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200HR CERTIFICATION

200+HR YTT in Trauma-Informed, Accessible & Embodied Yoga

We are thrilled to once again be offering our foundational 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, led by our highly experienced lead trainer Mei Lai Swan with a guest faculty from a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

Our 200+hr training is the only one of its kind offering a comprehensive foundational certification grounded entirely in trauma-informed, accessible, and embodied practice.

This training is for anyone wishing to become an inclusive yoga facilitator and/or to bring yoga and somatic practices with an embodied trauma-informed approach into your work.

You will receive the highest quality of a foundational 200hr yoga teacher training, with additional hours, specialised training and certification in trauma-informed and accessible yoga, plus First Nations Cultural Training for Yoga & Wellness (with Jem Stone).

Dates & Training Format

200hr YTT November 2024 – June 2025
Naarm – Melbourne, Australia

This 200+ hour certification is offered in-person with online components in Melbourne, Australia over 7 months comprising of:

  • 1 x live online module (20hrs)
  • 4 x in-person modules (175hrs)
  • Additional online sessions and self-paced learning (40hrs)

Venue: Augustine Hall, S’Well Centre, Hawthorn

*Please note in-person modules are non-residential. Participants travelling to participate in the training will need to arrange their own accommodation and transport.


Core Module Dates:

  • Module 1 (Online): 1 – 27 November 2024 – Embodied Social Justice & Decolonisation
  • Module 2: 3 – 9 December 2024 (7 days) – Yoga Philosophy, Moving Principles & Teaching Foundations
  • Module 3: 19 – 24 February 2025 (6 days) – Alignment-based Asana & Core Facilitation Skills
  • Module 4: 24 – 28 April 2025 (5 days) – Trauma, Somatics & Accessible Yoga
  • Module 5: 26 – 30 June 2025 (5 days) – Ethics, Professional Practice & Teaching Pracs

Additional Online sessions: Fortnightly on Wednesdays 6-8.30pm in between core modules


Online Sessions:

  • After Module 1: 18 Dec, 15 Jan, 29 Jan + 20hrs self-paced Anatomy
  • After Module 2: 5 Mar, 26 Mar, 16 Apr
  • After Module 3: 7 May, 28 May, 11 June

 

To receive our full course syllabus including content, certification and attendance requirements – click here.

 

NOTE:
Join our free info session and Q&A with Mei Lai on Tuesday, June 25th, from 7:00-8:15 PM AEST via Zoom to learn about our 200HR YTT in Trauma-Informed, Accessible & Embodied Yoga; for more info, click the button below.

What you will learn

Through our collaborative, experiential and embodied approach, you will receive skillful instruction in:

The foundations of Yoga and Yoga Facilitation:

  • Hatha, vinyasa and restorative asana
  • Pranayama, meditation, mantra and nada yoga
  • Anatomy and yogic energetic anatomy
  • Yoga philosophy (classical and tantra) and lifestyle
  • Foundational teaching skills and methodology: cuing, sequencing, observing, assisting, modifications, voice and languaging
  • Ethics and business of yoga

Trauma-Informed & Accessible Practice:

  • Embodied social justice and decolonising practice
  • The prevalence and impacts of trauma within a neurobiological, relational and social justice framework
  • Exploring worldviews and understanding wellbeing through the lens of spiritual traditions, yoga philosophy and social systems
  • Yoga, somatic and mindfulness practices for regulation, wellbeing and resilience
  • Facilitation skills for trauma-informed, culturally safe, inclusive and accessible practice
  • Teaching in diverse yoga, community-based and professional settings
  • Ethics, scope of practice and professional skills
  • Self-reflective, personal transformation and embodied leadership skills

You will receive the following certifications registered with Yoga Alliance:

  • 200hr Yoga TT Certificate
  • 30hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Certificate

This training exceeds Yoga Alliance standards and requirements.

*Please note this program does not qualify you to be a yoga therapist, or to offer trauma or movement therapy. It provides the foundational training to teach hatha yoga with a somatic, trauma-informed and inclusive approach, to a wide range of community groups and populations.

Who is this training for?

This is a yoga teacher training designed specifically for those interested in trauma-informed and accessible facilitation, and who are ready for depth, transformation and authenticity.

By joining our training, you also get to pay it forward: we offer scholarships and donate 10% of profits to community-based yoga and wellbeing programs.

Our training is designed for:

  • committed yoga practioners ready to take the next step into yoga facilitation, with a desire to create authentic change in the yoga world and their own communities;
  • community, health and education professionals looking to learn and integrate the practices of yoga and somatic-based movement skillfully into their work.

If you are not interested in ‘teaching’ yoga, but you feel drawn to the course and would love a deep and committed dive for your own practice, knowledge and transformation, you are very welcome!

