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Access to Empowerment (6 CEUs)

Teaching Agency, Honoring Consent & Understanding Power Dynamics in Yoga Spaces

An undeniable cultural shift is happening–every day, more and more of us are engaging in meaningful conversations around consent, trauma, social inequity, and the politics of self care and access to wellness, healing, and yoga. As a society, we’re asking important questions: who has power? Who has resources, and who is systemically under-resourced? How are we contributing to a culture of agency…or its opposite?

As much as we like to think they don’t, the power dynamics and systems of oppression built into the larger culture seep into our yoga spaces. As yoga teachers, it is our responsibility to be engaged with these bigger questions, and also asking some of our own: how can we honor the non-violent and inclusive ethics of yoga in our studios and classes? In what ways are we potentially wielding unjust power over our students, and how can we actively work towards practices of power sharing? How can we avoid exacerbating the effects of large-scale social trauma and possibly even lead our students towards healing? How do we work together, in conscious union on and off the mat, to create a larger culture of collective access, agency, and empowerment?

This six-hour module will invite you to engage with all of these questions and more, breaking down the definitions of agency, consent, and power and exploring how our own privileges, biases, and blind spots come into the studio with us and show up in our teaching. You’ll leave the day with plenty to chew on, but also with some tangible skills and best practices to incorporate into your teaching, including tools for collaborating with your students, welcoming diverse communities into your classroom and creating an inclusive and accessible environment, the basics of trauma-informing your teaching practice, and personal practices for ongoing self-study and awakening.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 12 – 6 p.m.
Numi Yoga (College Park, MD)

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Participants are welcome to join for Saturdays’s program and are invited to join for Sunday’s related workshop on Accessible Movement (see below). Sign up at the link above and purchase the pass for (2) sessions to attend both. Pricing has three tiers – please choose what best fits your life.


Accessible Movement (6 CEUs)

Creating Inclusive Yoga Spaces & Adapting Asana for All

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 exactly where they are.

In this six-hour module, 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, providing you with a solid foundation in adaptive and inclusive teaching and sparking the creative teacher within you. We’ll work together to hone 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.

In addition to looking at posture variations for diverse bodies, we’ll also practice inclusive cuing and methods for teaching mixed-level classes. Everyone will have an opportunity to practice teaching, and those who also attend Saturday’s module will be able to build on their basic trauma-informed and collaborative teaching skills and bring all of these elements together to skillfully facilitate a unique, agency-oriented practice class.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 12-6 p.m.
Numi Yoga (College Park, MD)

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Participants are welcome to join for Sunday’s program and are invited to join for Saturday’s related workshop on Access to Empowerment (see above). Sign up at the link above and purchase the pass for (2) sessions to attend both. Pricing has three tiers – please choose what best fits your life.


Intro to Teaching Accessible Yoga (3 CEUs)

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, June 16, 2020 | 1 – 4 p.m. (3 hours)
Down Dog Gettysburg (Gettysburg, PA)

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

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Sunday, October 17, 2020 | 2 – 5 p.m. (3 hours)
Circle Yoga (Chevy Chase, DC)

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Accessible Yoga Training (30 CEUs)

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 July 7th for Gettysburg and September 1st for Washington DC–register now and save!

Scholarships are available for each training; apply here. There is no application deadline for Gettysburg. The application deadline for Washington DC scholarships is September 1st.

– Gettysburg, PA –
Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day (includes lunch break)
Down Dog Gettysburg

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– Washington, DC –
Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22, 2020
12:30 – 8:30 p.m. each day (includes dinner break)
Willow Street Yoga Center (Silver Spring, MD)

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– Ottawa, ON (Canada) –
Saturday, December 5 – Monday, December 7, 2020
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat./Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday (includes dinner break)
Therapeutic Effects (Kanata, ON)

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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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