Yoga For All Online Training
A 5-week online program with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes
Registration is now closed. Will re-open in the Spring of 2017
Create Body Positive Yoga Classes for All Shapes, Sizes, and Abilities
If you’re a yoga teacher, we know your mission is to make your classes a wonderful experience for every student that walks through your door.
We know the last thing you want to do is make a student feel frustrated, singled out, or ashamed in your class.
But sometimes, that’s exactly what happens.
When larger-bodied students walk into a yoga studio, many times they leave frustrated. The teacher doesn’t know how to modify poses, and during class, the student might force themselves into poses, squeezing, stumbling and crunching themselves up. The teacher just ignores the student and they leave feeling invisible. Sometimes, teachers know modifications to help larger students, but introduce them in a way that single students out as the big person in the room, or make them feel ashamed for not doing the “real yoga” like the rest of the class…Maybe this has happened in your class.
Maybe larger students show up to class and you don’t know what to do with them.
Maybe you just aren’t sure how to introduce modifications without singling them out.
Or maybe you just want to grow your classes and see more body diversity in your local yoga community.
Most teacher training programs don’t teach us what to do with larger students, injured students, or disabled students.
And as someone who hasn’t lived in those body types, maybe you just can’t understand what is going on with your larger students or simple things like why we can’t step our foot forward from down dog into a lunge!
We know that’s frustrating for both you as a teacher and for your students. We also know you want to grow your teaching toolbox and become a better teacher. We know you want to make your classes as positive, welcoming, and accessible as you can.
We are two yoga teachers who are also yogis in larger bodies. We know what it’s like to be that student! We’ve both been singled out, shamed for our size, made to feel less-than. We never want that to happen to your students.
That’s why we’ve created this course – Yoga for All: Creating Body Positive Yoga Classes for All Shapes, Sizes & Abilities.
We want to share more than 50 years combined experience on the yoga mat to show you how to make your classes welcoming to all.
What they’re saying
What I wanted from Yoga For All training was to become a more well-rounded teacher. In five weeks, I gained far more than I had anticipated. I learned methods about modifications and sequencing. Not just by reading and watching videos but by Amber & Dianne encouraging exploration within my own practice to discover modifications and sequencing that I can create. Teaching me to teach in a compassionate, open and tolerant way. This training is invaluable and I would encourage others to participate in future Yoga For All training.
~ Christal Rabalais, Norfolk, Va.
Become a body positive teacher
This 5-week Yoga For All online teacher training will help you become a more inclusive, body positive yoga teacher and make a big impact on your students. You’ll learn the skills and strategies needed in helping your students break free from limiting thoughts and attitudes toward their bodies and body image.
Hone your language and communication skills
Develop a whole new perspective on the power of language as you learn to guide and cue students through truly inclusive and progressive yoga classes that see no yogi left behind.
Learn accessible, body-positive sequencing
Discover methods of sequencing and designing classes that support and challenge students of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, while expanding your knowledge of unique modifications and adjustments that accommodate and support your students.
Expand your market and find new students
By the end of this teacher training, you’ll gain the skills, confidence and expertise required in sharing the gift of yoga with a whole new market of students who are eager to experience the benefits of this practice.
Shift consciousness and spread love
These students, and many others are overwhelmed by a culture that fails to celebrate diversity or offer a safe and sacred place for compassionate self-exploration. Start using your yoga as a tool for shifting consciousness and share the message that everybody is beautiful, capable and deserving of a healthy, happy life.
What they’re saying
I have had the pleasure of knowing Amber for almost 10 years. She approaches everything with a fierce desire to know, to truly know. This is who she is as a teacher, writer, creative, cook, mentor, friend. She also has an instinct for knowing “that one thing” that can bring a project together or give a student the feeling of empowerment. I’ve been Amber’s coach, her teacher, and her friend while she has also mentored me in building my own creative spirit and acknowledging my own strengths when I was unable to see them anymore. Any chance you have to work with Amber is an opportunity to feel held and seen.
-Lisa Vaughan-Meer, E-RYT-500, Founder of Brute Yogi, co-owner of The Space Above Yoga Center
About This Training
This unique training is a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Each week, you’ll receive self-paced online videos (a mixture of learning with speaking, slides, and asana videos). Every module has a “take action” at the end, which includes reflection prompts and a chance to ask your questions in our Facebook group, or through email. There are also many downloadable bonuses like the Yoga For All teacher training manual, vinyasa sequences for those who are recovering from injuries, class planning templates, and much more.
