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Body Positive Yoga Teacher Training

200-hour yoga teacher certification with Amber Karnes

Body Positive Yoga Teacher Training is a 200-hour yoga teacher training and certification program facilitated by Body Positive Yoga founder Amber Karnes.

This training emphasizes accessible, adaptive yoga asana practice, intersectional feminist and social justice principles, addresses working with marginalized communities and outside the “yoga studio-industrial complex”, and operates from a body-positive, Health at Every Size perspective.

This training is for you if…

  • You aspire to become a yoga teacher, especially if you have not felt that “mainstream” yoga teacher trainings were welcoming or accessible to you
  • You’re a dedicated yoga practitioner looking to deepen your personal practice and knowledge of yoga
  • You want to learn “the rest of the yoga” and not just the physical postures taught in most classes
  • You want a training that operates from a lens and awareness of intersectional feminism, anti-oppression work, and social justice principles

After completing this 200-hour yoga teacher training, you will qualify to register and teach yoga as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance is completely optional.

When and where

Body Positive Yoga Teacher Training will be held in Richmond, Virginia.

It’s made up of 5 in-person immersion sessions from October 2019 through March 2020.

In-person training will be combined with online group calls, reading assignments, writing exercises, and experiential projects to supplement and integrate classroom hours.

Training dates in Richmond, Va., are:

October 5-12, 2019
November 8-10, 2019
January 17-19, 2020
February 21-23, 2020
March 14-21, 2020

Feedback from Amber’s students

Loved the class and the way Amber taught it. Explaining poses, demonstrating poses and allowing us to experience the variations in our own bodies. The education on language was so helpful and enlightening. I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in broadening their class to include more yogis. The class was organized around how to teach and make poses accessible to the needs of individuals of different backgrounds, body sizes and physical restrictions. Very helpful in this way.

This workshop was awesome! I loved being with a community of teachers who are trying to create safer spaces for their students, and I loved that the content of the workshop went beyond just the physical aspects of yoga practice. The whole experience was warm and welcoming, and the conversation was rich and deep. My big takeaway was that it’s ok to scale back on asana in group classes (I’ve wanted “permission” to do this for a looong time) to create more space for students to do self study and other inner work of yoga! That feels really freeing.

The course content provided an integrated picture of what a well-rounded accessible class can look like. We were provided an excellent outline that will allow us to adjust our classes based on the needs of our students. This course was well-rounded and creatively taught. It gave us room to learn the material and to exercise that knowledge. Amber created a warm and welcoming space for teachers to learn from her and from each other. I’m so grateful that I took this course!

Amber is a knowledgeable, intuitive, and honest teacher/leader. I loved how customized the workshop was to what people were interested in, had questions about or were concerned about. There is so much information! But, now I long for even more information. The 1-day class inspired me to more seriously consider investing in a retreat weekend.

Included in this training

195 approximate hours of in-person study and practice, plus 4 group live coaching calls
(above-and-beyond the standards of most YTT programs and the Yoga Alliance requirements)

Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation Techniques

  • Learn to practice and teach yoga postures through an embodied understanding of purpose, anatomy, and energetic actions
  • Understand benefits of postures, pranayama, and meditation techniques to work with a wide range of students or build personal practice
  • Learn to practice and teach breathing, sense withdrawal, concentration, and meditation techniques and make them accessible to all who wish to practice regardless of experience level or spiritual background
  • Learn to offer variations, modifications, and other ways to personalize practice for students at different abilities and experience levels
  • Learn to teach integrated, accessible asana classes where students of differing shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities can practice together in a positive community experience
  • Understand how to teach to who is in the room rather than from a planned sequence
  • Understand how to facilitate agency, an environment of inquiry, and build body trust in yourself and your students
  • Explore yoga and body image and learn how the practice of non-attachment and the 8 limbs of yoga go hand-in-hand with radical self-acceptance
  • Learn to assess individual needs and innovate on the spot to select props, modifications, and variations that will offer the same benefits, even if we don’t use the traditional expression of the pose
  • Understand when it’s appropriate to offer hands-on assists or adjustments and how to offer assists that are necessary, nurturing, and clarifying
  • Explore mantra, mudra, and kirtan

