Pete is passionate about teaching teachers. He offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for instructors of all lineages looking to take their teachings to the next level.
The Art of Teaching Yoga Series is designed to help new and seasoned instructors move out of their teaching comfort zones and develop more authentic presence and confidence. Weaving in the power of assisting with the emotional body, intention, and sequencing, Pete provides teachers with a unique toolkit for holding space with trust, awareness, and compassion. Enrolled students leave these workshops with practical information that they can put into practice during the next class they teach!
The Art of Assisting 1.0 and 2.0
Do you ever find yourself teaching from your “safety zone” (i.e. your mat), wishing you had the confidence to work the room and adjust your students? Do you feel confident providing some assists, but would like to learn new ways of supporting students as they deepen their experience on the mat? Learn to assist with a mindful and compassionate touch and create a more trusting connection between you and your students.
In this two-part workshop, Pete will teach you how to open yourself energetically to provide helpful adjustments in every poses.
At the end of these workshops, you will be able to:
- Help students align their bodes safely and comfortably
- Set clear intentions regarding adjustments, before you touch your students
- Provide verbal and physical adjustments in basic and intermediate poses, helping
students bring deeper awareness to their practice
- Feel more comfortable working deeply with one student while still guiding the entire class
- Align your own body in a safe and comfortable way while adjusting students
The Art of Working with the Emotional Body
You’re in the middle of class and one of your students begins to have a deep emotional release. How do you help to guide them safely and compassionately while staying connected to the rest of your students? Learn how to anticipate releases, and how working with the emotional body can aid in deepening your students’ practice.
In this workshop, you will learn how to:
- Observe where and how the body holds common experiences such as tension, grief, anxiety, and depression.
- Learn tools for assisting students working through these experiences, and identify poses and assists that can help foster this work.
- Hold space for a student having a release, and clear energy for the rest of your students.
- Build skills around knowing when it is best to give students space, and when to work directly with them.
The Art of Sequencing
Learn how to utilize your breadth of yogic knowledge to tailor unique classes that meet the needs of your students. Identify how to intelligently plan a peak for each vinyasa class, allowing students to safely arrive at, explore, and warm down from an apex pose.
At the end of this workshop, you will be better able to:
- Provide well-balanced vinyasa classes that flow smoothly
- Choose proper warm up and warm down poses
- Apply basic principles of sequencing and planning “on the spot” to teach to the students in front of you
- Explore new sequences with various areas of focus (standing asanas, core work, balancing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and hip openers)
The Art of Setting Intention
Learn to effectively communicate your passions and empower students to be more mindful on the mat and in their daily lives. In this workshop, you will learn to brainstorm possible themes and choose intentions that feel rich and topical, creating classes that provide a more profound experience for your students.
At the end of this workshop, you will be prepared to:
- Cultivate a yoga class that flows like a good novel: with a beginning, a middle and end that takes your students to new and different levels of awareness, experience, and ability.
- Utilize supporting words, imagery, asanas, pranayama, and meditations that reflect your chosen intention.
- Develop and track your theme throughout the entire class
- Learn common pitfalls with creating intentions and themes and how to avoid them.