The Path to Yoga Justice and Equity

300 Hour Self-Paced Online Yoga Teacher Training

Why THIS yoga teacher training?

Until very recently, yoga has only been accessible in the west to a privileged group–the financially free, those in a particular body shape, and typically those with white skin. 

Though the industry is (slowly) becoming more inclusive, there is much work still to be done.

In order to break the cycle of marginalization and systemic oppression created by the Yoga Industrial Complex, all yoga teachers will need to understand their role in dismantling the velvet ropes around modern yoga practice.

Plus, they will need to learn how to include everyone in their teaching lenses and practical leadership. Such a complete overhaul reaches through every part of the 8-limbed yoga tree–from inner attitudes to the movements and props we use, to our role in decolonizing yoga off the mat.

Created by Dianne Bondy, the Yoga For Everyone 200 and 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training are self-paced, online yoga teacher training curriculums that help you create equitable, accessible, diverse yoga spaces. (And who doesn’t want THAT?)

Making the Physical Practice Adaptable for Everyone

With a keen interest in alignment based yoga for diverse body types, Dianne is a world leader in making the physical practice accessible for everyone. Imagine having the skills to teach to EVERYONE in the room including older populations and those with injuries or other physical limitations

Her knowledge and experience are highlighted in her books “Yoga for Everyone,” and “Yoga Where you Are.”

 

Yoga for Everyone Book cover.
Yoga Where You Are book cover.

This is the ideal training for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities and anyone who has been marginalized due to systemic oppression. In addition to the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga we will take a deep dive into making the world a more just and equitable place.

White allies are encouraged to do the deep work of assessing how they benefit from white supremacy and the actions needed to fight the systems of oppression that affect so many.

Centering marginalized voices: These trainings will have guest speakers from diverse communities to provide well rounded culturally sensitive learning environment.

Dianne’s accessible yoga curriculum is for you if:

300 hour RYTT – The Path to Yoga, Justice and Equity

The 300 Hour training expands on your practical teaching knowledge while guiding you through a deeper dive into the social justice issues in the Yoga industry. You’ll understand your role in creating a sublimely equitable yoga community and what you can do to make real change when you see a need.

*Applicants for the 300-hour RYTT must have a deep understanding of anti-racism work, implicit bias, and structural racism. To be successful, applicants must have begun their own work to address inner (complicit) bias, prejudice, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, sexism, and racism.

How our 100% online RYTT programs work

You’ll need:

Learning from Dianne Bondy is like:

A cool and refreshing breeze of understanding. There’s no truth Dianne won’t say to help you discover and deliver the mechanics of equitable yoga–yoga that leaves NO ONE behind. 

She’ll help you overcome your hesitation and simply WORK confidently with all bodies. Dianne understands through her personal journey that the practice is available to everyone when we know how to adapt it to the bodies in front of us.

Dianne is a ubiquitous contributor to the top Yoga publications, wrote the best-selling book, Yoga Is For Everyone, and co-authored Yoga Where You Are.

Dianne came by her inclusive philosophy through her own experience of being EVERY size, having brown skin, and seeing firsthand how demoralizing “colonized” yoga felt to her as a child growing up with a mom teaching in the industry. 

Ms. Bondy owned a yoga studio for over a decade and understands the many hurdles and triumphs you face as an inclusive yoga instructor and activist. 

She’ll help you walk the 8-limbed yoga path with courage, strength, visibility, and passion so that YOU can share the many benefits of yoga with EVERYONE you touc

More about Dianne Bondy

Dianne stands with hands in prayer position, eyes looking up.

Dianne Bondy is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and leader of the Yoga For All movement. 

Her approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming for all kinds of practitioners.

Change Agent in Modern Yoga

Dianne’s commitment to increasing diversity in yoga has been recognized in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition, as well as in speaking engagements at Princeton, Duke, University of Buffalo and UC Berkeley on Yoga, Race, and Diversity. Her writing is published in Yoga and Body Image Volume 1, Yoga Renegades, and Yes Yoga Has Curves. You can also find Dianne online at yogaforalltraining.com and yogaforeveryone.tv.

