Assists can help ground align, support, make connections, create space, improve strength and flexibility, and alleviate fear. They involve the creative use of self to promote safety, stability, and depth within postures. In this workshop, we will be exploring how to refine the way we apply assists in our teaching style. It is geared towards teachers and teachers-in-training interested in becoming more skillful in this art. Open to all teachers and teachers-in-training. This 20-hour module can be applied to The Shala’s 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training or as a stand alone continuing education course.

In this workshop we will focus on:

  • Fine-tuning physical and verbal assists that help students understand where you want them to go and which actions they can take to create stability and ease.
  • Learning how to look at a range of bodies and apply common sense principles, anatomical knowledge, and creativity to providing individualized assists.
  • Experimenting with different ways (visual, aural, kinesthetic) of working with students so learners of all kinds benefit from the teacher’s feedback.
  • Working with the breath as a tool to help students safely move into, remain in, and move out of postures.


Location: The Shala Union Square
March 30-31, Saturday & Sunday: 12:30 to 6:30

Cost for weekend:

  • $140: Non-accredited/continuing education workshop
  • $260: 20-hours applied towards 300-hour accreditation | includes 8 hours homework to be discussed with a senior teacher. Possible homework: reading/writing assignments, class observations, In-Class-Privates.