Theme Weaver:  Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga

How to motivate your students on the mat.


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Have you ever wondered how to theme your class to inspire students? Or, do you simply feel uncomfortable using a theme? This book is for you. Michelle Marchildon shows you with wit and wisdom how to connect on an authentic level and create a unique experience for your students. Designed to work with all types of yoga, Theme Weaver provides a foundation and a formula you can make your own.

“The Other Eight Limbed Path,” is a method to weave a theme through a typical class sequence, which will make class planning easier and more efficient. Theme Weaver is a must-have for teachers who want to motivate their students, but not become a distraction to the practice of yoga.

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  • 10 copies or more: 50% off retail price, plus $8.95 for shipping.

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What People Are Saying!

"I have often said that the ability to theme a yoga class is one of the key characteristics of teaching with authenticity and significance. Michelle Berman Marchildon gives us a straightforward, no nonsense, no dogma approach to finding your voice and niche in teaching. If you're looking to cultivate presence, confidence and a strong student base as a yoga teacher, this book is a must!"

-- Amy Ippoliti, Co-founder of 90 Monkeys, the premier online resource for yoga professionals.


“I recommend this book whole-heartily to yoga teachers everywhere who want down-to-earth, practical guidance for creating and delivering meaningful and authentic themes in their classes. With her characteristic wit, insight and intelligence, Michelle guides new and experienced teachers through the sometimes challenging terrain of bringing virtue to life through asana.

-- Christina Sell, International Yoga Teacher and the author of My Body is a Temple and Yoga from the Inside Out.


Attention yoga teachers! Learning how to teach asana is vital, but learning how to inspire students is a gift and a skill has taken many of us years to refine. Regardless of your experience, read this book if you want to make your yoga classes powerful and transformational. Theme Weaver takes the mystery out of theming, and provides a path to make a complicated process attainable for every teacher.

-- Desiree Rumbaugh, creator of the Yoga to the Rescue DVD series.


Become a theme machine! This book will help you deliver themes that roar instead of bore! In her dharma dead serious and hatha hilarious style, Michelle Marchildon insists that we as yoga teachers embrace the pragmatic and shun the enigmatic. If you don't want to read this book for you, read it for your students!

-- Darren Rhodes–Director of Yo Studios in Tucson az and author of Yoga Resource eBook


This book is an essential guide to teaching classes filled with profound and lasting change for your students’ lives. If you have longed to deepen your impact and expand the difference you can make as a teacher, then you are holding the key! The best part about becoming a “Theme Weaver” is that you can’t help but receive the blessing of the lessons you wish to teach. This book will light the way.

-- Heather Peterson, Director of West Coast Operations for Corepower Yoga.


"Finally there is an inspiring and amusing book that shows us how to be authentic with our class themes. Choosing a theme is one of the most effective ways a teacher can attract more students and create a unique yoga brand."

— Jessica Boylston-Fagonde of Brand Thyself With Jess.


About the Author

DSC_0104Michelle Marchildon is an award-winning journalist and the author of three yoga books. The memoir, Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga is the story of how yoga can change your life, through the eyes of a hilarious, often inappropriate soccer mom. Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga is the premier teaching manual for how to motivate students on the mat. Coming soon: Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga, which she co-wrote with Desiree Rumbaugh.

Michelle has written for Yoga International, Sports Illustrated, Elephant Journal, Origin Magazine,  Mantra Yoga and Health, and and more. She is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and teaches Hatha yoga. You can take her class on



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