Learn how to adapt and make your classes, sequences, language and teaching spaces accessible and welcoming for those with different abilities, needs, ages and backgrounds.
Facilitate a holistic approach that empowers, supports, and inspires practitioners to explore and adapt the practice of yoga to their own unique needs, intentions, and lifestyle.
Learn how accessibility and inclusivity are directly related to trauma. Explore the principles of trauma-informed care and understand its significance in the yoga community.
You will learn:
What accessibility and inclusivity means in yoga and why it matters.
Basics of trauma, resilience and trauma-informed yoga.
Practical modalities to create accessible teaching spaces and workshops or retreats.
In order to bring yoga to more people, to better understand and serve our students, and empower them to explore beyond the physical postures, we must dive into concepts of accessibility, inclusivity, and trauma. This course is specifically designed for yoga teachers who are ready to bring accessibility and inclusivity into their offerings and into the spaces in which they teach.
This course is packed with resources and practical tools on how to ensure your offerings are inclusive and accessible. You’ll learn how to adapt the physical practice of yoga to those with various disabilities. These include examples of seated, prone, and supine sequences, how to adapt Sun Salutations, how to incorporate adaptive and accessible components within a ‘regular’ Hatha or Vinyasa flow, plus a practice with an adaptive student.
You’ll learn how to ensure your cueing and language is inclusive, and how to make your workshops and retreats and the spaces in which you teach more accessible. You’ll understand how to adopt a holistic approach that empowers, supports, and inspires practitioners to explore and adapt the practice of yoga to their own unique needs, intentions, and lifestyle.
Welcome to this training! In this short introduction, Laia shares a little about her background, why accessibility and inclusivity is important, and gives an overview of the training and what to expect.
A short meditation to ground ourselves before we dive into the content.
What is Accessible and Inclusive Yoga?
In order to explore accessibility and inclusivity, it’s important to consider a few relevant terms and concepts that will come up often in this work. In this session, Laia shares some key definitions.
The way we speak and communicate with our students has a huge impact on how our words are received. In this class, Laia shares a number of considerations and suggestions to enable us to be more inclusive when communicating with our students before, during, and after class.
Accessibility and inclusivity are directly related to trauma. Here we explore the different types of trauma and why it's so important to be aware of it.
How we respond to trauma will directly influence how we move forward. Let’s explore some of these responses here.
Laia talks about the concept of resilience and shares how we can begin to cultivate it within ourselves as we also bring this concept into our teaching. We will also explore simple mindfulness practices to increase resilience.
Here we will learn the principles of trauma-informed care and why it matters to the yoga community.
Accessible Yoga and Philosophy
A brief overview or refresher of Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Path of yoga and a look at why embodying these principles is so important as a teacher.
Bringing philosophy into our classes is a wonderful way to expand our offerings and make yoga accessible to more people. Laia explores some ideas here.
Practical ways to make yoga accessible
An exploration of the various reasons for adapting the way you teach your students.
Laia explains why props are important and how we can introduce them into our practice and teaching as an accessibility tool.
This is a short asana class practiced entirely on the ground. Have your props handy!
Another short asana practice – this time done on the back and on the belly – to give you some more ideas on how to make the physical practice of yoga accessible.
In this video, Laia shares a few different ways in which to make Sun Salutations accessible. We will explore half, A and B Surya Namaskars.
Laia brings it all together in a 30 minute practice which teaches you how to incorporate adaptive and accessible components within your ‘regular’ Hatha and Vinyasa flow classes.
This is a short ‘sample’ class with an adaptive athlete as a student. It will give you a clear visual on how you can modify the practice of yoga and adapt it for different people.
Laia teaches a chair yoga class that’s suitable for wheelchair users, or those who find it difficult to stand, or would prefer to remain seated. It’s also nice to practice this class behind your desk! Please make sure your chair is steady and sturdy and you have a bolster and couple of blocks to hand.
Diving deeper into accessibility means taking a moment to think about what accessibility means beyond asana practice. This session offers some ideas and suggestions on how to make your classes, workshops, retreats, etc, more accessible and inclusive.
In this class, Laia shares a few tips and resources on how to continue to make the spaces in which we teach 'safe', accessible, and inclusive.
In this short talk, Laia shares a few tips and ideas you might consider so that your entire community feels welcome in your yoga studio.
Conclusion and Closing
Laia shares her final thoughts and explains why accessibility and inclusivity are important pillars when bringing the practice of yoga into more people’s lives.
Congratulations on completing the course! We finish with a short meditation to seal the container of this training.
Teaching Accessible and Inclusive Yoga, with Laia Bové is eligible for 5 Continuing Education Credits with yoga Alliance.
Laia is an E-RYT 500 teacher and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) . She teaches regular classes in the Tampa Bay area, as well as private classes, workshops, and retreats in the US and internationally. Laia is a lead teacher for the 200 hour Teacher Training at Sun Yoga Tampa. She also teaches yoga to adaptive athletes, and to elite, Olympic and Paralympic athletes from several countries including Spain, Canada, France, and the United States.
Understand the elements that shape your communication and learn to align it with your intentions. Explore how your teaching language can support, limit or prevent your students’ personal evolution.
This 20-hour comprehensive course is for anyone who wishes to access deeper relaxation, a higher understanding of the human experience and ultimately begin teaching Yoga Nidra to others.