So in a classroom setting you may only have 30 min to teach and so 2 minutes is a really long time. Personally I would love to be able to teach 90 minute classes all the time and get to teach about yoga and then teach a flow and then get to have a long reflactive meditation, so that people can really learn about themselves and their practice, but society does not need this typ of class, or at least want it. Most people like to walk into their local gym, find a class step in, do a 30 -45 min practice grab a shower and run to pick up the kids or get dinner ready or go to work. This leaves us teachers with a really dificult task of teaching an entire class of complletly different people at all diferent levels of yoga and fitness not to do the poses, while still keeping you entertained. Notice that I only said "how to do the poses" most of the time, we dont even have a chance to let you truly explore them, or reflect upon them, becuase of some poeple falling out of them, or others getting bored, or wanting to move. I currently teach two 45 min classes, and one 1 hour class, and personally, I like to take 5 min in the beginning, and 10 in the end as meditation at least. The first 5 minutes are meditative for some if they know what they are doing physically and can sit in themselves and breath, however for people who are new and dont know what I mean when I say sitsbones, tail long, its not meditative at all, its a learning process where I speak and demo a lot. However sometimes no matter how hard I try, it seems as though trying to teach something as mindblowing as a sitting properly vs improperly to a new yogi is just not the right way to start off a class, and everyone gets a bad taste in their mouth. So for me these are some things that I have found to work when teaching a class of beginners or varied skilled levels in order to get an entire class going in a short amount of time so that everyone is happy, and no one is developing bad habbits.
If there are walls have everyone sit along the wall in order to protect the low back and promote proper spinal alignment
Simply ask the class to sit without demonstrating how. This will allow them to choose what feels best for them instead of feeling as though they need to copy what you are doing.
Try a different position, such as standing. Although we spend a lot of time sitting, many people do not actually know how to sit, however when standing up tall most people can get their hips into neutral when they don’t think too hard about it.
On that note try laying down. You do not want to start every class with students laying down since this really would not work, but it is a good alternative if you are running out of creative ideas.
If you have bolsters, pillows, blankets, or blocks available, have your students sit on the prop so that tight hips, and/or hamstrings do not bother or effect you as much when sitting this way. You can also roll your matt up ½ way, or use an additional matt.
Take 2 minutes to take your students through 4 different seated positions hold each one for only 30 seconds in order to give them a wide array of seated positions to choose from. This works especially well for students that you know you are going to see again, do this 4 pose idea for the first 2 or 3 classes and repeat some that are easy. By the end of the second or third day allow for an additional 1 minute of freedom after the initial 2 so that each student can come back to the seat that they liked best.