What they’re saying
Thank you both so much for this training. I think I said it before, but in the past two or so months since marketing myself as a body positive teacher, putting myself (pictures) out there on social media, and writing about body positivity on my blog, I have gained six new clients and have other potential clients “stalking” my Facebook page. Not only has it helped me find my niche as a yoga teacher, but it has done so much for my self-esteem. And, it is catching! I even inspired a 50-year-old client, who has struggled with body image issues, to wear a bikini to the beach! It blessed my heart like you would not even believe…
…You two are very inspiring and I’m so grateful to have stumbled across you and Yoga for All. I am so stoked to offer a Yoga for All class late this summer or early Fall!
Here’s exactly what you’ll find in this 5-week teacher training
Body image & the language of Body Positivity
How does yoga affect body image?
How do we use yoga to change how we feel about our bodies?
How do we create positive and impactful yoga classes for all bodies?
Language and cultural humility
Foundations of a body positive class
Foundational principles: agency, consent, permission
Ahimsa as a basis for teaching
Why “Listen to your body” is too simple, and what to say instead
Talking to students about injuries
Health at Every Size paradigm to wellness
Teaching to who is in the room
Come with a plan, but be prepared to toss it – tips for staying on your toes
Choosing class plans based on your students’ needs
Addressing common problems for students in larger bodies
Warm-ups – seated, lying on the back, hands and knees, and standing options
.The power of language
Reducing harm with our language
Avoiding triggering language
Giving students agency on and off the mat
How to avoid making assumptions or using body-shaming words
Turning new students into regulars
Before class: getting set up for success
Welcoming & reassuring your students
Discussing challenges or concerns
How to turn a new student into a regular
How to stop making assumptions or judging new students
Tips for teaching new students
After class: effective feedback methods and building community
Six variations on sun salutations that work for all bodies
Sun salutations with the chair and the wall
Transitions in sun salutations and other considerations for larger bodies
Creating a culture of consent
Why is consent around touch so important?
Hands-on adjustments – when and how to adjust our students
Ideas and approaches to obtaining consent around touch
Teaching modifications: fundamentals & setting up your class
The “what is the point of the pose?” test
Personalized practice and giving your students agency
Giving your students space to trust their instincts
Practical tips for using props with all your students
Teaching modifications: language & techniques
Focus on foundations first
Why the “full expression of the pose” is a myth
Using different language to introduce modifications
Being mindful of body landmarks as cues
Seated & supine poses
Wide legged forward fold
Seated forward folds
The Power of Progressive Teaching
The bus stop method to teaching poses
Yogi play time – low-pressure, no judgment yoga fun
What if there are no props?
Between standing poses and during sun salutations
Stepping forward and back from different positions
Downward-facing dog at the wall, with blocks, and transitions with down dog
Building upper body strength for headstand, including a prop setup
Dolphin & forearm stand
Supported shoulder stand
Keeping breasts out of your face!
Eka Pada Koundinyasana
.Bonus asana videos: full practice sequences
Chair yoga flow 1
Chair yoga flow 2
Prop-heavy asana sequence
Marketing Your Yoga For All Class
In this module, Dianne and Amber will share their tried and true marketing tips for getting the word out about your class, building your audience, finding new students, and more.
How to find your student base
Finding your voice as a teacher
Writing your bio and mission statement
Language and writing your class description
Mastering social media
Pitching your class to a yoga studio
Flyers, websites, and more
Lots of bonus downloads and resources including:
Yoga For All Teacher Training Manual
Journaling & Writing Reflection Prompts
Handless Vinyasa Flow Sequence
Tips for Teaching A Beginner Series
Bio, Mission & Vision Worksheet
Chaturanga-free Vinyasa Flow Sequence
10 Things That Make You Stand Out As A Yoga Teacher
Quick Tips for Teaching Modifications to Students
Class Planning Templates
Connect with other teachers participating in the course, post your reflections from each module, get ideas for class sequences, ask us your questions, and more!
After the completion of the course, you will be a certified Yoga For All teacher, and can use that designation on your website, your bio, and in your marketing materials.
