Yoga, Activism, and Personal Growth

Integrate yoga into your life and life’s work. Our curriculum is designed to teach you the skills of lifelong yoga studentship and tools for effective and transformative yoga teaching. We are rooted in social justice values and a trauma-informed model that inspires growth, healing, and engagement with both the inner and outer worlds.


How is this training unique?

  • We train our teachers to align with social justice values and anti-oppressive practices so they can be welcoming and aware toward all students.

  • We take time to apply ancient yoga philosophy to contemporary questions of our time, making the training more relevant and self-reflective.

  • We co-create a supportive community environment with our students that fosters transformational growth and recognizes the individual strengths of our trainees.

  • We emphasize a trauma-informed approach to teaching, focusing on the mind-body connection rather than just the outer postures.

  • We offer diverse areas of expertise, including Buddhist and Tantric philosophies, neurobiology, the complex history of yoga, movement science, body-positive teaching methods, and effective class planning. 


Details for the 2019-2020 training

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Learn more about the lead teacher & Faculty

Molly Kitchen, E-RYT, the creator of Adhikara Yoga School, will be your lead teacher and facilitator for this training, aided by the wisdom and teaching experience of amazing faculty from around the country as well as two supportive Adhikara graduate assistants.

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check out our comprehensive curriculum

We don’t shy away from the complex questions facing modern yoga practitioners. In addition to asana, anatomy, meditation, philosophy, and teaching skills, expect to discuss cultural appropriation, diversity and inclusion, and how trauma plays a role in the yoga classroom.

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dates and Details, tuition and payment plans

The training meets for 10 weekend intensives from September 2019-June 2020. The training is split into two semesters, with the option of taking only the first as a personal Practice Immersion. We offer Early Bird specials and payment plans as well as scholarship possibilities.


Location

The training is held at beautiful Community Yoga in Greenfield, MA. There are loaner mats and plenty of blocks, bolsters, straps and chairs available there. Unfortunately the studio is on the 2nd floor and the building does not have an elevator, so accessibility is limited to the stairs.


Training Requirements

To successfully complete the training and qualify for certification, teacher trainees must:

  • Have a minimum of one year yoga practice at the start of the training

  • Agree to and abide by the Community Agreements and Tuition Contract, sent upon acceptance in the training

  • Attend all 10 weekends (14 hours each weekend; 7 hours each Saturday and Sunday)*

  • Complete all the required reading and homework assignments (expect ~2-3 hours per week)

  • Attend an additional 40 hours of asana classes over the course of the 10 months, along with written reflections (average of 4 hours per month, or 1hr/week, for 10 months)**

  • Observe and complete the worksheets for 5 additional yoga classes during the Teaching Immersion Semester.

  • Receive a passing grade on final take-home exam

  • Complete the final teaching practicum

*If you wish to receive your 200-hour certification at the end of the program, it is necessary to attend all 10 weekends to accrue the mandatory hours as determined by Yoga Alliance. You may miss a maximum of 5 hours without having to make up the hours (though are you will be responsible for the information covered during those hours). If you miss more than 5 hours due to emergency, weather, or illness, there is the possibility of making up those hours through watching recorded content, attending other workshops, or individualized assignments. Makeup sessions will be discussed on an individual, case-by-case basis and may not be possible in every situation. There may be an additional cost if 1:1 time is needed. If you are concerned or have questions about this policy, please contact Molly.

**Trainees receive a 10-class card to Community Yoga as part of their tuition. The cost of additional classes (at the studio of their choice, with prior approval from the trainers) is the responsibility of the trainee. This requirement provides important continuity of practice between monthly intensives. Attendance and reflections will be due quarterly to help keep the trainee on track.