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.
Karuna Beaver explains, “You are the center of your local Mandali. You are the heart of your students’ circle, and your yoga circle.” Your monthly programs create community interaction, both for the attendees and for the yogis who work with you to plan and create the event. Yes, please, get your students involved! You are in it together.
December 2017: Cookies & Chai
December is a time for an end of class gathering to chat and enjoy cookies and chai together. Your students might want to bring their favorite baked goodies and have a cookie exchange! You can reflect upon the expansion you may have experienced as a community.
2017 Activities Completed
January: Just One Word
Host a New Year’s Potluck, on any day and location that works for you and your students. At the meal, have yogis write one word on a Post-it Note (either signed or anonymous), naming a personal quality they want to develop in the New Year. Post their notes on your studio wall or a little display board. You get to know your students better and they get to know each other better. Plus they can be yogic in their approach to the New Year.
February: “Yoga is…”
Ask students, at the end of class, complete the sentence, “Yoga is…” Saying their word or phrase out loud deepens their understanding of their yoga experience. They also bond with each other. You will naturally find some reporting on their word from the January potluck. You may want to post their responses on the all or your display board. Compile them and send them to your students, and to the Ashram, for us to share with everyone.
March: Seed Sharing
As students to tell stories about their January word. Think of January and February as soil preparation time. You gave your students the opportunity to focus their mind on their own expansion. Just as a seedling begins to sprout, now allow your students to start verbalizing their process by telling their story.
April: Bring a Friend for Free Month
Encourage your students to share their yoga and invite a friend to join them at their class for free. If you have lots of people who want to come, you could create one or several "Friends Yoga" Classes. It's especially heart-warming to serve snacks afterward, or if the friends go out for tea or a meal together. Then they talk about their yoga experience!
May: Yoga Art Show
Host an art show. Yoga inspires creativity, so no doubt some of your students’ creative endeavors are tied to their yoga practice. Find out who paints, draws, writes, photographs, knits, quilts or does other creative things inspired through their yoga practice. Encourage them to collect some items for display. Invite them to help you organize an event to show their works.
June: Yoga Buddies
Everyone does better when they're in it together. Encourage your students to become Yoga Buddies. Before each class, put all the names of students who generally come to that class in a container. After Yoga Mudra, explain your Yoga Buddy program. Have students draw a name for their buddy for the month. The plan is for each student to be in contact with their Yoga Buddy outside of class, sometime during the month. There are so many benefits!
July: Student Photos
Have your students take photos of themselves or of others in yoga poses outside. What about Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) next to a tree? Or Prasarita Padottanasana (Slow Motion Dive), seated on a park bench? Smart phones have cameras, making photo-taking easy and portable. Encourage your students to email their photos to you. Celebrate your students' yoga out in the world with a wonderful photo display in your classroom.
August: Social Gathering
The dog days of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) are perfect for going slow and cooling down. Get your students involved in planning your sweet summer party: location, date/time, refreshments. This is a time for all your students to gather and meet students from your other classes – or you could even pair up with another local teacher for a bigger group. Widen your Mandali circle to include as many as you can.
September: Bring a Friend for Free
Summer travels are done, kids are back in school, and schedules are settling down. Your yoga students are filtering back into their regular classes. Tempt them to grow their yoga connections by letting them bring friends or family to a free first class. While their guest attends for free, your student gets the satisfaction of sharing the yoga they love. What a sweet benefit for all. Plan to spend some extra time before and after your classes to answer questions and to talk about everyone’s experience.
October: Halloween Party
Who says Halloween is just for youngsters? Most of us like to dress up and pretend. Shiva loves taking on different forms and identities. You might even suggest that students come as their favorite Goddess or God. Lakshmi is the Goddess of abundance. Parvati is the Goddess of love and devotion. Check out this website for more ideas. Get your students involved in the planning. Let them decide on time, place and refreshments. The more involvement they have, the more success you will have.
November: Saying Thank You!
And plan ahead for November. Give your students a gratitude gift, a free CD by Swami Nirmalananda, supplied by the Ashram! Tell us about your give-away by October 15 and we’ll send you CDs for your yogis. Tell us your plan and how many students you’ll be giving your gifts to. We’ll ask for follow-up photos, if you can.
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.