observing posture & hands-on assists for yoga teachers

Tuesday 8th October 2024, 2pm-5pm


This immersive session is tailored to elevate your skills, boost confidence, and deepen your connection with your students.

Delve into the nuances and the art of mindful touch, hone your observational abilities, and understand the ethical considerations surrounding hands-on assists. Frequently my students express their gratitude for the hands-on assists I provide, with many mentioning that this is their first experience of being offered this personalised approach in a class. Acknowledging the impact of genuine connection, we will explore how to create a more holistic and personalised experience for your students and cultivate a teaching style that resonates deeply.

We will cover:

Ethics, Consent, and Safety:
– Understand the ethical considerations around the use of touch in yoga teaching.
– Learn how to gain consent from students before offering hands-on assists.
– Understand safety considerations related to touch and hands-on assists.

When to use hands-on assists and how to communicate
– Understand the purpose and intention behind using touch in a yoga class.
– Recognize situations when touch might not be the best approach.
– Understand the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication when assisting with touch.
– Emphasise the role of observation, intuition, grounding, breath, and feedback during assists.

Types of touch:
– Distinguish between touch for relaxation/massage, touch to assist alignment/increase ease, and touch to guide someone deeper into a pose.

Anatomy & Nervous System
– Review anatomy, core engagement, alignment principles and posture analysis.
– Learn how to incorporate this knowledge when using touch in assisting yoga postures.
– Explore the relationship between the nervous system and hands-on assists. Where is your gauge set?
– Understand the appropriate level of pressure and touch sensitivity based on individual student needs.

Practise and Confidence Building:
– Engage in practical exercises, giving and receiving assists, with feedback to enhance confidence.
– Understand personal limits and boundaries when offering hands-on assists.
– Receive a detailed manual with images and explanations of a multitude of assists
– Leave the workshop with the confidence to start using hands-on-assists straight away

about your tutor

Clare Francis has over 23 years industry experience and has always been ‘hands on’ in her approach! She is Yoga Alliance E-500 RYT, a Yoga Alliance CEP, qualified in sports, deep tissue and remedial massage with LSSM, completed a 10-day moving fascia embodied anatomy course in 2018, holds reiki 1 and is intuitive in her approach. She has been successfully delivering teacher trainings for 8 years and is a qualified adult tutor and assessor. Clare is looking forward to bringing together all of her knowledge and teaching experience with the intention of delivering courses and workshops that inform, inspire and grow your confidence in observing and offering hands on assists and guidance where appropriate.

When? Tuesday 8th October 2024, 2pm-5pm

Where? at Revitalise, Brighton & Hove

Who? This workshop is aimed at Yoga teachers

Certification: All attendees will receive a 3 hour CPD certificate from Harmonise Training Academy.

Investment: (inc. VAT)
£65 SUPER Early Bird
£75 Early Bird
£85 full price

SUPER Early Bird discount available until 8th August. Use coupon code YOGAASSIST20 at checkout.
Early Bird discount available until 10th September. Use coupon code YOGAASSIST10 at checkout.

All prices include VAT

Equipment required: Yoga mat (available to borrow or bring your own).

Got questions? Contact: clare@harmonisetrainingacademy.com