Body Positivity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Teaching and Practice
Are you a yoga teacher who wants to teach in body positive ways, and make your classes more accessible and inclusive for a broader range of bodies, abilities, and communities? Do you want to learn more inclusive language, cueing, and movements to offer to students?
Join us for the Yoga for All Bodies Immersion! We’ll start, in a weekend intensive, by examining how damaging body standards are created and perpetuated in yoga, how we may have internalized societal standards, and how that may show up in our practice and teaching. Then we’ll focus on how we can unpeel those layers to be kinder, more expansive, and more inclusive with our own bodies and with those we work with and teach, through concepts like body positivity, body liberation, disability as difference rather than pathology, Disability Justice, and Health at Every Size. Then in a series of five 90-minute weekly sessions, we’ll dive into and practice-specific tools, such as inclusive language and accessibility in asana, to explore what it might look like to truly create and foster yoga spaces of inclusion, justice, and radical belonging.
If you’re interested in not only learning and discussing concepts of body positivity, body liberation, radical belonging, inclusion, and accessibility, but also getting into the nitty-gritty of what applying those looks like in our practice and our teaching, this is the course for you. Our explorations will be supported by between-session assignments designed to help you apply these concepts and conversations into your everyday practice and teaching, so by the end of the course, we will all be equipped with more tools for nurturing and supporting body positivity, inclusion, access, and justice in our yoga spaces, practice, and teaching.
Livestream with RW Alves
Saturday, November 6, 10am-4pm PT & Sunday, November 7, 11am-4pm PT
Mondays, November 15-December 13, 5:30-7:00pm PT (see full schedule below)
Saturday, November 6
10:00-10:45am Opening Circle
11:00am-1:00pm Intro to Body Positivity in Yoga
2:00-4:00pm Examining and Dismantling the Hierarchy of Bodies in Yoga and Beyond
Sunday, November 7
11:00am-1:00pm Non-Harming and Self-Reflection: Applying Body Positivity to Ourselves
2:00-4:00pm Frameworks for Change: Body Liberation, Disability Justice, and Health at Every Size
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm PT
November 15 Body Positivity in Practice
November 22 Accessible Asana
November 29 Inclusive Languaging
December 6 Creating Spaces of Radical Welcome
December 13 Practicing Transformation: Making a Commitment For Future Practice
Integration work between weekly sessions will include weekly reflections and integration worksheets on session topics: body positivity in practice, inclusive languaging, accessible asana, and creating spaces of radical welcome, as well as assigned projects of planning sequences and homework reflections around how to build and foster yoga, movement, or practice spaces that are welcoming and accessible for a broader diversity and range of bodies, people, and communities.
Non-Contact Hours: 3.75