Wow! I had tears a few times as I listened to and felt the intention behind the words in the first lesson. I’m pretty selective with the teachers I choose and thought I was being careful in deciding which classes to attend. It seems I was just donning an invisibility cloak of denial and defense against the unspoken (and sometimes spoken) expectations and judgement. I didn’t realize the slow-moving and cumulative toll they were taking on my power and self-worth. Thank you for this training! I can’t wait to be a different kind of teacher and share this gift of inclusive yoga.
I have a student who had a stroke. She feels disabled, has trouble with proprioception as well as tightness and imbalance in her body. While some of those things will always be challenges, she has come to enjoy working with them instead of feeling discouraged. Her trainer tells her whatever her yoga teacher is telling her, keep doing that because she is stronger all the time. I really appreciate Dianne’s ability to articulate the concept that yoga is for everyone.
I‘ve always felt out of place as the largest person in most classes. This training reaffirmed my ability to teach and practice yoga in -my- larger body and has ignited a fire in me to be the yoga teacher I never had for people in my area who are living in larger or otherwise marginalized bodies. Gabriella Dahalia One of my students had a breakthrough. I shared a new version of Sun Salutation that was taught in one of the first modules of Yoga For All. She started crying with joy because it was completely accessible to her. She was so grateful to have completed a full sun salutation. This course has changed me, the manner in which I teach and the breadth of what I do and how many I can share the benefit and joys of yoga with!
Oh my gosh ! This first day has my heart you guys. I may or may not have cried! I read, listened and downloaded [the materials]. I also took 8 pages of notes! Wow!!
Yoga For All taught me how to plan a class sequence that encourages students to take poses at their own pace, and to listen to their needs. Instead of directing people into the ‘full pose,’ I start at Bus Stop 1 as the full pose. For example, Tree with your foot on the ground as a kickstand *is* Tree. Period. Then, if students want to, we can perhaps work on going further through more Bus Stops (maybe balance for a moment, maybe put that foot on your lower leg). This technique has been life changing!
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!!!
Last night a subbed a gentle restorative yoga class. For the past several months I’ve been having chronic pain in my knees & foot which have taken a toll on me. I sat in my car before the class trying to get in a good frame of mind and 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. As I was checking people in and greeting them, there was a woman who was brand new to the studio. She was in a bigger body and was visibly nervous about being there. She asked me, “Are you the teacher?” and when I answered that I was, her whole demeanor changed and 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?