Teaching Methodology

  • Learn the principles of teaching Body Positive Yoga classes and how your mindset and intention as a teacher impacts your students and redistributes power in your classes
  • Learn the power of language to break down barriers to wellness and make your teaching resonate with a wide range of students
  • Learn to create a culture of consent anywhere you teach and explore various methods of obtaining consent around physical touch
  • Understand ethics, expectations of safer space, power dynamics, and teacher/student relationship
  • Understand trauma-informed teaching and explore ways to use yoga as a tool for self-regulation
  • Explore yoga as service: building your community, mission-driven and heart-centered teaching
  • Learn to design a diverse range of classes including Brand New Beginner series, chair yoga, hatha yoga, gentle flow, and classes themed around yoga philosophy concepts, current events, or other topics
  • Learn dynamic teaching techniques including finding your voice, a balanced approach to cueing and demonstrating, and sequencing design to teach to multiple levels of students at once
  • Create monthly sequences with mentor feedback
  • Practice teaching in small groups, one-on-one, and with the entire class
  • Learn and practice Chairterpretation*, which will inform your own sequencing as well as be a service you can offer to make public classes accessible to folks who may wish to practice from a chair *Thanks to Yoga Buzz for this term

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Explore principles of movement, language of anatomy, and foundational concepts and terminology for the entire human body
  • Learn common conditions and injuries students may have and how to navigate them in your classes to keep students safe
  • Learn names, locations, and functions of bones and muscles to support common postures
  • Experiential spine, pelvis, and shoulder clinics led by a seasoned movement educator that will combine anatomical concepts and principles into poses
  • Understand organs and body systems and how they are affected by postures
  • Explore energetic anatomy including bandhas, chakras, and nadis

Yoga Philosophy / Yoga “Off the Mat”

  • Explore the Yoga Sutras and how to bring them to life in your practice, relationships, and teaching
  • Explore social justice topics through the lens of yoga philosophy and ethics
  • Deepen your understanding of the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness
  • Deep dives on topics from the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita
  • Understand the context, roots, and history of yoga and how to honor the yoga tradition with an awareness of cultural appropriation and the colonization/decolonization of yoga
  • Explore Ayurveda and the yogic lifestyle for healing and freedom in your personal practices

Teacher Toolbox

  • Become familiar with the business of yoga and the potential avenues to earn money as a yoga teacher
  • Learn to write clear class descriptions that will get the appropriate students into your classes
  • Participate in an intensive workshop about teaching private yoga lessons, finding clients, and delivering amazing individualized instruction
  • Learn that marketing and self-promotion aren’t dirty words, they’re really just education and conversations to help reach the people who need your services and provide them value
  • Understand staying centered while dealing with challenging people and situations
  • Learn time management tools and ways to nourish yourself, stay inspired, and avoid burnout
  • Practice the Nonviolent Communication model as a way to relate authentically to one another and get in touch with your feelings and needs
  • Co-create a dynamic, living resource vault of innovated, adapted variations on popular asana

At Home

  • Plan for 3-6 hours per week of reading and other at-home assignments like writing, designing, sequences, or planning for and working on your final project
  • In between each in-person immersion, we’ll have a live group call where you can ask questions, get feedback, and where we may explore other topics of interest
  • You’ll also get a lifetime membership to the Body Positive Clubhouse, Amber’s online membership community where we learn to build unshakable confidence and live out loud using the yoga teachings, feminism, and techniques from cognitive psychology for personal transformation and growth.

