Teaching Yoga to Brand New Beginners | BLENDED

Introducing yoga to new students can be hugely rewarding but also challenging. This 15-hour course gives teachers the skills, tools, and techniques to usher new students into the practice and help them fall in love with yoga.

Teaching Yoga to Brand New Beginners | Blended  | 15 hours

with Barrie Rishman

7 hours On Demand study release date 26th March to be studied over one week  

This 15-hour training is designed to equip new and experienced teachers with tools and strategies to teach brand-new students with confidence and skill, both online and in-person. 

Course Overview

Introducing the power and potency of yoga to new students can be one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching. Yet, many teachers find that this type of teaching comes with its own unique set of challenges. It is a common misconception that beginners are the easiest students to teach, when in actual fact it is arguably the reverse!

Learning how to successfully teach beginners  will greatly expand your horizons as a teacher in a world where people are looking for ways to gain some calm, wellbeing, movement and all other benefits of yoga into their life. 

This course can be attended as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our  Yoga Alliance accredited 300-hour programme

Course Content

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of  working with beginners including:

  • How and why we need to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for students  
  • How to approach sequencing for beginners with strategies for both form and flow-based classes
  • How to teach beginners online
  • How to create a curriculum of classes for new students/li>
  • How to introduce basic breathwork
  • Sharpening your verbal cues so they are even more effective  
  • Refining your observation and demonstration skills 
  • Modifying poses for beginners using props and pose variations 


Participants can expect to participate in group discussions and simple asana practices in each session and complete short written assignments between sessions. Recordings of the sessions will be available for a limited time following the course.

Teacher Bio

Barrie Risman


Barrie Risman is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, public speaker, and author. Her best-selling book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practice, is a guide for teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives.

Barrie teaches yoga around the globe through her ongoing classes, workshops, and trainings, both online and in person. She serves on teacher-training faculties in the

US and Canada and leads professional development courses as well as mentoring programs for yoga teachers.

Teaching since 1999, her events weave together the technical precision of alignment-based practice with the wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice.

Barrie was a Senior Anusara Yoga teacher and teacher trainer from 2003-2012 and has been a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years.

Barrie is a regular contributor to Yoga International. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, La Presse, and on CBC television.

Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

  • Saturday 19 March 2022 VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM


  • Sunday 20 March 2022 VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM


  • Saturday 26 March 2022 On Demand study release date


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