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As a yoga teacher, you cue movement and breath through careful sequencing, allowing your students to find strength, empowerment, peace, and balance.

As a leader, it is an important responsibility to fully welcome and serve the needs of those who show up in the space you’ve created. Do you know what to do if a new student shows up, or if someone shows up with an injury? Do you know which words empower, or how to effectively ask permission to share space? Do you know how to modify a practice?

This accessibility x inclusivity training will tap you into the skills to be the educated, intention filled, respected teacher that yogis will seek out (and tell all their friends about).

Content for this training will be broken into four clear modules: the purpose of accessibility, connection via communication, asana modifications, and application in practice. All 6 hours of the program count as contact hours for Yoga Alliance teacher registrations. (Did you know you need 10 contact hours every three years to keep your registration valid?) This training was specifically created for yoga teachers seeking continuing education. The skill sets learned in the accessibility x inclusivity training are soft skills that can be learned and adapted by teachers of any tenure- there are no minimum training or teaching hour requirements to enroll in this session.

In this program, you’ll learn how to:

prepare yourself to teach in any space
> effectively hold space for a group of mixed levels yogis
> empower through language – including what words to exclude from your teaching vocabulary!
> effectively view bodies to ‘see’ alignments
> connect to the root, to build anything from the ground up
> create variations for the main asana families
> be a progressive teacher who grows with the industry

Education on accessible and inclusive yoga is a must for any yoga teacher today. A Yoga Alliance/Yoga Journal study (2016) estimated that 80 million Americans would try yoga that year, in addition to the more than 36 million active practitioners. Together, that’s roughly a third of our country’s population. A positive first experience can lead someone to a strong relationship with their yoga mat, while an unsupportive first experience has the potential to steer someone away from the benefits of yoga forever.

Per that same YA/YJ study, for every one yoga teacher, there are two people interested in becoming a teacher. We are in a time of amazing growth, with an awesome opportunity to continue to introduce this practice to the masses.

This is the time to commit to your continuing education, and stand with pride in the necessary value you bring to our industry.

Atha yoga anushasanam: and now, the practice of yoga begins.

To register: (link)

About your educator: Melissa Klimo-Major, E-RYT, YACEP has over 500 hours of study in her career. Her first training was a 300 hour program in Mentor, Ohio at Awaken Yoga. In 2014, she was accepted into Tiffany Cruikshank’s Yoga Medicine advanced training program, where she is currently pursuing a 1000 hour level certification. In 2016, MKM also completed a 300 hour course in Advanced Yoga Psychology with Ashley Turner.

She was drawn to the path of teaching after her yoga practice helped to ground her through the loss of her mom, who relied on oxygen support through the last years of her life. In honor of her mom, encouraging every student to honor each breath became MKM’s mission in teaching.

Melissa’s desire to live freely on and off her mat inspires those around her to cultivate ownership of their own paths. Her style is approachable- she seamlessly balances integrity in alignment with the freedom of flow. As the founder of popular yoga & beer community Balance & Brews, she is well-versed in leading flows for mixed levels in unconventional spaces.

What to expect: Workshop will include topic study, review, and demonstration of knowledge in solo and small group format. Print material + certificate of completion will be offered day of event.

Bring with you: a yoga mat, writing utensil, water bottle, snacks. Dress comfortably in yoga clothing- study may include short amounts of asana practice or demonstrations.

Information provided in this workshop description, or the workshop content itself, is not meant to replace medical care. Always consult a healthcare provider before undertaking any form of exercise.

Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: noon- 6pm
Instructor: Melissa Klimo-Major, E-RYT, YACEP
Cost: $125 (Early bird for the first 5 sign-ups) $150 following that.