Yoga Teacher Conference

Class Descriptions – ELEVATE

Go from burned out and overwhelmed yoga teacher to THRIVING yoga professional!


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What is Bhakti: Love as a Path to the Self*

Through story, chanting, traditional teaching and integrated personalized meaning, Kaya’s clarifies the true teaching of Bhakti. Explore the role of the divine relationship in yoga, whether yoga is a religion, what is “God” from the Vedic viewpoint, is the yoga tradition polytheistic, and how it is possible to cultivate a meaningful relationship with the Divine no matter your beliefs or background. You’ll leave with depth of understanding and inspiration for your own practice, life & teaching.

Taught by: Kaya Mindlin

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers - bringing Ayurveda into your life and your practice

An overview of Ayurvedic lifestyle, and using Ayurvedic wisdom to guide our yoga. By the end of this class you’ll be able to:

Get a glimpse into Ayurvedic lifestyle

Understand how to apply Ayurvedic wisdom to customizing yoga practice for yourself and your students

Understand how Ayurveda is distinct from modern medicine

Taught by: Siva Raakhi Mohan

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Create a Successful Long-Term Business

The yoga industry shifted in a big way in 2020 and as we move forward, we need to ensure that our yoga businesses are set up for long-term success both online and offline. This session will teach you how to create a sustainable & thriving yoga business that fulfills you.

Taught by: Amanda Kingsmith

Bandha and Mudra Practice

Asana is an entry point into the much larger system of hatha yoga which includes bandha and mudra practice. Taught in conjunction with asanas, these “locks” and “seals” magnify the effect of asana and naturally lead to meditation. This workshop explores the deeper theory behind bandhas and mudras in addition to an experiential practice session.

Taught by: Derik Eselius

Finding Your Voice

Every single one of us has stories to tell and teachings to impart, both on the mat and in our everyday lives. Through discussions, guided visualizations, yin yoga, and specific writing prompts, come explore how to share your wisdom by connecting to the sound and rhythm of your own voice.

Taught by: Linda Sparrowe

Online Teaching Essentials

Struggling to fill your online classes? Nervous about your Zoom link epically failing? Join Alex Haley, co-founder of OfferingTree, to talk about how to successfully produce online offerings to better serve your students, and grow your yoga business!

Alex has over 400 hours in online teaching experience, and he’ll be sharing best practices, product recommendations, and everything he wished someone had told him about how to teach successfully online.

Taught by Alex Haley of Offering Tree

Astrology for Yoga Teachers*

Astrology for Yoga Teachers is a workshop to help yoga teachers teach to the natural cycles of the Universe. It is a deep dive to provide them how to incorporate Zodiac symbolism, moon phases, eclipses and seasonal changes into their yoga classes through instruction, practice, discussion and a training manual. This class is focused on Western astrology.

Taught by: Sirena Dudgeon

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

How To Sequence A Vinyasa Yoga Class*

In this session, you will learn how to design and teach a meaningful flowing vinyasa-style yoga class. John will share some of his simple tricks to compose a yoga sequence that you can use in your classes. This will be an interactive class. Bring a notebook and roll out your yoga mat.

Taught by: John Cottrell

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s.

Panel Discussion - Upleveling the Yoga Profession for the 21st Century

This panel brings together top minds in the community—Founding Members of Yoga Unify—to discuss our vision for the future and how we plan to serve yoga teachers. Our discussion will address issues of equity, education, ethics, and community investment, and focus on the solutions we envision and offer opportunities to get involved. We believe that a better future is possible for yoga, and that the world at large will benefit from more people having access to practice. YŪ Interview

Learn more about Yoga Unify.

How We Are ALL Affected by Racism and How Yoga Can Move Us Forward

This presentation will explore myriad repercussions of racism and how we can, and must, use yogic wisdom and practices as an entrée to move us all forward. As teachers of yoga, we are being called as agents of change. We have an opportunity to be advocates of healing and repairing ourselves and those that we serve. It is imperative that we give as much attention (if not more) to non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, self-study, humility, unity, and liberation from ignorance as we give to the alignment of a pose.

*This enriching experience is for everyone; and will contain lecture, reflection exercises, breath, meditation, and asana.

Taught by: Kourtney de la Luz

Art & Science of Presentation*

CONTEXT is setting the framework and tone for the learning experience. CONTENT is the subject matter itself. Without the former, the latter can fall flat. The goal is to gain specific skills and strategies to confidently teach 1 or 100 in a way that feels authentic and delivers effective results every time.