Faculty

Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga. She’s a ruckus maker, yoga asana teacher (E-RYT 200), social justice advocate, and a lifelong student of her body. Her commitment to accessible, adaptive yoga practice empowers thousands of diverse practitioners around the globe.

She is the creator of the Body Positive Clubhouse, an online community using the tools of yoga to build unshakable confidence and learn to live out loud. Amber is the co-creator of Yoga For All Teacher TrainingAccessible Yoga Trainer, Yoga International featured teacher, serves as a board member for Project Yoga Richmond and Accessible Yoga, and is a contributor to the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.

Through her workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and online yoga and wellness offerings, she seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body sovereignty, and accessibility for all (on and off the yoga mat). She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Jimmy, and blogs at bodypositiveyoga.com.

Learn more about Amber: Website | Instagram | Facebook

In this program: Amber is the creator and lead trainer of Body Positive Yoga Teacher Training.

Michelle C. Johnson

Michelle C. Johnson is an author, yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer. She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their life. She explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body. Michelle is the creator of Skill in Action, a 200hr teacher training program focused on the intersection of yoga and social justice.

Learn more about Michelle: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

In this program: Michelle will be leading a 2-day offering: Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Practice of Yoga to Create a Just World. 

Lisa Vaughan-Meer

Susanna Barkataki is a teacher, inclusivity promoter and yoga culture advocate. Her work explores how we can decolonize, reclaim and honor our own yoga practice centralizing yoga as teacher for healing personally and socially. Call on her to help you put authentic yoga into action.

Susanna has an Honors degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Education, is an E-RYT 500 hour Master Teacher, a 500-Hour Certified Ayurvedic practitioner and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.

Learn more and get your free, honor yoga culture in action PDF gift at www.susannabarkataki.com. Find out about online trainings at www.ignitebewell.com

Learn more about Lisa: Website | Facebook | Instagram

In this program: Lisa will be leading 3 experiential, applied anatomy clinics on the spine, pelvis, and shoulder that will combine anatomical concepts and principles into living, breathing, moving postures.

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki is a teacher, inclusivity promoter and yoga culture advocate. Her work explores how we can decolonize, reclaim and honor our own yoga practice centralizing yoga as teacher for healing personally and socially. Call on her to help you put authentic yoga into action.

Susanna has an Honors degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Education, is an E-RYT 500 hour Master Teacher, a 500-Hour Certified Ayurvedic practitioner and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.

Learn more and get your free, honor yoga culture in action PDF gift at www.susannabarkataki.com. Find out about online trainings at www.ignitebewell.com

In this program: Susanna will be leading a 2-day intensive including topics such as Yoga history, honoring yoga through cultural competency, Ayurveda and diversity in practice, mantra, mudra, meditation, and kirtan.

Kelley Carboni-Woods

Kelley Carboni-Woods is a writer, wellness advocate and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga, a path of mindful wellness and self realization fuels her work, impacts her life and propels her to want to share it with others through her writing, events and guest teaching opportunities. She remains focused on making this healing practice accessible to all, connecting to communities that are normally excluded or ignored in mainstream wellness circles.

Being a mother of two liberated souls has created a point of focus that brings these tools to the way she is mothering them and also calling her to share this with all parents. Through in person and online offerings, she centers her work on making these connections with authentic and sustainable tool building. Her writing, offerings and more about her can be found at www.peacefilledmama.com.

Learn more about Kelley: Website | Instagram | Facebook

In this program: Kelley will be leading her workshop More Than AsanaMoving beyond the physical to honor this lived practice.

Francesca Cervero

Francesca Cervero has been a full-time yoga teacher and yoga teacher’s mentor since 2005. Her teaching is inspired by her foundational training at OM Yoga Center, the years she spent as a dancer and the subsequent years she spent in physical therapy. Her teaching is also is influenced by her love of Buddhist teachings and a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics. She is in private practice teaching a full schedule of 1x1 clients, mentors yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™ and hosts the podcast, The Mentor Sessions: Support & Strategy for Yoga Teachers.

