How to Heal, Not Harm: Your Words Matter
A two-day workshop, led by Harmony Tesoro
How to Heal, Not Harm:
Your Words Matter
Yoga teachers, what you say matters!
This is for all yoga teachers and movement professionals. In this workshop, we will spend time reflecting on, creating, and practicing cueing and general languaging that upholds non-harm across multiple facets. This includes invitational languaging, inclusivity, avoiding heirarchy and ableism, supporting body autonomy, and embodying yoga principles and philosophy. We will also dedicate a portion of this workshop to adapting our languaging when working with youth. As a bonus, we'll also look the impact our music selection can have in different teaching spaces.
Harmony's goal is for teachers to gain a greater self-awareness when it comes to cueing habits, tools to support shaping your overall languaging, and real-time teaching practice with peers.
Photo by Judy Nguyen
Saturday, November 18, 1:30-4:30p
Sunday, November 19, 12:30-3:30p
This is a two-day workshop, held on Saturday, November 18 (1:30-4:30p) and Sunday, November 19 (12:30-3:30p). We'll meet in Kāne'ohe, O'ahu, at Breathe Yoga + Barre.
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Course Learning Objectives
Ever the artist at heart, Harmony Tesoro (she/her) continues to root her work in creativity, innovation, and connection.
Founder of HarmsaStar, a human movement experience wholly communicated through dance, yoga, and education, Harmony has spent the last 10 years working with all people and ages, cultivating partnerships, collaborations, and life-long professional relationships across O'ahu. Harmony is truly humbled to continue growing and sharing within the fields of health, wellness, mindfulness, arts, and education here in Hawai'i.
Having worn many hats, Harmony brings an eclectic expertise and versatility to her endeavors. She has helped to develop and lead countless trainings with folks across the globe, specializing in teaching children’s, teen’s, and trauma-informed yoga. Currently, she serves as brand ambassador for a local yoga studio in Kāne'ohe, whose mission is close to her heart with respect to accessibility, inclusivity, and community wellness.
Harmony is ever grateful to her teachers, both past and present, and strives for continuous self-study every chance she gets. Two teachers in particular have made an immense impact on her evolving work: Hala Khouri, and Susanna Barkataki.
Harmony holds an MA in Teaching (Elementary), MFA in Dance, BA in Theatre Arts, is a recognized Artistic Teaching Partner (SFCA), and certified E-RYT 200 and RCYT.
What people say about Harmony:
“Harmony is an incredibly skilled facilitator and teacher. Her wonderful way with people, rich and varied experience, embodied expertise, and emotional intelligence allow her to consistently lead transformative trainings. I highly recommend enrolling in this workshop with Harmony, thank me later ;)”
- Julia Bond, Director of Growth, Breathe For Change
“Harmony’s teaching is warm, encouraging, and compassionate. Her years of teaching children and adults inform her cues from a place of accessibility and playfulness. She utilizes invitational language in a way that supports a genuine connection with the mind and body. She truly cares about making you feel welcome and supported while honoring your individual experience.”
- Megan McWilliams, therapist and yoga teacher
“Harmony is a truly remarkable teacher whose passion for wellness and inner peace radiates in every class. She actively embraces the creative and unusual, drawing students into a new world of self-discovery and acceptance. Fostering a sense of playfulness and in her classes, she has an intuitive ability to connect with students well beyond their class presence.”
- Christina Loo, Owner of Breathe Yoga + Barre Kaneohe
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Harmony a few years ago when I was working at a small private school in East Honolulu. She was the Health and Wellness Director, as well as the after school yoga instructor, but quickly became a friend and mentor to me. She inspired me to get my Yoga Ed. certification in 2017, and was one of my trainers. Having the opportunity to grow professionally and meet others who were doing the same was absolutely life changing. I am currently at a different school on the West side and I still using all of my training and experiences from Yoga and Mindfulness to teach my students and the staff. Harmony is truly a ray of light in a world that is sometimes dark. I am so thankful that our paths crossed in this life!”
- Kimberly Chun Hoi, Elementary School Teacher
“As a director fortunate enough to collaborate with Harmony, I've witnessed firsthand her remarkable talents as a choreographer. Harmony brings a unique blend of creativity and collaboration to every project. Her choreography is a mesmerizing fusion movement, story, and emotion. Working with her is an absolute joy—she elevates each production with her artistic vision and dedication.”
- Lurana Donnels O'Malley, Professor of Theatre, Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
“I’ve been so lucky to have been able to work with Harmony for bigger productions and smaller independence projects. What I love most, is that in any scale, she is really able to key in how each individual can best be seen and used in the grander storytelling. I know personally that i not only leave, knowing that the production is enriched with beautiful movement, but empowered and encouraged as an artist which to me, is just (if not more!) valuable than the product itself. She is my go-to movement director at any a scale!”
- Christina Uyeno, Curator for Eat Cake Gallery LLC
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