Yoga Assists can be a fantastic way to help students deepen their yoga practice, move more safely on their mat, or experience a pose or transition in a new way. Helpful assists are born from an understanding that all bodies are different, and thus tailored to the unique needs of each student. Through an exploration of the postures found in the Ashtanga series, Janet Walkoe and Jennie Light will share what they’ve learned through their vast experience teaching in the yoga room with students from a wide range of ages, body types, abilities, and experience levels.
Attendees will learn about how the body and breath move, view demos of various assists on different people, practice assists in a supportive environment, and receive real-time feedback.
To effectively deliver a great assist, teachers must lead with compassion and respect students’ personal boundaries and voices. Janet and Jennie will share their personal assisting philosophies, how to create an open environment where students feel comfortable sharing feedback, and when to back off.
Teachers will receive Continuing Education credit through Yoga Alliance.
About Janet (RYT): Janet took her first Ashtanga class in 2004 and has had a daily practice ever since. She is the founder and Director of the Bluebird Sky Yoga Mysore program. Learn more about Janet at http://www.yoga.walkoe.com/.
About Jennie (E-RYT): Jennie attended her first yoga class in 2008, eventually leaving her full-time job to open Bluebird Sky Yoga. With over 1,000 hours of teaching experience and hundreds of hours of advanced study, she is excited to share her assisting experience and philosophy with other teachers. Learn more about Jennie at www.jennielightyoga.com.
Cost: $75 (early bird before August 31st / and Bluebird Sky member rate); $100 (regular rate)
Please reach out if interested in scheduling one of the workshops below.
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Artful Flow: Yoga, Live Music, & Art Events - Artful Flow events bring together artists, designers, musicians, yoga teachers, authors, and community members in a celebration of creative expression. Most include yoga classes with live music, and the opportunity to meet and support local artists. See photos from past events below.