I am so excited to share this powerful conversation with you. While many yoga studios proclaim that “Everyone is Welcome!” in their classes, in today’s episode we ask, “ Are we actually teaching our classes in a way that supports that message?”. My friend Amber Karnes is whip smart, a powerful advocate and a seasoned yoga teacher. We didn’t hold back on any difficult conversations or taboo topics in this episode on Creating Truly Inclusive Yoga Spaces.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- The difference between saying “everyone is welcome” and actually creating an accommodating space.
- How to modify foundational poses to make them more accessible.
- Examples of specific language Amber recommends teachers avoid in their group classes and what you can say instead.
- What to expect when teaching larger bodies.
- The best ways to level and name classes and the problem we see with All Levels classes.
- How we can disrupt the cycle of a non-diverse pool of teachers.
- How I realized I could be contributing more to the diverse yoga culture I want to support.
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Amber’s Website
- Pose breakdowns and modifications
- Yoga For All Teacher Training – A 5-week online program with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes. Learn to create body positive yoga classes for all shapes, sizes, and abilities – enrollment opens April 2.
- Body Positive Clubhouse – yoga & self-acceptance membership site
- Body Positive Rebellion – free 7-day crash course in kicking diet culture to the curb and embracing your body
- Amber on Facebook
- Amber on Instagram
- Amber on YouTube
- Amber on Yoga International