Inclusive & Accepting Word Choice

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we review the effects of a teacher’s word choice in creating an inclusive and accepting practice space.


Become competent in choosing words that inspire an inclusive and accepting environment in which to practice yoga.


Explain an implication of the word “minority” vs. “diversity.” Describe ways that teaching might imply a hierarchy of value or accomplishment. Provide potential benefits of using invitational language and provide an example. Describe the difference between invitational language and giving wishy-washy instructions. Give an example of an inappropriate assumption about students’ relationships with their bodies. Read and summarize the Accessible Yoga article, “Disability Culture 101.”

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