School of Yoga and Somatics
Hosted by The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center
Yoga School & Teacher Training
Begins September 1st, 2023
An in-depth education on the healing potential of yoga and accessibility. Learn to guide beginners through foundational yoga practices using anatomical, somatic, and trauma-informed sequencing and teaching skills.
"Training with The BYMC has been an incredibly healing and transformative process. Through this yoga teacher training, I developed a deeper relationship with yoga and its philosophy. Yoga is a journey of self-inquiry, compassion, non-judgement and curiosity for the world and all its beings. To me, it is magic. ✨Yoga has the power to reduce stress, heal trauma, connect bodies and minds, and generate and purify energy.✨I feel so grateful to have deepened my knowledge of the practice with The BYMC and am looking forward to continuing my journey with them. 🧡🧡🧡" - Tania Ahmed, 2022 graduate
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)!
An 8-month immersion that fits within a 9 - 5 work schedule
September 1st, 2023 - May 10th, 2024
Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (online)
Fridays, 5:30pm - 8:45pm (in-person)
Every other weekend (in-person)
Saturdays, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Sundays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
9/23 - 9/24
10/7 - 10/8
10/21 - 10/22
11/3 - 11/5
11/18 - 11/19
12/2 - 12/3
12/16 - 12/17
1/27 - 1/28
2/10 - 2/11
2/24 - 2/25
3/9 - 3/10
3/23 - 3/24
4/6 - 4/7
4/20 - 4/21
5/4 - 5/5
Winter Break: December 20th - January 25th
Spring Break: March 11th - 21st
Yoga can be an antidote for the ways that systems of power play out in our bodies and minds.
Who can apply?
You are welcome to apply if:
you have a genuine wish to deepen your understanding and practice of yoga.
you have experience with yoga. Due to the intensity and duration of the program, it is important that applicants have experience with yoga. If you're brand new to yoga, we invite you to take classes at our studio before applying.
If you've taken a yoga teacher training in the past, you're welcome to apply. Our curriculum is deeply enriching and can suit new teachers and those already on the path.
"My understanding of yoga has completely shifted. Before the program, yoga was kind of a safe haven that I turned to when I needed, but now it is a philosophy that I live by" - Jackie Kinner, 2022 graduate
Learn to share from a grounded and skillful place.
Program Highlights - 300 hours of in depth yoga study
Yoga for Trauma Healing
Yoga Philosophy & History
Yamas and Niyamas - Ethical Precepts of yoga
Subtle Body: Chakras, Bhandas, Nadis, Prana, and more
Restorative Yoga Intro
How to sequence a class
Creative use of props
Yoga for Bigger Bodies Intro
Prenatal Yoga Intro
Disability Justice in Yoga
Daily Ritual and Practice
Take a closer look at what you'll learn
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.
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.
Meet the Faculty
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.
“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
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)
Some scholarship funding available
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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.
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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 review the FAQ section below and reach out if your questions!