Learn more about Francesca: Website | Instagram | Podcast | Facebook Group

In this program: Francesca will be leading a full day workshop, The Science of the Private Lesson™.

Shankari Bowmaster

Kelley Carboni-Woods is a writer, wellness advocate and community organizer committed to using the tools and philosophies of yoga to cultivate liberation, joy and peace for herself and others. Her connection to the living practice of yoga, a path of mindful wellness and self realization fuels her work, impacts her life and propels her to want to share it with others through her writing, events and guest teaching opportunities. She remains focused on making this healing practice accessible to all, connecting to communities that are normally excluded or ignored in mainstream wellness circles.

Learn more about Kelley: Website | Instagram | Facebook

In this program: Shankari will be leading a workshop on the path of Bhakti yoga as well as a community kirtan experience.

Location

Our five in-person immersion sessions will be held at MyBirth in Richmond, Virginia. MyBirth is a women-owned co-op of midwives, doulas, and other birthing experts and they have a lovely yoga studio inside their business location.

The studio space is accessible and has a full range of props including chairs, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and mats. Class size will depend on enrollment but is limited to a maximum of 18 students.

Our online sessions (between live trainings) will happen on Zoom, an online videoconferencing application. If you do not have access to a webcam or high speed internet connection, you may call in via phone. Live attendance is highly encouraged, but if you can’t make it to a Zoom session, you may watch the recording instead.

Training Schedule

Saturday, October 5 – Saturday, October 12, 2019
Approximate schedule: 8am-5pm each day

Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10, 2019
Approximate schedule: 5pm-9pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday & Sunday

Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19, 2020
Approximate schedule: 5pm-9pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday & Sunday

Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2020
Approximate schedule: 5pm-9pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, March 14 – Saturday, March 21, 2020
Approximate schedule: 8am-5pm each day, with a goodbye party and concert March 21 from 5-7pm

Program Requirements

  • Minimum two years yoga practice and 6 months personal (at home) practice at start of training
  • Attendance of all five in-person training sessions*
  • Completion of required reading list and all homework assignments
  • Attendance at 20 yoga classes over the course of training, along with written reflections of each
  • Observation of 10 classes over the course of training, along with written report
  • Passing grade on take home final exam
  • Completion of final project and presentation (community class series or written research paper)

Upon completing all requirements, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. With this you may apply for 200-RYT certification through Yoga Alliance. You will also be a certified Body Positive Yoga teacher, and will receive graduate tools you can use in your marketing or on your website.

*If you wish to receive your 200-hour certification at the end of this program, it is necessary to attend all five sessions to accrue the mandatory hours as determined by Yoga Alliance. If you miss a session due to emergency, act of God (such as weather/cancelled flight), or illness, you may be able to make it up by watching recorded sessions and following up with Amber. Makeup sessions will be discussed on an individual, case-by-case basis. There may be an additional cost if 1:1 time is needed. If you are concerned or have questions about this policy, please contact Amber.

Required Reading

The following texts are required reading for this course. If you are accepted to the program, some books may be able to be obtained at a discount due to a bulk order (we’ll discuss this after you’re accepted).

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • The Living Gita by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
  • The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book by Kelly Solloway
  • Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva Mehta
  • Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
  • The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
  • Skill in Action by Michelle C. Johnson
  • Manifest and Manifest Workbook by Kelley Carboni-Woods

Tuition & Payment

Full payment (made within one month of acceptance): $3,700

Installment plan: $3,900 paid in 10 installments of $390.

