Yoga Detour Presents:


Holding space for students is a huge responsibility, one that most teacher training programs fail to account for. Join us as we explore what it means to co-create and cultivate safety as an evolving practice.

As movement teachers, it's common to assume that what works for us, works for our students

And yet, just because a practice environment feels safe for you, it doesn't necessarily feel that way for everyone else.


As a leader in the movement education space, it's your responsibility to acknowledge any assumptions about who is showing up in your classes.

- What invisible struggle might they be bringing with them into the space, onto their mat?


- How can we learn to support them from a place of equity and compassion?

- How can we better understand, recognize and hold space for nervous system dysregulation?

- In what ways can we make our movement spaces more welcoming, less intimidating and ultimately, safe(r) havens?

Understanding safety and the role it plays in a movement setting requires nuanced examination and open discussion. Instead of glossing over the complex layers of “safe” space, let's take our time, ask questions and build trust—trust in ourselves, and in the experiences of those around us.


The Origin Story of this Series

Hey there 👋 . I'm Jenn.

You might already know me if you've taken previous trainings with Yoga Detour. I'm the one usually working behind the scenes to ensure that everything we put out into the world runs smoothly.

This time around, however, I'm stepping out from the shadows to be a guide and curator for a program that I really believe in.


I've been into high intensity physical activity and movement all my life. It wasn't until around 2015, when my body started to shut down, that I was introduced to the practice of yoga. I've had wonderful teachers and practiced in incredible, welcoming studios. And emotional experiences on the mat have ranged from confusion and shame to terror and disorientation, despite there never being any outward threat.

Eventually, I started to wonder why these feelings were coming up so consistently. I began to investigate, turning to therapists, different trauma-informed experts and trainings and doing some pretty full-on introspection. That investigation has turned into a tremendous journey—one that's revealed not only all the things I wish I knew when I first started on this path in the yoga realm, but also the ways in which we as educators need to step up and into our power as community leaders.

Ready to join me?

The Workshop Series

In Creating Safe(r) Spaces, Jenn Cardoso will co-facilitate these discussions around how we as educators can learn to better understand the intricately human experience of feeling "safe".


Safety, Belonging and Mattering with Jay Fields

Values, Ethics and Boundaries: Frameworks for Safe(r) Spaces with Robin Hurlow


Troubling "Safety", Equity & Diversity with Kai Cheng Thom


Cultivating Brave and Safe(r) Spaces with Nadi Fantastic

Here's who you'll be learning from:

Meet the incredible panel of experts sharing their genius in this series.

Somatic Coach and author of Teaching People, Not Poses

Jay Fields


Jay Fields, M.A. E-RYT is an educator, coach and author who has taught the principles of embodiment and self-regulation to individuals and organizations for twenty years. Her approach to helping people have their own back at work and in life is grounded, playful, empathic and intelligent. Jay received her BA in Psychosocial Health and Human Movement from the College of William and Mary and her Masters in Integral Transformative Education from Prescott College.

She is the author of the book Teaching People, Not Poses and the LinkedIn Learning course Managing Your Emotions at Work. When not working with clients or facilitating trainings, you can find Jay riding her motorcycle in the mountains outside of Ojai, California where she lives.

Yoga and Movement Educator & Psychotherapist in training

Robin Hurlow

Robin is a Toronto-based yoga and movement educator with a passion for mental health and the power of embodied practice. She has been teaching yoga for over 15 years in a variety of environments, including studios, gyms, schools, hospitals, corporate and research settings. Robin has also trained in and guided mindfulness based practices since 2012. At present, she works mostly with private clients, particularly older adults and individuals experiencing chronic pain and/or illness.

Robin holds a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Laurier University where she focused on bereavement support and end of life care.  She is currently partway through a five-year training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. In her spare time, she can be found curled up with a cup of tea and a good book, or out walking near bodies of water with her energetic pup.

Coach, Consultant, and Conflict Professional

Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom is a transformational somatic coach, consultant, and conflict mediator with over a decade of experience in facilitation, social change, and mental health work as a former clinical social worker.  She is the author of four internationally published, award-winning books in various genres.

Trained in a wide array of mind-body healing and personal growth modalities, Kai Cheng brings a wealth of skills drawn from adult education, meditation, bodywork, breathwork, somatic sex education, mindful movement, and expressive arts into her trainings.  She also holds two Masters degrees from McGill University. In her free time, Kai Cheng enjoys dancing, yoga, reading, and lasagnas.

Anti-Oppression Business Coach + Educator

Nadi Fantastic

Nadi is a holistic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educator and Virtual Event Facilitator who centres the inner work of anti-oppressive practices. With 25 years of operations management + digital communications experience, Nadi works with businesses, organizations and individuals to coach leaders and teams through the process of identifying how we contribute to oppressive systems and what is possible to dismantle these components on route to fostering inclusive environments.  



From understanding the subtle relationship between intersectional privilege, media informed biases, oppression related trauma and the role of societal norms to how each of us play a powerful role in dismantling toxic ‘isms’ from our teams, families and communities.  Nadi’s work hyper-focuses on the importance of self-work. In this space she will open the conversation to everyone in an interactive, informative and brave space to unlearn and relearn so our actions have intentionality.


The Details


✔   Program Dates: May 21st, May 28th, June 4, June 11th


✔   Live calls will take place every Friday from 1:30-3:30pm ET.

✔   7-day access to each recording if you can't make it live. 


Series begins May 21st


Don't miss out on the conversation!


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Are You In?

Most humans on this planet are experiencing some degree of nervous system imbalance, whether they know it or not. And how could we be not be?

Our nervous systems aren't built for the stressors of the 21st century.
With the continued uncertainty of our time, our students need us now more than ever.


The knowledge and experience being shared in this program is invaluable, and yet you have the opportunity to soak it all in for less than fifty bucks.
This is one of those times when you've got nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

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