Upon the completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate which you can submit to Yoga Alliance for 25 hours.
You can do this!
We know that you’ve already spent a lot investing in becoming a yoga teacher. We know that money is tight, and that you already have a million demands on your time. But we are confident that this course will make you a better yoga teacher. You’ll have more skills in your teaching toolbox to inspire your students, help the ones that need it the most, and reach a whole new market of students. We guarantee that you don’t want to miss this.
What they’re saying
“This has been an incredible experience. Yes, the material is great, but an even more incredible thing happened over the course of these studies. In some glorious, magical way, it manifested an internal shift where I own that I am a yoga teacher. Since then, I’ve picked up teaching hours and confidence.”
Get instant access to this 5-week teacher training, complete with original video content, bonus downloads, and all the lessons like:
Ways to make your classes more inclusive for all bodies
How to create an environment of safety, agency, and consent
Dozens of asana modifications for everything from sun salutations to savasana
Ways to use yoga props to help your larger bodied students get the most out of their practice
A community where you can connect with other teachers, ask us questions, and share your experiences
Lots of downloadable troubleshooting guides, resources, and reflection prompts to help you grow as a teacher
25 hours with Yoga Alliance upon course completion
Your Investment in the Course is $547 USD. Payment plans will be available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do the payment plans work? How often do payments come out?
The first payment will be deducted immediately when you register. The subsequent payments will come out every 30 days, from the day that you register.
Do I have to be a 200-hour yoga teacher to take this course?
No. The course is geared toward teachers (or teacher trainees), but you don’t have to be a teacher to take the course. You can also take it before you complete your 200-hour certification. If you are in training now, and complete our course and your 200-hour training within the same year, you can still get your 25 continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance.
How long do we get access to the material?
All the course materials, including downloads, videos, and more are yours to keep. Forever. You’ll have access to the private Facebook group (and to questions about the course content with Dianne and Amber) as long as you would like.
What is the time commitment for this course?
Plan for between 1-4 hours per week for five weeks to watch and digest the content and complete the homework. That being said, you don’t have to finish the course within five weeks. You have access to the course website for one year so that you can complete it at your pace. You just will need to complete the course content to get your certificate and get your hours from Yoga Alliance (if desired). You get to download and keep all material.
Is this a “live” course? Can I take it whenever I like?
Each week, you’ll receive self-paced online videos (a mixture of learning with speaking, slides, and asana videos). Every module has a “take action” at the end, which includes reflection prompts and a chance to ask your questions in our Facebook group, or through email. There are also many downloadable bonuses like the Yoga For All teacher training manual, vinyasa sequences for those who are recovering from injuries, class planning templates, and much more. You can move through at your own pace.
Will you offer this course again?
Next session is Fall of 2016. The course opens for enrollment on September 26 and class starts October 10.
What they’re saying
I had a student struggling with flow classes, by the end of one private class, she had an adapted sun salutation with no wrist pain or pain in her hip joint… …she tells me every week now how that changed her life!
One of my biggest rewards of this training is feeling part of a community! Dianne and Amber are an incredible support system and make themselves available for any questions/challenges that I had come up. That means so much to me. Also, the facebook group is a lovely way to connect too. I so often read through and occasionally post things on there and it’s a complete gift to have access to this on-line forum! Thank you!!
Teaching students with a diverse range of abilities and creating a body-positive yoga class is possible.
Yoga For All Teacher Training is the solution you’ve been looking for. Let’s build a toolbox of ideas that will make your classes a more welcoming environment for all.
What they’re saying
“The Yoga For All teacher training was a great way for me as an instructor to learn about sequencing inclusive yoga classes. It brought to my attention ways I could use props and modifications to help support students. Dianne and Amber were active on the forums and around to answer questions. The live Q and A session at the end of the training was valuable and a nice way to wrap everything up. I highly recommend this course to teachers who want to further their training and teach to a wider community.”
100% No-Risk Money Back Guarantee
You might be concerned that this training won’t work for you. We get that. We offer a no risk, 60-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like the training, if you feel like you already know the material, or if you just change your mind, we will refund 100% of your money for the first 60 days upon completion of an exit interview so we can learn how to make it better next time around. Do you have questions about this offering? Please contact us!
All this is yours for just $547.
