Training in Progressive Chair Yoga and Exercise

With Kassandra Prus and guest faculty Margot Catizzone

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Learn how to regress and progress teaching asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation, to students of all shapes, sizes, and mobility levels, including medically and functionally complex populations.

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Friday October 12 – 4pm to 9:30pm (5.5hr)
Saturday October 13 – Saturday 10am to 6pm (8hr)
Sunday October 14 – 10am to 6pm (8hr)

Length of training
22hr (18.5 contact hours) **Attendance of at least 17 of the 18.5 hours of in class time and online quiz completion before getting your certificate**

Who is this training for?
This training is open to Yoga Teachers, Pilates Teachers, Personal Trainers, Therapeutic Recreationalists, Conditioning Coaches, and other Movement Class Teachers interested in making their classes and private sessions accessible to broader populations. This training is also applicable to Social Workers, Group Workers, Occupational Therapists and others looking to offer a mindful activity to their current clients.

Build your self-efficacy as a teacher in order to suit any individuals needs and abilities by practicing how to:
– Observe and respond instead of following a specific class plan.
– Modify or regress practices as needed.
– Increase challenge while staying safe as students progress in ability.
– Offer many options at the same time in order to meet the needs of a room.
– Know when to refer out to clinicians.

What will we cover

Modules in:
1) Middle Age/Active Seniors
2) Extremely Limited Mobility/Wheelchair Yoga
3) Cognitive Impairment and Neurological Conditions (Brain Injury, Stroke, CP, MS)
4) Dementia and Alzheimer’s
5) Corporate Chair Yoga

The learning process will include embodied self-reflection on movement and asana (yoga postures), how to think critically around function over form, and creatively regress movement according to student needs and safely progress them with student improvement.

This will include additional functional exercises to prepare the body for larger shapes (including work with therabands) as well as ball rolling as a tool to reconnect the mind brain to the body.

This training also includes:
– Overview of the physical, mental, and emotional changes associated with the aging human body.
– Review of anatomy and biomechanics basics.
– The reality of teaching outside a studio or gym and the business of finding work in this field.
– Teaching from an anti-oppressive framework.
– The ethics of being an unregulated movement instructor.
– Practice class planning for different populations and practice teaching.


***One free spot in this particular training for an Indigenous or South Asian teacher/health care provider/social worker***
**Some additional sliding scale spots available, with priorities given to low income queer and trans* folks and POC**
*Please email to inquire about one of these spots as well as with any access needs*

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Guest Faculty
Margot Catizzone, PT, c/NDT Physiotherapist, Brain Rehabilitation Program @ Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN.

Margot will cover:

– The importance of functional movement
– Common medical considerations and what to keep an eye on in your teaching
– Class and private session intake sample
– GAQ screening tool

About Kassandra Prus

Kassandra is a LGBTQ2SA+ therapeutic yoga and exercise teacher with over 450 hours of training and specializes in body positive and trauma-informed viniyoga (yoga therapy); chair, yin, hatha, and restorative yoga; and seniors exercise. Many classes are ended with Kassandra offering their singing voice to soothe you into a final relaxation. Engaging with yoga’s broader contexts in classes and private sessions–breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and takeaways into life off the mat–are of particular interest, as well as increasing functional mobility for life-long practice through posture focus. Kassandra particularly enjoys working with those who think they can’t do yoga–because of mobility level, body size, age, injury, or condition–and encourages autonomy, insight, resiliency and self-acceptance in all students.