chose to develop through the new year.
Provide the ribbons for them write their quality on, and then hang them in the studio or on a board. At the end of the month, they can each take their individual ribbon home to remind them of their quality through the rest of the year.
June — Yoga Tee & Story Time
We all love the way we wrap ourselves in the bliss of Svaroopa. Come to class wearing your favorite comfy t-shirt, even a yoga tee! At the end of class, enjoy a yoga story read by your teacher, about the teachers in our lineage or another mystical being.
July — Yoga Word Wall
At the beginning of class, give each student 15 post-it notes and a pen. Explain to them that, after each asana, you’ll ask them to write down a feeling they got from that pose. You may also want them to write down the pose name beside the feeling.
At the end of class, have them post their notes on the wall or on a poster board for other students to see. Each index card is anonymous.
This creates a yoga word wall, helping to create a deeper understanding of the benefits. It also cultivates respect for their own and others’ experiences, even when they are different.
August — Before & After Photos
Yoga changes the way we look and feel! Help your yoga students see this for themselves and share it with others. Have them bring in pictures of “BY — Before Yoga” and “AY — After Yoga” to display on your studio wall or a poster board.
They can bring childhood photos for BY, or a photo from a year or ten years ago, or even one before their class and another after their class. Regardless of how far back the photo goes, students will have great fun seeing the changes.
September — Home Practice Challenge
Have your students count how many yoga poses they do at home each day/week and post them on a chart. At the end of the month, the one with the highest number gets a prize from their teacher — A month of free yoga classes? A free private session? A homecooked vegetarian meal, made by the runner up? A special parking place or a reserved Shavasana spot (with a sign on it)? The teacher can be creative about what the prize will be.
October — Contemplate Your Friend’s Svaroopa® Future
Show them what this yoga is all about! At the end of class, pass out notes with the contemplation you use in your class to all your students, or have them write the contemplation on a note. Tell them to give the note to a friend. If their friend brings the note to a class, they can attend for free.
November — Giving to Your Community
Inspire your yogis to do a community service project. They all love to give! Pick something dear to your heart and present a simple way for your students to serve others. Americans may want to link it in with the Thanksgiving holiday.
December — A Link in the Chain
You may remember the fun as a child of creating a construction paper chain for your Christmas tree. Have your students each create a link for your studio’s paper chain or for you to carry to your different classes. Have your students write a special blessing for you and your community on each chain.
After a few weeks, break the chain into sections and let each student take a few links home to put on their own tree. Click here to see how to make the chain.
While working with your body, Svaroopa® yoga opens up the full spectrum of your being. Spiritual insights and profound healings happen without any sweat. Slower yoga, consciously aligned and leveraged for multi-dimensional openings, means you get it all.