Intertwining Toolkits for Yoga Teachers

with Diana Thielen, movement educator & yoga teacher

Friday, October 4th from 9:00 till 12:30

at the Zen Yoga by Dynamic Mindfulness, Tempelhofer Ufer 36, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

This lectures are a part of the Dynamic Mindfulness Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and are open to guests.

Guest Course Fee: 50 €

As people who teach movement, we are constantly faced with various requirements.

Are we responding to them consciously?

For instance, new folks enter the classroom on an (ir)-regular bases, carrying their own history. We don’t know what they expect from us, we don’t know what their physical habits are, as well as what is their movement experience.

In addition, we ourselves are embedded in diverse life contexts. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we hold attitudes, have experiences and expectations of our students, as well as of ourselves.

(Body positive/queer-) feminist analysis can help us to establish a point of departure for inquiring into topics such as:
What kind of body image do we carry with us?
How can we design a participatory learning atmosphere? (Is this even desired?)
Do we have to know everything as teachers?
How can we support learning, experiencing and embodiment?
How important is it to think about the language we use?

Diana will share her experience, reflections, questions and tools with the group. She will draw the information from her studies in education and gender studies, as well as from the Axis Syllabus body of knowledge.

We will dive into topics that are complex, intertwined, but also fun and, we believe, truly empowering!


9:15 – 10:45 Contemporary body pedagogics and its challenges

10:45- 11:00 –  break

11:00 – 12:30 – How do body politics play out in general yoga classes?


About Diana Thielen

Diana Thielen


Diana Thielen works amongst diverse functions in the sphere of movement. After studying contemporary dance techniques at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria, she joined the Axis Syllabus International Research Community (ASIRC) and obtained the AS teacher certification in 2015. With the AS as one of her main resources, Diana teaches dance, contact improvisation and yoga with a focus on re-evaluating the aesthetics in daily classes, workshops, festivals and intensives around Europe.

“movement explorations through the lens of the axis syllabus freed my body. feminism freed my mind. yoga empowered the relation of my body and mind.”