The Art of Assisting

March 17-April 27, 2022

The heart & technique
of hands-on assists

Offering hands-on assists can be a practice in compassion and communication. Through this course, we’ll explore Janet’s approach to assisting, which begins with integrity in your own body and being.

Through dharma talks exploring intention, seeing, and listening we’ll approach assisting as a practice that goes beyond the physical. Detailed demos will explore the more technical aspects, looking at the biomechanics, perfect fit, and how to communicate through your hands with clarity and confidence.


Introductory materials and course overview

Week 1 | Intention: Discover your intention for offering hands-on assists

Week 2 | Foundation: Find your own foundation and center as the starting point to support others

Week 3 | Relationship: Experience assisting as a relationship and a way to be in authentic connection

Week 4 | Technique: Learn specific techniques to understand biomechanics and to express effective hands-on assists

Week 5 | Compassion: Explore compassion for yourself and others

Week 6 | Course wrap-up and recap


How this will work online

We encourage you to find a partner, friend, loved one, or other teachers to create a community of practice.

The course includes:

  • 6+ weeks of guided study and practice
  • Guided meditation
  • Asana warm-up
  • Asana practice
  • Demos for 40+ postures
  • A dedicated Facebook group for discussion and community connection

Certification Hours

The immersion can be taken for 30 non-contact hours for Yoga Alliance continuing education or Janet’s 300/500-hour program. Certificates will be provided upon completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the course start with our frequently asked questions.

Janet Stone

alikaukas_9924_finalJanet’s studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today. In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Janet blends the alchemy of her own practice with decades of studentship. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.

Special Guest Teachers


Harvey Deutch

Acclaimed physical therapist, yogi, and beloved teacher, Harvey Deutch, P.T. has been merging the art and science of yoga and physical therapy for over 35 years, exploring and perfecting the the nuances of each. His laser-sharp precision and keen eye for working with the physical form join his innate ability to understand and finesse the energetic body. Along with his signature humor, Harvey is well-known for taking two-dimensional anatomy off the page and making it burst alive on the mat.

Mark Haviland

Over fourteen years ago Mark went through a near death experience which catapulted him into the depths of his own soul, the trenches of the human experience and a long expedition through the healing arts. Through his own healing crisis he learned several techniques and modalities while surrounding himself and studying with many master teachers.

Art of Assisting Interest

Janet's brand new virtual immersion explores assisting as a practice of communication and compassion. Sign-up here to learn more about the course.

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