Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga

Inspire your teaching, and motivate your students on the mat.

Theme Weaver is a lighthearted approach to serious enlightenment. With wit and wisdom, Michelle shows how to connect on an authentic level and create a unique experience for your students. Designed to work with all styles of yoga, Theme Weaver provides a foundation you can make your own. You can also use the Theme Weaver formula to encourage students of any kind of fitness regimen.


Theme Weaver: The Inspiration Edition

A Companion Workbook to Plan Yoga Classes

Theme Weaver, The Inspiration Edition, is a collection of ready-to-go, creative yoga themes and class ideas including mythology and contemporary stories. It offers 60 new classes and pose suggestions. Class planning sheets help you build a class that is uniquely your own.

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Musings to Inspire More Dog, Less Dogma

Michelle combines modern-day inspiration with traditional philosophy to keep the teachings fresh, delightful and relevant. The easy-to-follow formula saves valuable effort, so yoga teachers can spend less time on dogma, and more time on their Downward Dog.

The Inspiration Edition Includes:

  • Creative Yoga Themes

  • Pose Suggestions

  • Step-by-Step Guidance

  • Class Planning Sheets

  • Perforated Pages for Take-Out


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.

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What People Are Saying

“This book is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to present themes with authenticity, clarity, and humor." —Christina Sell, author of A Deeper Yoga: Beyond Body Image to Wholeness and Freedom


"Theming your yoga class becomes a powerful way to connect the dots between what we do on our mats, and what we do in our lives.” —Gina Caputo, the Yogini on The Loose and Founder of the Colorado School of Yoga

About the Author

Michelle Marchildon is an award-winning journalist and the author of three books on yoga. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and was a reporter/writer for 25 years, and a yogi for 20. She put these two passions together to teach yoga teachers how to theme with inspiration and clarity.

Her 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, inappropriate soccer mom. Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga is a best-selling guide for how to motivate students on the mat.  Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga, is co-written with her teacher, Desiree Rumbaugh. It is an inspirational book on how to find more, when you are feeling like less.

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