Joe Taft

Joe Taft believes in the transformational power of yoga. Joe (E-RYT500) is a former Certified Anusara® Yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to the practice of yoga since 1997 and has been teaching since 2001...

The Art of Teaching Yoga with Joe Taft


at Asheville Yoga Center (211 South Liberty Street
Asheville, NC 28801 Asheville, NC 28806)

July 12-14, 2024
300-hour YA Credit
All Levels Welcome

Price: $300

Friday: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In this training we will learn how to refine our teaching language, sequencing, and imagination in order to a create theme-based class. This workshop will show you how to align your core beliefs with your teaching, providing you with the confidence to plan inspiring yoga classes with your own unique themes. We are often afraid to take ourselves out of our comfort zones and embrace challenges. However, the key to a successful yoga class is learning how to convey inspiring themes that not only uplift the students, but also allow the teacher to continue to grow. This understanding of how our belief in the outcome of our success directly affects our performance is what educators, teachers, and neurologists are now calling growth mindset. Join me to learn more about how to teach an inspiring, theme-based class and how to connect your theme to the actions and alignment principles of yoga. 

We will explore how to achieve a growth mindset and apply these principles to your own lives inside and outside the classroom. We will cover techniques to improve your teaching, such as how verbal cuing directly connects to the overarching theme and the breath. We will explore the power of setting an intention or goal for your own practice, in your classes, and in your life. You will leave this training with many examples of how to create a theme-based yoga class, but also with the tools to approach every aspect of your life with a growth mindset.

In this training you will: 
  • Learn to bring a theme into your classes so what you offer is impactful
  • Empower yourself so that you can empower your students.
  • Explore what is truly important as a yoga teacher to you as that is the key to strengthening your teaching. 
  • Discover how to keep your teaching simple.
  • Learn the “So What Mantra” — the mantra of the teacher.
  • Deepen understanding of sequencing and how to do a successful demonstration for students.

This course is open to all levels, and is not exclusive to those who are seeking Yoga Alliance credit. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Programs Coordinator via email at

Required reading:
Theme Weaver by Michelle Berman Marchildon

Eligible for 15 Yoga Alliance Contact Hours