Offering Skillful Assists: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers

Offering Skillful Assists: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers

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    The People's Yoga

    3014 Northeast Killingsworth Street

    Portland, OR 97211

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    A four-week workshop series for yoga teachers, exploring skillful ways to offer hands-on assists.

    About this event

    Over the past decade, offering hands-on assists in yoga classes has largely fallen out of fashion. Indeed, some students do not wish to be touched by their teachers, especially in a drop-in setting where a trusting relationship has not yet been established. But what about the students who love receiving assists? What about those who are kinesthetic learners? What about students who need physical assistance getting into certain poses? What about our private clients, or those who come to us specifically for help with their alignment?

    It is high time for a more nuanced discussion of hands-on assisting, trauma-informed teaching, and inclusive learning. Rather than being afraid to touch our students, let us find effective ways to ask for consent, and skillful ways of offering assists to the students who want them.

    In this 4-week series for teachers, we will explore a variety of ways to offer hands-on support, from dynamic vinyasa assists, to massage-inspired restorative assists. We will also discuss some of the psycho-emotional benefits of assisting, as well as how to ask for consent. Here's the haps:

    • Week 1: Consent; Hatha & dynamic vinyasa assists, part 1
    • Week 2: Hatha & dynamic vinyasa assists, part 2
    • Week 3: Review dynamic assists; Restorative assists, part 1
    • Week 4: Restorative assists, part 2

    Teachers of all experience levels welcome! The only prerequisite is that you have completed a foundational teacher training, or are currently enrolled in one.

    Sliding scale pricing:

    $55-$75/ session, or $210-$280/ full series

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