The Art of Teaching: Module 3

Touch of Grace: Mastering the Art of Physical Assists Part 1 & 2

In the age of COVID and with the MeToo movement exposing years of abuse in the yoga industry, physical touch in yoga class has become a loaded topic, and rightfully so. There are many reasons touch is useful in class and there are an equal number of reasons not to touch.  It takes confidence and an understanding of subtle body energy to effectively offer physical assists to your students. In this 2-part workshop we’ll explore the art of assists; how, and more importantly WHEN to assist our students through the powerful medium of physical touch.  You will hone your ability to give safe, physical assists as well as learning how to use verbal assists to take your students deeper into their practice and help them find freedom on their mat.

With a well-thought-out approach to physical assists in our teaching, we can make our classes safer, more effective, and more empowering for everyone.

In this module we’ll explore:

  • The difference between adjusting and assisting
  • Different types of touch and their appropriateness in a class setting
  • Less is more – the art of spotting
  • A variety of spotting and assisting techniques to help your students to experience poses differently

Participants will receive a manual with photos of the assists we cover.

This event is part of The Art of Teaching, a 50-hour continuing education program for yoga teachers. Participants may complete the full 50-hour Art of Teaching program, OR may take part in any individual modules. Each module will earn participants 10 CEC’s with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

To purchase this individual weekend only, register using the link below.

To book the full Art of Teaching course sign up from the main event page.

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Module 3

This ticket grants you access to Module 3 of The Art of Teaching Program.

Available Tickets: 30
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Apr 29 2022


9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Soul Space Brisbane
23 Parker Street, Newmarket
Julie Smerdon


Julie Smerdon

Julie Smerdon is a certified Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance, a Senior Instructor with Yoga Australia, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Shri Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia.


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