Master Yoga Teacher

Dianne is the author of the international best selling book, Yoga for Everyone (DK Publishing, Penguin Random House), co-author of Yoga Where Yoga Are, and a frequent contributor to Yoga International, DoYou, Yoga Girl, and Omstars. She has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Mashable, and People

 

Meet Our Faculty

Dirish Shaktidas

Dirish Shaktidas

Dirish is a London-based yoga teacher immersed in the world of holistic healing. Internationally trained by world-renowned teachers, he has been practicing yoga dance, and meditation for over 10 years. 

Dirish grew up in a  Hindu household with sacred mantras, which inform his movement, sound, and mindful meditation.

Dirish combines Shakti Dance, Yin Yoga, and Eastern Philosophy to create an inspiring, dynamic and elevating setting. Dirish will be leading our chakra learning in the 200 and 300 Hour RYTT.

Gwen Jeun in treepose

Gwen Jeun

Gwen graduated from Dianne’s first YTT class in 2011, and is now an ERYT-200HR.  

She realized what she learned was too good to keep to herself!  She has continued to assist Dianne in her live and online teacher trainings.  

Gwen has completed workshops in Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark, Restorative Yoga with Cyndi Lee, and Hatha yoga with Doug Keller.  

Gwen is an advocate for mental health and wellness in the veterinary profession.

Son Nguyen

Dr. Son Nguyen

As a practicing chiropractor and acupuncturist since 2003, Dr. Nguyen has incorporated her Chiropractic and Acupuncture training into her treatment of patients. 

With a wealth of movement certifications (Stottt Pilates Rehabilitative Training, 200hr and 300 hr RYTT, 200 Hour Meditation, and CranioSacral Therapy, Ariel Yoga TT), Dr. Son is wildly passionate about educating herself and others in functional and healing movement practices. 

Dr. Son will be leading the anatomy-physiology modules in the 200 and 300 HR RYTT.

Sarit Rogers

Sarit is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, NeuroAffective Touch Practitioner, trauma-informed yoga teacher, accomplished photographer, group facilitator, and writer. 

She provides multi-layered support for individuals and groups as they investigate and develop accessible tools for self-regulation, self-care, and healthy boundaries. 

Sarit strives to bring accessible SE® and trauma-informed yoga services to marginalized communities and use the deep and vast ethical, wisdom and mindful practices of yoga to support SE™.

We are thrilled to have Sarit lead sessions on somatic healing and Building Resilience Through Trauma-Informed and Accessible Yoga Practices in our 300-hour RYTT. 

Shannon Kaneshige

Shannon Kaneshige (they/them) is a white, fat, neurodivergent, queer, non-binary yoga practitioner and instructor, and sociologist. They help folks use their yoga, movement, and meditation practices to reconnect with their whole selves.

Shannon is committed to creating brave spaces where folks can feel comfortable to show up as they are and establish a practice that honors their body, identity, and ability. They aim to create community and hold space for those of us who have felt pushed to the fringes.

Shannon will be presenting on how we can create LGBTQIA+ affirming spaces in yoga and use self-study to identify and dismantle biases.

Shannon lives in what is now known as Toronto on the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit with their partner and child. They hold a master’s degree in sociology from Roosevelt University where they focused on power and privilege. Shannon is Yoga for All and Accessible Yoga certified and is a RYT 500, YACEP, a proud graduate of Dianne Bondy’s 300YTT. You can find them at fringeish.com.
Shawn Moore

Shawn J. Moore

Over the years, Shawn has integrated meditation and mindfulness as a tool for his own creative resilience, personal power, and healing. He shares these nurturing tools with his community in a host of ways. 

He is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), sound practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra Teacher, reiki practitioner, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, with trainings in Mindful Communication and Brand Identity. 

In addition to holding community space through classes, he provides training in leadership and strengths-based development, plus workshops in mindfulness and meditation. 

We are privileged to have Shawn present his Healing with Sound session in our 300-Hour RYTT.

 
Jacquie Barbee

Jacquie “Sunny” Barbee

 

Sunny is an E-RYT 200 hr yoga teacher living in the Panhandle of Florida.  She finished  YTT in 2016 after turning to an asana practice to help with her chronic illness and depression. 

