Chair and Accessible Yoga Teacher Training

With Kassandra Prus

The next training will be September 27 – 29, 2019. Enrollment is open!

Sustainable. Scaleable. Accessible.

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

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SEPTEMBER 2019 SCHEDULE
Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Length of training
24hr (22 contact hours) **Attendance of at least 22 of the 24 hours of in class time to receive your certificate. If you need to miss hours, we can discuss makeup time. This training is NOT registered with Yoga Alliance.**

Who is this training for?
This training is open to Yoga Teachers, Pilates Teachers, Personal Trainers, Therapeutic Recreationalists, Conditioning Coaches, Occupational Therapists, and other Movement Class Teachers interested in making their classes and private sessions accessible to broader populations. This training will focus on the physical side of movement practices–modifying for conditions, pain, posture, etc. Some Social Workers and Group Workers may also find the programming relevant if they work with seniors or folks with disabilities. This training will not certify you as a yoga teacher, rather it is meant to supplement knowledge you are already using in your field. This training is not certified with Yoga Alliance, though students have claimed the hours as CE.

Goals of this Training
Build your self-efficacy as a teacher in order to suit any individual’s 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 We Will Cover
– Yoga Therapy (viniyoga / yoga cikitsā) frameworks for practice.
– The reality of teaching outside a studio or gym
– Review of anatomy and biomechanics basics.
– Embodied self-reflection on movement and āsana (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.
– Practicing doing pranayama (breathwork) through āsana (postures).
– Understanding pain and trauma from both the western medical lens and through the lens of the Yoga Sūtra-s
– Teaching in a trauma-sensitive way through an anti-oppressive lens.
– The ethics of being an unregulated movement instructor.
– Practice class planning for different populations and practice teaching.

Cost
– Early Bird (Before July 31, 2019): $400+hst

– Late Bird (Aug 1 and after): $500+hst Aug 1 and later

– Low income (ODSP, OW) seniors, trans* and queer, BIPOC, student etc: please email yogawithkassandra@gmail.com to inquire about sliding scale or free spots as well as with any access needs

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Guest Faculty
Mary Ellen Baldner, Physiotherapist, Pivot Sport Medicine and Pilates Teacher

Mary Ellen will cover:
–Understanding pain and the nervous system
–Common medical considerations and what to keep an eye on in your teaching

 

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.

Testimonials

“As each class ended, my confidence to teach exponentially grew”  M.A.L

“When I started the weekend, I was nervous about leading class with participants who had mobility restrictions, but now I’m feeling more confident that I have the tools to teach anyone in the class” P.M.

“When I started the weekend I was concerned about my ability to address and understand needs. By the end of the weekend I feel confident and inspired and feel I have the tools I need to serve students who need chair yoga” K.K. Yoga teacher