Taught by: Nancy Ruby

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Intuitive Yoga Teaching*

Intuition is a key element in teaching yoga. It helps you tune in, connect with your students, and provide customized class design. Everyone is intuitive, but not everyone practices or trusts their intuition. Come play with your intuition so you can tune in and use it every time you teach.

Taught by: Sheri Fisher

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Yoga for Bendy People*

The quest for ever-increasing mobility in yoga can lead hypermobile practitioners down a path of chronic pain and injury. Learn about the far-reaching impacts of hypermobility spectrum disorders, and learn how yoga can be a safe and supportive way for hypermobile students to cultivate stability in practice and in life.

Taught by: Libby Hinsley

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

How to Create an Online Course*

Get the brass tacks scoop on how to create a quality online offering that offers lasting value to your community. We’ll cover course structure, course platforms, what you need to know about tech, and best practices. Bring what you’re working on; let’s make it a reality.

Taught by: Rachel Scott

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

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Yoga for COVID Longhaulers: Rebuild

Days, weeks or month post COVID patients are struggling to reclaim their life. This class will expand tools beyond asana and integrate yoga tools such as the breath, mudrā, mantra and marma point therapy integrated with asana and pranayama to support the journey toward wellness.

Taught by: Hansa Knox

reBUILD Your Yoga Business

A real talk conversation designed to support professional yoga teachers and studio owners reconstruct their businesses after a year of unprecedented change in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Never before has our industry faced such dramatic shifts to the way we practice + teach yoga. No matter what lineage, no matter what part of the country you live in, we all have lost something; many have lost everything. We have swung from one reality to the next, put out one fire after the other, and embraced new opportunities that have presented themselves as we have coped with an ever changing business environment. We have barely had time to catch our breaths, let alone to be strategic and to think ahead. But – not too far ahead, this series is designed to help business owners make the most of the next 12 months while the world recalibrates post Covid.

Our professional lives today look nothing like what they did a year ago and the truth is, we are not going back to normal. This defining moment for our industry is the true start of something new. So, how do we prepare best for an unknown future? How do we make the most of our new business environment? The answer is by reBUILDing – together.

Taught by: Ava Taylor

How to Teach Philosophy in an Asana Class (without sounding preachy, boring, or clueless)

Learn how to share yoga philosophy inside asana classes in a way that feels authentic to you and relevant to your students.

Taught by: Mado Hesselink

Elevate Your Yoga Marketing*

As a yoga teacher, your goal is to impact lives and you’re doing that already. But if you’re struggling to fill your classes or you’re ready to make teaching yoga your career, it’s time to elevate your yoga business. In this workshop/class you will learn a marketing formula that will help you grow your business and will receive social media post templates that you can use immediately.

Taught by: Amanda McKinney

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Redefining the Role of Yoga Teacher: Social Justice and Leadership

This Masterclass will illuminate the areas of teaching yoga that often are left out of yoga teacher training and yoga business practices. We will explore how social justice and leadership are precisely related and fundamental to holding the seat of a yoga teacher.

You will learn:

  • How to engage students and communities
  • The core competencies of yoga teachers
  • How to expand your social consciousness and awareness of human values
  • Strategies for accountability

Taught by: Kourtney de la Luz

Yoga Studio Roundtable Discussion

Calling all yoga studio owners! 2020 was a tough year as we navigated shut downs and virtual classes without much support. Join three yoga studio owners who successfully navigated 2020 as they share their best business practices and the skills you need to be the leader of your studio community.

Hosted by Shauna Hylenski, Rebecca Sebastian and Sigrid Strebe.

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Live the Practice: The Art of Peaceful Living

Many today are in yoga and are searching for how to live their practice authentically. Join in this two hour workshop to gain perspective on how to live your practice and allow your practice to speak your life. In this workshop you will be guided through to find a deeper connection to your authentic voice to share with the world. Bring your journal, your open heart, and questions to become the example the world needs today.

Taught by: Sid McNairy

Yoga Nidrā*

Yoga Nidrā, often defined as “conscious sleep” or “sleep with a trace of awareness,” is a powerfully healing and transformative practice of deep relaxation. It resembles guided meditation, designed to bring the practitioner into states equivalent to sleep or on the verge of sleep while enabling them to remain conscious through the process.

