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Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training for Special Populations

Thousands of people yearn to move their bodies, dance, and do yoga: the elderly; people with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or Alzheimer’s; breast cancer survivors; and others with special needs who might feel marginalized and unable to move as freely as they would like. Let Your Yoga Dance® is a fabulous workout and a delightful experience that’s adaptable for each student’s needs, providing therapeutic benefits—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

In this training, learn how to

  • Work with special populations
  • Create yoga, breath, and dance experiences in and around chairs
  • Provide a rich, complete, and powerful Let Your Yoga Dance class for those who need to remain seated
  • Empower your students with spontaneity, creativity, and fun
  • Focus on the individual needs of each participant
  • Practice teaching in a safe, caring, and joyful environment.

Note Tuition includes a manual. In order to receive a diploma, students must take Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher Training, Module 1, either before or after Special Populations training. You will receive a Health and Information Form from Megha to be completed online. It is very important that Megha receives this form prior to the training. Before the program begins, you will receive a Dropbox of music to use during your practice teaching session. Please familiarize yourself with this music, and listen to it often. Bring layered clothing and a water bottle.

Required reading Megha Nancy Buttenheim, Expanding Joy: Let Your Yoga Dance.

This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, or as a standalone program.

“I highly recommend this training, even if you have no current intentions of working with special populations, as it opens up a whole range of creative dance awareness and options. From the moment the training began, I absolutely knew that I would incorporate aspects of it into my regular class, but didn't expect to do it so soon. At the first class of my nine-week session not long after the training, I showed up with a torn knee tendon. Being able to lead the class while respecting my own injury was incredibly powerful. I incorporated several chair dances, which the class loved.” —Fern W., Toronto, Canada

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Creative Expression


Megha Nancy Buttenheim, MA, E-RYT 1000, founding director of Let Your Yoga Dance® LLC, specializes in bringing a gentler, kinder yoga practice to the world.

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