Project Description

The Yoga Outreach Certification™ Program: A 200 Hour Immersion

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. Taught through a social justice lens, students will explore how yoga supports equity, inclusion, and community care within a class, and out in the world. Built on the foundation of Yoga Outreach’s 20+ 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
    • 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: January 13th – May 1st, 2022
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:

  • Halfmoon yoga mat, a soft block, and a blanket – while supplies last. **Provided you can make arrangements to pick these up we will not be shipping these items.**
  • Skill in Action Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson
  • Decolonize First a liberating guide & workbook for peeling back the layers of neocolonialism by Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee
  • 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: January 13th – May 1st, 2022
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.

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
$3200/$2700/$1800/$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.

The Yoga Outreach Certification™ Program Application

Thank you for your interest in the Yoga Outreach Certification™ Program.
  • 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. Taught through a social justice lens, students will explore how yoga supports equity, inclusion, and community care inside the classroom and out in the world. Built on the foundation of Yoga Outreach’s 25 years of experience providing yoga in social service and community based settings, this immersion will be like no other.
  • Please let us know if you have any health conditions that will require additional support. We want to ensure that we are able to provide access to the course as widely as possible so having an understanding of any specific needs you may have regarding this will be helpful. Some examples of this may be issues with fluorescent light if you have migraine or difficulty sitting on the floor for extended periods if you have chronic pain.
  • 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. A 10% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. This means 10% of whichever payment tier you choose. Payment plans are available – 3 or 6 months.
  • 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 60 days prior to date of the course. You will be notified as soon as the scholarship committee has made a decision. 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.
  • Refund Policy Training deposit is non-refundable. Training tuition is refundable, less a 10% administration fee, up to 21 days prior to the training start date. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing via info@yogaoutreach.com to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued within the 21 days prior and fee is non-transferable.
    If yes, we will send you the application form.
  • Yoga Outreach is committed to increasing access to yoga across marginalized communities however we also recognize that there are many barriers to accessing training including but not limited to a lack of diversity and inclusion within yoga in Canada itself. In order to work towards equity we are reserving a minimum of one 100% scholarship spot (more as funds allow) in each training 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 for scholarship. In order for us to best determine your eligibility please take a moment to let us know how your lived experiences intersect with diversity, equity, and inclusion as you understand it.

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Jessie Nelson
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Leslie Wilkin
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