While in YTT she realized there was a need for more teachers that didn’t fit the stereotypical “yoga body” image and that she could make a difference in helping people see that yoga is for every body. 

Sunny teaches others how to customize their practice to fit their own body, whether that body is larger, aging, or living with illness or injury, much like she does with her own practice.  

She is also certified in Accessible Yoga; Yoga for All Bodies; Mind Body Solutions; and Yin Yoga and currently working on her 300 hr with a focus on Yoga, Justice, and Equality with Dianne Bondy .

 
Joviane Williams

Jovianne Williams

Joviane is a British Mauritian yoga practitioner and educator and a passionate advocate for humanity. Based just outside of the UK’s second city of Birmingham (London adjacent) she is the founder of Esprit Yoga studio.

She is a 500 hour Yoga Master that teaches Hatha, Nidra, Pre & Postnatal and Yin Inclusive Accessible Yoga for All 

When she is not teaching yoga you will find her running Yoga Teacher Training workshops on Accessibility, Intersectionality and Privilege. Her philosophy is to ensure that yoga remains connected to its roots and is accessible to all. She holds a nurturing and healing space that allows people to reconnect to their spirit and to thrive both on and off the mat.

She has over a decade’s experience working within FTSE 100 companies, BSc & Masters Degree from Manchester Business School, she has 4 children, and (almost)40 years of experience of living and breathing yoga in a brown body…x

Anderw Hann

Andrew Hann

Collaborative artist Andrew Hann has demonstrated his versatility by appearing on stage as a vocalist, harpsichordist, and pianist. 

He holds Masters of Music degrees in both Early Music Voice and Harpsichord Performance (2015) at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He previously attended Shenandoah Conservatory, where he attained a BM in Voice Performance. 

Favorite roles include Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Orphée in La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Pane in La Calisto, and Jimmy Smith in the premiere of Frances Pollock’s social justice opera Stinny. 

Andrew will be presenting on voice and yoga in our 300-Hour RYTT.

 
Deepali sitting in lotus while wearing traditional Indian Clothing

Deepali Patel

Deepali is a certified 500-hour yoga teacher and 95-hour children’s yoga teacher. Her life’s work has been to help, teach, and guide her students of all ages to find center and balance between mind and body—throughout their daily lives. 

Deepali embodies the belief that the benefits of a complete yoga practice through āsana, prāṇāyāma, dhyāna, and yoga philosophy can be enjoyed by ALL, and teaches classes inclusive of all ages, bodies, levels, and backgrounds. 

She spent over 2 years living, studying, and teaching at the highly esteemed Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in Pennsylvania. 

Deepali teaches yoga philosophy workshops online and as a guest teacher in yoga teacher training programs.  She also teaches yoga online in schools across the USA through middle and high school electives, classroom chair-based yoga, P.E. classes, counseling classes, and after-school clubs. 

Jeffrey Alman wearing a blue sweatshirt and a hat with the words Anti-bullying

Jeffrey Allmen

Chicago based artist, yoga teacher, meditation guide, and mindfulness coach. Their intention is to create artwork, teach yoga and guide mindfulness focused on affirmation, exploration, and a shared human journey of self-love and awareness. Jeffrey was born in Metro Detroit, studied fine art, and then nearly 20 years ago, They moved to Chicago in search of a more vibrant and progressive Queer community. They battled depression, attempted suicide, were the victim of sexual assault and hate crimes, They have lost close friends and family to suicide. They believe it is near impossible to grow up Queer in modern society and not have suffered Trauma. They believe our society is suffering from homophobia, transphobia, racism, and extreme income and representation inequality, and to be the other, is to be traumatized.

Jeffrey believes art, yoga, and mindfulness can help us transcend our Trauma, so this is what informs their art, and teachings, and where they center their journey. Remember this truth above all else, no-one understands their gender and sexual identities more than themselves, if someone shares their identity with you, feel humbled, and celebrate them, not debate them” Jeffrey Allmen.

Jeffrey’s yoga journey began over 25 years ago, about a decade ago they sustained a spinal cord injury while biking, they were hit by a car, at first totally debilitated, gaining fifty pounds, and suffering continuous pain numbness and loss of strength and mobility. When they finally began to awaken from this trauma, it was through a softer more restorative practice, based in mindfulness meditation.

