Bridging the Divide: Creating Inclusive Yoga Spaces

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Jun 7 - 9, 2019 (3 days)
  • Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $420.00 Dorm - Top Bunk - $420.00 Dormitory - Private - $490.00 LGH - Single - $540.00 LGH - Double - $540.00 LGH - Family room - $540.00 Tent-Site - $360.00 (All prices include $240.00 base amount)

About This Event

Join celebrated Yoga teacher and social justice activist Dianne Bondy for a workshop that seeks to bridge the divide and make Yoga an inclusive practice for all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Through in-depth, open forum discussions, practical hands-on asana (posture) labs, and interactive Yoga practices, you’ll discover how to deconstruct the values, norms, and perceptions that guide the current Western view of Yoga, beauty, and success. Let’s finally bridge the cultural divides that keep us segregated.

During this workshop you will learn how to:

Apply yogic principles and practices in order to encourage diversity in Yoga

Create inclusive spaces where all bodies are invited to the Yoga mat

Structure accessible Yoga classes using socially informed language, innovative modifications, and conscious movements

Broaden your teaching style so that it caters to individuals and communities that are currently underserved

Presenter Interview

Course Information



Continuing Education Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email (contact info blocked).

Tentative Schedule

This workshop features a series of modules that focus on accessibility, self-acceptance, asana (posture) practice, and self-study.

Module 1—Friday Night

The Principles of Inclusion: An Introduction to Yoga, Diversity and Body Image

Module 1 is an engaging conversation that delves into the topics of Yoga, diversity, and body image. Begin to uncover practical methods and strategies that will help you engage with individuals and communities that are underserved. This discussion will provide you with actionable tools to help you take your Yoga off the mat and into your community.

Topics include:

The intersection of Yoga, diversity, and body image

Perceptions of Yoga in the media

Strategies to help combat the “Yoga body” narrative

Approaches to engage underserved communities

The power of language

Methods of teaching in non-traditional spaces

Accessible Yoga class planning and execution

Instruction on teaching from the 8 limbs of Yoga to promote inclusion and accessibility

Module 2—Saturday Morning

Developing Yoga Classes for Body Positivity and Self-Acceptance

Building on the topics discussed in the proceeding module, this module provides practical instructions and cues to help you build and structure Yoga classes that focus specifically on the themes of body positivity and self-acceptance. This module is delivered in a practicum style, as you will be invited to integrate the learning material on your Yoga mat.

Topics include:

Inclusive warm-ups

Innovative ways to incorporate props

Asanas, modifications, and variations for:

Standing poses

Seated twists and supine poses


Sun Salutations for all bodies

Chair Yoga

Innovative sequencing

Accessible Vinyasas

Yoga at the Wall

Module 3—Saturday Afternoon

Discover, Explore, Play: The Asana Research Lab

Explore Yoga for all levels, shapes, and sizes, as an expression of joyful movement. Working in a non-competitive environment, this practice will be brave and supportive. Learn how to observe your students through a new and more attuned lens and instruct your students so that they are empowered to connect with and listen to their bodies. As you progress through this practice, you’ll discover your inner strength while exploring the path to self-acceptance.

Bring your questions, your ideas, and your asanas and let’s flow freely as we share in this inspiring practice.

Module 4—Sunday Morning

Using Svadhyaya (Compassionate Self-Study) and Self-Acceptance to Strengthen Your Teaching

The role of the teacher is powerful. How we show up to teach impacts our students and our lives. In Module 4, we will consider the many reasons we are called to teach. Safely explore the themes of self-acceptance and compassion toward the self and others. This unique practice of ongoing and collaborative learning integrates asana, journaling, and open-dialogue discussions centered on the philosophy of Yoga as it relates to equanimity and unity.

Topics include:

The role of the teacher

Self-study and self-care

Practical methods for compassionate self-reflection

Self-awareness as a daily practice

Self-acceptance and compassion

This workshop will give you practical tools to help expand your teaching so that you can leave a positive impact on your students.


Wow! I had tears a few times as I listened to and felt the intention behind the words in the first lesson. I’m pretty selective with the teachers I choose and thought I was being careful in deciding which classes to attend. It seems I was just donning an invisible cloak of denial and defense against the unspoken (and sometimes spoken) expectations and judgement. I didn’t realize the slow-moving and cumulative toll they were taking on my power and self-worth. Thank you for this training! I can’t wait to be a different kind of teacher and share this gift of inclusive Yoga. — Lisa Parks

Dianne’s enthusiasm is infectious. As a teacher of teachers I am in awe of her ability and experience in anticipating areas of nurturing need in the participants. She creates and holds a safe and inviting learning environment. — Stacy S.

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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