Bridging the Divide: Creating Inclusive Yoga Spaces
with Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500
June 7 - 9, 2019
Join celebrated Yoga teacher and social justice activist Dianne Bondy for a workshop that seeks to bridge the divide and make Yoga an inclusive practice for all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Through in-depth, open forum discussions, practical hands-on asana (posture) labs, and interactive Yoga practices, you’ll discover how to deconstruct the values, norms, and perceptions that guide the current Western view of Yoga, beauty, and success. Let’s finally bridge the cultural divides that keep us segregated.
During this workshop you will learn how to:
- Apply yogic principles and practices in order to encourage diversity in Yoga
- Create inclusive spaces where all bodies are invited to the Yoga mat
- Structure accessible Yoga classes using socially informed language, innovative modifications, and conscious movements
- Broaden your teaching style so that it caters to individuals and communities that are currently underserved
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email [email protected]
This workshop features a series of modules that focus on accessibility, self-acceptance, asana (posture) practice, and self-study.
Module 1—Friday Night
The Principles of Inclusion: An Introduction to Yoga, Diversity and Body Image
Module 1 is an engaging conversation that delves into the topics of Yoga, diversity, and body image. Begin to uncover practical methods and strategies that will help you engage with individuals and communities that are underserved. This discussion will provide you with actionable tools to help you take your Yoga off the mat and into your community.
- The intersection of Yoga, diversity, and body image
- Perceptions of Yoga in the media
- Strategies to help combat the “Yoga body” narrative
- Approaches to engage underserved communities
- The power of language
- Methods of teaching in non-traditional spaces
- Accessible Yoga class planning and execution
- Instruction on teaching from the 8 limbs of Yoga to promote inclusion and accessibility
Module 2—Saturday Morning
Developing Yoga Classes for Body Positivity and Self-Acceptance
Building on the topics discussed in the proceeding module, this module provides practical instructions and cues to help you build and structure Yoga classes that focus specifically on the themes of body positivity and self-acceptance. This module is delivered in a practicum style, as you will be invited to integrate the learning material on your Yoga mat.
- Inclusive warm-ups
- Innovative ways to incorporate props
- Asanas, modifications, and variations for:
- Standing poses
- Seated twists and supine poses
- Sun Salutations for all bodies
- Chair Yoga
- Innovative sequencing
- Accessible Vinyasas
- Yoga at the Wall
Module 3—Saturday Afternoon
Discover, Explore, Play: The Asana Research Lab
Explore Yoga for all levels, shapes, and sizes, as an expression of joyful movement. Working in a non-competitive environment, this practice will be brave and supportive. Learn how to observe your students through a new and more attuned lens and instruct your students so that they are empowered to connect with and listen to their bodies. As you progress through this practice, you’ll discover your inner strength while exploring the path to self-acceptance.
Bring your questions, your ideas, and your asanas and let’s flow freely as we share in this inspiring practice.
Module 4—Sunday Morning
Using Svadhyaya (Compassionate Self-Study) and Self-Acceptance to Strengthen Your Teaching
The role of the teacher is powerful. How we show up to teach impacts our students and our lives. In Module 4, we will consider the many reasons we are called to teach. Safely explore the themes of self-acceptance and compassion toward the self and others. This unique practice of ongoing and collaborative learning integrates asana, journaling, and open-dialogue discussions centered on the philosophy of Yoga as it relates to equanimity and unity.
- The role of the teacher
- Self-study and self-care
- Practical methods for compassionate self-reflection
- Self-awareness as a daily practice
- Self-acceptance and compassion
This workshop will give you practical tools to help expand your teaching so that you can leave a positive impact on your students.
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 invisible 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. — Lisa Parks
Dianne’s enthusiasm is infectious. As a teacher of teachers I am in awe of her ability and experience in anticipating areas of nurturing need in the participants. She creates and holds a safe and inviting learning environment. — Stacy S.
Dianne is a celebrated Yoga teacher, social justice activist, and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of Yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression, and radical self-love in their Yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online Yoga classes, workshops, and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga,…
Learn more about Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500