Body Positive Yoga Teacher Training

Teaching Adaptive, Inclusive Yoga

With Body Positive Yoga, you can learn how to craft and language a yoga class that is truly welcoming for students of all shapes and sizes. These yoga teachers’ workshops will include both practical asana instruction and discussion. We’ll debunk stereotypes and discuss how to create an environment of safety, agency, and consent. We’ll also explore common challenges faced by larger-bodied students. We’ll practice asana modifications and ways to use yoga props to help your students get the most out of your class.

I will speak from my experience as both a larger-bodied yoga student and teacher, and together we’ll build a toolbox to make your classes more welcoming and inclusive. Bring any and all questions that you might hesitate to ask your students about how to make the practice work for them – we’ll troubleshoot them together in this body-positive yoga lab setting.

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Customized Teacher Training

Teacher training can be customized to your needs, whether a 4-hour workshop or a weekend intensive. I’m also happy to be a guest teacher for your 200 or 300-level Yoga Teacher Training program.

Here are some sample itineraries. Get in touch to book your customized training!

4-hour workshop

  • Principles and foundations for body-positive yoga classes
  • The power of language & avoiding triggers
  • Setting up your classroom for accessibility
  • Creating a culture of consent
  • Tips for teaching modifications
  • Asana: Sun Salutations, Big body triage principles (getting around a larger belly, chest, thighs), Eagle, Child’s pose, Savasana

1-day workshop

In a full-day workshop, we can cover the same basic material as a 4-hour workshop, but we’ll add in many standing poses, inversions, and there will be more facilitated discussion around language and body image. We’ll also be able to practice teaching.

Weekend Intensive

Day 1: morning

  • Intros & Opening Circle
  • Yoga and body image
  • Principles and foundations for body-positive yoga classes
  • Asana: accessible warm-ups
  • Asana: Sun Salutations
  • Teaching practice circle

Day 1: Afternoon

  • The power of language & avoiding triggers
  • Setting up your classroom for accessibility
  • Asana: Standing poses
  • Asana: Transitions
  • Teaching practice circle

Day 2: Morning

  • Creating a culture of consent
  • Tips for teaching modifications
  • Asana: Backbends
  • Asana: Seated, twists and supine poses
  • Teaching practice circle

Day 2: Afternoon

  • The power of progressive teaching
  • What if there are no props?
  • Asana: Inversions & Arm Balances
  • Asana: Chair yoga
  • Teaching practice circle
  • Closing circle

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