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Teaching Inversions

October 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - October 28, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

“It is the duty of the teacher to know what to teach,

why to teach and how much to teach.” – BKS Iyengar

Inversions are the cornerstone of our asana practice, but not always easy to teach.  This weekend workshop will help yoga teachers develop their understanding and confidence around headstand and shoulderstand in particular.

We will focus on:

  1. Knowledge and Practice of these critically important asana with an emphasis on safety.
  2. Teaching Tool Kit – How to develop observation skills, deliver instructions, modify and correct your students with maturity. We will practice the art of adjustments and modifications especially looking at structural issues.
  3. Theory – in-depth focus on asana and sequencing.
  4. Self-study – practice sequences and a homework assignment will connect you to the source material, your colleagues and teachers.

We will focus on our personal practice and developing our core teaching skills including linkages between poses, moving deeper in our understanding and teaching, and evolving our students’ practice within a greater range of bodies and situations.

We will look at teaching shoulderstand and headstand  – the classic asana plus variations both on the wall and off the wall.  We will explore the ways props can enhance the students experiences of the asana.  Participants will get feedback on their teaching and gain confidence working with their students in a variety of situations.

This weekend course is geared toward teachers who are not yet CIYT and have some experience teaching inversions.  It is open to serious students, teachers-in-training, teachers of yoga from any tradition and CIYT.



October 27 and 28, 2017
Saturday Oct 27th from 1 – 5 pm
Sunday October 28th from 12:45 – 3:15 pm

Please plan to attend the Sunday 9 am Public class with Heather on the 28th.


$160 for the weekend includes the workshop sessions

Use your class pass or pay the $20 drop-in rate for the Sunday am class

Please pre-register – class size is limited and all registrants receive a homework assignment in the weeks prior to our meeting.





Heather Haxo Phillips is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate III level, among the highest certified Iyengar teachers in the East Bay. She is Director of Adeline Yoga and has been teaching for nearly 15 years.  Her additional certifications include:  Certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance E-500 level instructor. She has specialized yoga therapy training which includes scoliosis, musculoskeletal injuries and pain management.  One of her specialties is women’s health including pregnancy and menstruation. In addition to the being the director and lead instructor of the Adeline Sadhana Studies program, Heather assists senior teacher Carolyn Belko in San Diego.  Heather deepens her own practice by studying regularly with senior teachers including Carolyn Belko, Lois Steinberg and the Iyengar family in Pune. Heather is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California.  She is an active volunteer for the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States and currently a member of the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Process – Integrity in Yoga Advisory Working Group.  She is also Vice-President of the Lorin Merchants Association (LBA).



October 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
October 28, 2018 @ 3:15 pm


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