How to Teach Inclusive Yoga for All Bodies

Yoga teachers everywhere are trying to make their classes more accessible to all students, but their 200hr training didn’t leave them feeling confident to teach all bodies. What about the students who show up to class who are older, plus-sized, or have physical limitations? In this 2 hr workshop on How to Teach Inclusive Yoga to All Bodies, we will explore how we can create yoga classes that are safe and welcoming to all students by adapting our language , the poses, and possibly make a huge difference in the lives of people who might not have tried yoga or have been felt left out of public yoga spaces.

We will cover:

  • Language and consent, and how our words can help to create a safe space and inclusive practice
  • Props, and how a few simple cue modifications can foster more-accessible alignment and a deeper felt-sense in any asana practice
  • How to teach sun salutations and transitions from one pose to the next for larger or differently-abled bodies.
  • Asana practice, demos, Q & A, and more!

If possible students should have yoga blocks, folded blankets, a pillow or bolster, a strap or scarf, a chair nearby. They may wish to be prepared to take notes.

This workshop will be offered on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. This is a live virtual class held via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

This one-time workshop is being offered Pay-What-You-Can $20-$50 per person. The value of this series is $50. Sign-up from here.

You can pay online for the class in increments of $10 between $20-$50. You are also welcome to pay over the phone at 434-218-7677.

Please note: No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made at least 24 hours in advance, refunds will not be issued after this point. 

About the instructor: Jacquie “Sunny” Barbee is an E-RYT 200 hr yoga teacher living in the Panhandle of Florida. After practicing yoga to help with her chronic illness and anxiety for several years, she made the dive into yoga teacher training in 2016. While in YTT Sunny realized there was a need for more teachers that didn’t fit the stereotypical “yoga body” image like her and that she could make a difference in helping people see that yoga is for every body. She is able to share with others how to customize their practice to fit their body, whether that body is larger, aging, or living illness or injury, much like she does with her own practice. Creating safe spaces where the student can connect and make peace with their bodies is what Sunny loves most about teaching yoga. She gets very excited when her students are able to find variations of poses that fit their body comfortably.

Off the mat, Sunny enjoys hiking, camping and going to the beach with her husband and daughter.