To participate in the installment plan, you must provide a valid credit card. Body Positive Yoga, LLC will automatically charge your card on or near the first of the month from December 2018 through October 2019:

  • 1st payment of $390 due within two weeks of acceptance
  • 2nd payment of $390 due January 1, 2019
  • 3rd payment of $390 due February 1, 2019
  • 4th payment of $390 due March 1, 2019
  • 5th payment of $390 due April 1, 2019
  • 6th payment of $390 due May 1, 2019
  • 7th payment of $390 due June 1, 2019
  • 8th payment of $390 due July 1, 2019
  • 9th payment of $390 due August 1, 2019
  • 10th payment of $390 due September 1, 2019
  • If application is accepted after January 1, first two payments will be combined. If application is accepted after February 1, first three payments will be combined, and so on. Payments will not be shifted ahead or deviate from this schedule.

Scholarships: Body Positive Yoga is committed to breaking down the gatekeeping that occurs at the teacher training level, as well as increasing diversity and accessibility in the yoga community. As part of these commitments, a number of full and partial scholarships are available to community members facing financial limitations. Folks with marginalized identities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, folks with disabilities, etc.) will be given priority consideration. If you plan to apply for a scholarship, you are encouraged to apply early, since applications are processed in the order they are received.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • All refunds over $100 will be made by check.
  • Administrative fees charged for Payment Plan options will not be refunded.
  • An additional 5% of the tuition amount will be withheld for payments made with credit or debit cards. All refunds will be issued within 30 days of receipt of written notice of cancellation and upon return of the Training Manual.

Three-Day Cancellation: An applicant who provides written notice of cancellation within three (3) days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and federal or state holidays) of paying the initial deposit or tuition payment is entitled to a refund of all monies paid minus any credit card fees of 5%. No later than 30 days after receiving the notice of cancellation, Body Positive Yoga shall provide a 100% refund minus applicable credit card fees.

Denial of Enrollment: If an applicant is denied enrollment, 100% of all application fees and tuition paid will be returned within 30 days of denial.

Cancellation after the commencement of classes: If an applicant accepted by Body Positive Yoga submits written notice of cancellation after 3 days and up to 3 weeks (21 days) prior to the start of scheduled classes, Body Positive Yoga will refund 100% of all student fees and tuition paid, less a $150 Administrative Fee. An additional 5% of the tuition amount will be withheld for payments made with credit or debit cards.

Procedure for withdrawal/withdrawal date: A student choosing to withdraw from the program after the commencement of classes is to provide written notice to Amber Karnes. The notice is to indicate the expected last date of attendance and be signed and dated by the student. The receipt date of written request to withdraw will be considered the withdrawal date.

A student will be automatically withdrawn if they miss an in-person session and fail to provide notice and cannot be reached within 30 days after the session. In this case, the withdrawal date will be the start date of the missed session.

Tuition Refund: The percentage of the enrollment period completed is determined by dividing the total number of clock hours* elapsed from the students start date to the last day of attendance, by the total number of clock hours in the enrollment period, less a $150 administrative fee and a fee of 5% if payment was made by credit or debit card. Tuition charges and refund amounts for the enrollment period will be determined as follows:

  • Before beginning of class 100% Refund (less any admin/cc fees as stated above)
  • 10% or less of the clock hours elapsed 90% Refund
  • 11% to 20% of the clock hours elapsed 80% Refund
  • 21% to 30% of the clock hours elapsed 70% Refund
  • 31% to 40% of the clock hours elapsed 60% Refund
  • 41% to 50% of the clock hours elapsed 50% Refund
  • 51% or more of the clock hours elapsed No Refund
  • No refunds will be given after 50% attendance has been completed.

*Clock hours are defined as the number of classroom hours the program has met.

Administrative fees charged for Payment Plan options will not be refunded. An additional 5% of the tuition amount will be withheld for payments made with credit or debit cards.

Feedback from Amber’s students

“How powerful community can be. It was so wonderful being around women who were committed (even at different levels) to achieving body peace. I love looking at our bodies together and witnessing the power that we hold to heal ourselves and each other. I think what Amber does is so important in holding space for us to find one another and lead us through example, wisdom, kindness, and humor.”