For $547, you can learn to make your classes accessible to a wider range of students, learn to work with students in larger, injured, or stiff bodies, and become a more compassionate and thoughtful teacher.
Listen to What our Graduates Have to Say
“Ohhhhh my gosh! This first day has my heart you guys. I may or may not have cried! I read, listened and downloaded all the above! I also took eight pages of notes! Wow!!”
~ Rebecca Simms, Morro Bay CA.
Don’t freak out if you are running behind or things come up. This content is available for a year and relevant to you and your practice for a lifetime. Take your time, take notes, experience the suggestions and use the group format to ask questions. Take the classes to your students, don’t rush through, you don’t have to. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
~ Connie Reichert
I remember when I first came to the mat, my struggles were real, my body got in my way, my breath was non existent. Fear almost made me quit. So when I became a teacher, I vowed to ensure this never happened in my classes. I want everyone to feel as though they are welcome to come as they are, and I’d be with them every step of the way. Learning about languaging my classes has been more difficult than I had expected, but the more I practice the more natural it becomes, so thank you for that. I have also learned as I put some of these practices into play, that you can’t always please everyone. Not all students will appreciate your style and that’s ok. Just staying true to myself, listening to my students needs, being there for them, addressing their needs and supporting them in anyway I can has been the defining moment for me as a teacher.”
~ Tina Striegl
~ Ashley Looker
Thank you so much, Dianne–your belief in me is so meaningful! Your presence in my life has been life-changing in the most beautiful ways I also believe you probably have that effect on lots of people…you are a miraculous force of nature made almost entirely of Love!!!
Amazingly, after writing out my final on Friday–yesterday a new student walked into my Monday Ferguson class…a woman probably in her 60’s, about 300+ lbs, who told me she has had work done to almost all of her joints (especially, as she put it, 2 blown out knees)–and I KNEW it was going to be my ACTUAL final!I (of course) began by giving her a seed of happiness, then 2 blocks, a strap, and helped her place a chair on her mat. And this woman did absolutely EVERYTHING everyone else was doing…it was MIRACULOUS!!! It was the final I had turned in–living and breathing right before my very eyes!!! The modifications and adjustments came so easily to both of us, and the other Students didn’t even seem to notice that another Student was using a chair!
I cannot thank you enough–she was absolutely glowing after class (exhausted, but HAPPY)–and she signed up to continue practicing with us! Without you and Amber, I might not have had any idea how to Teach this beautiful woman–and I am so grateful. So. GRATEFUL!
~ Margeua Steinau
I got my Certificate last week! I didn’t check in here immediately to say that I still learn something new every single time I watch, because I was finalizing details for my first retreat. I hadn’t had the courage to book it before, but I know I am informed and ready and can teach any body that wants to join me. Thanks Dianne and Amber for this amazing work. Beyond grateful!
~ Melissa Hite
Sooooo last night a subbed a gentle restorative yoga class at a studio where I taught a tween/teen series. For the past several months I’ve been having chronic pain in my knees & foot which have taken a toll on me physically, emotionally, mentally etc. So I sat in my car before the class trying to get in a good frame of mind & ground myself in positivity for the students who will be sitting in class in front of me….I used the “prayer for my class” that Amber shared ???. Was perfect & then as I was checking people in & greeting them, there was a woman who was brand new to the studio & in a bigger body, and was visibly nervous about being there…asked me “Are you the teacher?” & when I answered that I was, her whole demeanor changed & she said “Yes!!!!” ? I guess no matter what we’re feeling, we are responsible for what energy we bring into a space, because it has an impact! Have a great day everyone ?
~ JoAnne Kazis
This community is f@$*ing BEAUTIFUL. Every one of are an inspiration to me. You make my heart so FULL!
That is all, carry on! ❤️?
~ Michelle Lewis
Finished Week 1!!! Great FAQ!! I tend to have a lot of students with wrist issues so I appreciated the confirmation that I am helping in a compassionate way with props. I frequently say these(props) are tools NOT crutches.
BUT I LOVE the idea of asking the whole class to use the blocks in a flow just to feel it differently. I love to slow down too. Sometimes we get to the point of trying to be so creative that we forget we can Use a slow Sun Salutation based class sequence. I get great feedback when we do this. Thank you.
