Thanks so much for joining us for this Yoga For All Mini-course. We enjoyed seeing your comments and questions come in, and we’re so grateful you’re coming along for the ride! In the first video, we looked at plough pose (halasana) and how to use props to make it more accessible for a wide range of bodies and abilities.
Our goal is to truly make yoga for ALL bodies, and just these few videos will help you to do just that – expand your teaching toolbox to accommodate a wider range of bodies, abilities, and backgrounds. We want you to become a more body-positive, inclusive yoga teacher AND expand your student base so you can be successful, and serve your students in the way that only YOU can do.
We want to share our experiences as larger-bodied yogis and yoga teachers (plus more than 50 years combined experience on the yoga mat) to show you how to make your classes more accessible to all.
Today’s training is about chaturanga dandasana and upward-facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana). These poses are ubiquitous in many yoga classes, but when students show up and aren’t instructed on proper form, they may injure themselves if they don’t have the upper body or core strength to perform these asana with integrity.
In this video, Amber is going to show you how to use props to help students practice these poses while keeping stability and alignment in the pelvis. She’ll also demonstrate some ways to build strength using the wall, for students who aren’t ready to move it to the mat.
Now, let’s take a look at these two poses.
We hope you’ll enjoy this sneak peek of the type of training we offer in our full Yoga For All course. Registration opens for the course on September 14, and we can’t wait to launch the course again on September 28. We hope you’ll join us.
We know time and money is tight. We know that you’ve already spent a lot investing in becoming a yoga teacher. 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.
In the next free training video, we’ll look at the step-through. Many students have trouble with stepping forward from downward-facing dog into a lunge, getting the hands to the floor to step back to a lunge, and in general, getting from the front to the back of the mat, and back again! In the next video, Dianne will show you some transitions, modifications, and tips to hone your language skills and guide your students through these transitions.
We’ll be in touch shortly with more free training, so stay tuned.
With love & gratitude,
Amber & Dianne
P.S. We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment and let us know what difficulties you’ve run into with chaturanga or up-dog. Have you used this prop setup before? How have your students done with the strength-building tips we offered? Let us know your questions.