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Intro to Teaching Accessible Yoga

Every body has lessons to teach. Every being in a human body has the ability to practice yoga asana and to use this beautiful set of tools to access the innate wisdom already inside of them. Whether your practice consists of handstands and arm balances or is done completely from a bed or a chair, the effects of mindful movement are profound. Every single person, regardless physical appearance or ability, is deserving of a yoga practice that meets them where they are.

This introductory training is for yoga teachers who are committed to meeting each student where they are, adapting asana practices for every body size, shape, and ability. We’ll cover basic best practices and pose variations for students in larger bodies, students with limited mobility due to age or injury, and students with disabilities. It is not meant to be comprehensive but will provide a solid foundation in adaptive and inclusive teaching, sparking the creative teacher within you and honing your critical thinking skills so you’re better able to innovate in real time and offer an asana practice that serves everyone who enters your classroom. It is a great precursor to more comprehensive learning opportunities, such as the Accessible Yoga Training (see dates below).

Saturday, September 5, 2020 | 2 – 5 p.m. (3 hours)
Willow Street Yoga Center (Silver Spring, MD)

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Accessible Yoga Training

The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the yoga teachings 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 and physical challenges as well as seniors.

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 review some common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues.

Early bird registration is available until September 1, 2020–register now and save!
Limited scholarships are available; apply here. Application deadline for scholarships is September 1, 2020.

Friday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15, 2020
12:30 – 8:30 p.m. each day (includes dinner break)
Willow Street Yoga Center (Silver Spring, MD)

21 in-person training hours, 9 hours pre-course homework (30 hours total)
Graduates who have also completed a 200-hour teacher training will receive 30 Yoga Alliance CEUs and a certificate from Accessible Yoga.

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