The Art of Body Reading and Assists

The Art of Body Reading and Assists
Weekend Immersion
with Marti Yura and Lorien Neargarder
Next Offering TBD
20-Hours offered for Yoga Alliance Certification and a Mandatory Module in the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training


Knowing how to see, read and assess (right view) what a student may need to experience the satvic state of a pose is an important tool to cultivate as a yoga teacher.

Right view is a skill to be developed over time. Seeing your students and their bodies through an anatomical lens, informs your teaching to create safe, effective practices and impart a more transformative experience.

In this workshop you will:

• Learn to view the body through the lens of the Triguna system of yoga and the anatomical lens of the myo-fascial system.

• Learn strategies to interpret a student’s body structure and then put them into practice.

• Learn to use that information to create a more wholistic approach to opening, releasing, strengthening and healing the body.



The art of touch is the second tool used to inform the teacher and the practitioner as to what is present in the student’s body. Referred to in Sanskrit as Yoga Sparshana.

Learning the right use of manual adjustment, along with effective cueing and use of props, can offer insight to the somatic body and create a deeper yogic experience.

To be effective it must take into consideration not just the body, but the whole person.What is required is to listen deeply.

Everything from permission to release, to alignment, to right engagement can be communicated through voice and touch.

In this workshop you will:

• Learn to establish appropriate boundaries and positioning of the body.

• Learn how to inform your students in direct and understandable ways using a variety of techniques as well as cultivating an understanding for when and if adjustment is to practice.

• Learn to cultivate the the “right touch” and what that means.

• Explore with a partner various types of assists and be able to give immediate feedback.

• Learn a variety of self assists with the help of props.

* This workshop is for teachers and serious students who want to immerse themselves totally in an inspiring community and with invigorating practices.


You will leave this weekend with practical resources to strengthen your confidence in alignment and technical skills, as well as be able to trust your intuition in “reading” body energy.

Marti Yura

Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.

Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.

She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.

She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.

Lorien Neargarder, C-IAYT

Lorien Neargarder has long believed she has many lives to lead: in her life as a dancer and fitness instructor, she learned to move her body through space; in her life as a mechanical engineer, she learned to move her mind through space; and in her current life as a yoga instructor, she continually discovers how to move her heart and soul through space. All of these experiences, plus the wisdom of her teachers, help inform her as she uses yoga to transform the lives of those suffering from pain and illness.

Lorien has worked with cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers in several settings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Stanford Cancer Supportive Care, Kaiser Santa Clara, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Cancer CAREpoint programs. She taught yoga as part of the Santa Clara Kaiser Pain Management and Rehabilitation Program for several years, and brought yoga to the lock-down facility of the Stanford Hospital psychiatric ward. In addition to her weekly classes, she offers yearly training programs for yoga teachers. She has been practicing yoga since 1999, began teaching in 2004, and hasn’t stopped learning about it since. She holds one 500-hour certification from Breathe Together Yoga and another from Prajna Yoga, as well as certificates from Therapeutic Yoga, Y4C (Yoga for Cancer), is a Cancer Exercise Specialist. Lorien has also received training from the integrative oncology departments of both MD Anderson and Memorial-Sloan Kettering. In 2016, Lorien earned the title of Certified Yoga Therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

She is a Yoga Therapist Specializing in Cancer and author of CANCER + YOGA For People Living with Cancer and Their Yoga Teachers, Healthcare Professionals and Caregivers