Contemporary hatha, trauma-informed and community based yoga

Join our flagship 200+hr Yoga Teacher Training – Bali 2018


at SAMADI, Canggu – BALI

If you love yoga and have a desire for using it to transform and radically empower your own and others’ lives, this training is for you.

You will get the highest quality of a foundational 200hr yoga teacher training, plus additional hours, specialised training and certification in trauma-informed and community-based yoga teaching.


For the whole-hearted, not the faint-hearted.

This yoga will change your life as you know it.

We know that true change begins within. And to share the impacts of that change effectively also requires knowledge and skill.

So we have designed this 30-day training to be an immersive process of personal transformation, self-discovery and leadership training, whilst simultaneously providing the highest professional standards of contemporary knowledge and learning across yoga, somatics, science and community work.

By the end of the training you will know yourself on whole new levels, and be equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills to share hatha yoga with your loved ones, in yoga studios and with a range of community groups (eg. refugees, youth, prison populations, mental health consumers). And you will be ready and impassioned to take inspired action for yourself and with others.


This is a yoga teacher training designed specifically for those who are ready for depth, transformation, and authenticity, and who want to share the benefits and love of yoga with knowledge and skill.

By joining our training, you’ll also get to pay it forward: 25% of profits from our trainings goes directly to community based yoga programs around the world.

It is ideal for:

  • committed students of yoga ready to take the next step, and with a desire to make a difference in the world and their own communities;
  • community and health 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 to apply. We have also seen that participating in the ‘teaching’ aspects of the training is alone a rich practice for personal transformation and growth, even if sharing yoga publicly is not your ultimate goal.

Please note this is not a program for personal therapy.

Find out more about why this is not “just another 200 hour teacher training” and what we feel it really means to be a teacher.


The foundations of yoga and yoga teaching:

  • hatha, vinyasa and restorative/gentle asana
  • pranayama, meditation, mantra and nada yoga
  • anatomy and yogic energetic anatomy
  • yoga philosophy (classical and tantra) and lifestyle
  • teaching skills and methodology: cuing, sequencing, observing, assisting, modifications, voice and languaging
  • ethics and business of yoga

Trauma-informed and community based yoga:

  • Trauma-informed yoga and somatic movement practices
  • Foundations in culturally responsive and community based practices for yoga teaching
  • Foundations in understanding power, social justice, strengths-based and participatory approaches
  • Seva (selfless service and inspired action) in a contemporary and global community-based context
  • Introduction to developing and delivering community based yoga programs
  • Personal transformation and leadership skills

You will receive a foundational 200 hour Hatha Yoga TT certificate


a 30 hour Trauma-informed and Community-based Yoga certificate

registered with Yoga Alliance

**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.


All the practical things you’ll want to know


23 November – 22 December, 2018 (30 days inclusive)

The training will commence at 1pm on Friday 23 November, and finish with a dinner on the evening of 22 December.

Enough time to fly home for Christmas, or forget Christmas altogether and enjoy a holiday in Bali after the training!


We are thrilled to be hosting our training at SamadiBali – Centre for Radical Wellbeing and Self-Empowerment, in Canggu, BALI.

Samadi is home to two gorgeous and fully equipped yoga shalas. Bulan Shala will be our home for the training, set at the back of the property with a beautiful swimming pool and gardens for relaxing during breaks. There is an organic café on site serving delicious Balinese, Indian and Western-style meals and snacks at very reasonable prices. A delicious vegetarian daily brunch is included in your course fees.

Samadi also has an amazing wellness centre onsite with alternative health professionals, massage and spa treatments.

Please note this training is non-residential, however there is some limited beautiful on-site accommodation at Samadi, for single or twin share, offered at a 20% discount for participants. See below for more details about accommodation and bookings at Samadi.


$3750US (if deposit paid by 31 July 2018)

$3950US (if deposit paid after 31 July 2018)

The course fee includes:

  • tuition fees for the 200hr YTT certificate + 30hr Trauma-informed and Community-based Yoga certificate (total 205 contact + 25 non-contact hours) *A standard 200hr training is usually 180 contact + 20 non-contact hours
  • delicious daily organic vegetarian brunch
  • comprehensive course manual
  • an outstanding international faculty of professional and experienced teachers and community leaders
  • an inspired and passionate global community of skilled yogis and changemakers

*This training is registered with and well exceeds Yoga Alliance requirements

Transfer/payment fees are included in the course fee. Payment plans are welcome.

Not included: accommodation (see below for more info), airfares, transfers, visa costs and other daily expenses.

A non-refundable deposit of $500US is required to secure your place.

Final payment is due by 24 October 2018, 30 days prior to the training start date.

Full details including refund policy in the Online Application (opens December 2017)


To apply for this training, you will need:

  • 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:

  • pre-course required reading (see Readings and Resources below)
  • participation in a 6-week pre-training online Facebook group (including weekly tasks and discussion)
  • full participation in the course
  • some additional readings and tasks for the Certificate in Trauma-informed and Community-based Yoga

Further details will be given in the welcome pack provided at least two months prior to the training.

As you can see, this is a training for those who are passionate, dedicated and committed. We are here to shake up the status quo, inside and out – for real wellbeing, connection and freedom.


The training runs 6 days per week, with one full day off each week for rest and integration.

The daily program is comprehensive but certainly not designed to ‘break’ participants. We try to find a balance between dedication and self-care. We finish before it gets dark so that you can enjoy sunset at the beach or an early dinner and rest.

