2017 L.E.A.P 50 Hour Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training

Community Yoga and Sanctuary Yoga are joining arms to offer a truly unique 50 hour Mindfulness Based and Trauma Informed Teacher Training rooted in service and recognition that sustainable peace begins with in.

Embark on a transformational journey of self-inquiry, social justice education and creative exploration to uncover your true motivation for service that leads to embodied, effective and conscious action.

This opportunity is for all yoga teachers, yoga students, and anyone interested in learning about how we can make a real and lasting impact on the world around us.

The CoYA certification develops training  in facilitating mindfulness based, trauma informed, and population sensitive yoga classes in a variety of community settings. Through education, self-reflection, group discussion, and experiential learning, students will nurture the skill and awareness needed to teach a more therapeutic and psycho-educational style of yoga.

We honor the spirit of commUNITY and in doing so welcome this opportunity to inspire diverse populations to live in unity, serve compassionately and lead peacefully.

During this core 50 Hour training participants:

Learn effective facilitation and therapeutic presence.

Explore how to work in challenging environments in a healthy, just and sustainable way.

Activate your commitment to service, engage in collaboration and connect with your community

Practice teaching consciously to specialized populations. Connect deeply with the state of the world and discover your most effective path to service


January 6-29th, 2017

Friday  7:30-9:30 January 6, 13, 20, 27,

Saturday and Sunday 10:30-6:00 January 14-15

Saturday and Sunday 10:30-6:00 January 21-22

Sunday 10:30-6:00  January 29

Friday Evenings

LIVE STRONG Foundation, 2201 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Saturday and Sunday 

Sanctuary Yoga at the Amala Foundation, 1006 South 8th Street (off Treadwell)
Austin, Texas 78704

Total Cost: $900

Early Bird Special – $800 if paid in full by December 15th


  $200 Deposit plus 2 payments of $350.00

Community work experience, social service experience, and experience with specialized populations a plus. Because we will be training to work in non-traditional settings with specialized populations, our enrollment process will consist of both the enrollment form and a personal history. This training will demand a high level of self-reflection, diversity, social competence, and cultural competence.

Expect to share practices, assignments and homework to carry us through the course and beyond. The intensive nature of this offering is intended to initiate deeper levels of of realization, actualized healing, and embodied awareness.

To reserve a place in the training you must complete the online application by Jan 1, 2017. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants to ensure the intimacy and depth of the experience.  For those accepted, a $200 deposit will be required to reserve your spot. For any other questions or inquiries, please contact Shawn Kent at teagrove@gmail.com.

SPACE IS LIMITED! 20 participants. We invite you to take the L.E.A.P and join us for a truly unique experience, apply now.

unnamed-34 Shawn Kent MA, LPC, RYT is a licensed professional counselor, and a registered yoga instructor. Shawn has spent the last fourteen years researching and applying mindfulness to treatment for youth and adults. He spent six years as a counselor at Austin Child Guidance Center where he developed and facilitated mindfulness-based yoga therapy groups for incarcerated adolescents. Shawn is currently the clinical director and director of youth services at Community Yoga Austin, where he runs mindfulness-based yoga therapy groups in Austin high schools. He also teaches weekly mindfulness-based relapse prevention groups to teens in outpatient rehabilitation at Teen and Family Services.

yelling_webGenevieve Yellin is a Community Yoga Ambassador. She is a registered ERYT 500, Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT); she is also a certified Professional Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through Integrative Yoga Therapy. Her professional background as an environmental research scientist (biochemistry) in the University system, before transitioning to full-time Yoga Therapy practice is evident in her approach to yoga therapy. Her teaching serves as an accessible bridge between the ancient teachings of Yoga and modern medical sciences. Genevieve is the Director of Sundara Yoga Therapy trainings in Austin, Texas, and is a Faculty member and mentor in the 300hr & 800hr Integrative Yoga Therapy C-IAYT certification programs worldwide. Genevieve is the Founder/Director of The Overcome Anxiety Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that amongst other initiatives, offers Trauma Informed Yoga training to those who serve underserved communities. Her Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy work is extensive, with a concentration in addiction/chemical dependency rehabilitation, chronic pain, cancer care, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, care-takers, pulmonary rehabilitation, and cardiac rehabilitation.

yogijax-22Jacquelyn has been sharing the practices of mindfulness and yoga to incarcerated and system-involved youth and adults since 2011. She is yoga teacher dedicated to individual transformation and embodied, compassionate social change. Her experience revolves around social movements, indigenous studies and the links between individual well-being and community building/social change. Through her work in marginalized communities she developed programs to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, initiatives to reform the incarceration addiction cycle, yoga/mindfulness based programs in juvenile detention centers and youth programs. In 2013 she began leading teacher training programs with an emphasis on trauma’s impact on the body-mind paired with experiential learning for yogis and inspiring leaders to create sustainable change in their personal lives and communities.  She utilizes a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness, energetics, SEL, leadership facilitation and cross-cultural connection with a model of inclusion, compassion and service to communities to support mobilization around a common intention of serving the whole.



*50 Hours Accredited Continued Education

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