Dana Falsetti 

Confidence. Authenticity. Body Justice. Inclusivity. Awareness.

From the very beginning, Dana Falsetti was not a “traditional” yoga student. Many yoga studios weren’t particularly welcoming to her, nor did they embrace the notion of including less able-bodied people. They were unsure how to teach them and not  motivated to learn how. Rather than turning away, Dana forged ahead to explore and develop her own practice. After sharing her own personal journey on social media, throes of people in similar situations turned to Dana for support and inspiration. While Dana didn’t initially intend on being a yoga teacher, she was called to the profession after seeing what it lacked: a safe space for a community of marginalized people to explore a practice originally intended for all. Learning how to make the practice work for her own body gave Dana a sense of autonomy and empowerment she wanted to share with others, regardless of their size, gender, body, shape or color. After years of missing out due to low confidence, Dana Falsetti had finally found her true calling: helping to normalize the diversity of the human condition and give others, especially vulnerable groups, the opportunity for self-worth, self-care and, ultimately, self-acceptance.

Strong Foundations

Saturday, November 10th

11:30AM-2:30PM

Old Fourth Ward Studio

$55.00

In this workshop, Dana will share her story with you and then break down a Sun Salutation in a way that encourages you to consider what you’re actually asking your body to do in each posture. She will offer thoughtful cues each step of the way, and show you how to tailor the sequence to your personal practice. From an informed understanding of these fundamental postures you will see the rest of your practice shift. Focus will be on controlled movements, relative alignment, and connecting shapes. This workshop is suitable for total beginners and intermediate students looking for a fresh perspective. This is the perfect workshop for those who want a chance to evolve and stabilize their personal practice in a more in depth way, and tune into body awareness with further attention to detail.

 

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Inclusive Teaching

Saturday, November 10th

3:30-6:00PM

Old Fourth Ward Studio

$55.00

A workshop for yoga teachers (and those aspiring to be). This is open to all teachers looking for ways to create a more inclusive class environment. Dana will share her experience as both a student and teacher in a larger body and different approaches to working with a variety of bodies. She will cover some of her favorite variations and show you how to use props for accessibility and more importantly, why we might need to use them. She will address inclusive language and being mindful and conscious of what we say as teachers. Appropriate for anybody with an open mind, looking for a different perspective, or seeking to foster a more inclusive and accessible environment. This workshop also functions as a Q+A with Dana, so feel free to bring the questions you might not know who/how to ask about teaching larger bodies, body image, etc. and get some honest answers in open dialogue. Please bring a journal and prepare for self-reflection as well.

Intro to Inversions

Sunday, November 11th

11:00AM-2:00PM

Old Fourth Ward Studio

$55.00

This workshop is appropriate for all. You will focus on supported headstand including accessible approaches. Dana will break the posture down into it's fundamental shape in a way that asks you to tune into body awareness and brings a sense of humility. You'll discuss the fear of falling the importance of patience without expectation. This workshop is equal parts mindful movement and internal dialogue shifting. It isn't about going upside down, it's about showing up.

 

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The Yamas

Sunday, November 11th

3:00-5:00PM

Old Fourth Ward Studio

$45.00

In this workshop Dana + students will discuss the first two Yamas: Ahimsa and Satya Whether you are familiar with the Yamas or have never heard of them, this workshop is sure to spark many points of critical thought and self awareness within you. Consider why you practice and how you’re practicing, living, on and off your mat. The Yamas have given Dana important insights that have shifted her entire experience. Come learn a bit more about where yoga comes from, why we are meant to learn the Yamas before we practice Asana (physical postures), and how they can unlock a different reality. Please bring a journal - this is a discussion/writing based class.

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