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The Art of Hands On Assists

Offering hands-on assists is an essential skill for yoga teachers to have when leading private or group classes. Offering them in a way that’s empowering, consensual and compassionate can elevate a teacher's skill set from good to great!


Hands-on assists are a powerful tool for teaching students effectively. They aid students in developing body awareness, encouraging muscular engagement or relaxation and offering embodied compassion. Compassionate touch is one of the most vital forms of nourishment that humans need to survive: we can live without our other four senses, but without touch, we cannot survive! So much can be communicated through the right tone of touch. Come learn how to do this with skill and care!


This content is taught with an emphasis on consent, non-violent communication and awareness of the power dynamics between students and teachers. I facilitate a modern, anatomically-informed approach to hands-on assists that translates well across various populations and ranges of mobility.


Join this full-day training to enhance your skills as a teacher, connect with your peers and share in this overall nourishing experience.


In addition to the priceless knowledge and experience you’ll gain, lululemon has generously gifted participants of this workshop a FREE fit session at lululemon Masonville, London and a FREE outfit (value $200). We’re excited to see you in your new fit on training day!


Key Details

Date & Time: Sunday, October 29, 9 - 5PM

Location: &asanas, 140 Ann St, London, ON

Led by: Katarina Wittkamp and assistants Angela Graham and Cynthia Patterson


9 - 9:30AM / Check In

9:30 - 10:45AM / Hatha Practice with Assists
10:45  - 11AM / Break
11 - 2PM / Lecture Content, Assists Practice, Break
2 - 2:45PM / Lunch
2:45 - 4:30PM / Group Hatha Practice with Hands-On Assists Practice
4:30 - 5PM / Close

Your Investment

$179 + HST

Your registration fee includes a FREE fit session and FREE outfit from lululemon Masonville ($200 value). Details on booking your fit session will be emailed to you after registration.


There are TWO sliding scale spots for folks in the LGBTQ + BIPOC communities. Please email Katarina directly at to inquire.


&asanas, 140 ann street #203 / 204, London, Ontario

PARKING: There are some reserved spots in the parking lot on the northside of piccadilly street. Look for the lot next to the train tracks, and park in any spot marked with an &asanas sign. There is also a lot of street parking available right next to the building on Piccadilly street, as well as along neighbouring streets. Full details available on &asanas’ website FAQ.

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