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Accessible Yoga Training with Brenda Bakke & Mary Fuhr

Sep 23, 2019

| $650

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Accessible Yoga Training with Brenda Bakke Mary Fuhr

Join the Accessible Yoga Movement

Accessible Yoga is an international advocacy organization focusing on sharing yoga with all. We offer Accessible Yoga Conferences, Trainings, and the Accessible Yoga Network. To learn more about Accessible Yoga visit: https://www.facebook.com/AccessibleYogaProject/videos/514266932478189/

The Accessible Yoga Training focuses on how to make the yoga teaching available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. We’ll focus on creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes where all students can practice together. We’ll explore the many ways that yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, chronic illness, seniors, and anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in a regular class.

We’ll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. You’ll learn sample Accessible Yoga classes, chair yoga classes and even bed yoga classes. We’ll also look at ways of bringing the yoga teachings and meditation into your classes, and how all of yoga can be used to support health and healing for every body. We’ll also review common medical conditions so that you have a basic understanding of these issues, and review essential concepts of yoga philosophy to build your understanding of the teachings.

Graduates of the program become Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and connect with a network of Accessible Yoga teachers and students around the world. Participants who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training will become Certified Accessible Yoga Teachers. Those registered with Yoga Alliance will receive a certificate for 30 YA CEUs after successful completion of the training.

Brenda Bakke

Brenda Bakke, PT, M.Ed., C-IAYT, is a Physical and Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) who has successfully integrated yoga methods into her physical therapy practice since 1999. By integrating the ancient teachings of yoga with the developmental and biomechanical systems of physical therapy, Brenda creates individualized movement and mindfulness practices that are fully accessible and promote health and well-being in her students. She focuses on breath awareness to inspire a sense of calm and connection with one’s true self.  Brenda has participated in advanced trainings with Sonia Sumar, founder of Yoga for the Special Child (YSC), and has completed in depth studies with Gary Kraftsow.  She is an Accessible Yoga Teacher & Trainer and a contributing author of Healing Practices to Help Kids Grow Up Easier. Brenda enjoys teaching yoga and physical therapy workshops around the country and introducing yoga and mindfulness into educational and healthcare settings. Connecting with the elements of nature is vital in her life and in her sharing of yoga.    Brenda lives in Seattle, Washington with husband Dennis and dog Otis, and owns Bakke Physical and Yoga Therapy Services.

Mary Fuhr

Mary Gengler Fuhr, OTR/L, RYT, has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years and is the founder of Relaxing Resources, PLLC and Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy.  She was drawn to yoga about 20 years ago as a way to heal and strengthen after several surgeries.  She became interested in pursuing the practice in more depth, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2009.  She now specializes in sharing yoga with people living with autism, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, and other neurodevelopmental and health issues.
Some of the highlights of Mary’s teacher trainings have included Radiant Child Yoga, Yoga Calm Intensive, Relax into Yoga for Seniors, Essential Low Back Intensive, Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peel, and the Accessible Yoga Training with Jivana Heyman. Mary enjoys a variety of outdoor movement activities including skiing, hiking, and biking. She and her husband have 2 grown sons and split their time between living in the Seattle area and Chelan, WA. Mary and Brenda Bakke, PT, have taught a variety of workshops on Yoga and Mindfulness throughout the country for parents, educators, and health care professionals for over 10 years. They are especially excited to be Accessible Yoga Ambassadors and Trainers.

“Please join us in making Yoga more welcoming, accessible and inclusive to all.  This course is great for yoga teachers, PTs, OTs, Rec Therapists, Counselors, Disabilities Advocates, Educators, etc.   Our training focuses on how to make the yoga teaching available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability.    You will learn the many ways that yoga practice (asana, pranayama, meditation) can be modified to suit students with varying needs including: physical challenges, larger bodies, chronic illness, seniors, and anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable in a regular yoga class. “ – Brenda Bakke



Adapted Asana

✓ Variations of the most popular asanas
✓ Techniques for creating integrated Accessible Yoga classes
✓ Sample Accessible Yoga classes, either on the floor, in a chair, or in a bed

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

✓ Overview of common medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory diseases, cancer, H.I.V/AIDS, heart disease and more
✓ A review of some of the major impacts of aging on all the systems of the body

Yoga Psychology

✓ How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deep understanding of the Yoga teachings. Includes study of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita

Pranayama and Meditation

✓ How to make the subtle practices available for all students, regardless of ability


✓ How to build a strong community among Yoga students to support the transformational process of Yoga


“I can honestly say, I feel more prepared after this training than I did a whole month in my 200-hour teacher training. I am inspired and have already used so much of what I have learned in teaching and in my personal practice. I can’t thank everyone enough for this transformational and loving training” – Elizabeth Sosner


After completion of the Accessible Yoga Training, participants will be able to:

✓ Understand the benefits of an accessible yoga practice including: enhancing muscular strength, balance, flexibility, improving physiological functions, reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain and promoting overall health and well-being
✓ Determine safe and appropriate variations of common asanas for a range of physical ability (chair, mat/bed, standing)
✓ Learn specific asanas for flexibility, strengthening and balance training to maintain or improve health and independence
✓ Understand the purpose and implementation of various props to make yoga accessible to all abilities
✓ Learn how to create integrated (mixed level) classes making yoga accessible to all
✓ Acquire knowledge of common medical conditions and the benefits and concerns for implementation of a yoga practice
✓ Learn the physical and psychosocial benefits of pranayama and meditation and how to make these practices available for all students, regardless of ability
✓ Learn how to apply the teachings of yoga philosophy in day to day life to reduce stress, create more balance and develop authentic connections with self and others
✓ Learn how to build a strong community among Yoga students to support the transformational process of yoga

Cost: $650 ($595 early bird). Scholarships available &  Early bird pricing ends August 23, 2019.   

Cancellation Policy: Once you have accessed the online materials there will be no refunds of the registration fees. As long as you have not accessed the online materials, cancellations will be eligible for a 50% refund before 9/9/19.


September 23-25, 2019




9 a.m – 5 p.m daily 


Yoga Dojo Seattle


Sep 23, 2019
Event Category:


Accessible Yoga


Yoga Dojo Seattle
101 Nickerson Rd. #130
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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