~ Victoria Lynn
I just finished the first video, have 7 pages of notes, and am completely blown away by the abundance of wisdom Dianne and Amber have offered in just this first video! I’m feeling so grateful, and hopeful about the impact my teaching can make. Thank you!
~ Barb Hamel
Wow! All I can say is wow and I’m inspired. Lesson one module one was like hearing things I may have already heard but for the first time. You ladies teach from your hearts and your passion comes out through your words. This class will most definitely help me be a better me but also a better teacher to everyone. I’m inspired!! Thank you!!!
~ Kellie Tucker Caswel
I am feeling so motivated and connected to my heart today. I was able to use some things I learned from Module 1 in my class last night and look forward to using more in my class tonight! I was happy to realize that I am already using some of your suggestions in my classes. Example: acknowledging own genetic privilege. I am able to reach past my feet in paschimottanasana- but ONLY because my legs are very short and my torso/upper body is longer than my legs/lower body. When I tell my students that, I often see relief and acceptance. It is wonderful. Can’t wait to keep learning. THANK YOU Dianne & Amber!
~ Emily Walkup
I am 16 minutes into module 1, and have 4 pages of notes!! I feel like I am only now emerging l and seeing clearly. I have had a lot of these thoughts before, struggling with a positive body image myself. But Dianne, the way you communicate them brings new life and consciousness to Self. If I retain even the 7% that you mention, I will be a changed teacher…and person. I struggle so much with compassion for Self and accepting my limitations.
~ Kristin Frank
The first module has left me with lots of thoughts. I pride myself on being a positive difference maker, compassionate nonjudgmental helper but yet I judge my belly, thighs and buttocks. I therefore judge other bodies too. I liked so many things about the first lessons…. a self compassion study, all bodies are capable of health and wellness. Leave them in their greatness. Lots of thoughts last night and still here this morning. Thanks love my expansion ?
~ Beth Barrineau Ward
I finished listening to session #1. I really enjoyed your style of teaching very easy on the ears and easy to follow.
There are so many jewels in this program. I know my level of teaching after this 5 weeks is going to be at 150 %!! They say when the student is ready the teacher will show…..
I Am A PHAT BODY YOGA TEACHER♡♡
~ Desiree Odom
Hi my name is Kathryn. I’ve known far too many people who didn’t come to yoga because they felt they were unworthy of the practice for one reason or another. I’m grateful for this training. I’m so excited about it. Thank you Dianne Bondy andAmber Karnes for the opportunity to explore making yoga more and more diverse/accepting/loving/compassionate/aware/awesome.♡♡~Kathryn Ashworth
I love, love ,love the idea of Play Time during a yoga practice!! Why didn’t I think of that?? ?lol! What a great way to allow students to explore in there own time with a little extra instruction if they need it!! This is a great concept. Can’t wait to try it out in my class?? Dianne Bondy, is this some thing you do for every yoga class?
~ Kim Murdoch-Makin
I LOVE the “Mat is where I have a cease-fire zone with my body.” When I am assisting there is always someone who is apologizing for their body not doing exactly what they think it should be doing. I offer to them that their mat is their traveling home and that they should do exactly what feels right to them just as they would in their own living room. It’s a good thing to remind myself as well. Great lesson today. Thank you!
~ Elizabeth Sosne
! Emm! Geee! Just finished listening to M1L1. I have the biggest case of the feels right now! I will have to listen again and again!
~ Kristen McCutcheon
am so excited! I can’t tell you how relieved I am. I always doubt myself as a teacher even though my students love my classes.
Thank you so much again for this amazing training and experience! I absolutely love listening to your ideas and advice!
I am grinning from ear to ear!! Love to you and Amber!!
Be blessed,~ Kim Makin
Thank you Amber and Dianne! Really enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it – thank you so much for making it happen!!!
~ Kanchi Wichmann, Berlin.
~ Valerie Hesslink, Madison WI.
~ Stacy Oliver-Skaggs, Oakton VA.
~ Ashley Simon, Brooklyn NY.
~ Tifini Floyd, Charlotte, N.C.
The following comments came from an anonymous survey:
I started this training because while I always said I wanted to teach to those who don’t usually go to a studio, I didn’t know what that meant. This class taught me how to be inclusive in my teaching, and unexpectedly, it taught me to be patient with myself and give myself permission to be authentic as a yogi. Thank you, Amber and Dianne, for your voices and your guidance.