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SOMA

School of Yoga and Somatics

Hosted by The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center

Yoga School & Teacher Training

7-month program

Begins March 1st, 2023

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You’re here because something deep inside is calling...

and you’re listening

We imagine you’re here because yoga practices have had a positive, and maybe even transformational, impact on your life. They've been a refuge, a healing salve, a place to rest and a way to re-energize to engage more meaningfully with the world.​ Perhaps:

  • You crave a deeper, fuller, more nuanced and healing-centered understanding of yoga

  • You're ready to deepen and transform your self and your relationship to the world around you

  • You’re committed to honoring the roots of yoga by learning with South Asian teachers, in a program that weaves the cultural and historical context of these practices into its fabric

  • You desire a small, in-person learning community, with mentorship and connection

  • You believe in making yoga more accessible and equitable and, perhaps, you want to see yourself and your communities reflected in yoga space

If any of this resonates, apply to join our beautiful sangha (learning and practice community)!

Overview
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A 7-month immersion that fits within a 9 - 5 work schedule 

schedule

When: March 1st - October 27th.

Meets regularly to build Sangha (community) and supportive rituals of practice.

General Schedule

  • Tuesdays, 5:45pm - 8:45pm (mostly online)

  • Fridays, 5:45pm - 8:45pm (in-person) - except for July and August (see dates below)

  • Saturdays, 1:00pm - 6:00pm / Sundays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm (in-person) - every other weekend, except for July and August (See dates below)

Meet less in July and August to give space for integration and enjoyment of the season.

In-person classes at the BYMC in SE Portland.

See specific dates here.

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Learn to share from a grounded and skillful place.

Curriculum

300 hour program highlights:

  • Yoga for Trauma Healing 

  • Experiential Anatomy 

  • Yoga Philosophy & History

  • Yamas and Niyamas - Ethical Precepts of yoga 

  • Subtle Body: Chakras, Bhandas, Nadis, Prana, and more

  • Restorative Yoga Intro 

  • Teaching Methodology

  • How to sequence a class

  • Creative use of props

  • Yoga for Bigger Bodies Intro 

  • Prenatal Yoga Intro 

  • Sanskrit 

  • Pranayama 

  • Meditation 

  • Ayurveda Intro 

  • Disability Justice in Yoga 

  • Daily Ritual and Practice

  • Decolonizing Yoga

Take a closer look at what you'll learn

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Trauma Healing

Our bodies hold our wounding and potential to heal. Learn to guide others with compassion and skill to help unlock these healing pathways. We explore trauma through a cultural lens, examining how generational and systemic power dynamics play out in our bodies. Learn about the nervous system and practical ways to create trauma informed spaces.

Core Faculty

Our core faculty brings decades of experience teaching yoga and training others in the art of guiding these practices. We infuse these teachings with our backgrounds in public and mental health, bodywork, love of nature and art, community organizing and advocacy. You will also learn from guest experts in a variety of topics, including disability justice, pre and postnatal yoga, Ayurveda, and somatics.

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Tara Sonali Miller

Tara (they/them + she/her) offers warm and skillful guidance, supporting trainees to hone their skills and teach from a centered and grounded place. Tara's decade-long experience in justice advocacy and education informs her approach to examining power dynamics within yoga contexts and beyond.

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Zeyah Rogé

Zeyah (she/her + they/them) weaves together wisdom streams from a dynamic background in bodywork, somatic psychology, trauma healing and yoga. Zeyah brings a decade of experience training yoga teachers and offers creative and experiential approaches to learning complex material.

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Khushi Malhotra

Khushi (she/her) is a global teacher and offers accessible approaches to yoga philosophy, pranayama, and subtle-body anatomy. She holds a masters in Social Work and Public Health and is informed by art and nature. She honors these ancient teachings as she inspires modern application.

Faculty

“I chose to study at The BYMC because of the trauma-informed teaching as well as equity and racial justice... 

...It was important to me that I had access to teachers of color and that the studio had more than a surface level commitment to equity and inclusion. As a Black woman tired of spaces where white fragility is more important than my life, I would not deal with a teacher training drowning in spiritual bypassing.

 

The teachers are knowledgeable, humble, and invested in students’ growth. Nothing is perfect, and I know that The BYMC's teachers will continue to trudge through the messiness of injustice to unlearn and counter the appropriation and exclusion in westernized yoga practices — that means the world to me. ”

- Danielle Jones, 2019 Cohort

Tuition: $4,499 

Includes

  • 300 hours of education

  • Unlimited classes at the BYMC

  • Continuous mentorship throughout the program 

  • Discounts for most BYMC workshops during the program

  • Discounts for future teacher trainings

  • Connection to BYMC alumni network 

Community Care Rate $3,500

(limited spots available)

Other things to note:

  • Payment plans are available 

  • All rates include a $700 non-refundable deposit 

  • If the above rates don't work for you, please reach out. Depending on sign ups and the generosity of donors and fellow cohort members, we may be able to offer additional support. 

  • Donate here to increase access to this training for those who need it!

See FAQ for more information on how to support and access our community care rate.

Yoga can be an antidote for the ways that systems of power play out in our bodies and minds.

Schedule

 

General Schedule

  • Tuesdays, 5:45pm - 8:45pm (online)

  • Fridays, 5:45pm - 8:45pm (in-person) - off in July and August except for immersion weekends (see below)

  • Saturdays 1:00pm - 6:00pm and Sundays 1:00pm - 5:00pm -  (in-person) - every other weekend, except for July and August where we meet once a month (see below)

Specific Dates

Orientation (online)

March 3rd, 5:30-7pm

Independent Study

March 1st - March 23rd

Orientation and Opening Ceremony (in-person)

Friday, March 24th, 5:45pm - 8:45pm

Graduation (in-person)

Friday, October 27, 5:45-8:45pm

Weekend Immersions (in-person)

3/24 - 3/26

4/7 - 4/9

4/21 - 23

5/5 - 5/7

5/19 - 5/21

6/2 - 6/4

6/16 - 6/18

7/14 - 7/16

8/11 - 8/13

9/8 - 9/10

9/22 - 9/24

10/6 - 10/8

10/20 -10/22

progrm dates

Program begins March 1st

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Entering this program is a significant commitment - we encourage you to ask questions, meet with faculty, and get to know our Center as you make this decision.

Please reach out if your questions aren't addressed below.

Community care rate info
Frequently Askd Questions