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The Skillful Yogi: Online Practice & Study with Barrie Risman

All-inclusive Membership for Yoga Teachers & Inspired Students

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Join our thriving community of teachers and continuing students dedicated to deepening practice ON and BEYOND the mat!

With your Skillful Yogi membership you'll get lifetime access to all asana classes, courses, readings, guided inquiry, breath work, meditation, and more.

New classes are added EVERY WEEK!

And, there's so much more to being part of The Skillful Yogi...

You'll receive tailored, responsive, and personalized guidance for your practice and teaching.

You'll benefit from being part of an dynamic and engaged group of seasoned practitioners.

Everything we do here is designed to support you in loving YOUR yoga, getting inspired, and re-inspired about your practice and teaching, and expanding the benefits of yoga into your life.

Welcome to the Skillful Yogi!


 

ON THE MAT

For the past 23 years, alignment-based asana practice has been my passion. The hallmarks of my teaching style are clear, accessible and precise instructions, and a sense of rigor and challenge balanced with sensitivity, lightheartedness, and compassion that allows students to penetrate ever deeper levels of subtlety and refinement in their practice.

As a member of The Skillful Yogi, you'll enjoy lifetime access to a wide variety of my expertly-crafted, progressively-sequenced classes to inspire you each and every time you come to your mat, including:

  • Weekly Live streamed classes that are new and different every week, and always expertly sequenced, clear and engaging.
  • Evolving Your Asana: 4 Principles for an Enlightened Practice course featuring 4 full-length classes, breath work, pose tutorials, guided journaling exercises, readings, and tons of bonus content!
  • The Skillful Yogi Led Practice series featuring 11 unique, full-length 90-minute intermediate-level classes for in-depth practice
  • 30, 60, 75 and 90-minute classes for all levels
  • Short, focused video tutorials to help you refine your practice
  • Ongoing, responsive, and interactive Q&A for your practice and teaching
 

BEYOND THE MAT

The Skillful Yogi is so much more than just asana. It's about living your yoga in every moment. My integrated approach to practice means you'll always have portable ways to bring your yoga into your life and practical, effective tools for conscious living including:

  • The Yogi Home Companion - Timeless wisdom for living yoga thoughtfully prepared for you every day!
  • Simple, powerful breathwork exercises
  • Guided visualizations and meditative practices
  • Journaling prompts and guided self-inquiry and contemplation
  • Relevant, engaging and inspiring readings
  • One-on-One support for your practice and teaching
 

COMMUNITY

& CONNECTION

"It's just the perfect program for me, I get classes, inspiration, meditation and philosophy all in one convenient place. I like the platform you use, its very easy to navigate. And I have realized I have gotten VERY picky with who I want as a yoga teacher, I no longer want to go to just any teacher I want someone inspiring and alignment based - it just works for my body.

- Megan Morgan, Yoga Teacher

"Every time I read a part of your share Barrie I find a synchronicity with events of my life today or readings or thoughts that touched my eyes and hearts...it's amazing how connected we all are!"

- Caroline Chantefort, Yoga Teacher

As part of our supportive and respectful learning community, you'll have welcoming forum to share your insights, questions and challenges about your practice. With members from 8 countries and four continents you'll be part of a global network of seasoned, like-minded practitioners to share your journey with.

If you're ready to unfold the next chapter in your path of yoga as a vibrant, dynamic part of your life, I warmly invite you to join us.

Have questions? Reach out to me to explore whether The Skillful Yogi is right for you. It would be an honour to support you on your yoga journey!

"When I started this program, I was most excited about getting back into a very regular asana practice. However, I'm realizing as the weeks have gone on that what I have been enjoying most are the readings. They have really helped me to think about how my own yogic life is unfolding, and think about the ways in which I can "do better" (ie: have more compassion for myself and others, find more balance in my life, etc). These lessons are so unexpected, and so enriching for me-- and not just from the yogic perspective, but also just as a human living in the world."

- Heather Acomb, Yoga Teacher and Professional Dancer

"Barrie teaches, lives and embodies the practices of yoga genuinely and wholeheartedly. Deeply rooted in the traditions of yoga, she skilfully shares all realms of the teachings with her students with a great amount of love and generosity. Studying with Barrie has been a true gift to my own path of yoga both in my personal practice and as a teacher. It is through her teachings that I have gained the trust, confidence and an authentic approach to practicing and teaching. She continues to be a source of inspiration for me as a student and a teacher and for this I am grateful."