Amber is a very effective teacher. She’s incredibly bright in a non threatening kind of way. I like the way she asks follow up questions. I like that she isn’t afraid to politicize the body or take a public stand against white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, and other systems of oppression.”

Loved all the tips about attending yoga classes. Loved all the modifications. Loved the poses. Loved the jokes. I think you’re rad!”

I learned so much and reaffirmed a lot of what I had already learned and was feeling weak on. It was great to be able to learn from Amber and so many other knowledgeable women. The session on body image/opting out of diet culture was a great primer and overview of everything. It was great to talk about how all of these systems of oppression work together and to realize how radical body positivity really is.”

Application process

  • A $45 application fee is due with your application.
  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the training is filled. Enrollment spots and available scholarships are first come, first served, so you are encouraged to apply early.
  • After your application is reviewed, a phone call or Zoom video call with Amber Karnes is required before your acceptance into the program.
  • If your application is accepted, Body Positive Yoga will send you an enrollment contract, community agreements and payment arrangements.
  • If your application is not accepted, your $45 application fee will be refunded to you.
  • Enrollment is not finalized until contract, community agreements, and payment arrangements have been completed.
  • Applications are strictly confidential and will be read and shared only by Body Positive Yoga Teacher Training staff members.

Have questions?

We thought you might. Jump to our Frequently Asked Questions, email Amber, or join her for a live Info Session. Our next Info Session is Tuesday, December 4 at 7pm Eastern (NY) time. Register here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

  1. Read and understand the program requirements listed on this page.
  2. Pay your $45 application fee.
  3. Fill out your application.
  4. Amber will email you to schedule a 1:1 via Facetime or Zoom video chat to discuss your application.
  5. If you are not accepted to the program, you will be notified and your fee will be refunded.
  6. If you are accepted to the program, you’ll sign enrollment contract and community agreements.
  7. Pay in full or set up a payment plan for the balance due.
  8. If needed, get guidance on housing, travel planning, purchasing texts, etc.

What’s included in the tuition price?

  • Enrollment in the training
  • Participation in all live sessions and online Zoom calls
  • Use of mats and props during training
  • Email access to Amber for questions and troubleshooting
  • Body Positive Yoga certification upon completion of the program
  • Lifetime access to the Body Positive Clubhouse

 What’s not included in the tuition price?

  • Transportation to and from Richmond
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Yoga Alliance registration fees
  • Books

This program is more expensive than other YTT programs I’ve seen.

It’s true that yoga teacher training programs widely vary in cost. The price of this training has been set so that those who pay in full will subsidize several partial and full scholarships for marginalized folks or people experiencing financial difficulties.

The price of the training also reflects the standards of the training (which are well above and beyond what Yoga Alliance requires). This training will prepare you in a way that very few YTT programs do; you’ll leave with knowledge on how to create accessible yoga classes, break down barriers to wellness for folks who are underserved and underrepresented, tools to help your students feel welcome and understood no matter their identity or experience level, and specialized skills (such as innovating and adapting the physical practice and integrated, mixed level teaching) that most yoga teachers don’t obtain until years into their teaching practice (if at all).

We also have a faculty that includes nationally and internationally known teachers in each of their specialties. Nearly all our presenters also have intersecting marginalized identities and represent a rich and diverse experience base. This program price supports and amplifies their work as well.

Do you have scholarships available? 

We are committed to breaking down the gatekeeping that occurs at the teacher training level, as well as increasing diversity and accessibility in the yoga community. As part of these commitments, a limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to community members facing financial limitations.

Folks with marginalized identities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, folks with disabilities, etc.) will be given priority consideration. If you plan to apply for a scholarship, you are encouraged to apply early, since applications are processed in the order they are received.

How do payments work? 

Click here for detailed information on payments and payment plans. 

What if I can’t attend or have to cancel?

Click here for detailed information on our cancellation and refund policy. 

