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Accessible & inclusive language DOs and DON’Ts for yoga teachers

As yoga teachers, our words are among our most powerful tools. In this video, I’d like to share some do’s and don’ts that have been effective in making language and asana cues more inclusive in my classes.

And even though I compiled this list, I’m not perfect. But I want my yoga classes to be not only body-positive, but also inclusive, trauma-sensitive, welcoming, and warm for everyone. I hope this list helps us all get a little closer to creating safer, braver spaces where yoga is available to all who wish to practice.

Please leave a comment letting us know what language cues you use to make your classes more accessible and equitable to all your students. And click the button below to get 3 free training videos and be the first to know when the Yoga For All training course opens for enrollment!

Jessamyn Stanley: her Yoga Journal cover, setting boundaries, representation & more

Jessamyn Stanley

Today we are talking with one of our favorite yoga folks, Jessamyn Stanley! In this episode, we discuss:

  • Jessamyn’s response to her Yoga Journal cover
  • Her reaction to finding out that she wasn’t the only one on the cover
  • The internet’s reaction and the aftermath to the “cover split” debacle
  • Defining success as marginalized folks under systems of oppression
  • Her yoga story and what keeps her coming back to the mat
  • How she’s setting boundaries around her online presence and content
  • Allowing herself to be human while still being a celebrity
  • Representing as a fat black femme in the yoga and fitness industry
  • Her advice to folks who are seeking to influence and shift yoga culture

Listen in on the conversation as we chat with Jessamyn about her unique perspective on the yoga world. Or find your podcast in your favorite podcast player – Remember to subscribe and leave as a review!


About Jessamyn: Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Jessamyn uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.

Jessamyn studied with Kimberley Puryear of Asheville Yoga Center’s 230-hour Teacher Training Program and her eponymous yoga lifestyle blog and Instagram attract thousands of followers daily, offering tips and advice for other yoga practitioners while documenting her home yoga practice. Jessamyn contributes to Mind Body Green, Wanderlust, & Elephant Journal. She’s been featured and profiled by a variety of International and National media outlets including Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, New York Magazine, The Sunday Times, New York Times’ Women In The World, & People, among others. Learn more here

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M1: Homework/Reflections

  1. Please submit your homework for Module 1 through this form.
  2. Remember, if you have any questions, post them to the Facebook group. Each Friday, we will make a video answering the questions from that week, and post it on Facebook and this site.
  3. If you want to know what’s up next, view the syllabus.

Please note: Feedback for all homework/reflections will be given at the end of module 4. After the completion of all four modules, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line all modules completed to receive your certification and feedback

See you in Module 2!