Work with ALL bodies
Adjust, modify, and adapt movement and positions so that larger, overweight or injured people are able to successfully practice Yoga.
Help People of Size Feel Comfortable
Students of size sometimes have particular issues with ankles, knees, hips or shoulders. It is important that they feel comfortable to share their concerns so that a modification can be found. There are no stupid questions – only questions that people are afraid to ask.
Find the Middle Ground
Prove to your students that modifications and props are not cheating. The balance between working too hard and working too easily. Find the balance and share it with your students, no matter what their size.
What to Expect
To develop skills as yoga teachers to work effectively with large bodies and make the practice of yoga accessible.
First class: Consider specific adaptations for large bodies. For example, as large-bodied people have large bellies, work with the belly and not against it. To lift rib cage use an adapted approach—unharden the belly, don’t fight it, get past physical part to feel what’s going on.
Welcome, Breath & the Bandhas
Breath, Leverage, Weight
Sun Salutations. Standing Poses with Chair
BBY Signature class. Discuss & divide into small groups
Practicum with feedback from BBY students, Q&A, Graduation**Breakout rooms?