Working with Injuries in Yoga and Fitness Classes

Working with Injuries in Yoga and Fitness Classes
20-hour Certification in Injury Modification and Rehabilitation 

Course Teachers: Michele Pernetta and Todd Taylor
Course Location: Fierce Grace North and Queens Crescent Community Association
Course Requirement: Certified Teachers from all backgrounds including Yoga, Pilates, fitness, etc
Dates: The 2019 dates for this course have now passed. To be the first to know when the next course date is announced please sign up to our Teacher Training newsletter here and select Advanced Training.
Cost: £395 (Deposit £100 - remaining balance due 18th September to guarantee space)

This course is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals and counts towards your professional development hours.

About the course:

In the yoga and fitness industry today, many more people are coming to class with injuries or issues, looking for a natural way to heal. It is important that instructors not just keep the person safe, but actually offer modifications and rehabilitation exercises that will help them in their quest for healing.

Our work is primarily grounded in yoga wisdom, which has informed many physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises for decades. We have now expanded our classes and courses to include rehabilitation and physiotherapy wisdom to provide a practical, wide reaching set of tools for yoga teachers and fitness professionals to use to enhance whichever discipline they teach, and offer more options to their clients.

This 20 hour course is one of the first in-depth certifications for certified yoga teachers and fitness instructors to:

You will learn and practice how to:

Course content:

This course is for teachers from all yoga and fitness backgrounds, from the new teacher to the more experienced, eager to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to work with injured students and provide alternatives and modifications for safety and rehabilitation.

Most injury trainings are geared to the one-on-one private class setting and most teachers work with injured students one on one. However many people prefer the support of a group class, and to not feel “different” just because they have a physical issue, and many can not afford a private session. So we also wanted to support teachers in addressing injured students needs in a busy class setting.

Why train with us

We have been teaching injury modifications, as well as alignment protocols to students for 25 years and yoga teachers for 19 years. With 19 years' experience of running busy yoga studios and supporting students with injuries in class settings – we are well placed to help you increase your skills in how to effectively support injured students when they arrive in your class. 

Michele Pernetta our founder and course leader has had a special interest in yoga for injuries since avoiding double knee surgery through yoga. She has since taught over a quarter of a million people and brought her years of experience to the contents of this course which she will share with you. We launched this programme in 2017 and this is our third year. 

We have been building a team of experts, increasing our class offerings and syllabus to better serve people of all ages and abilities. The aim of our 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training programmes and our graduate courses is to support yoga teachers, improve teaching standards and ultimately the student's experience.

Our passion is expanding yoga’s reach to injured people, from injured athletes, to the total novice. We look forward to working with you.

About the Course Tutors

Michele Pernetta

Michele Pernetta has taught over 250,000 students over a 25 year career and is the founder of Fierce Grace Yoga and the Course Leader of Fierce Grace Teacher Training. A personal student of Bikram Choudhury and Larry Schultz, Michele brought Hot Yoga to the UK and Europe in 1999. Michele's extensive experience and qualifications in Bikram, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Rocket, Martial Arts and Massage Therapy - as well as her decades of study in health and meditation - culminated in the launch of the Fierce Grace system in 2013. Michele personally healed her knees through yoga, and has helped countless students successfully rehabilitate a whole range of issues.

Todd Taylor

Todd is a Certified Massage Therapist and holds Full Body Certifications in A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques.) Todd is an experienced certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher and Pilates Instructor. He started his work in ART in San Francisco working with the Gaelic Football League and has received his training from leading physiotherapists and chiropractors in both the United States and Europe including Dr. Michael Leahy, developer of ART. He currently works in London treating patients at clinics and teaching yoga.

How to book

To request a booking form and check eligibility, or for any other questions about this course, please email [email protected]


"I attended the Injury modification course in 2018. I have increased my understanding of common injuries and conditions. I am able to teach people with injuries effectively and use alignment techniques to avoid injury.

The course used a range of learning styles. I really enjoyed taking part in the practical techniques and paired work. There was plenty of opportunity for Q&A’s. I feel that the course has given me the confidence to support and empower students. I am able to take the principles learnt on the course and implement them into my sessions. Providing modifications for safety and rehabilitation with effective use of props. I feel the course has helped me improve my standard of teaching, taking it to the next level."

- Shirley Jacobs

"As someone who has all sorts of injuries I have always been drawn to the inclusiveness of yoga and the fact that you can modify every pose to suit your personal conditions. I was really excited about this course when I first heard about it and signed up without thinking twice. As a new yoga teacher you can find yourself in a situations where you are not ready to facilitate a new or injured student's experience due to the lack of knowledge. This course helps to tackle that issue, you leave the course feeling more confident and positive about your teaching skills. One of the greatest realisations on the course was that there is no one way of doing things."

- Diana Varakina