Create Truly Inclusive Yoga Classes

for students from various backgrounds

  • Learn common mistakes teachers make to unintentionally exclude students

  • Opportunities for deep reflection on hidden biases and ways to avoid them

  • Gain better languaging and cueing skills to make all your class speak to students from various backgrounds

  • Yogic practices that make everyone and every body feel included in your classes

  • Quizzes, role-playing, and self-care exercises throughout to support your growth and learning

Who Should Take This Course?

  • New & Experienced Teachers

    Who want to learn various ways to create inclusive, inviting spaces for all students.

  • Studio Owners

    Who want to invite new, diverse populations to their spaces.

  • Yoga Business Coaches

    Who want to use proper language in their offerings so others don't feel alienated.

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Meet Your Instructor

Aishatu Yusuf, Johns Hopkins EdD Candidate & E-RYT

Recent Course Reviews!

5 star rating

Recommend for All Yoga Teachers

Marsha Rosenblatt

I recommend this training for all Western yoga teachers, regardless of background, teaching style, or teaching experience. The breadth of topics covered in this training is really admirable and Aishatu does a really skilled job of turning big and ...

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I recommend this training for all Western yoga teachers, regardless of background, teaching style, or teaching experience. The breadth of topics covered in this training is really admirable and Aishatu does a really skilled job of turning big and potentially overwhelming concepts into understandable smaller pieces of information that all make sense together. I was already familiar with a lot of the content/topics addressed, but the way Aishatu framed and explained everything helped multiple things "click" in a new way. In my experience, many of the inequities and biases in the wider yoga community that harm marginalized people have been known and discussed on the edges of yoga spaces in side conversations for many years; it's refreshing to see them start to be more openly addressed in an organized, cohesive, direct manner in the context of formal, structured yoga education. Solid training that offers required perspectives all Western yoga teachers could benefit from.

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Wonderful course with actionable ways to be inclusive

Emma Stern

Wonderful course with clear instruction and actionable ways teachers can make their offerings more inclusive, respectful, and safe. Aishatu is a wonderful facilitator and brought in great content, activities, and opportunity for reflection and sel...

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Wonderful course with clear instruction and actionable ways teachers can make their offerings more inclusive, respectful, and safe. Aishatu is a wonderful facilitator and brought in great content, activities, and opportunity for reflection and self study to assist in the learning process. Highly recommend!

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Meet Your Instructor

    • Inclusion Course Handbook

    • Welcome!

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    • Course Disclaimer

    • What to Expect from this Course

    • Self-Care and Other Resources

    • Course Pre-Evaluation

    • Your Commitment to this Work

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Examining Your Own Identity

    • Langauge Matters

    • Your Own Identity

    • ACTIVITY: How Do You Identify?

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Race & Ethnicity

    • ACTIVITY: Grounding Meditation

    • A Brief History of Race

    • Racism and Racist Acts

    • Race and Yoga

    • "But I don't see difference..." (Colorblindness)

    • Diversity and Inclusion: What does it mean anyway?

    • Chapter 2 Quiz

    • JOURNAL ACTIVITY: Examining Your Own Language Use

    • ACTIVITY: Movement Break

    • Further Study

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Gender Identity & Orientation

    • Gender Identity

    • DEMO: Respecting the Gender Identity of Your Students

    • ACTIVITY: Gender Inclusivity

    • LGBTQI + Inclusion in Yoga Spaces

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

  • 5

    Chapter 4: Addressing Bias

    • What is bias?

    • Bias Against Bigger Bodies

    • Bias Against the Disabled/Ableism

    • JOURNAL ACTIVITY: Creating Inclusivity for Bigger Bodies/Ability

    • Intersectionality

    • ACTIVITY: Uncovering Your Hidden Biases

    • Power and Privilege in Yoga

    • ACTIVITY: Privilege in Yoga Exercise

    • Tips for Creating, Safe Inclusive Yoga Spaces

    • Tips for Inviting More Students into Your Yoga Classes/Studios

    • Chapter 4 Quiz

    • Your Commitment to this Work

  • 6

    Chapter 5: Origins of Yoga: Co-opting and Appropriation

  • 7

    Course Wrap Up

    • Rate this Course

    • Mentorship, Trainings, and Further Study with Aishatu

FAQS

  • How long is this course?

    5.5 hours of content which includes recording content, quizzes, demos, activities for integration, and more. The additional hours earned for YA credits come in the place of work and assignments outside of this course.

  • Does this course count towards YACEP hours?

    Yes! Aishatu Yusuf is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). By completing this training, you will receive 10 non-contact training hours under the Teaching Methodology category.

  • Will I learn everything I need to know about race, gender, and ability after taking this course?

    Of course not! This course is a jumping off point for teachers to start to understand HOW to create inclusive spaces. Once taking this course, we encourage you to do more research to unlearn centuries of socialization.