Are you a yoga teacher, health care provider, therapist, caregiver, or otherwise lover of making movement accessible to all people? Come learn how to teach Adaptive Yoga with Abigail Atkinson!
Adaptive yoga supports people living with physical trauma, mobility impairment, different abilities, injuries, and older adults.
While an adaptive yoga class looks physically different than a traditional class, the principles of yoga apply across the board. Our community needs teachers and caretakers who can create an environment where yoga is inclusive of everyone, whether they have a traditional yoga practice or not.
In this course you will gain confidence in:
- Adapting standing, seated, inverted, restorative and floor postures
- Adapting sun salutations for different needs
- Understanding mobility exercises for walking stability and gait alignment
- Anatomy & universal principles for adaptive yoga
- Planning, sequencing and teaching an adaptive yoga class
- Creating a safe environment for adaptive yoga adjustments
As a stroke survivor, Abigail understands the frustration of losing and living with different physical abilities. She turned that frustration into learning how to adapt her personal yoga practice to support her recovery. This inspired her to certify to teach and train adaptive yoga in her community.
While everyone’s recovery journey is personal and unique, yoga is a tool that can create the self-awareness needed to experience a deeper level of mind-body connection.
Abigail is an E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 with over 1500 teaching hours and 4 years experience teaching adaptive yoga. She received her adaptive yoga certification training under Matthew Sanford, the critically-acclaimed and leading pioneer of adaptive yoga. She also studied biomechanics from Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, and incorporates all of these elements in her style of adaptive yoga.
All course participants will
- Experience adaptive yoga classes + work with adaptive students
- Receive a Third Edition Adaptive Yoga Manual with comprehensive yoga postures and breakdowns
- Take away 3 Adaptive Yoga sequences premade for immediate use
- Learn techniques to teach the experience of the pose and not just the physical shape
- Obtain individual feedback on planning, sequencing and teaching adaptive yoga
Yoga teachers who attend the course and complete course requirements receive 18 continuing education hours through Yoga Alliance.
“Initially my reasoning for taking this extra course was to be able to teach yoga to my parents. What happened though is my eyes were opened and a seed of desire was planted within my heart to share yoga with all people despite their abilities or limitations. What I learned was that yoga can be accessible for every single person on the planet.” – Raquel Ellis
“As a beginner to instructing yoga, learning [Abigail’s] adaptive yoga techniques was beneficial for multiple reasons. I was able to retain information on more basic poses while learning about modifications for other poses. Knowing that I will be able to offer a wide-range of options to a wide range of people so they may improve their practice allows for a sense of confidence in my teaching ability.” – Jade Bliss
“This course was really my first on my journey to yoga teaching and I’m really glad that it was. It helped me think beyond my own movement practice and opened up the possibilities for what a yoga class can be made of. I feel more confident going into my YTT program knowing how to keep in mind the expansive options that are available and being aware of the ways that I can create a more inclusive environment in my classes. It is easy for movement to feel like a barrier to people who may not feel like they have the abilities to be “good” at a yoga class but this training helped me understand how I can remove those barriers and open up the world of yoga to anyone and everyone.” – Kara K.