Contemporary hatha, trauma-informed and community based yoga

Our 200+hr Yoga Teacher Trainings are currently on hold

Our in-person trainings are sadly on hold for the time being during this global pandemic.

We are not sure yet when and if our next 200hr training will run, please check back in the new year.

In the meantime, we are excited to expand our 60hr training into a

100hr Certificate in Trauma-Informed Yoga & Embodied Social Change

over four independent modules with online and in-person learning options.

Click here to find out more.

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.

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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 – with a somatic, inquiry-based approach
  • 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:

  • Inclusive, 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 collaborative 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


2 July – 1 August 2020

The training will commence at 7am on Thursday 2 July and finish at 6pm on Saturday 1 August 2020.


Faculty for our 2020 Bali 200+hr YTT includes:

Lead teacher: Mei Lai Swan 

Co-Lead Teacher/Philosophy: Bex Tyrer

Guest teacher – Trauma-informed & Somatic Movement: Amber Gray (US)

Guest teacher – Anatomy: Rachel Ellery

For full bios, please meet Our Teachers


We are thrilled to be hosting our training at Nalanda School of Higher Knowledge & Bhakti Yoga, in Ubud, BALI.

Nalanda is a beautiful new training venue located in Penestanan just on the outskirts of Ubud, overlooking a quiet jungle river valley.

A delicious vegetarian daily brunch, served onsite, is included in your course fees.

Please note this training is non-residential. There are a plethora of accommodation options in the nearby vicinity of Penestanan to suit all budgets.


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.


$3750US (if deposit paid by 30 March 2020)

$3950US (if deposit paid after 30 March 2020)

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
  • paying-it-forward – 25% of training profits goes directly to community yoga programs around the world

*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 2 June 2020, 30 days prior to the training start date.

Full details including refund policy in the Online Application.


In addition to committing 25% of program profits to community yoga programs, Yoga for Humankind is committed to supporting opportunities for participants with limited opportunities to access yoga training, to share the benefits of yoga within their own communities.

We offer two equity-based opportunities:


We offer four tuition adjustments of $500 for eligible program applicants on low income (off the early bird or full rate, depending on when you apply). If you would like to apply, please tick the appropriate box in your application form, and we will send you the additional tuition adjustment form after we receive your program application.

The tuition adjustments will be awarded on the following dates. If you submit an application, it will be considered in the round for the closest upcoming date.

Round 1: 30 November 2019

Round 2: 30 January 2020

Round 3: 30 March 2020

Round 4: 30 May 2020



 We have two full scholarship places available, with the intention to:

  • support greater access, diversity and representation amongst under-represented groups in the yoga teaching world
  • support people from diverse groups and life experiences to teach yoga within their own communities.

Please note: for our Bali trainings, participants must be Balinese or Indonesian to apply.

To apply for a full scholarship, please send an Expression of Interest to meilai@yogaforhumankind.org.


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:

7-9.30am Morning practices (contemplation, pranayama, meditation, asana)

9.30-10.30am Brunch (included, onsite)

10.30-1pm Lecture/lab

1-3pm Afternoon break

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

Occasional evening program (kirtan)

*May be subject to change



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 our training location 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, where we have been building local partnerships. It also provides opportunities for a rich cultural experience whilst still offering many of the comforts of home.

Penestanan is just on the outskirts of bustling tourist hub Ubud, still rich in local cultural life, rice fields and pockets of jungle, but away from the main tourist drags. There is a huge number and variety of excellent accommodation, restaurants and cafes, catering for both local and Western tastes and budgets. 

We know it can be difficult to completely ‘unplug’ from life and work for a month intensive training, and so we feel that Ubud 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 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. Airbnb and Booking.com may be useful places to start.

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 Ubud, taxis are readily available at Denpasar airport for around 350,000Rp ($28US)**, or you can pre-arrange a driver through your accommodation to meet you at the airport.

The best option by far for getting around Ubud is to rent a scooter. It only costs around 600-800,000 Rp (45-60US) 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 in the close vicinity of Nalanda (there are plenty of accommodation options available within short walking distance!).


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 Ubud 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/borrow and at least familiarise yourself 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

Trauma-informed/Community Yoga

The Body Keeps The Score – Bessel Van der Kolk

Various articles/videos – will be emailed prior to training

*You will also receive a comprehensive course manual upon commencement.



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

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

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga – David Emerson

Yoga for Emotional Balance – Bo Forbes

Skill In Action – Michelle C. Johnson

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness – David Treleaven



Yoga and Spirituality

Your Body, Your Yoga – Bernie Clark

Meditation Made Easy – Lorin Roche

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


Trauma-informed, Inclusive Yoga & Social Justice

Trauma and Recovery – Judith Herman

Yoga for Chronic Pain – Kelly McGonigal

The Body Remembers – Babette Rothschild

Waking the Tiger – Peter Levine

In An Unspoken Voice – Peter Levine

Yoga Rising – Dianne Bondy

Pleasure Activism – adrienne maree brown



Liberated Body

On Being

Healing Justice

Yoga is Dead