• 06Nov

    Prenatal Yoga

    November 6, 2021
    Sliding Scale
    $100/$80/$60/$0 Yoga during pregnancy can play an instrumental role in facilitating an experience that is grounded, powerful, and positively transformational. This workshop offers Yoga Teachers the knowledge and skills necessary to positively support pregnant people who participate in non-prenatal specific yoga classes.  This is not a comprehensive training preparing you to teach prenatal yoga. This workshop you will support you to:
    • Understand the primary benefits of yoga during pregnancy.
    • Know key body system adaptations during pregnancy, what symptoms commonly manifest as a result, and how to support people in class who present with these symptoms. 
    • Understand your scope as a Yoga Teacher guiding a pregnant person in a non-prenatal specific class and fundamental considerations to support the autonomous-sovereign experience of pregnancy.
    Key considerations you will be asked to consider:
    • Inclusivity 
    • Checking your own preconceptions about pregnancy & birth
    • Guide with intention to support their practice 
    • Language of abundance vs. deficience 
    Upon completion of this workshop, your scope as a Yoga Teacher will include:
    • Holding space that encourages engaging with the inner work & personal reflection required to journey consciously and in one’s sovereignty through pregnancy.
    • Offering adaptations for asanas and breathwork based on the pregnant student’s verbally expressed lived experience and physical symptoms.
    • Offering information about the root cause of common pregnancy symptoms based on your knowledge of the physiological and anatomical adaptations that occur during pregnancy. 
    • Referring out to other professionals when the information asked by the pregnant student is outside of your scope of knowledge as a non-prenatal specific Yoga Teacher.
  • 05Dec
    Yoga to Support Neurodivergent BIPOC (and allies) Folx Explore how to “de-ableize” your yoga/wellness practice, your worldview and the space you hold for students, clients and community. This workshop provides tools and resources for BIPOC folks and allies to deepen their understanding of neurodivergence – either their own or that of their students. Society is often guided by research that considers white bodies, experiences, and neuro-typical viewpoints as standard. Different behaviours, particularly when expressed by Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC), are considered abnormal or even dangerous. This distorted perspective influences mainstream yoga classes and wellness spaces too. Bias – even in well-meaning teachers or practitioners – can make these spaces unsafe for neurodivergent (ND) folks, particularly those who are also BIPOC. This workshop will explore the following ideas in greater depth:
    • How colonialism and white-body supremacy perpetuate distorted views of mental wellness.
    • Alternate understandings of mental wellness
    • Neurodivergent experiences of yoga and mindfulness practices
    • Establishing safety in therapeutic and yoga spaces for neurodivergent BIPOC people
    Class style:
    • Primarily somatic or body based
    • Some slides with charts and infographics, accompanied by lecture
    • Questions and discussion welcome throughout
    • Movement and mindfulness offered in ways that may feel more comfortable for neurodivergent folks
    • Stimming welcome!

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