Adjusting Your Yoga Students: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers

Yoga Teacher Adjustment Workshop


May 3, 2014, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

$25 in advance/$30 at the door – YA credit available (registering in advance will guarantee you an Adjustments Manual)

This workshop is suitable for current yoga teachers and individuals who have completed a Yoga Teacher Training program.

In this workshop, you will:

• Acquire the confidence needed to safely touch and adjust your students

• Discern when to offer hands-on adjustments

• Build your repertoire of safe yoga adjustments

• Learn to use good body mechanics to keep yourself safe as you adjust others

• Learn verbal cues that will help your students better understand the intention of your adjustments

• Learn a variety adjustments for standing postures, seated postures, twists, backbends, forward folds, inversions, and svasana (time allowing)

• Practice adjustments on various body types

To prepare:

• If you have experience with adjusting students (for non-teaching participants this may not be possible), select 1 or 2 of your favorite adjustments

• Either take a picture of yourself using that adjustment or copy a page from a book showing the adjustment (if you use a book, be sure to cite the source) and send the picture/book page to Ronda at by 4/28/14

• Be prepared to demonstrate the adjustment at the workshop

• All pages/pictures received will be assembled into an Adjustment Manual that you will receive when you attend the workshop

Organized by: Ronda Pretzlaff Diegel, Ph.D., LP, ERYT-500

$6 Vinyasa @6am

$6 at 6am

Tuesday – Thursday at Namaste. Greet the day with sunrise vinyasa yoga at 6am.

Yoga Reading Group – Next Meeting May 17th @ 3pm

The Four Desires

The next Reading Group meeting will be May 17th, 2014, at 3pm. We are reading Rod Stryker’s The Four Desires.

General Information about our meetings:

Please read the book, and come prepared to discuss the ways this text has helped your yoga practice.  Consider coming with three points for discussion (either questions, important passages, or insights). 

 Please note that even though we are meeting to discuss the book, if you still want to come and haven’t read the book, we invite you to join us regardless!  The great thing about these meetings is that we all have something to share, and we all have a great time discussing how yoga has affected our lives.


Reading Group meetings are completely FREE!  You just have to purchase your own book.

To join the reading group email list, please send an email to



The Namaste Yoga Reading Group was organized by Kyla and Cindy in an effort to give students at Namaste Yoga an outlet for discussing the various philosophical underpinnings associated with yoga. It was passed on to Lynn and Eric in January 2014. We read yoga-related books and discuss the ways the ideas from those books help us in our lives and in our yoga practices.

An important aspect of yoga is svadhyaya, or self-study/self-inquiry. We accomplish svadhyaya by looking to outside texts to give us perspective on our lives.

In the Namaste Yoga Reading Group, we alternate between more traditional texts and more popular texts so that participants get a good balance of technical information with contemporary approaches. Our first book was a fictional novel by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally called How Yoga Works. Our second book was Deborah Adele’s The Yamas and Niyamas, a book on the ethical practices of yoga in terms of how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. Our third book, Breakfast with Buddha, is a novel about an American man on a journey of spiritual self discovery. Our fourth book, the Bhagavad Gita, is the centerpiece of yoga philosophy that explains the importance of yoga in its various manifestations.  Our fifth book was Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a novel about mindfulness, right action, and the path necessary to loosen the binds that misperception (avidya) has placed on us throughout our lives. Our sixth book was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This text of personal reflections on life, ethics, justice, duty, leadership, and striving for the good was the perfect complement to our bookshelf so far.

There is something for everyone during these reading group meetings, so even if you haven’t read the books, please show up and share! We all have something to learn and to give.

Every time we meet, we are collecting donations of gently used or new books or school supplies for K-12 students. We will donate these books to an organization once we have a sufficient amount of donations.  Thank you for your support!

For more information, or to join our email list, contact Eric & Lynn at

Namaste Yoga

309 S. Troy Street

Royal Oak, MI  48067

Donation Basic Yoga Class

Donation Yoga at Namaste

Donation Basic Yoga Class

Saturdays 1:30 – 2:30pm

Donation yoga is held on Saturdays from 1:30 – 2:30pm. Donation yoga is an all-levels, basic yoga class, taught by different instructors each month.

We offer donation yoga so that everyone can experience the gift of yoga, regardless of current cash flow or income. The act of giving freely is a practice in and of itself. If you can’t afford a regular class fee but have the desire to support the practice of yoga for all, consider giving what you can from $0 – $10.

Upcoming Donation Yoga Classes:

April 5th, 2014

April 19th, 2014

May 17th, 2014

Please check our Online Schedule before coming for this class.

An UPDATE on the June 15th, 2013 donation class for Detroit Dog Park:

Students who attended the Detroit Dog Park donation class with Amanda raised $142! Linda, the owner of Namaste Yoga, will match the donation for a total of $300. Thanks to everyone for coming out & donating to a great, local cause!

Visit Detroit Dog Park’s webpage and Facebook page to see what these Detroiters are doing to make their community better!

An UPDATE on the December 1st, 2012 Donation Class for Child Nutrition Foundation:

The Donation class on December 1st was a wonderful success! We raised $145 for Child Nutrition Foundation’s “Adopt a Mother & Save Her child” program. This donation was generously matched by Linda, the owner of Namaste Yoga. This means we sent $300 to CNF! This $300 will sponsor a mother and her unborn child throughout her entire pregnancy and until the child turns two years old. That’s a total of almost three years! These funds will also go to sponsor nutrition education for the mother’s entire village of pregnant mothers as well–typically up to 10 women per year.
Please see our CNF Donation page for more information, including the first report for our sponsored mother!