Piedmont Yoga Community sponsors annual Workshops in the Bay Area for Teachers & Caregivers – observe and practice teaching a yoga class with JoAnn’s students.
There is an upcoming workshop in March 2023. Please click here for details.
Description and comments about previous workshops:
How do you feel about teaching yoga to someone in a wheelchair, or as a caregiver, suggesting yoga to your client? What will you say when a potential student calls and says, “I have a broken leg / Multiple Sclerosis / Cerebral Palsy / (Fill in the blank) can I come to your yoga class?” This workshop will not only help you answer that question, it will also offer you a different way of approaching your own practice and teaching.
JoAnn Lyons has been teaching yoga to the Bay Area disability community since 1996. She started her journey teaching one class at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Oakland, California. It quickly became apparent to her that this was an area of yoga teaching that had not been well explored and that each class required not just one teacher, but a team of teachers, assistants, and volunteers who were well trained in yoga and ready to meet the challenge of adapting yoga poses to the needs of students with different abilities. So began workshops on Teaching Yoga to People with Disabilities and Special Needs.
Today there are five classes at the Cerebral Palsy Center, and PYC sponsors classes at Clausen House as well as public classes for people with disabilities and special needs at You and the Mat, Piedmont in Oakland.
Aging Baby Boomers with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, disabled vets returning home – this work is becoming more important every day! Working with students with disabilities and hearing their stories will bring a new dimension to your teaching as well as prepare you to adjust your teaching to meet the special needs of everyone who walks or rolls into your yoga class. This workshop will open you to the possibilities of these students whom many see as people who “can’t” and help you see that, well, yes, they “can.”