Last Halloween, I planned a series of glow yoga classes – simple put, yoga done in the dark while everyone wears glow stick jewelry. It’s a fun way to change up class, and I figured it would be a great way to celebrate the holiday!
For my Holy Yoga class, however, I wanted to do something different, while still respecting the possibility that my students may not observe Halloween for religious reasons.
So I planned the class around the idea of just having fun – and the idea that having fun is a good and holy thing that God wants for His children!
I used the same Halloween flow and themed poses that I developed for my secular beginners and kids classes and developed a playlist of mostly contemporary Christian songs to flow to. I ordered about 300 glow sticks off of Amazon and grabbed 2 big bags of Halloween candy for all 3 classes and away we went!
It was a HUGE hit! We laughed so much and everyone tried some poses and flow sequences that were outside their normal comfort zones, and it was just a blast! It went over so well, I don’t want to keep it to myself. So here’s the set up:
So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15 NLT)
Light it Up – for King & Country
My Lighthouse- Rend Collective
Fear is a Liar – Zach Williams
God’s Great Dance Floor – Chris Tomlin
Shake – MercyMe
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us – Sidewalk Prophets
Ready or Not (ft. Lecrae) – Britt Nicole
Tuyo (ft. Danny Gokey & Jordin Sparks) – Social Club Misfits
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
Praise Like Fireworks – Rend Collective Experiment
Happiness – Needtobreathe
Jesus Saves – Jeremy Camp
Death Where is Your Sting – Cory Asbury
No Longer Slaves – Bethel Music
So Will I (100 Billion X) – Hillsong UNITED
…and just for fun, at the very end, as everyone was grabbing their candy and mingling, I played this:
16. Veggie Tales (Remix) – Shama Mrema
You can obviously do whatever works best for your class. As it was, everyone in my class was comfortable with Halloween, so I was able to share with them my silly renaming of poses to be more festive, so that’s what I’ve included below:
Skeleton/mountain pose – shake out the bones!
Take arms high in a V shape and dive into forward fold like a vampire bat
Cat/cow/puppy poses – scaredy cat
Child’s pose – pumpkin pose
Dolphin (this I threw in just for fun because it’s great headstand and pincha prep! None of which we do in my classes, but just to get them thinking outside the box!)
Crow pose – scarecrow
Chair pose – witch on her broomstick
Tree pose – weeping willow, sway it back and forth in the wind
Gate pose – creaky gate
Cobblers or simple seat with a twist – owl
Corpse – mummy