Why Yoga & Social Justice?
Are you curious about the intersections of mindfulness, trauma, healing, and the imperatives of human life?
Build your Foundation
Increase personal awareness and cultural competency
Basic Needs, Health Care, Education,
Access to Resources, Developmental Trauma,
Access to mentors, support, or healthy community
The 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training program includes:
Four in-person immersion weekends
Live Dharma group meetings
Special guest instructors
Class observations and reflections
Practicum assignments based on your specialized concentration (Module 4)
Online course material
Anatomy and asana tutorials
Assigned readings (The Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, writings by Sarahjoy)
Guided weekly asana and mindfulness exercises
Online forums for discussion with classmates
Modules 1 & 2: Creating a Deep Foundation
Friday April 13th – Sunday April 15th, 2018
Friday May 25th – Monday May 28th, 2018
Two in-person immersion weekends
Live Dharma group meetings
We created these first two modules as an Urban Ashram Immersion. Our intention is to effectively deepen your practice and study with immersive weekends that will transform, challenge, and inspire you as a student and new teacher of yoga.
Module 3: Skill Building
Friday June 8th – Sunday June 10th, 2018
Alignment (adjustments, cueing, language, props)
Anatomy, physiology & biomechanics
Teaching (demonstration, observation, assists)
The importance of self-care
How to be a conscious yoga steward (ethics, scope of practice)
Module 4: Specialized Concentration
Friday July 20th – Sunday July 22, 2018
Do you have an interest in working with or teaching yoga to marginalized populations?
Are you inspired to use yoga as a social justice tool?
This training prepares you to provide yoga as a life-changing, empowering, and accessible tool for those whose potential may as of yet remain untapped.
The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training tuition is $3,300.
Payment plans are available. You can pay for the program in full, or via a 2-part or 4-part payment plan.
$250 of your initial payment will be held as a non-refundable deposit.
Financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. yogajoy offers scholarships and work-trade positions in an effort to make teacher training programs financially accessible.
To see if you may qualify, complete the form below.Scholarship Application
The scholarship deadline is February 28th, 2018. We will wait until this date to review all applications before awarding any financial assistance.
Why combine Yoga & 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 much social injustice, an injustice to which we, often unknowingly, contribute. 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.
Yoga has within it the profound capacity to awaken us to this shared humanity as we discover in ourselves both the seeds of human capacity and the seeds of suffering. Blessedly, yoga also provides us with the tools to nourish the seeds of capacity and to address the seeds of suffering.
Yoga as an interpersonal tool is uniquely powerful as a means to social justice for, in the transmission of yoga from teacher to student, the perceived hierarchy, separateness, or labels of “the one in need” and “the one who supplies that need” dissolve in the shared experiences of breath, movement, and the surrender of identification to who we are or who we have been and who we perceive the other to be or to have been. It is the journey, outlined in the Bhagavad Gita, within the contemporary dharmic field: the yoga mat.
When yoga is positioned to be accessible, inclusive, and respectful of the diversity and dignity of each student, it becomes a social justice catalyst – an opportunity for students, through the explorations of yoga’s life skills and tools for personal well-being, to experience themselves as Belonging, as worthy of their own Advocacy and Empowerment, and as capable of making contributions to the betterment of the whole.
Fundamentally, yoga and social justice is based on the following principles:
-When human beings are marginalized, shunned, isolated, or institutionalized we all suffer.
-Those who are pushed to the margins, or the shadows, represent the shadow side of our very selves, our culture and our communities. That which we can shun, is that which we shun in ourselves too.
-Those who are pushed to the shadows have critical things to teach us. We need to learn, from them, about their experiences of life and belonging (or the lost sense of belonging).
-When humans don’t feel they have a voice, they will act from a place of powerlessness and they will experience psychological pain that profoundly shapes their survival strategies.
-If we are to bring about a balanced community, one that supports the needs of all of its members and enables each of us to grow into our interpersonal and psychological, as well as spiritual, potentials, re-engaging these community members is essential.
-Yoga teaches fundamental life skills.
-These life skills transform our mental and physical health.
-These life skills make us better individuals, family members, and community members.
-All members of our community deserve access to the life-enhancing practices of yoga.
-All members of our community have something to teach us about life, human suffering, and human potential.
-When community is created, healing happens, for it re-knits our experience of belonging.
When we go to margins to learn from and offer support to others, we’re also going in to learn how to break down barriers (including ours), to integrate our personal shadow, to listen to the unheard voices of our brothers and sisters, and to catalyze the potential to awaken a sense of place and belonging. As we value all members of our community, we shape how the larger community values diversity and difference, too.