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Table 3 Standard yoga class format

From: Yoga vs. physical therapy vs. education for chronic low back pain in predominantly minority populations: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Curriculum elements Time (min)
Check in with participants 3
Lesson introduction and yoga philosophy 3
Relaxation exercise 3
Breathing exercise 4
Yoga postures 55
Closing relaxation 5
Closing 2
Total time 75 minutes
  1. Teachers can exercise flexibility by incorporating the introduction and yogic philosophy into the check in, beginning relaxation, and/or breathing exercises. Some elements can be combined such as the relaxation and breathing exercises. The poems and readings at the end of the yoga instructor manual can be used throughout the class to support the particular themes and yogic philosophy for that week.