How many people will be in the training?

The maximum number of participants is 18.

I can’t do a headstand or handstand. Is that going to be a problem?

Nope. This course focuses on teachers learning to offer accessible, adaptive, body positive yoga classes. Often, that means you or your students will be practicing the physical postures in a way that doesn’t look like the picture of Mr. Iyengar in his book or the cover of a yoga magazine. You shouldn’t let physical limitations or having a body that’s not in “perfect working order” stop you from applying.

Being a dynamic, successful, empowering yoga teacher doesn’t have much to do with being able to do fancy or complicated poses. It’s about a powerful mindset shift, having the right tools to empower our students, and finding the community that needs the gifts that only you can put into the world.

With lots of 8-hour days, I’m worried that this schedule is too intense for my body. 

Our days will be a mixture of lecture, movement, group discussion, and (often) teaching practice. While it’s true that the days are long, you will have chairs, props, and plenty of freedom to put your body into whatever position it needs to be comfortable. Get up and walk around, lay down, sit in a chair, prop yourself up, roll around on the floor, use a heating pad or ice; you can do what you need to do to make your body as comfortable as possible.

In the evenings, I encourage you to rest. Take a hot bath or shower, give yourself a massage (or get one with a local recommended therapist), and go to bed early.

Remember, the intense schedule is temporary! You can do this. If you have concerns, please contact Amber

Will you run this training again?

I’m not sure. If I do, it likely won’t begin until October 2020.

I’m traveling from far away. Which airport should I fly into?

The training is located in Richmond, Virginia. We have an international airport here (RIC) and are also about a 2-hour drive from Washington, DC’s major airports (IAD and DCA) as well as Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). Travel guidance is available once you are accepted into the program.

What affordable housing options are available?

There are many options for affordable hotels in the Richmond area (starting at around $35 a night) as well as hundreds of AirBNB room options for less than $35 a night. We may also have limited options for couchsurfing with local friends. If travel budget is less of a concern, more luxurious and expensive accommodations are available, of course.

Once you’re accepted into the program, we’ll guide you in finding appropriate housing if that would be helpful.

Will I be able to leave for lunch each day?

We have a full hour lunch break each day. You are welcome to pack a lunch (a refrigerator is available) or there are several options within the Scott’s Addition neighborhood where you can get a quick bite. Before you arrive at the first session, you’ll get a map with suggested grocery stores and dining spots.

Does the training location have WiFi?

Yes.

What do I need to bring?

I’ll send you a complete packing list before the training, but you don’t need any complicated or fancy items. You won’t need to bring all your books each time. You’ll need comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement, a water bottle, a notebook and pen. Mats and props are provided as well as all the supplies you’ll need for any workshops or activities.

Is this training only for women?

No. This training is open to people of all genders. 

I have another question that’s not here.

Cool! Contact Amber or attend an Info Session. Our next Info Session is Tuesday, December 4 at 7pm Eastern (NY) time. Register here.

Feedback from students

I felt more open and free than I’ve ever felt in my life. Never have I felt more comfortable with myself and my surroundings than I did that weekend. I’ve taken this sense of self-acceptance and love with me and have reflected on my experience daily. I’m trying to keep those good vibes alive!”

I felt extremely safe and the modifications that were given were very helpful to my overall practice. Also, the physical adjustments were key to helping me understand what a pose should truly feel like and I feel that I can now get myself to the correct pose(s) more successfully.”

“I enjoyed this retreat immensely. The friendships I made, the yoga I learned, and the experience will stay with me a lifetime. My practice feels more my own now and I feel comfortable continuing what I learned and incorporating it into my current and future practice. Amber is a phenomenal teacher and makes yoga feel like a natural part of life. Your feedback and your guidance made me feel good about yoga and my body. Anne-Marie and Lisa were exceptional and I hope they come back next year. There help and their corrections were key in helping me learn and grow as a yogi!”