Online and In-Person


Scholarships for this training are available for people underrepresented in the wellness community, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folx, and people experiencing financial barriers. To apply, please fill out this form

Advanced Sequencing (50 hours)

with Emily Smith and Susan Somers-Willett
Dates: Coming Soon



Learning Objectives: 

  • Gain insights on clients’ individual abilities and goals through an intake process

  • Demonstrate knowledge of contraindications for special populations

  • Recognize red flags associated with special populations

  • Demonstrate the ability to tailor asana, pranayama, and meditation for specialized populations along a continuum of possibilities

  • Apply appropriate progression and regression of practices for individuals and groups

  • Design adaptive vinyasa krama for clients with varying levels of functional abilities in individual and group settings

  • Use inclusive, people-first language and the creative use of props

  • Anticipate the social, emotional, or cultural needs of specialized populations

  • Understand body diversity and meet the needs of diverse bodies in group and individual settings



Foundations of Accessible Yoga (3.5 hours)

  • Anatomy trains and functional movement principles (1 hour)

  • Planes and levels: surface, force, and relationships to gravity (1 hour)

  • Vinyasa Krama: progression and regression (.5 hours)

  • How to conduct an initial assessment/intake (1 hour)


Accessible Asana Clinics (10 hours)

Exploration of key postures in different expressions/planes/relationships to gravity to meet levels of accessibility 

  • Postures to come in manual


Functional Practices (17.5 hours total)

(Approx. 1.5 hour lecture/discussion on anatomy, contraindications, and movement principles; 2 hours of application/practice teaching) 

  • Yoga for Back Pain (Anatomy of the Spine + common injury)-e.g. stenosis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, disc herniation

  • Yoga for the Neck and Shoulders (anatomy of the shoulder girdle and neck)

  • Yoga for Stress Management (nervous system review and pendiculation)

  • Yoga for Digestive Health (anatomical focus on issues of intestinal motility and GERD)

  • Yoga for Pelvic Health (SI joint stability, diaphragmatic anatomy and energy) 


Teaching Methods for Body-Diverse Populations (15 hours)

Overview: Define body diversity, use people-first language, discuss how identity is embodied, learn teaching methods for mixed populations in a public class (about 1 hour discussion of special considerations each, 2 hours of practice and application)

  • People in the second half of life (Active Seniors, Elders)

  • People using chairs or beds as part of their practice (People in wheelchairs, on bedrest, or in palliative care)

  • People with hypermobility, including perinatal bodies (overview)

  • People with chronic pain (including fibromyalgia, arthritis, and MS)

  • People with bigger bodies (overview)


Teaching Methods for Specialized Populations – Guest Speakers (4 hours)

Bring in people individually or panel-style to discuss their experience teaching yoga to one or more of these populations:

  • Veterans

  • People with mobility impairments/folks in wheelchairs

  • Cancer survivors (can be more specific to breast cancer, testicular cancer, lymphatic or ovarian cancer)

  • LGBTQA+ folks

  • BIPOC populations

  • People in prison

  • Sexual assault survivors

  • People in recovery for addiction