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 September 2023 – April 2024
This training is offered in-person in Melbourne, Australia over 7 months comprising of:
- 4 x 6-day in-person modules (180hrs)
- Additional online sessions and group discussion (40hrs)
- First Nations Cultural Training for Yoga & Wellness with Jem Stone (1 day)
Venue: Augustine Hall, S’Well Centre, Hawthorn
Core Module Dates:
- Module 1: 15 – 20 September 2023
- Module 2: 24 – 29 November 2023
- Module 3: 16 – 21 February 2024
- Module 4: 19 – 24 April 2024
Online sessions: Fortnightly on Wednesdays 6-9pm in between core modules
- After Module 1: 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov
- After Module 2: 6 Dec, 20 Dec, 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb
- After Module 3: 28 Feb, 13 March, 27 March, 10 April
(*Please note: online session times may change depending on availability of guest presenters ~ will be confirmed shortly. All sessions will be recorded. There will be a break over the end of year period).
Maximum 24 places.
Attendance requirement: To achieve certification, we require 100% attendance for our core, in-person sessions.
For our online sessions, we recognize that flexibility is important, which is why we require a minimum of 50% live attendance and offer the option to access recorded sessions if needed. We understand that life happens, so if a student needs to miss a session or day, we will work with them to find a way to make it up and ensure they are still able to successfully complete their certification.
To receive a copy of the course syllabus, please send us an email by clicking here.
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:
- 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
- 6hr First Nations Cultural Training with Jem Stone
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
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
- Emmy Chahal (India/Canada) & Kallie Schut (India/UK) – Decolonising Yoga
- Jem Stone (Bundjalung/Australia) – First Nations Cultural Training for Yoga & Wellness
- Amber Gray (US) – Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapies
- TBC – Anatomy
More details and information to come, including additional guest faculty.
Kallie Schut (UK/India)
Founder of Rebel Yoga Tribe, Kallie is a British-born yoga teacher of Indian heritage who honours the wisdom traditions of yoga – bringing cultural awareness to the practice and developing understanding of the colonial legacy and racial inequity in modern yoga. Kallie works tirelessly as a sacred activist, antiracism teacher, and committed educator towards crystallising the intersectionality of race, culture and power dynamics through the yoga lens.
Emmy Chahal (Canada/India)
Emmy started practicing kundalini yoga with her mother and grandmother in the Sikh temple as an adolescent, and after leaving home went on to become a hatha yoga facilitator whilst studying Cultural, Gender and Women’s studies at university. She now offers workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate leadership coaching, and private therapeutic yoga and healing, bringing a wealth of knowledge, personal experience, and nuance to the topic of cultural awareness and decolonising yoga.
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
Fees include 200hr YTT Certification + 30hr Certificate in Trauma-Informed Yoga + 6hr First Nations Cultural Training
- Tier 1 (Sustainer Rate): $4745
- Tier 2 (Concession/Community Rate): $4245
*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
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 please complete our online application form and click the link at the end of the form to apply for a scholarship.
Scholarship applications close 10th July 2023. Applicants will be notified by 24th July 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.