Advanced Training Scholarships Available

Yoga Alliance and Prana are offering two scholarships for yoga teachers who work with underserved populations and who want advanced training.
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Yoga Alliance and Prana are offering two scholarships for yoga teachers who work with underserved populations and who want advanced training.
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Yoga teacher trainings can get expensive. A 200-hour training often costs in the ballpark of $3,000, which is already a substantial investment. But if you want to receive the next certification (to be a 500-hour registered yoga teacher), you need another 300 hours of training. But if you’re a teacher who’s been working in underserved communities, you might be eligible for a new scholarship.

Yoga Alliance, the nonprofit organization that regulates yoga teacher registration and certification in the United States, and yoga clothing company Prana, have joined forces to create two $2,225 scholarships for teachers planning to take a 300-hour advanced training leading to a 500-hour RYT certification in 2014.

Candidates must be members of Yoga Alliance for at least six years, demonstrate a need for financial assistance (if you’re a single person, for instance, your income can’t be more than $28,725 a year), and be able to prove that you have been teaching in an underserved community, such as a homeless shelter or a prison, or working with underserved populations like the disabled or elderly.

Go the Yoga Alliance website to get the full story on the scholarship, and to see how to apply. The deadline is Dec. 2, and winners will be chosen Dec. 31.