Project Description

Embodiment & Social Justice: An Inclusive Yoga Training

This complement to the Yoga Outreach Core Training™ is for those interested in examining the social issues that give rise to and result from trauma. In this program participants will learn about bringing yoga to specific populations, the importance of a trauma informed approach to the teacher/student relationship and how yoga can be an expression of activism. Participants will explore:

  • Polyvagal theory
  • Spiritual Bypassing
  • Yoga as Activism
  • Yoga & Sexual Assault
  • A Trauma Informed Approach to the Teacher/Student Relationship
  • Yoga & Eating Disorders
  • Yoga for Neurodivergent Folx
  • Practical Approaches to Addressing Cultural Appropriation: Sanskrit Appreciation & Pronunciation for Yoga Teachers


Each module is richly supported with current readings and recordings from thought leaders in the fields of trauma theory, Yoga, and social activism.

We highly recommend that you attend this training synchronously (in real time) as it is not designed to be taken asynchronously (watching a recording after the live session). If you cannot attend live, recordings will be provided.

In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training, attendees must complete all of the sessions and reflection questions within 14 days of the last day of the training to receive a certificate of completion. 

There is no pre-requisite for this course however we recommend that participants have taken the Yoga Outreach Core Training™ and/or have a foundation in trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques.

The training will take place live via zoom in PST

We highly recommend that you attend this training synchronously as it is not designed to be taken asynchronously. In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training, attendees must complete all of the sessions within 14 days of the last day of the training to receive a certificate of completion. If you cannot attend live you can still join the course as recordings will be sent out to participants the following day.

TBD Feb 2023 | 6pm – 8:30pm PST (for full schedule details, see schedule page)

LEARNING OUTCOMES

LEARNING OUTCOMES & SESSION STRUCTURE

Session Structure (subject to change based on facilitator discretion & in the peer group learning circles):

  • 6:00 – 6:15 Check in & facilitator introduction
  • 6:15 – 7:15 Course Content
  • 7:15 – 7:35 Embodiment/mindfulness/integration practice 
  • 7:35 – 7:45 BREAK 10 MIN
  • 7:45 – 8:20 Course Content/Group work
  • 8:20 – 8:30 Close

MODULE 1: TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA REVIEW, POLYVAGAL THEORY

  • Refresh & refine trauma-informed Yoga tools and techniques learned in the Yoga Outreach Core Training™
  • Explore Post Traumatic Growth and Survivors Mission as it relates to Yoga Outreach students and to us.
  • Deepen our understanding of the importance of teacher regulation and relationship in yoga.

MODULE 2: SPIRITUAL BYPASSING

  • Define and discuss spiritual bypassing and how it shows up in our own lives and the larger yoga community.
  • Consider ways in which to identify and avoid spiritual bypassing

MODULE 3: TBA

MODULE 4: TBA

PEER GROUP LEARNING CIRCLE I: Students will discuss  ideas and reflections based on learning so far in their peer groups.

MODULE 5: TBA

MODULE 6: TBA

MODULE 7: PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO ADDRESSING CULTURAL APPROPRIATION: SANSKRIT APPRECIATION & PRONUNCIATION FOR YOGA TEACHERS

  • Appreciation of Sanskrit, including tonality, alphabet, precision in pronunciation and how Sanskrit is vibrational medicine
  • Explore commonly mispronounced words that every yoga practitioner should know about. 
  • Understand full body sounds and their impact on us
  • Learn to chant the pranava om correctly 
  • Practice face, throat, eye and tongue movements to allow for greater resonance within.
  • Learn to pronounce words in Yoga and Ayurveda vocabulary

MODULE 8: TBA

PEER GROUP LEARNING CIRCLE II: Students will discuss ideas and reflections based on learning so far in their peer groups.

Schedule
Feb 2023 Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:15 All times are in PST
23.75  contact hours & 5 non-contact hours

  • Feb 7th, 2023 Nicole Marcia 6-8:30
  • Feb 14, 2023 Sashah Rahemtulla 6-8:30
  • Feb 21, 2023 Desi Omojokun 6-8:30
  • Feb 28, 2023 Laurel Mckay 6-8:30
  • March 1, 2023 Brittney Fehr- 6:00 – 7:15
  • March 7, 2023 Melanie Ruffie 6-8:30
  • March 14, 2023 Maitreyi Yogacharini 6-8:30
  • March 21, 2023 Candice Baldwin 6-8:30
  • March 28, 2023 Harmeet Mann 6-8:30
  • March 29, 2023 Brittney Fehr- 6:00 – 7:15

Yoga Outreach offers a sliding scale for our trainings.

Sliding Scale
$472.50/$378/$283.50/$0

Yoga Outreach offers a sliding scale for our trainings.

There are a limited amount of slots for classes offered at the middle and lower end of the scale. Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. Please see the scale descriptions at the bottom of this page for more details. *Adapted from wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale.

Tier 1

The highest dollar amount reflects the true cost of the class. Choose this option if you:

  • have access to financial security
  • own property
  • have personal savings
  • are able to pay for “wants”
  • spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life

Tier 2

The middle cost acknowledges that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend. If you are:

  • struggling to conquer debt or build savings
  • have access to steady income
  • not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care

Tier 3

The lowest cost represents a deliberate opportunity to welcome participation from folks who lack financial resources. If you:

  • struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care,
  • are living paycheck to paycheck
  • are in significant debt, you probably belong here


Scholarship & Work-study Option 

Scholarships are available for those who face financial barriers to attend this training. PLEASE NOTE: Due to demand if you reside outside of British Columbia you will only be considered for a scholarship if you are engaged in working with marginalized communities. Your reference letter should provide confirmation of this.

There are two kinds of scholarships available:

Workstudy scholarships are for those who are able to pay a portion of the tuition (usually $180) and do some volunteer hours (not teaching yoga) ahead of the training. Typically this depends on your skills, availability, and what we need at the time. 100% scholarships are for those who do not have the financial resources to attend. These spaces will be prioritized for folks who have a deep interest in bringing this work to impacted communities. We encourage BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+, immigrant, and refugee folks, as well as those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.

Application Deadline for scholarships are 45 days prior to date of the course. You will be notified as soon as the scholarship committee has made a decision, approx. 30 days before the training. Approved workstudy applicants must complete volunteer commitment prior to attending the training.

Applicants with the following will be prioritized:

  • Keen interest in working with marginalized folks
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applicants with current involvement, whether paid or volunteer, within the communities we serve.

At least one scholarship space/training will be reserved for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ folks. We also encourage those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Refund Policy

Training tuition is refundable, less a 15% administration fee, up to 21 days prior to the training start date. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing via training@yogaoutreach.com to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued within the 21 days prior and fees is non-transferable.

Email us to be notified when the 2023 dates are confirmed.

TRAINING FACULTY

Nicole Maricia
Nicole Maricia
About NICOLE
Sashah Rahemtulla
Sashah Rahemtulla
ABOUT SASHAH
Harmeet Kaur Mann
Harmeet Kaur Mann
About Harmeet
Laurel MacKay
Laurel MacKay
About laurel
Brittney Fehr
Brittney Fehr
About Maitreyi
Mélanie Ruffié
Mélanie Ruffié
About Mélanie
Candice Baldwin
Candice Baldwin
About candice
Yogacharini Maitreyi
Yogacharini Maitreyi
About Maitreyi
Desi Omojokun
Desi Omojokun
About Maitreyi