Project Description

The Yoga Outreach Certification™ Program: A Service Yoga Training

The Yoga Outreach Certification™ Program (YOCP-200) offers participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the practices and philosophies of yoga using a trauma informed, student-centred approach. Students will explore how yoga supports equity, inclusion, and community care within a class, in their daily lives, and in their communities. Built on the foundation of Yoga Outreach’s 25+ years of experience providing classes in social service and community based settings, this is a yoga teacher training like no other.

Is this yoga course for you?

This program may suit you better than a typical yoga teacher training, if you’re interested in:

    • tools for personal transformation and social change
    • creating more inclusive yoga spaces
    • offering yoga in non-traditional settings
    • exploring ways to honour the roots of yoga without appropriating

Collective Transformation

This immersive program is rooted in the concept of Sva-dharma, derived from the Sanskrit root dhr, “sustain, support, uphold.” We believe that each of us has the responsibility to use personal transformation in service of collective transformation. Sva-dharma is one way to use yoga for equity, fairness, inclusion, social justice, and freedom.

Course Dates: TBC January – May 2023
LIVE ONLINE *All times are in PST

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATIONStudents are strongly encouraged to arrive to class on time and attend all classes. Students may miss up to 18 hours of the training for extenuating circumstances. Students are responsible for catching up on what they missed from their peer group. Please prepare for class discussion by engaging/reading/listening to/practicing with all course materials.

What’s included:

  • Skill in Action Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson
  • 25% off all Knowledge Development Workshops for the year

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Completed application form
  • Be able to converse, read, and write in English.
  • If you have health concerns or challenges have an adequate network in place to support you throughout this process. A 200 hour immersion can be an intense journey and while we will be doing our very best to support you along the way we need to recognize that we may not be able to fully support all folks particularly if they have complex needs. We want to be able to work with you to ensure that this is a safe experience for you and that means ensuring you have adequate support. If you are living with a health condition for which you may require support or accommodation please inform us.

Learning Outcomes

Students in this 200-hour course can expect a blend of theory and practice from a trauma-informed perspective. Participants can anticipate graduating with:

  • a stronger personal practice,
  • a practical understanding of strengths-based teaching,
  • a foundation in trauma-informed principles, and
  • the ability to assess accessibility for various communities.

Curriculum we will explore:

  • Asana & Pranayama
  • Trauma-informed yoga
  • Yoga for chronic pain & other specific populations
  • Decolonizing yoga
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity in yoga
  • Yoga anatomy
  • An introduction to meditation
  • Mantra & chanting
  • The Yoga Sutras
  • An introduction to the theory & practices of Ayurveda
  • Practice teaching
  • Anatomy & physiology

Students will need to purchase:

  • Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Everybody by Jivana Heyman
  • Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil

Instruction

This professional immersion reflects our vision that a collaborative way of working, teaching, and learning allows for a wider representation of perspectives and experiences. Thus, students will benefit from the experience of multiple teachers, each uniquely qualified to lead a portion of the program, including asana for different needs, yoga philosophy and culture from ancient to modern times, and holding space for people from specific marginalized communities.

Course Dates: TBC January – May 2023
LIVE ONLINE *All times are in PST

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATIONStudents are strongly encouraged to arrive to class on time and attend all classes. Students may miss up to 18 hours of the training for extenuating circumstances. Students are responsible for catching up on what they missed from their peer group. Please prepare for class discussion by engaging/reading/listening to/practicing with all course materials.

Sample schedule
January – 41 contact hours
Thursday, Jan 13 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Jan 14 | 5 – 9pm
Saturday, Jan 15 | 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday, Jan 16 | 9am – 2:30pm
Thursday, Jan 20 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Jan 21 | 5 – 9pm
Saturday, Jan 22 | 10am – 3:30pm
Thursday, Jan 27 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Jan 28 | 5 – 9pm
Saturday, Jan 29 | 10am – 3:30pm
7 Non-contact hours – Skill in Action peer group | Asana lab | Anatomy

February – 44.5 contact hours
Thursday, Feb 3 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Feb 4 | 5 – 9pm
Thursday, Feb 10 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Feb 11 |5 – 9pm
Saturday, Feb 12 | 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday, Feb 13 | 9am – 2:30pm
Thursday, Feb 17| 5 – 9pm
Thursday, Feb 24 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Feb 25|5 – 9pm
Saturday, Feb 26 | 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday, Feb 27 | 9am – 2:30pm
7 Non-contact hours – Skill in Action peer group | Asana lab | Anatomy

March – 41 contact hours
Thursday, Mar 3 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Mar 4 |5 – 9pm
Saturday, Mar 5 | 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday, Mar 6 | 9am – 2:30pm
Thursday, Mar 10 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Mar 11 |5 – 9pm
Saturday, Mar 12 | 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday, Mar 13 | 9am – 2:30pm
Thursday, Mar 17 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Mar 18 |5 – 9pm
7 Non-contact hours – Skill in Action peer group | Asana lab | Anatomy

April – 48.5
Friday, Apr 1 |5 – 9pm
Saturday, Apr 2 | 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday, Apr 3 | 9am – 2:30pm
Thursday, Apr 7 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Apr 8 |5 – 9pm
Saturday, Apr 9 | 10am – 3:30pm (TBC)
Thursday, Apr 21 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Apr 22 |5 – 9pm
Saturday, Apr 23 | 10am – 3:30pm
Thursday, Apr 28 | 5 – 9pm
Friday, Apr 29 |5 – 9pm (Practicum)
Saturday, Apr 30 | 10am – 3:30pm (Practicum)
Sunday, May 1st | 9am – 2:30pm (Practicum_
7 Non-contact hours – Skill in Action peer group | Asana lab | Anatomy

Yoga Outreach offers a sliding scale for our trainings.

Sliding Scale
$3520/$2950/$1980/$0

There are a limited amount of spaces 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 price, 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. *Adapted from wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale

A 10% deposit is required to hold your place. This means 10% of whichever payment tier you choose.

Payment plans are available – 3 or 6 months.

Each cohort will include a minimum of two work-study scholarships with one of those being reserved for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ folks. Work-study scholarships will be reserved for those folks who do not have the financial resources to pay, but do have the time to volunteer in exchange.

Each cohort will include a minimum of two 100% scholarship spaces with one of those being reserved for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ folks. These spaces will be reserved for folks who have a deep interest in bringing this work to impacted communities.

We also encourage those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: If you reside outside of British Columbia you will only be considered for a 100% scholarship if you are engaged in working with marginalized communities. Your reference letter should provide confirmation of this.

Refund policy

Withdrawal up to 30 days prior to the training start date – full refund less a 15% admin fee. No refunds within 30 days of training start date.

2022 Cohort is now full!

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Helen Camisa
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Jessie Nelson
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Leslie Wilkin
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Katie Connolly
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