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Yoga School & Teacher Training

Starts March 2023   |   Application due February 1st   |   300hrs

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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 trauma-informed 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)!

 
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An immersive experience that fits within a 9 - 5 work schedule 

 

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

General Schedule

  • Tuesdays, 5:45-8:45pm (online)

  • Fridays, 5:45pm - 8:45pm (in-person)

  • Saturdays and Sundays 1:00pm-5:00pm (in-person) - every other weekend

We'll meet less frequently in July and August to give space for integration and enjoyment of the season.

In-person classes are held at the BYMC in SE Portland.

See specific dates here.

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Learn to share from a grounded and skillful place.

 

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.

Our 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.

 

“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 

Early bird special - $4,199

save $300 when you apply by January 5th

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 - please reach out! 

  • 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!

  • Early bird special is for full pay students only

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.

Prerequisites

Yoga practice experience

You have been practicing yoga for at least one year OR at least weekly for 6+ months. Yoga in this context is not limited to yoga asana (the postural form of yoga) - your yoga practice could be meditation, yoga asana, and/or pranayama. If you don't have this experience and still feel called to apply, please reach out to us directly to explain why you feel an exception should be made. We welcome you if you've been through a previous yoga teacher training, but this is not required.

 

Program details review

You have thoroughly reviewed the program information here on our website, including the entire FAQ section and be able to attend all scheduled classes. 

 

Commitment to examining systemic power dynamics 

You are seriously engaged with critical race theory and examining dynamics of power and oppression.

Ample support​

This program is intensive, which can include up to ~10 hours of study each week in addition to scheduled sessions. The material itself is transformative, so it’s important to have a network you can lean on for logistical, physical, and emotional support.

Apply by January 20th  |  Early Bird Applications due January 5th

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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.