Create Body Positive Yoga Classes for All Shapes, Sizes, and Abilities
A 6-week online program with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes
If you’re unsure of how to teach yoga students that are older, plus-sized, or have disabilities, you’re not alone. You love teaching yoga, but sometimes students come to class that you don’t know how to help. Students in larger bodies, older students, or those with physical limitations want to take your yoga classes, but you don’t know how to make the poses safe and accessible for them.
- Worry that someone in a non-traditional yoga body will come to your class and feel nervous when they do?
- Try to offer modifications for poses, but feel like you don’t have enough variations in your toolbox?
- End up offering the modifications you do know in a way that leaves you and the student feeling awkward?
- Feel bad when a new non-traditional student doesn’t come back to class?
- Know you could attract more students, making you more marketable as a teacher, if you could confidently teach to whoever was in the room?
You’re not alone.
Yoga teacher trainings are failing their teachers by not teaching them how to modify yoga for older students, those in larger bodies, and students with physical limitations.
What if you:
- Could confidently adapt classical yoga poses on-the-fly for whoever shows up to your class?
- Felt more skilled and confident as a yoga teacher?
- Attracted more students to your classes by ensuring each feels that yoga is possible for them?
- Were able to teach more classes to a wider variety of students, increasing your marketability to the studios in your area
What our teacher trainees are saying…
Yoga For All has not only helped me understand what it’s like doing yoga in a bigger body, but I can use pose variations with people who have injuries. This training really helped me fill in the gaps where I was not feeling as confident–teaching modifications. I no longer have to feel nervous when a bigger bodied woman or someone who has an injury walks into my class.” ~Ashley Looker
Your yoga teacher training program taught you how to create yoga sequences for the slim, flexible and able-bodied.
But what about the students who don’t look like the pictures in your yoga anatomy textbook?
Yoga For All is an online yoga certification that teaches you how to adapt yoga asana for plus-size yogis, seniors, and those with physical limitations so that you can reach more students and confidently teach more classes.
We give you the tools to adapt any pose for any body, making you more confident and marketable as a teacher. And we coach you on how to leverage those tools to build a thriving, body-positive yoga business.
When you know how to adapt yoga poses on-the-fly for the unique bodies of your students, you can offer a personalized yoga experience created just for them. And that makes all the difference.
What our teacher trainees are saying…
Yoga For All bridges the gap between the bodies I saw in my yoga teacher training manuals and the actual people that show up to my classes. I learned to modify poses to make them accessible to plus-size and differently-abled bodies, but more importantly, how to cue and talk to students in an accepting and affirming way. I highly recommend the training to anyone who wants to teach authentic, individualized yoga. Worth every penny of my investment and I’m a better teacher for having completed Yoga For All. ~Rachel Holdgrafer
Hi. We’re Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes.
We are yoga teachers in larger bodies and we know what it’s like to be the “odd student out” in a class. We’ve been singled out, shamed for our size, and made to feel less-than. And we never want that to happen to your students.
That’s why we created Yoga for All, an online yoga certification for teachers who want to teach adaptive and accessible yoga to whoever shows up to class.
What our teacher trainees are saying…
Yoga For All teaches a practical method of thinking about yoga poses as combinations of foundational movements that can be adapted for bodies of all sizes and shapes. It also teaches how to use language to make adaptations accessible and welcome to all students. Yoga For All has changed the way I teach all students and has made me a much better teacher.” ~Juanita Peck
50 Years of Combined Yoga Experience
Dianne Bondy is an author, motivator, educator, yoga teacher, and creator of Yogasteya.com, an online yoga site dedicated to celebrating students of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Dianne has had over 1,000 hours yoga training in different modalities such as yoga therapeutics, restorative, and Anusara Yoga. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level and is the Director of Eastside Yoga School. You can take her classes at YogaInternatinal.com, Omstars.com and many others.
Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level, and a certified Accessible Yoga teacher trainer. Amber is a contributor to Yoga International and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for all on and off the mat. You can learn more about her at bodypositiveyoga.com.