Requirements and pre-requisites:

To apply for this training, you will need to have:

  • a minimum of 2 years regular yoga asana practice (for community and health professionals, please outline your experience in your application – we may make some allowances)
  • a commitment to personal transformation, self-discovery and self-care
  • a strong interest in community, social change and social justice

and you will need to be committed to:

  • full participation in the course

Guest Faculty

We are excited to have a diverse guest faculty for our 200hr training including experienced South Asian and First Nations facilitators.

  • Jaymala Sharma (India/Australia) – Yoga Philosophy
  • Jem Stone (Bundjalung/Australia) – First Nations Cultural Training
  • Amber Gray (US) – Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapies
  • Rachael Ellery – Anatomy

More details and information to come, including additional guest faculty.

Jaymala Sharma (Australia/India)

Born in the historical land of Rajasthan (India), Jaymala grew up practicing yoga as a child alongside her grandfather. The grounding sense of being a student of yoga is her guiding light. She studied the Masters Yoga Teacher Program in Bengaluru, and has continued her yoga studies in Australia through AYA, Ihana Yoga, Simon Borg-Olivier and many more. Jaymala now owns Westside Yoga Studio and Laya Wellness, where she combines her love of philosophy with a compassionate and empowering holistic yoga practice.

“I am deeply grateful for the rich lineage and collective wisdom of all the teachers and yogis, who have contributed immensely to connect to the universal consciousness through yoga.”

Jem Stone (Australia/Bundjalung)

A Bundjalung woman living on Wurundjeri Country since 2011, Jem is a yoga facilitator, Wayapa Wuurk Practitioner and Trainer, Rebirthing Breathwork Therapist and Educator, and We Al-li Indigenous Trauma-Informed Therapy Facilitator. Through her vast personal and professional experience, Jem has created her own First Nations Cultural Training for yoga teachers and other wellbeing professionals. We are delighted to have Jem join our guest faculty to share her First Nations Cultural Training as part of our 200hr YTT.

Amber Gray (US)

International presenter Amber Gray is a longtime practitioner of body-centered arts and sciences, and an advocate of human rights. She is an award-winning dance movement therapist pioneering work with survivors of torture and trauma in conflict zones around the world, as well as a somatic psychotherapist, authorised Continuum teacher, and longtime practitioner of yoga. She works closely with Stephen Porges (Polyvagal Theory), and trains professionals internationally in her profound body of work Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy. We are deeply honoured to have Amber Gray in our guest faculty for our 200hr YTT.

Pricing & Equity

Training Fees

Fees include 200hr YTT Certification + 30hr Certificate in Trauma-Informed Yoga

*Early bird rate: $4295 (deposit due by 16th July 2024)

For registrations after 16th July, full rates are:

  • Tier 1 (Sustainer Rate): $4795
  • Tier 2 (Concession/Community Rate): $4295

*Concession rate is for folks from all backgrounds on low incomes, students, and those with caring responsibilities.

Payment plans are available. Please note this training is non-residential.

Maximum: 24 places

Scholarships:

We have 6 scholarship places available including:

  • 2 x full scholarships (for South Asian & First Nations participants)
  • 2 x 50% scholarships (for people from marginalised identities and communities)
  • 2 x 30% off scholarships (for people experiencing financial hardship from all backgrounds)

To apply for a scholarship, click the scholarship application button below

Scholarship applications close 15th August. Applicants will be notified by 31st August.

Cancellation Policy 

The AU$500 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

If a trainee withdraws from the program:

  • 90+ days prior to the start of the training, the full cost is refunded, less the deposit.
  • 60+ days prior to the start of the training, 50% of the cost is refunded, less the deposit.
  • 30+ days from the training, 25% of the cost is refunded, less the deposit.
  • Less than 30 days from the start of the training, no refund will be made.

For extenuating circumstances, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the organiser.

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TESTIMONIALS

I have found the training very enlightening for myself and even though I am not a practitioner I have been able to implement these practices into general life. I am looking forward to applying more of this knowledge in my life.

Training Participant

I came away from Yoga for Humankind’s Trauma-informed and Community Yoga with a renewed sense of purpose and awareness. This training was the missing piece to the puzzle that I wasn’t aware was missing. It feels like the glue that puts things together for me, and has clarified exactly why I’ve been doing what it is I’m doing. It wasn’t always easy work, and at times it was quite confronting, but it definitely has been the most eye-opening, heartful, perspective shifting and affirming training program I have participated in. I am excited for the possibilities that lie ahead, and am grateful for the freedom to explore what this might look like.

Training Participant

I can't stop telling people about this training - it's absolutely essential for yoga teachers and health workers (and humans) alike. I sincerely hope that everybody has the opportunity to learn these skills and practices for themselves and others - what a world we'd be living in.”

Training Participant

This is a truly supportive and authentic training. The manual is comprehensive as are the extra resources. The learning activities each week help to reinforce the practices as you move from week to week. Mei Lai is a wonderful facilitator as are the rest of the team and guest speakers. I felt 'held' throughout and made many beautiful connections along the way. The break out rooms and discussions were always insightful, supportive and kind. Thank you for an inspiring course.

Training Participant

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