Unfold 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training 2020-21

Accessible, Inclusive, Adaptive

Please email us at info@unfoldportland.com for application or to be placed on our dedicated YTT mailing list!  Thanks! We are currently taking appointments for 20-min sessions to ask questions & explore whether our training is a good fit for you! We are accepting and enrolling students NOW on an ongoing basis.  We currently have spots available in all 3 scholarship categories: diversity candidates, public health/community workers, and Spanish-speakers.

Whether you want to expand or launch your yoga teaching to include diverse populations or use movement in a therapeutic practice, the Unfold Yoga Teacher Training will help you apply the concepts of yoga professionally and personally.  (Please note scholarship opportunities at the bottom of this page).

Our Yoga Alliance Certified (RYT-200) yoga teacher training is great for those who:

  • Want to teach yoga in various settings: medical, community, studios, one-on-one

  • Expect to use yoga in clinical or therapeutic relationships

  • Want to deepen their practice, particularly with regard to personal development and social justice.


Why Unfold's Yoga Teacher Training?

  • Skillfully use adaptive/accessible yoga techniques, so that you can teach sensitive populations with confidence.

  • Learn yoga through a social justice and dismantling racism lens, to further your efforts in your own personal activism

  • Use trauma-informed and neuroscience-oriented methods, to effectively "do no harm" and facilitate healing in yourself and others.

  • Understand what is cultural appropriation and how we can best honor yoga traditions, where they come from, and who may be impacted by our choices.

  • Understand the spiritual aspects of yoga, so that you can really benefit from the richness of this ancient tradition.

  • Experience applied benefits of taking yoga philosophy off the mat.

  • Connect and utilize the benefits of applying yoga to therapeutic practice. 

  • Learn to create partnership with others that benefits both professional, therapeutic, teaching and personal relationships

  • Use practical applications of living your yoga as service to the world

​Our Yoga Teacher Training is great for those who want practical, applied methods for taking their yoga into the world.  It's great for people who want to not only study the history of yoga and the associated texts, but to also learn ways to apply these teachings in their lives.  It is well-suited to mental health and wellness professionals who want integrated techniques that are complimentary to what they are already doing.  It's great for parents and caretakers who want to learn to be a resilient, compassionate supporter, as well as learn techniques to help others.  And it's excellent for those ready to explore the personal benefits of self-discovery and applied social justice.

What this is not: This is not a dismantling racism training, though we do employ one expert on the subject (Michelle Johnson) and utilize her book as a part of our curriculum.  This training integrates awareness of some aspects of sweeping social injustices and how we can make choices in our yoga practices and offerings to reduce harm and honor each person's experience and intentions.  That said, it is mostly about yoga and how to teach accessible, adaptive yoga to a wide array of people.


Our Yoga Teacher Training helps you to truly embrace the best parts of yourself, and to use yoga, social justice, brain science and compassion to be the best, most engaged member of the human race you can be!  It also helps people be aware of their existing biases and learn strategies to decrease the amount of harm that will be done while simply being human, or in offering yoga teaching.

 

Scholarships: We will have scholarships for diversity candidates, public health/community workers, and Spanish-speakers to help make our training more accessible to all, AND to get the tools of yoga to a wider range of people in the world.  This discounts our training to approximately half.  Find our scholarship form here.

Requirements:

We require that applicants have a basic knowledge of yoga postures.  Applicants who have some experience at Unfold will be most competitive.  The reason for this is that those who have experienced our approach to teaching will know best whether this approach to yoga is well-suited to your interests and needs.


​What you will learn:

  • Teaching Accessible and Adaptive Yoga styles

    • Specifically: Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga & Yoga for Strength & Balance

  • Yoga through a Social Justice Lens

  • Yoga history, philosophy, anatomy 

  • Meditation

  • Yoga for Larger Bodies​

  • ​Yoga for Chronic Pain

  • Trauma-informed modalities

Upon completion of program, if you complete required hours, you will be eligible for Yoga Alliance 200-RYT Certification.  For more about our decision on that subject, please read more here.

Have questions?  Please send us an email at info@unfoldportland.com.

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