Training in Progressive Chair Yoga and Exercise

With Kassandra Prus

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

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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Schedule
Friday September 27- 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday September 28 – Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday September 29 – 9:30 am to 9:30 pm

Length of training
27hr (24 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 particular 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.

Goals
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

–Yoga Therapy (viniyoga) framework for practice

–Review of anatomy and biomechanics basics.

–Basic overview of the physical, mental, and emotional changes associated with the aging human body.

–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.

–Understanding pain and trauma from both western medical and yoga philosophy lenses.

–Teaching in a trauma-sensitive way through an anti-oppressive lens.

–The ethics of being an unregulated movement instructor.

–Using movement to do simple breathwork and meditation.

–The reality of teaching outside a studio or gym

–Practice class planning for different populations and practice teaching.

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.

Cost

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

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

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.