Make your yoga teaching language empowering and equitable (without having to re-learn everything)

a free, online workshop with Dianne Bondy & Amber Karnes

Wednesday April 14th 2pm Est (New York) 

C. Lorilise wood-scarborough

Yoga For All Teacher

I would recommend this for all teachers, to meet the broad needs of all students. I learned to be more sensitive and affirming in my cueing. I learned to help my students find the shape of a pose in order to access the intended stretch and strengthening in a pose.

Dianne Bondy & Amber Karnes

Yoga For All Training Co-creators

Have you ever left a yoga class feeling like you didn't belong?

Maybe the teacher made you feel bad about your experience level or ability. Maybe there was subtle (or overt) body shaming, cues about bikini season, or implications that yoga is only for thin, hyper-fit people.

As two yogis in larger bodies, we’ve for sure experienced this, too. Now we are both yoga teacher-leaders who work with thousands of yoga teachers around the world, helping them create more accessible, equitable classes where students can feel empowered to trust themselves, make peace with their bodies, and honor the essence of the yoga practice.

We’d like to invite you to join us for a free Yoga For All workshop on April 14th from 2-3pm Eastern (New York): Equitable and inclusive language for yoga teachers with Dianne Bondy & Amber Karnes. In this online workshop, we’ll be covering key strategies for making language more accessible and welcoming.

Our best tips on equitable language

  • How to tweak your language to create an environment of agency and personal power for your students
  • How to talk about bodies that are different from yours (size, age, gender, disability) in a sensitive and respectful way
  • How to introduce modifications and variations on postures in an empowering way

How to empower our students

  • How to shift students from competition and comparison to trusting their own instincts
  • Help students reframe how we talk about our bodies to honor where we are today
  • How to get any student to use props, even if they’re reluctant
  • ...and much more

About Dianne & Amber

Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes are two teacher-leaders known for their work at the intersection of yoga and social justice. With more than 50 years combined experience on the yoga mat, Dianne and Amber will show you how to make your classes welcoming to all. Learn more about us

Want more diversity in your classes but aren't sure how to get there? You're not alone!

Most 200-hour yoga teacher trainings don’t cover practical tools like this for making our students feel successful and affirmed. We realize that and want to share some of our best tips that can make the difference between a student leaving class feeling defeated, or leaving with confidence that they’re building a lifelong, healthy and vibrant yoga practice. Join us for this free professional development and level-up your yoga teaching language!

Robin ralph

Yoga For All Teacher

Taking the Yoga For All course opened my eyes to how typical yoga trainings are designed for a very specific kind of body (thin, fit, and able-bodied- and often portrayed as a white female). My teaching was expanded to consider the many possibilities that people may be walking into a yoga class with and how I might be able to create a safe space that meets them where they are and helps them move and connect in with their body as it is.

Belinda todd

Yoga For All Teacher

Although, I am a certified instructor, you Dianne, were the first person I met who publicly proclaimed that there was no one “body type” to benefit from yoga. That totally changed my perspective. Before that, I was striving to make my body conform to postures not designed for me. Learning modifications was huge.

Emily Walkup

Yoga For All Teacher

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!

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