I have been asked by my employer to teach a brief yoga class to young dancers (10-16) at a dance intensive program. This class is only 30 minutes long, and I have been asked to stick pretty strictly to the asana element of yoga, maybe throwing in some basic meditation and/or pranayama (my employer really doesn’t care about yama or niyama or any of the other limbs, and most of the girls would probably not be very receptive to these ideas anyway; they are there to develop their physical bodies, and most are not mature enough to realize that the other elements of yoga are just as important as the asanas). The point is, the class is too short and meets too infrequently for me to get into anything very deep, ESPECIALLY since these girls (and a handful of boys) are so young.
I know there are all kinds of things that are not ideal about this situation… However, I’d really like to give these kids as much as I can in this practice since I’ve already agreed to do it, so I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions. Dancers tend to be very flexible and aware of their alignment in postures, but lack the strength for MANY asanas - and while I would like to address this and try to help them build strength, I also have to keep in mind that this is a half-hour class, held near the end of a VERY long and intense day of dancing.
So I guess my question is: If you were in my shoes (with all these crazy parameters and limitations), what asanas would you be sure to include in this practice? Would you bother beginning with sun salutations and a few warriors, or move directly into other things (more balancing poses like tree, eagle, or even crane and/or headstand preparation) since everyone in the class will definitely be warmed up and ready from their day of dancing? I’d also really like to give the practice some semblance of flow, and probably end with five minutes of relaxation…
Thank you for taking the time to read this crazy post, and I look forward to your helpful replies!!