Upcoming Yoga & Social Justice Training, 2017

Registration coming soon!

September 2 – 4, 2017
  • Asana and pranayama
  • The Language of Yoga
October 7 – 9, 2017
  • Asana and pranayama
  • Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads
December 1-3, 2017
  • Understanding the Shadow
  • What’s in Your Lineage? How knowing this increases your personal transformation, clarity, presence, and resilience as a teacher.
  • Engaging the Learnable Brain State for your students who have been affected by trauma
January 19- 21, 2018
  • The Bhagavad Gita and the Five Chakras
  • Sequencing classes in settings where social justice issues have been present.


This unique, inspiring, and life-changing teacher training is a passionate call to cell barsthose who long to use yoga as a social justice tool!  Whether you’re already working in the field of social justice or endeavoring to start, this training program opens your mind and heart, expands your vision, develops your life skill set, deepens your intra- and interpersonal sensitivity and compassion, and prepares you to provide yoga as life-changing, empowering, and accessible tools for those whose potential may as of yet remain untapped, unrecognized,  or marginalized, but who can flourish and thrive with the integration of yoga in their life.

Why Yoga and Social Justice?

Social Justice is based on the concept of human rights in which all humans have, as their birthright, the freedom to realize themselves. Yet we live in a world with so much social injustice, an injustice to which we, often unknowingly, contribute.

Some of the obstacles people face in realizing their potential include access to resources for education, health care, mentors, healthy community, as well as both developmental trauma (growing up in invalidating, mis-attuned, chaotic, or troubled environments without access to safety, consistency, and nurturance) and event-based trauma (violence, humanitarian crisis, war, and so on).

Yoga is called a path of self-realization;

yet this realization, to truly serve oneself or others,

isn’t the realization of who we have been or who we might become,

but rather the realization of who we are in our shared humanity,

our vulnerability, and our potential.


Have you ever dreamed about teaching yoga?

Do you have a passion for social justice?  Are you inspired to bring yoga to people who would benefit from yoga but whose life circumstances either prevent them from participating or for whom the our culture’s approach to yoga excludes them?

Would you like to learn more about the philosophy and psychology of yoga (universally applicable teachings for awakening out of human suffering), anatomy and alignment, your personal dharma (duty, responsibility), and mindfulness tools?

Join Sarahjoy Marsh as she blends together her passion, knowledge, and more than 20 years of experience
with yoga and social justice in a very special 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training.


“This program will broaden your understanding of both yoga and yourself – profoundly – a wonderful growth opportunity.”

“Sarahjoy’s YTT was educational, illuminating, challenging, and transformational.  My gratitude is boundless for her ability to teach the profound message of yoga, joy, balance and compassion in a way that is easy to understand and assimilate.”


This 200-hour program includes:

  • Four 3-day modules
  • Dharma study groups
  • Internet Home Study Curriculum*
  • Class observation assignments
  • Assigned reading + book reports
  • Public service + reflection journal
  • Weekly Classes

Sample Module Schedule:**

Friday: 10am – 6pm, 7 – 8:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 8am – 5pm

** 2 modules will be held Saturday-Monday; 2 will be Friday-Sunday.


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Module One: Mental Health Diversity and the Benevolent Perspective of the Yoga Sutras
Module Two: Nurturing the Whole: Sovereignty, Dignity, Belonging, and Humility
Module Three: Teaching Methodologies for Developing Your Inner Teacher: Collaborator, Catalyst, Companion, Vessel
Module Four: The Brahmaviharas and Our Shared Humanity

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Each session includes instruction in alignment principles; practice of yoga asana; core teaching skills: use of language + voice tone, sequencing, hands-on adjustments, therapeutics, observation, demonstrations, discussion of teaching methodologies + philosophies, teaching exercises in small and large groups; and homework assignments.



Total Program Cost: $2,750*
*Early bird discount: receive $250 off total price with early submission
Deposit: $500 upon application approval

This training is a registered program with the Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of curriculum requirements, you will receive a certificate that qualifies you to apply for a 200-hour certification with the Yoga Alliance.


Sarahjoy on Yoga & Social Justice:

(2002) As the larger (macro) culture in which I live and participate reflects my personal culture, and if my personal culture is to be reflected back in that larger community, it compels me to understand that when I deepen my sensitivity, cultivate my compassion, commit to my accountability and integrity, inquire into my blind spots, and engage in the reflective process that supports my emotional and mental well-being in all its depth and intricacy, including that I can acknowledge my own survival strategies (behavior tendencies) with transparency and accountability, I become a part of the healing process for the larger culture.


Prison bars hands(2001) If we are to be true healers, our task is to reclaim those aspects of ourselves that our culture shuns, to “take back our shadow,” as Robert Bly would say. We must start to see ourselves and those marginalized, institutionalized and disowned persons as somehow connected, for, fundamentally, we are!  The tools we have at hand for instilling this sense of connection include yoga, meditation, community, restorative justice, curiosity, communication, self-awareness, and our willingness to be uncomfortable enough to grow.


(1998, 2012, 2014) How do I see yoga being a tool for social justice? If the system is going to change from one of punishment to one of justice, how we see each other in the web of life has to change. How we understand healing and restoration of the self must undergo a radical shift.  It isn’t effective enough to focus only on the restraint of behaviors, such as those that are socially-challenging, cause harm to self or others, or continue to wreak havoc and generate community-wide vulnerability.  We must also focus on generating new life skills; learning new behaviors that develop respect, agency, and personal stability; creating new conversations based on capacity and potential, rather than limitations and failures; and open opportunities for this new efficacy to be expressed in community.  I believe that through such a process our now disenfranchised, under-supported, and isolated community members would move toward accountability for the pain they’ve caused and a natural urge for restoration would arise along with the inner sense that they have the capacity to carry out specific restorative actions.


(1998) As a student of yoga, I have opened my eyes and heart to see people in their efforts, including their triumphs and their “failures,” with much greater appreciation and respect. Compassion arises naturally – as does an innate recognition that my healing and your healing and the culture’s healing are interconnected.


Yoga also shifts the way our students see themselves; and with even a glimmer of self-respect, the restoration begins. When I witness a student’s evolution from withdrawn, depressed and resigned to even moderately curious or reluctantly softening, I feel tremendous hope for all of us and for the justice system. How our students see themselves while they’re incarcerated is hugely important. But how they see themselves when they get out-and how we see them-is critical to us all.