Teacher Education

Are you a studio owner or manager interested in bringing me in to lead a training? Check out my offerings below, then contact me to book.

Teaching Workshops & Modules

All of the following offerings work well as stand-alone continuing education workshops for yoga teachers or as modules in your 200- or 300-hour teacher training curriculum. Required time allowances are noted. When a range is listed, you can safely assume that the shorter options provide an adequate overview, primarily through lecture and discussion, and the longer options provide more context and opportunities to experiment/practice skills (recommended).

  • Intro to adaptive & accessible teaching (2-4 hours): Covers best practices for teaching folks with varying levels of ability and range of motion, including folks with acute injuries/conditions, chronic conditions or disabilities, and elder adults, usually with some mention of adapting asana for larger bodies as well (though not nearly as in-depth on that topic as the next offering). Includes discussion of yoga philosophy as it relates to access, adaptation and inclusivity, information on languaging and cuing for these communities, and a step-by-step process for adapting asana, with examples. When more time is available, we will build in ample opportunities for more specific pose/pose family breakdowns, more embodied practice of the creative adaptation process, and time for questions (recommended). This training can easily be combined with the below offering (teaching larger bodies) if enough time is allowed. It is a great primer for the Accessible Yoga Training (see bottom of page).

  • Intro to teaching larger bodies (2 hours): Covers best practices for teaching otherwise able-bodied folks in larger bodies. Includes discussion of yoga philosophy as it relates to access, adaptation, and inclusivity, information on languaging and cuing for students with larger bodies, an overview of current research on weight and health and the Health at Every Size approach, and a step-by-step process for adapting asana for students with larger bodies, along with a few key tips for quick reference when you’re in a real-time teaching environment and need to offer an inclusive option. This training can be easily combined with the above offering (adaptive & accessible teaching) if enough time is allowed.

  • Welcoming the LGBTQ+ community into your classes (1-2 hours): Provides an introduction to LGBTQ+ identities, covering info such as the distinctions between sex, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation, definitions of lesser-understood terms (such as cisgender, non-binary, [gender] transition, etc.), best practices for languaging and pronoun use with explanations, and tips for removing gendered language from your teaching. Considers some of the common medical procedures and therapies undergone by some trans folks and what considerations/adaptations might be relevant or beneficial during transition and/or surgical recovery.
  • Power, consent and agency in yoga spaces (1.5-2 hours): Provides broken-down definitions of power, agency and consent and a map of how they relate to one another. Covers the four tenets of consent with tips and opportunities for discussion about how these apply in a yoga class (including, but definitely not limited to use of touch). Includes information on the power dynamics that exist in larger society (white supremacy, -isms, -phobias, wealth, etc.), how they undermine the agency of marginalized communities and people, and how we can co-create agency-based yoga spaces with fellow yoga professionals and with our students. Also discusses the student/teacher power dynamic inherent in our class structures and best practices for navigating that relationship. This is a great primer for any of the above offerings given the systemic power dynamics that may come into play when teaching folks with disabilities, larger bodies, or queer/trans identities.

Accessible Yoga Training

The 30-hour Accessible Yoga Training, developed by Jivana Heyman, is the preeminent training and the industry standard in teaching accessible, integrated yoga classes for all bodies and abilities. The first 9 hours are completed at home and include prerecorded video content and reading. The final 21-hours are completed in-person with one of the organization’s carefully-selected teacher trainers. Graduates become certified Accessible Yoga teachers and may receive 30 Yoga Alliance CEUs.

This training focuses on how to make the yoga teaching available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We’ll focus on creating integrated accessible yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that yoga practice can be variated to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, chronic illness, seniors, and anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in a regular class.

We’ll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You’ll learn sample accessible yoga classes, chair yoga classes and even bed yoga classes. We’ll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We’ll also review common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues, and review essential concepts of yoga philosophy to build your understanding of the teachings.

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