The KEYS to Effective Assisting

with Karin Eisen

I love a good assist, don’t you?  A good hands-on adjustment can almost magically amplify verbal cues, awakening new understanding or deepening a student’s awareness.  Skillful hands-on assists can be transformational. 

Under Karin’s expert guidance, discover how hands-on assisting as a mode of communication, connection and of being in service can be empowering for both the instructor and the student. 

In this weekend workshop for yoga teachers, you will learn how to:

  • Give effective and supportive assists to your students.

  • Use verbal cuing as your first and primary way of assisting students.

  • Assist safely and effectively, and know when not to assist.

  • Develop confidence in your assisting – by assisting!

  • Ask questions and get feedback on your assists.

  • Read the body to know when and how to assist.

  • Develop your power of touch.

  • Be precise: direction, duration and intensity all matter.

  • Assist ethically.

  • Work with energy and the breath when assisting.


Practice assisting on each other during class and on real students in a special assisting class on Sunday afternoon.

Each weekend workshop is one part of a 40-Hour, Four-Part Training and is available for Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance.

 While even in four parts we cannot cover every pose and every assist, we will cover principles and apply them to multiple postures each weekend. 


Part I

Back Bends:  Warrior I, Half Moon Pose with variation, Thigh Stretch, Cobra, Pigeon, Bow, Bridge, Camel, Wheel, Shoulder Stand.      

July 21 – 22, 2018

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Karin Assisting Cobra goes with Part I Backbends


Part II

Twists:   Lying Hand-to-Big-Toe-Pose Twist, Wide-Legged Forward Fold Twist I & II, Pyramid, Revolved Triangle, Revolved Half Moon, Side Angle, Revolved Side Angle, Seated Twist I & III.

September 15-16, 2018

 Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Part III

Inversions:  Seated Pose with arms interlaced overhead, Down Dog, Child’s Pose, Standing Forward Bend, Cow Face Pose, Warrior III, Handstand, Warrior II, Side Plank.

January 13, 2018

 Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Part IV

Forward Bends: Child’s Pose, Easy Crossed Legs Pose, Staff Pose, Cobbler’s Pose, Seated Wide-Legged Forward Fold, Wide Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose, Seated Tree, Revolved Seated Tree, Half-Hero Forward Fold, Seated Forward Fold.

March 31 2019

Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Part I - September 15 & 16, 2018, 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Part II- September 15 & 16, 2018, 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Part III- Jan 13, 2019, 9:00 to 5:00 pm

Part IV - March 31 2019, 09:00 to 5:00 pm


Sunday: 9:00 to 5:00 pm

Sunday: 4:00 to 5:00 –ASSIST-O-RAMA! 

A public class with real students to nurture and support


Cost per Part: $200.00

Part I – by June 21, 2018

Part II – by August 15, 2018

Part III – by Jan 6, 2018

Part IV – by March 24, 2019

To register call Shanteel: (267) 451-6585 or e-mail:  ShanteelYoga@gmail.com

Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance are available for this training.


Karin Eisen is an E-RYT-500 who has been practicing yoga since 1981 and teaching it since 2000.  She has been leading Yoga Teacher Training Programs since 2006.