Jeffreys intention is to be a forever student, taking as many teacher trainings as life will allow. Four as of this writing, and a few more on the calendar to look forward to.

Jeffrey will be presenting his “mindful dissonance, the un yoga” session as an introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Yoga Nidra, Rotation of Consciousness, Yogic sleep, and conscious relaxation.

300-hr RYTT Course modules

Self Study: Bias and antiracism work
MODULE 1 SELF STUDY: BIAS AND ANTIRACISM WORK ON AND OFF THE MAT

We explore our own contributions to white supremacy and racial inequity on and off the mat. Our focus will be self-awareness, emotional intelligence and becoming more conscious in serving the larger community. How the philosophy of yoga applies to creating equity in the world. Yoga as a social justice movement.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn strategies for dismantling white supremacy and discrimination. We will return to yoga as a connection to the spirit.
  • How to create a practice of self-study, self-awareness and spiritual connection.
Yoga Accessibility and Diversity Teaching Techniques
MODULE 2: YOGA ACCESSIBILITY AND DIVERSITY TEACHING TECHNIQUES: YOGA AND REAL-WORLD APPLICATION TEACHING METHODOLOGY YOGA FOR EVERYONE

How to bring diversity and inclusion to the mat by creating equitable, progressive and inspired classes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • How to teach to special populations
  • How to create a safe yoga class through inclusive language, demonstration, assisting, observing, and listening
  • [When COVID Protocols Allow] How to work with at-risk populations, including diverse ethnic groups, youth and older populations in their communities
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
MODULE 3: ADVANCED ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY: FUNDAMENTAL ANATOMY FOR YOGA TEACHERS

The advanced study of how asana works in the body both physically and emotionally. The study of the anatomy of bigger bodies, bodies with disabilities and older bodies in asana.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Explore how physical and metaphysical anatomy impacts the experience students with physical challenges and different abilities have on the mat.
  • Work hands-on with different groups, including bigger bodies, older populations, and disabled populations.
Refining Asana: Imclusive teaching practices and prop management
MODULE 4: REFINING ASANA: INCLUSIVE TEACHING PRACTICES AND PROP MANAGEMENT

The use of props and observing assisting and modifying for different bodies and abilities 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment for different body types. Participants will explore each of the five categories of asanas through observation and practice to assess inclusive applications.
  • Explore Yoga as a connection to body image, and body equity with the use of props such as chairs straps, bolsters, walls we will learn how to enhance student success in physical practice.
  • How to build each pose from the foundation up and how each pose can be modified to help students with different abilities experience yoga individually. How to heal the body through aspects of the practice. This will be executed through the practical application of working with students, observing and assisting students in their practice.
Cultivating communication and teaching. The seat of the teacher
MODULE 5: CULTIVATING COMMUNICATION AND TEACHING: THE SEAT OF THE TEACHER

Developing the seat of the teacher. Marketing, promotion and creating your offering in a diverse setting.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about the business of yoga; how to create social media marketing; create special workshops; teacher training; and how to create effective communication with students.
  • Study and discuss recent changes in yoga marketing; recent ethics scandals and what they mean to the yoga community at large and how we make yoga safer emotionally for our students. This will be facilitated through group discussions and assignments.
  • Write an essay and present it to the group with the objective of raising consciousness around social and cultural humility.
Yoga and body image, philosophy, lifestyle and ethics
MODULE 6:  AND BODY IMAGE: YOUR YOGA BODY, YOGA PHILOSOPHY, LIFESTYLE AND ETHICS

