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Teaching Students in Larger Bodies: APD for Yoga Therapists

October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019


Teaching Students in Larger Bodies with Mindy Hanzlik, C-IAYT
Approved Professional Development for Yoga Therapists
October 19th and 20th 1:00p-7:00p

Over half of Americans are categorized by use of BMI tables as overweight or obese. This categorization belies the complexity of physical, psychoemotional, trauma-related, and mental challenges that these students may face, and may come to yoga therapy expecting help for. Fat bias is pervasive in our society (especially in medical and allied health professions), even from well-meaning people. Whether a yoga therapist intends to specialize in this area, they will undoubtedly serve larger students in their practice. This workshop will help yoga therapists feel confident that they can create a positive therapeutic relationship that allows their larger clients to thrive.

This 12-hour continuing education workshop for yoga therapists (and yoga teachers) brings competence and confidence to practitioners working with clients who live in larger bodies. We will examine our own core beliefs about larger people, debunk common misconceptions about the bodies and abilities of larger people, learn to work with anatomical and health conditions that some, but not all, larger students have, explore helpful asana modifications, and become competent using body-positive language. We will use the pancakosha model to organize the information we learn about our clients and to assist us in choosing appropriate tools. The workshop includes lecture, a panel discussion with larger yoga students, dyad and group processing, and practice teaching.

Note: the yoga therapy components of this course are based on our training with Integrative Yoga Therapy and others, as well as hundreds of hours of client work, not derived from our status as an RYS® or RYT’s with Yoga Alliance Registry.

– Class is held from 1:00p-7:00p on Saturday October 19th and Sunday October 20th.
– You must attend both sessions to receive APD credits for IAYT or CEU for Yoga Alliance. No partial credits will be given.
– Tuition is $195 and a payment plan is available.
– Register online at ganeshayogachicago.com/teaching-students-larger-bodies
– No refunds permitted, although registration can be transferred to another yoga therapist or yoga teacher. Contact the studio for details.

About Mindy Hanzlik, C-IAYT

Mindy began doing yoga in 2001 as a way to better handle stress in her life. As her health and fitness goals expanded, so did her practice of yoga and her understanding of the integral role mindfulness plays in personal transformation. In 2012, Mindy completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Suddha Wexler at The Chicago Yoga Center, gave up her job as a corporate change management consultant, and devoted herself to helping students of all shapes and sizes see the transformative potential of yoga. She has studied Big Yoga with Meera Kerr, Curvy Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley and HeavyWeight Yoga with Abby Lentz to help her develop a unique teaching style that incorporates pose modification for larger bodies as well as sequencing to encourage self-acceptance and embracing one’s physical potential.Mindy is a Certified Yoga Therapist – the yoga therapy components of her instruction are based on her training with Integrative Yoga Therapy and other yoga therapists, not derived from her status as an RYT® with Yoga Alliance Registry.


October 19, 2019
October 20, 2019
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Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness
(773) 904-7870
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Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness
2054 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
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(773) 904-7870