- Leanne Whiting, Grow A Lotus Yoga

"I know now more than ever before that 'yoga' does not just mean the physical postures. But reflecting, digesting a new concept or a different approach to something in my practice (something as simple as changing the perspective of the breath) is as enriching and powerful as how I feel after practicing the asanas. I am finding that I am much more at peace with myself in this journey that I now know will be a permanent part of my life. I see the fruits of this shift in my teaching too! I am so much more in tune with my students and their needs. My eagerness to serve my students is now simply my path and I don't need to prove myself to the students.... or myself."

- Cary Lawrence, Yoga Teacher

Courses Included with Purchase



Evolving Your Asana: 4 Principles for an Enlightened Practice - A 90-Day Journey of Awakening, Inspiration & Insight into Living Your Yoga More Fully Than Ever Before
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$90
Connecting to Your Steady Center: Standing and Seated Twists
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Backbends: Revealing the Vision of Oneness
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Forward Bends: Nurturing a Loving Inner Relationship
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Sacred Embodiment: Standing Poses and Hip Openers
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Evolving Your Asana: 4 Principles for an Enlightened Practice - A 90-Day Journey of Awakening, Inspiration & Insight into Living Your Yoga More Fully Than Ever Before For Skillful Yogi Members
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$90
Led Practice Series: Padmasana & Deep Hip Openers
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Urdhva Dhanurasana & Backbends
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Hanumanasana
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Intermediate Backbends
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Inversions
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Restorative
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Forward Bends
Included with Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Vasisthasana & Arm Balances
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Spinal Twists
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Visvamitrasana & Arm Balances
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Led Practice Series: Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana & Hip Openers
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$40
Love Your Yoga! Summer Edition
21-Day Practice Program with Barrie Risman
Barrie Risman
$147
Lower Back Love
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
All-levels Hip Openers
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
All-levels Backbends
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Taking Your Seat: Hip Strengthening and Stabilizing
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Roadtrip Recovery
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Meditation Gateways
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Shoulders: Mobility & Stability
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Supported Backbends
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
Yoga Nidra
Including in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Yoga for Core Strength
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Harmonizing with the Vital Force: Slow Flow, Restorative & Breathwork
Included in Monthly Memebrship
Barrie Risman
Advancing Your Asana 1: Bird of Paradise
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Advancing Your Asana 2: Pincha Mayurasana
Included in Monthly Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
The Yogi Home Companion
Timeless Wisdom for Living Yoga: Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Advancing Your Asana 3: Padmasana
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Advancing Your Asana 4: Viparita Dandasana
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Advancing Your Asana 5: Hanumanasana
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Teacher's Lounge
Included with Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Advancing Your Asana 6: Eka Pada Koundinyasana I and II
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
Advancing Your Asana 7: Ardha Matsyendrasana II
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25
Advancing Your Asana 8: Natarajasana
Included in Membership
Barrie Risman
$25

Original Price: $1,317


Your Instructor


Barrie Risman
Barrie Risman

Barrie Risman is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators, teacher–trainers and mentors. She is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the wisdom teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity, insight, and relevance to students of all levels and from all walks of life.

Barrie's teaching weaves together the technical precision of refined alignment-based practice with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice.

Teaching for close to 2 decades, Barrie shares the depth of her experience and knowledge to reveal a uniquely accessible, authentic and integrated approach to yoga. She empowers students with tools to deepen their understanding and inspires them to embrace asana as a path for expansive self-discovery and inner growth.

Barrie's forthcoming book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for an Enlightened Practiceis a guide for teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives.

A seasoned trainer and mentor of new teachers, Barrie serves on several teacher-training faculties including HappyTree Yoga in Montreal, PranaShanti Yoga Centre of Ottawa, and Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, New York. She is the creator of The Skillful Yogi professional development courses, retreats and mentoring programs for yoga teachers.

Barrie was the co-founder and co-director of Shri Yoga, Montreal’s seminal place for the practice of Alignment-based, Heart-centered Hatha Yoga from 2011-2016. From 2003-2012, she was a Senior Anusara Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Barrie led Anusara Yoga events throughout Canada, the US and internationally and served on the Anusara Yoga Teacher Certification Committee from 2006-2012, mentoring new teachers toward certification.

She has been a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years. She continues to study regularly with her primary mentor, Kevin Gardiner, a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and co-founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York.

From 1997-2003, Barrie served as a full-time staff member for the SYDA Foundation in India and the US, immersed in the study and practice of all the traditional yogic disciplines.

Barrie is the proud Co-creator and Co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, whose mission is to bring the benefits of posture, breathing and mindfulness as a tool for pain management and active self care to low mobility populations around the world.

Click here for Barrie's full CV.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the program start and finish?
The program starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online studio - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the classes?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to all our Skillful Yogi classes for as long as you're a member - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the membership?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Reach out to me to learn more about the Skillful Yogi. It would be a pleasure to support you in your practice and teaching!

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