Buddha Body Yoga Teacher Training Level I

Buddha Body Yoga Teacher Training Level I:
Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga to People of Size

Taught by Michael Hayes and Anita Haravon

Friday, Nov. 2–Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Buddha Body Yoga in partnership with Integral Yoga Institute of New York will offer its first teacher training, which will change your perspective and address your concerns about teaching Yoga to people of size. You will learn about the challenges facing people of size in traditional Yoga classes. You will begin to understand how to work with larger bodies and think creatively about modifications of traditional asana for people of size.

Buddha Body Yoga erases the myth that big bodies don’t do Yoga. Plus-size bodies can be strong and flexible, with a different base of weight distribution. Come discover how to assist larger-bodied students to develop and empower their Yoga practice.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Adjust, modify, and adapt Yoga poses for students of all sizes and shapes.
  • Experiment with supportive gear—including bolsters, chairs, pillows, oversize blocks, and Yoga straps—to improve alignment, balance, and flexibility gradually.
  • Think outside the box so that you can give your students a whole new experience of their bodies, a deeper connection with themselves, and a stronger Yoga practice.

The training is open to 200-hour-certified Yoga instructors.


Friday, Nov. 2 • 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • $500, Early bird discount: $450 if registered by October 4
  • Discount is available to Integral Yoga teachers and those who have completed the Accessible Yoga Teacher Training. Contact Chandra@iyiny.org for this discount.

Certification and Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Alliance CEUs will be available. Coming in 2019: Five-Day Level II training, leading to certification.



michael-hayes-buddha-ttMichael Hayes created Buddha Body Yoga in 1990 as a result of his personal search for a Yoga practice that suited his large-body physique. Michael’s Yoga certifications include Sivananda, Allison West’s Yoga Union, and Dan Olansky’s Yoga Therapy. He has studied extensively since 2000 in the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Thai Yoga (Ruesri Dat Ton and Chi Nei Tsang at Loi Kroh), Om Vinyasa, and Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff. He has traveled regularly to Thailand to study with master teachers there.

Michael has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist. He has spent 15 years studying and teaching martial arts and has performed African and modern dance. Michael’s clients include performers, professional dancers, and Grammy Award–winning artists. He has combined his love of dance with the healing arts as staff massage therapist for the cast of Miss Saigon on Broadway and has served as the staff massage therapist at the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, for eight years.

anita-buddha-body-ttAnita Haravon is bringing Yoga to the people—all the people. Every day, Anita uses her Yoga training and medical background to work with people who have a great need for physical and mental restoration. Her clients include seniors, people of size, people with physical limitations, and those with lower incomes. She teaches Chair Yoga at NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) to seniors and classes at Shape Up NYC, a free, drop-in fitness program with locations across the five boroughs, sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Anita completed Yoga teacher training at YogaWorks and did further study at Anand Prakash Ashram in Northern India. She has completed advanced certification with Buddha Body Yoga (Michael Hayes), Accessible Yoga (Jivana Heyman), and FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) taught by faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Before turning to Yoga full-time, Anita was a clinician and researcher in audiology and communication disorders for more than 20 years. Anita is a certified E.M.T. (emergency medical technician) and has volunteered with the Central Park Medical Unit and the American Red Cross.


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“Buddha Body Yoga is an amazing organization helping to bring diversity and accessibility to yoga. Michael and Anita are two of the most knowledgeable and kind teachers I know, and this is reflected in their efforts to share yoga with people who have been excluded by the Western yoga community.”—Jivana Heyman

Cancellation Policy

No refund once the program begins.
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