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May 6, 2024

How To Teach Safer & More Effective Functional Yoga

Yoga therapist Sam Sather poses on her webinar cover where she's teaching functional yoga to other yogis.

In this webinar, Sam Sather, a certified yoga therapist, shows yoga teachers how to approach functional yoga and shares the components to support participants' cultivation of wisdom in order to develop a practice for their body, mind, and feelings.

Teaching Functional Yoga: How to Teach Safer, More Effective Yoga Classes


  • Functional Approach: Learn how to teach yoga and meditation with a focus on supporting participants' individual wisdom and cultivating practices tailored to their unique body, mind, and emotions.
  • Integrated Techniques: Gain skills in integrating skeletal and fascial variation, layers of awareness, and psychological inquiry into teaching methodologies for sequencing, verbal cuing, and demonstration.
  • Supporting Student Freedom: The goal is to empower students to experience increased freedom in mind, body, and heart, with practices addressing posture, movement patterns, and daily interactions, fostering habits conducive to overall well-being.

In This Webinar: What You'll Learn 

In this hour-long webinar, learn the components of a functional approach to teaching yoga and meditation to support participants' cultivation of wisdom to develop a practice for THEIR Body, Mind and Feelings. This approach honors the uniqueness of each person's physical, mental and emotional baseline. 

This technique transcends the basics of teaching and requires skillful integration of knowledge and application of skeletal and fascial variation, layers of awareness, and psychological inquiry lending to different teaching methodologies for sequencing, verbal cuing and demoing.

The goal of teaching from this approach is to better support your students' increased freedom in mind, body and heart. Your students will walk away with practices related to posture, movement patterns, and interactions between self and parts that transmit to their day-to-day.

This practice supports the repatterning of habits and behaviors that are not contributing to their well-being. Combined with other training, this approach can be applied to working with different medical conditions, like osteoporosis and joint replacement.

During the webinar, Sam will demonstrate how to apply these concepts to support your better learning.

About Sam Sather 

Sam Sather, registered nurse and certified yoga therapist, is offering a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher and Entrepreneur Internship with Dogwood Studio. This program supports a functional approach for group and private sessions, along with how to successfully establish a strategy for business and/or sustainable clientele.

Visit https://dogwoodstudioyoga.com/internship for more information.

Additional Resources 

Lizzy Prindle
Lizzy has been practicing yoga for over four years. She found her practice as her collegiate swimming career was ending; looking for a new hobby she began taking yoga classes and never looked back. She has carried her yogi mindset into her role as beYogi’s brand manager. Working alongside many teachers, studio owners, and yoga brands she has helped expand beYogi’s all-inclusive yoga insurance policy into an education-based membership offering much more than coverage.