Yoga Mat Side Training Program for Teachers

AJ Durand helping student with injury

Yoga is for every body. 

But the typical group vinyasa class is not always accessible to everyone.

The Balance Yoga Mat Side program is for yoga teachers who are interested in refining their teaching skills to work with special populations and individuals with specific physical limitations.

The core of the Mat Side program is the idea that through the development of a relationship between the yoga teacher and student, you’ll create an individualized practice for your students.  

This gives your students a clear path to realizing the therapeutic benefits of yoga for many common ailments.

If you are a yoga teacher who is interested in the applying a skillful approach to your teaching amidst common injuries, diagnoses and contraindications in individual and group contexts, then this program is for you.

Over eight sessions amounting to 44 contact hours, you will learn:

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    How to apply ethics and responsibilities of the therapeutic aspects of yoga
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    How to identify and understand common diagnoses
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    How the subtle body, fascia system, and psychosomatics work in our bodies
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    How to conduct consultations and develop individualized yoga programs
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    How to develop the skills needed for private instruction
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    How to use props to maximize the therapeutic benefits of yoga
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    How trauma and grief affect the body 
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    How to take care of yourself when you're working in a therapeutic context 

The Mat Side program will provide you with a solid foundation for teaching special populations. You will learn the theory behind the therapeutic application of yoga and gain hands-on experience during three or four  clinical sessions, where you will work one-on-one developing relationships with individuals from the community.

Program Dates & Times

Monday Sept 10. 6-9PM

Monday Sept 17. 6-9PM

Monday Sept 24. 6-9PM

Monday October 1. 6-9PM

*Sunday  October 7. 11:30am-3:30pm - CLINIC 1

Monday October 8. 6-9PM

*Sunday October 14. 11:30am-3:30pm - CLINIC 2

Monday October 15. 6-9PM

**Friday October 19  Bea Doyle Workshop

**Saturday October 20 Bea Doyle Workshop

**Sunday October 21  Bea Doyle Workshop (No CLINIC)

Monday October 22, 6-9pm

*Sunday October 28. 11:30am-3:30pm - CLINIC 3

Monday October 29.  6-9PM

Application & Commitment

Are you ready to commit? Ready to build new skills as a yoga teacher? Ready to learn how to construct individualized yoga programs? 

Here's how you get started. 

Fill out the application by following this link (or press the button below. )

You can then submit your $200 deposit to confirm your spot. Using the button below. 
The full price of the program is $950, includes all contact hours and the visiting teacher workshop with Bea Doyle. 

If you're interested in the complete 300-Hour Training, the price is $4300 for six modules, and this includes unlimited yoga at Balance for the training duration. Please see this webpage for details. 


Contact AJ with your questions, or simply to touch base before applying. email info (at) 

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