With more than two decades’ experience in the field, Yoga Outreach is a recognized leader in training and mentoring yoga instructors in trauma-informed and service yoga. Our incredible faculty of facilitators has been working at the intersections of yoga and social justice for some time, ensuring the highest quality of instruction, authenticity, and professionalism. Graduates of this immersion will earn the professional designation YOCP-200 (Yoga Outreach Certification™ Program – 200 hours).
In developing the YOCP-200, we have decided it fits better with our values and approach not to comply with Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour registration requirements. Its new guidelines require 200-hour certified trainings to have a larger number of hours delivered by one main facilitator. We believe a community-based, collaborative model that allows for power to be shared with more, rather than less, voices is the most appropriate model for our immersion.
We recognize that folks may have different motivations for taking a program like this and as such have created two streams – one for students interested in teaching, and another for those not planning to share yoga in a class setting.
This stream includes a 4 week practicum placement in a social service setting where Yoga Outreach delivers programming. Upon successful completion of the practicum placement, students will be able to use the professional designation YOCP-200. Graduates will receive a certificate, a letter of completion detailing the professional standards the immersion entailed, as well as a detailed curriculum outline to provide potential employers.
If students choose not to complete a teaching practicum, they will receive a certificate of completion.