Professional Development Courses

Svadyaya: Current Yoga Teacher Professional Development Courses


Allie Chisholm-Smith and Wendy Martin authors of The Necessity of Touch: Fundamentals of Yoga Assists are available to create an:


with you. Please contact for more information.

This workshop is an essential experience for Yoga Teachers and trainees alike to learn how to practice safe, effective and intelligent Yoga assists. Through compassionate yet clear boundaries, you will learn how to touch your students in a way that deepens their experience and their Self-knowledge. This workshop will provide you with a trail guide to develop a foundation of safe structure, which will in turn, support your creative and intuitive teaching. Wendy and Allie bring decades of experience as teachers and teacher trainers to this workshop. In a time where we are more apprehensive than ever to touch, Allie and Wendy offer a step-by-step guide to creating an ethical and nurturing sanctuary within your classes. Your 2-day immersion will provide the following:

  • How to tame hyper-mobility
  • The basics of assisting to be able to discern right assists in any posture
  • Sensitization of hands
  • Touching and assisting with integrity and confidence
  • Communication through hands when words are not enough
  • Working with the power of the breath
  • Gaining deeper connection with students

*** Valid for 12 hours accreditation of professional development through Yoga Alliance

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 Allie Chisholm-Smith, MES, E-RYT, B.A. Honoursahimsa - feb 18

Allie has been teaching Yoga for almost 20 years and teacher training for over half of those years. She relishes in the deeper study that professional development brings, both as teachers and students. She is grateful to her students who consistently take her further down the path of understanding and self-growth. True healing comes from self-knowledge. To consistently challenge ourselves to learn and grow on and off the mat, we are chiseled into the beings that we were born to be. Allie has earned a Masters degree and is consistently studying Ayurvedic Medicine, Counseling and various forms of bodywork and energy work.

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Wendy Martin, E-RYT

Wendy’s teaching style is intimate and inclusive leaving you with an invitation to begin where you are in your body and allow the journey to unravel from the inside out. Wendy weaves a multi layered tapestry of teaching styles; based in practical guidance, subtle details, precise verbal cues, and hands on assisting. This synergy and deep meditative guidance allows teachers to discover and refine their own teaching style that is unique to themselves. Wendy’s teaching career spans over 13 years which includes extensive training in Prenatal and post-natal yoga, yoga for kids and teens, Vinyasa and working the hypermobile body to ensure the productive