Piedmont Yoga Community sponsors annual Workshops in the Bay Area for Teachers & Caregivers – observe and practice teaching a yoga class with JoAnn’s students. Join us on March 20-22, 2020 for the next workshop with JoAnn Lyons. Fri., 3/20 - 1:30 to 5:00, Sat., 3/21 - 9:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sun., 3/22 - 9:30 to 12:00 all at Ability Now, Sun., 1:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Nest Yoga (You and the Mat), Piedmont
How do you feel about 00aching 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.
Ageing 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.”
CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds minus $100 non-refundable deposit will be paid if given 7 days before the start of the workshop. No refunds thereafter.
Attending this workshop will give you access to our Teacher Training Videos. You will need a password to view these videos online.
The next workshop in the Bay Area will be held on March 20, 21, 22 2020. Click here for more info.
If you are interested in Scheduling A Workshop In Your Area, anywhere in the United States or beyond, contact JoAnn via email by clicking here or via phone at (510) 261-8165.
We received a few comments after some recent teacher trainings.
After this weekend, I definitely feel more comfortable working with students with disabilities. The observation and hands-on experiences were invaluable.
Absolutely will recommend to others. The combination of instruction, group exercises, reading materials, videos, and hands-on experiences was fantastic.
I loved getting to see and work with your students.
I appreciated the deep care of the teacher and the nourishing and non-judgmental space created. I learned how to think about poses and yoga in a more accessible way.
JoAnn is a wealth of knowledge, super approachable, and fostered such an open, easy learning environment.I would HIGHLY recommend this course.
I just wanted you to know how thankful I am to have had this experience.It was truly eye-opening what experience, determination,and the power of yoga can accomplish.
And another one from a workshop in Sidup, UK.
I feel so lucky that we had you come and teach us in such an intimate setting in March. Your teaching experience and ability to hold the space for the group is even more apparent now.