Taught by: Jeremy Wolf

*2 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Build Your Business Toolbox

Understand the tools every instructor needs in their yoga business toolbox!

  • Entity Creation: Sole Proprietor, LLC, Corporation
  • Contracts 101 for the yoga professional
  • Fee Agreements: Employment Agreements vs. Independent Contractors.
  • Covid-19 & Litigation: Let’s talk liability, waivers & releases.
  • Be the BOSS: Establishing policy, handbooks, compliance
  • Stand Your Ground: Manage business disputes & negotiation.
  • Audit Your Website & Socials: Terms & conditions, privacy, consent
  • Understand Insurance and Coverage

Taught by: Candace Sneed

The Yoga of Self Care for Yoga Teachers: The Call of 2021 and Beyond

Are you ready for a refresh? Usher in health and happiness with the primordial call of self-care.

Patanjali Yoga begins with ahimsa. Ahimsa is not merely avoiding physical self-harm or hurting others. Its definition has a far broader scope and application, and it begins with self-care and kindness.

It’s so easy to begin a routine with a sacred vow to stay committed, however, somewhere along the way, we become too harsh with ourselves, shrinking our motivation and shriveling our optimism. Other times, we attempt a new practice with so much vigor and energy that we simply exceed our capacity and burn out. We may work tirelessly for the betterment of society, nation, or Mother Earth, but we neglect to remember that the seeds that we sow today may not bloom or fruit for us, but instead for future generations. We expect results too soon and end up feeling angry or frustrated with ourselves—as if we were not working hard enough or there was something more we should have done.

When we deprive the body, mind, and heart of much needed rest, care, and healing, it’s easy to turn away from fulfilling our most fundamental duty—care of ourselves and kindness. From self-care and kindness arises everything else—the possibility to give back, for our lives to be of purpose, to live by the foundational principles of Yoga, and the possibility to honor those who came before us—and who paved the path so lovingly with sacrifice and effortless giving. Yoga is to be explored and realized, not done and checked off. In 2021 and beyond, make self-care your priority.

Learn how to live the Yoga of Self-Care in 2021 and beyond.

Taught by: Indu Arora

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Supported Movement with ZEST!

Come explore the familiar practice of Vinyasa with the stable support of a chair! Elevating the practice from the floor will allow you to explore familiar postures (including balance postures) with the pleasant surprise of new awareness, allowing space for personal growth. Whether you’re new to yoga, recovering from an injury, aging gracefully, or a seasoned practitioner, you will find Supported Movement has it’s benefits for all who are willing to give it a try! Pull up your stable chair and let’s get moving!

Taught by: Ericka Bell

Making Sequences Meaningful — Integrating Current Events and Seasonal Rhythms

This 90-minute workshop provides a guide for yoga teachers to construct meaningful classes and sequences that align with the rhythms of the natural world and the events of our daily lives. We’ll identify how seasonal themes are resonant with our yoga practice, and how these themes can be used as a cornerstone to sequence. We’ll also explore how the chakras can be used as a guide to craft a practice that is both physically and energetically aligned with issues in the greater world. Then, using collective Covid grief as a sample theme, we’ll craft the structure of a class together. The workshop concludes with a 45-minute example flow practice. Please bring a journal or laptop for notes, and a yoga mat to practice.

Taught by: Lisette Cheresson

Chakras for Yoga Teachers - Beyond the Colors

Many of us teachers may recognize the colors of the chakras but that is only one very small piece of your energetic anatomy.

Connect with the energy of each chakra, feel it in your personal practice and learn ways to bring this energy into your everyday life so you can live your yoga beyond the mat.

Taught by: Allison Rissel

Teaching Kid's Yoga

Are you interested in teaching children but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop, you will learn an overview of kid yoga techniques and best teaching practices to set you on a journey that will spark love and curiosity in your heart. We’ll cover what a class can look like and how to build your class. We will discuss yoga in our schools and tips for classroom management. This workshop finishes with an example kid class.

Taught by: Monica Fitzpatrick

Powerful Cues and Themes

Discover how the main theme of your life can become the inspiration for authentic and meaningful intentions for your yoga classes and workshops. Notice how your body language and repetitive filler words can get in the way of your teaching. Speak your truth and inspire your students.

Taught by: Shauna Hylenski