Exploring body image and self-awareness as it relates back to yoga philosophy and tradition. Exploring our use of language and self-talk, as it relates to body image. Overcoming body shaming and cultivating a positive relationship with the physical body. Promoting equality, acceptance, and cultural diversity through yoga Exploring empowerment through yoga and self-awareness.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Yoga, body image and ableism
  • How yoga philosophy can change and redefine a new way of connecting the mind, the body and the soul. We will be taking a deeper look at how yoga is described in ancient texts focusing primarily on the 8 limbs of yoga with a greater connection to Yamas and Niyamas.
  • Explore the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, how those philosophies affect how we see the world.
  • How these philosophies are lost in modern-day yoga.
  • How western yoga focuses primarily on asana and the physical practice and how certain body types have been stereotyped as the perfect yoga body in this spiritual practice.
  • How Western culture’s physical, body-centric Yoga practice keeps people who are different from the dominant ideal away from the mat
    How this disconnects marginalized communities from Yoga as a path to their own heart
  • How we use yoga and the ancient teaching to change our perceptions of ourselves and our bodies further allowing us to look beyond the physical practice How yoga defines us
    Explore changing personal paradigms around perceptions of self.
  • Create models and strategies for creating a successful life through the philosophy of yoga.
Yoga and Spirituality
MODULE 7: YOGA AND SPIRITUALITY: FINDING YOURSELF YOGA PHILOSOPHY/LIFESTYLE ETHICS/ Skill in Action Exploring the Bhagavad Gita Current world applications

Yoga as it relates to spirituality and world views.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Study and discussion of classical yoga texts
    • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
    •  The Bhagavad Gita
  • Apply the essence of yoga philosophy to contemporary life.
  • Personal essays and exploration through journaling on their experience of yoga and spirituality
The Practice of Yoga
MODULE 8: THE PRACTICES OF YOGA: CREATING AND FACILITATING SPECIAL WORKSHOP PRACTICUM

Creating a curriculum and teaching yoga for special populations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Lead the class through advanced postures for larger bodies.
  • Workshop asana variations and modifications for larger bodies, including advanced asana, breath work and adapting them to larger bodies. Receive feedback on their teaching from the Lead Teacher.
Meditation and meditation techniques
MODULE 9: MEDITATION: THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF MEDITATION TECHNIQUES

Training and Practice Description Practical and social applications of Meditation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Develop an understanding of the role of meditation and mindfulness as it relates to the yogic tradition
  • Explore the benefits of meditation and meditation techniques
  • Create and maintain a personal meditation practice
  • Create a journal to deepen self-awareness and consciousness
  • How breathwork assists the body
  • Explore Mudras – stimulating the body through breathing and its effect on the mind and body.
  • Create a meditation class and teach it in their community, focusing on teaching in underrepresented communities.
  • Receive feedback on their teaching from the Lead Teacher.
Teaching Yoga Practicum
MODULE10: TEACHING YOGA PRACTICUM

Students will teach specialized classes in the community.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Apply what you have learned model in assessing student learning styles, managing classes and group dynamics, working both one on one and large class settings; working with special populations and developing your seat as a teacher. Put together a workshop, class or series that addresses one of the specialized populations addressed during the training.
    • Minimum of 6 weeks long for 75-90 minutes per session.
    • Work with students in a group dynamic.
  • Develop time management, workshop facilitation, and assisting skills by helping students execute poses and manage the dynamics of a small group.

Frequently Asked Questions

When all of your homework is handed in and assignments completed succesfully. Dianne will create and email you your certificate and assist you in getting your YTT with the Yoga Alliance.

All live sessions will be recorded and made available in the student portal.

Yes. a limited number of scholarships will be made available. After you fill out the application, we can send you a scholarship request form.

200 HR:

January 17, 2022-June 30th 2022

One weekend a month plus group practice and discussion sessions.

300 HR:

April 8th, 2022- February 28th 2023.

One weekend a month plus group practice and discussion sessions. 

200 HR:

Tiered pricing based on personal need. Pick what best suits your situation.

2800 – Community Access,

3200 – Sustainer

3800 – Provide a Scholarshop and receive personal mentoring from Dianne

300 HR:

Tiered pricing based on personal need. Pick what best suits your situation.

3800 – Community Access,

4200 – Sustainer

4800 – Provide a Scholarshop and receive personal mentoring from Dianne.

300 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training

The 300 Hour training expands on your practical teaching knowledge while guiding you through a deeper dive into the social justice issues in the Yoga industry. You’ll understand your role in creating a sublimely inclusive yoga community and what you can do to make real change when you see a need.

*Applicants for the 300-hour RYTT must have a deep understanding of anti-racism work, implicit bias, and structural racism. To be successful, applicants must have begun their own work to address inner (complicit) bias, prejudice, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, sexism, and racism.

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