About Yoga For All: Since we launched in 2015, over 500 teachers have become Yoga For All certified. This 6-week self-paced online course is perfect for busy yoga teachers. You can work on the material whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. All content is available online for self-study and you have a year to complete the course and receive your certification.
What we cover
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
- Chair Warm Ups
- Kneeling warmup
- Supine warmup
- Standing warmup
- Warmup at the wall
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 and 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 communit
Asana: Sun Salutations
- Sun salutations and vinyasa at the wall
- Sun Salutation: No hands & knees
- Sun salutation: Kneeling
- Sun salutations with a chair
- Sun salutation: Traditional with blocks
- Sun salutation with bolster
- Upward-facing dog
- Transitions in sun salutations
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
Asana: Standing poses
- Standing Twists
- Forward fold
- Triangle and Revolved Triangle
- Wide Legged Forward Fold
Asana: Standing poses (balancing)
- King Dancer
- Hand to Big Toe
- Standing Pigeon
- Warrior 3/Standing Split/ Chopasana
- Half Moon
- Prone Backbends
- Pigeon with a bind
- Cat cow with bind
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?
Asana: Floor poses
- Thread the Needle
- Child’s Pose
Asana: seated and supine poses
- Seated Forward Fold
- Seated Twists – Half Lord of the Fishes
- Happy Baby Amber
- Janu Sirsasana
Asana: Inversions & Arm Balances
- Side plank
- Shoulderstand Plow, Legs up the wall
- Flying Splits
- Arm Balancing Handstand
- Arm balancing Headstand
Building the flow
- How to put it all together
- Chair Flow with Amber
- Chair Flow with Dianne
- Wall Flow with Dianne
Marketing Your Yoga For All Class
- 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
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there payment plans? Or do I have to pay for the course in one lump sum?
We know that it can be hard to pay for a yoga training in one lump sum and so we offer payment plans to make Yoga For All easier to work into your budget.
Your payments can be split into two or three payments. If you need something longer, with lower monthly payments, let us know.
How do the payment plans work?
Your first payment will be deducted immediately when you register. Subsequent payments will come out every 30 days, from the day you register. For example, if you register on May 3rd, your second payment will come out on June 3rd, and so on until all payments have been made.
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 35 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. If you would like to be certified as a Yoga For All Certified Teacher, you have one year from the beginning of class to complete the course.
I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a training course. What is the time commitment for Yoga For All?
Most students spend between 1-4 hours per week for six weeks to watch and digest the content and complete the homework.
But you don’t have to finish the course within six weeks! You have access to the course website for a full year so that you can complete it at your pace. You just need to complete the course within that year to get your certificate and for CEUs from Yoga Alliance, if desired. You get to download and keep all course material forever.
Is this a “live” course? Can I take it whenever I like?
Each week, you’ll receive self-paced online videos to watch, including lectures with slides and asana videos. Each week’s material also 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 have one year to finish the course, so you can learn at your own pace!
Do I get Continuing Education credits for completing Yoga For All?
Yes! Upon the completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate that you can submit to Yoga Alliance for 35 non-contact hours. Although we get many requests, we cannot offer contact hours for this course. Yoga Alliance stipulates that contact hours happen at an in-person training or workshop.
Are the payments in U.S. or Canadian Dollars?
The cost of the course is in USD. Dianne is Canadian, however Amber is in the U.S. and all of our expenses are in USD. Therefore we need to charge is USD.
You’ll love Yoga For All. We Guarantee It.
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 if you cancel your training within 60 days. To secure your refund, simply complete an exit interview with us so we can learn how to make Yoga For All better next time around.
When you complete Yoga For All, you’ll know how to adapt yoga poses for the individual in front of you. You’ll be able to offer those adaptations with grace and you’ll be able to teach mixed ability classes with ease. Learn to create inclusive yoga experiences for every student you teach and do it on your own time.
What our teacher trainees are saying…
This course has been a game changer for me. I was teaching a class and a student was having a really hard time getting into downward dog. I was able to give her all of these great variations to try. So instead of leaving class with a feeling of “I can’t,” she left with a sense of empowerment. ~Tiffany Landry