Below you’ll find a list of workshops I offer. If you have an idea for a workshop or class series that you’d like me to teach, I’m open to that as well! Contact me to get started.

For Yoga Teachers: Teaching Body Positive Yoga to All Bodies

3 hour workshop
Learn how to craft and language a yoga class that is truly welcoming for students of all shapes and sizes. This yoga teachers’ workshop 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.

Amber will speak from her 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.

For Yoga Students: Body Positive Yoga

3 hour workshop
Have you ever been frustrated in a yoga class – not because you couldn’t do the poses, but because you felt squished or balled up, instead of spacious and open? You probably just need a few simple tricks to make the poses work for your body!

If you’re in a larger body, a yoga class can be a wonderful place to make peace with your body and yourself. It can also be pure torture when accommodations aren’t made for your larger belly, legs, or chest. This workshop is designed especially for big-bodied yogis who want to be empowered to step into any class with confidence, knowing they have the tools to make yoga work for their bodies.

In this workshop, we’ll explore things like: How to keep your chest out of your face, twisting and folding when you have a belly, and other “sticky spots” like sun salutations and inversions. We’ll help each other find safe alignment and freedom in poses, learn to modify yoga to fit our bodies, and have some laughs along the way. Yoga teachers who’d like to learn modifications for your larger students are also welcome!

Exploring Sun Salutations

3 hour workshop
Sun Salutations (surya namaskara) are the foundation of many yoga classes, and a classic example of vinyasa (synchronizing breath with movement). Depending on your body type, level of strength, and range of motion, some parts of the sun salutation may be “sticky spots” for you. In this workshop, we will break down all the postures in surya namaskara and learn modifications to make the movements safe and enjoyable for all bodies. This workshop is appropriate for all levels, from brand new beginners to more experienced practitioners. You will leave with *your* customized sun salutation so you can walk into any yoga class and practice confidently.

Yoga teachers are also welcome who would like to learn modifications for students in larger bodies, those dealing with injuries, or beginners.

Radical Self-Acceptance

90 minute lecture & facilitated discussion
With thousands of images of “perfection” shot at us every day, it can be easy to compare ourselves with others and internalize the constant judgment and scrutiny of our bodies. Even during our yoga practice, it’s often easy to compare ourselves to the “ideal” body or look. Whether you’re at home, at the gym, at the yoga studio, or just moving around in the world, feeling self-conscious or even hateful toward your (normal! human! imperfect!) body is sometimes unavoidable. Drawing on mind-body, self-awareness, and practical self-care techniques, we’ll discover ways to boost confidence, get in touch with our inner badass, and foster a healthy self image. Please bring a pen and something to write on.

How to sort yourself out when everything sucks

90 minute lecture & facilitated discussion
Want to learn how to de-stress instantly? Want to discover ways to reduce your anxiety? While we can’t always change our circumstances, we can learn how to react and respond to them differently. In this workshop, I’ll share the tools and techniques that have helped me and my students find inner calm when facing uncertain times. We’ll cover: 10 actionable ways to reduce anxiety right here and right now, insight into the biggest mistakes people make when they’re trying to hold it all together, 5 ways to de-stress instantly and reconnect with yourself, and a short mindful movement practice you can do anytime, anywhere.

If you’d like to book me to teach at your studio, school, or organization, contact me here

About me & my teaching

View More: have practiced yoga for 13 years and earned my 200-hour hatha yoga teaching certificate from Anna Pittman (The Breathing Space) in 2011. My teaching style is about empowering folks to honor the body they bring to the mat today, and learn to live better in their own body rather than the one they wish they had, or the one they used to have.

The yoga community serves some people (young, female, bendy, thin, able-bodied) very well, but the rest of us can feel intimidated or plain out unwelcome walking into a “yoga place”. My classes are for the “non-yogis” – those of us who are too fat, stiff, old, those of us with non-conforming bodies, those who think yoga is too woo-woo – folks who think yoga isn’t for them. I also am a big fan of yoga in non-yoga places (libraries, prisons, parks, festivals).

In my classes, I focus on safe alignment and making yoga poses accessible for all bodies. My classroom ends up being like a yoga lab where we each try things, and find modifications and variations on poses that work for us, that serve the pose’s function… instead of squishing our body into a form just to look like the picture or the teacher.

I work hard to make my classes inclusive and body positive, and empower folks to find the modifications they need to be able to take any yoga class they want, while taking care of their own bodies. Folks in non-conforming bodies shouldn’t feel limited to gentle or beginner classes, and my goal is to show people that their bodies can do amazing things on the mat today, and then send them out into the world to claim the space they take up. And although we talk about serious stuff like body acceptance, Health at Every Size, being empowered, safe alignment, and a take-no-crap approach, my classes are always full of laughter and silliness, too.

Teaching videos

In these posts and videos, learn about safe alignment and mindful transitions for the body you bring to the mat today.