Sample daily schedule is:

7-10am Morning practices (contemplation, pranayama, meditation, asana)

10-12pm Brunch (included, onsite)

12-2pm Lecture/lab

2-3pm Afternoon break

3-6.15pm Lab/methodology/practicum + gentle movement practice

Occasional evening program (kirtan)


The training will be limited to 25 participants. The shala (yoga studio) comfortably fits 45, so there will be plenty of room to move!


All about our gorgeous location, where to stay, and getting around


We chose Bali as the location for our first training as it’s a beautiful and accessible global haven for yoga, and some of our teachers live there or spend a lot of time there – so it’s a perfect place for us to give back to the local community. It also provides opportunities for a rich cultural experience whilst still offering many of the comforts of home.

Canggu, a popular surf beach, has become a fairly hip area for expats and tourists, but it is away from the main tourist drags and still retains a lot of its local Balinese flavor and lifestyle. As a result, there is a huge number and variety of excellent accommodation, restaurants and cafes, catering for both local and Western tastes and budgets. Canggu beach is a popular surf beach, only a few minutes scooter ride down the road from Samadi.

We know it can be difficult to completely ‘unplug’ from life and work for a month intensive training, and so we feel that Canggu provides the perfect balance. It is enough of a ‘get-away’ to offer focus and depth for the training, but not so remote that you need a complete lifestyle and diet change, or that the transition back to home life becomes very difficult. Integration is the key!


This is a non-residential training. Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

There are gorgeous rooms available onsite at SamadiBali for single or twinshare, and we can highly recommend staying onsite for comfort, ease and community. Samadi is offering 20% off room rates for the month, and are incredibly helpful and easy to deal with. When you register for the training, Samadi will be in touch with you to help with any accommodation or venue enquiries. Alternatively, you can contact them directly by emailing info@samadibali.com.

There are also plenty of other accommodations nearby to suit all budgets, easy to find and book online. Many places offer significantly reduced rates for a monthly booking.

We definitely recommend booking your accommodation in advance.

We will set up a FB group for all participants at least 6 weeks prior to the training, so you can also be in touch with each other about accommodation options and sharing if you choose.



We highly recommend that you get a 60-day tourist visa from the Indonesian Consulate in your home country before your trip.

Indonesia offers a free 30-day visa on arrival for nationals of many countries, please make sure you check your eligibility. Our training is exactly 30 days. If you are planning to arrive early or stay longer by just a day or two, you might choose to pay an ‘overstay fee’ of 300,000Rp per day (approx. $25US/day, payable when you leave at the airport). However, we have heard that many immigration officials do not like this and the process at the airport may be a little arduous.

Alternatively – and not recommended – you can extend your visa whilst in Bali, but you will need to buy a 30-day tourist visa on arrival at the airport. This is a separate counter at the back of the arrivals hall. It is best to use a visa agent to assist the extension process (around $50-70US, includes the visa extension fee), and you will need to make a trip to the Immigration Office in Denpasar for fingerprinting. You’ll need to check for Balinese holidays when the Immigration Office can be closed for days at a time. And please be advised that it may require you to miss class time, which you will need to make up.

Getting a 60-day visa before you come is a much simpler option!


To get to Canggu, taxis are readily available at Denpasar airport for around 300,000Rp ($25US)**, or you can pre-arrange a driver through your accommodation to meet you at the airport.

The best option by far for getting around Canggu is to rent a scooter. It only costs around 600,000 Rp (45-50US) for a month rental.

Motorbike taxis are also readily available, as are car taxis (a more expensive option).

Walking is possible, but not really recommended. If you do not wish to ride a scooter, we recommend staying onsite at Samadi.


The currency in Bali is Indonesian Rupiah. The exchange rate is generally around 13,000Rp = 1 USD or 10,000Rp = 1AUD

There are plenty of ATMs in Canggu where you can withdraw local currency.

There are also plenty of currency exchange offices where you can easily exchange foreign currency without commission.


All the juicy stuff

Here’s a list of the books and resources you’ll need for the training and beyond – required and recommended. And this is just the beginning…

Let it get you excited!


We ask participants to purchase and at least familiarise themselves with the following key texts for the training. This will help you get the most out of the training. If you are unable to purchase all the required books due to financial or other constraints, please contact us to discuss.

Hatha/Contemporary Yoga

Yoga, Body, Mind, Spirit – Donna Farhi

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Sri Swami Satchidananda

Bhagavad Gita – Stephen Mitchell

Light on Life – BKS Iyengar (note this is not “Light on Yoga”)

Yoga Anatomy (2nd ed.) – Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews


Trauma-informed/Community Yoga

The Body Keeps The Score – Bessel Van der Kolk

Yoga for Emotional Balance – Bo Forbes

*You will also receive a comprehensive course manual and additional readings upon arrival.


Yoga and Spirituality

Radiance Sutras – Lorin Roche

Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda

Wake Up Now – Stephen Bodian

Shiva Sutras – Swami Lakshmanjoo

Meditation for the Love of It – Sally Kempton

Awakening Shakti – Sally Kempton

Meditation Made Easy – Lorin Roche


Trauma-informed and Inclusive Yoga

Trauma and Recovery – Judith Herman

Yoga for Chronic Pain – Kelly McGonigal

Trauma and the Body – Pat Ogden

Waking the Tiger – Peter Levine

In An Unspoken Voice – Peter Levine

Yoga Rising – Dianne Bondy


Liberated Body

On Being

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