Communities Rizing: 200hr Yoga & Meditation
Teacher Training for People of Color
with Rolf Gates and Nikki Myers

Begins October 2019 - May 2020
8 Weekends; 1 Weekend Per Month
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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Communities Rizing is supported by The Yoga Alliance Foundation and Here to Be, lululemon’s social impact program. Together, we’re promoting equity and the possibility of well-being for all by equipping people of color with trainings based in yoga, meditation, and community-building.
1/2 scholarships are available.


Our mission is to train, inspire, and empower teachers of color to equip their own communities with the skills necessary to heal, grow and thrive. We will accomplish this by providing a yearlong teacher training program that is culturally competent, professionally delivered, and offered within the communities that we will serve. In equal parts, this teacher training program is designed to support individual mastery of yogic philosophy and mindfulness-based awareness practices, as well as develop the skills needed to teach this comprehensive body of knowledge within one’s own community.

Our vision is to support, uplift, and transform communities that have been historically marginalized from the knowledge, opportunities, and healing available to the dominant culture. We will accomplish this goal by offering Communities Rizing Teacher Trainings within urban communities across the country. We will train thousands of yoga and meditation teachers of color to transform their own minds, bodies and spirits, and then transform their own communities from the ground up. We will heal individual and collective trauma in urban communities across America. We will start a community-based, grassroots movement of health and wellness, rooted in yogic wisdom and mindfulness-based practices.

Communities Rizing is a next generation 200HR Teacher Training. Instead of focusing on teaching a particular style of yoga (such as Baptiste Power, Kripalu, or Anusara), we teach trainees a set of values, methods, and skills that they can then use to create their own class which is designed to address the needs of the particular community they choose to serve.

Communities Rizing sees the role of the teacher as an experiential educator. The essence of yoga is experiential (a principle felt is understood). We form our instruction around this idea and consider the multitude of applications for it. Our goal is to move experiential education forward within our communities.

Communities Rizing is a spiritual education of access and inclusivity. We learn how to be the change. The challenges that arise between members of the training community are a microcosm of the challenges that arise between members of larger communities in our world. We learn how to move forward in a truly multicultural community. Our job and our responsibility is to learn how to learn.

This program is a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training. As such it will be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging process designed to enable serious students to become inspired teachers. You will practice asana, meditation, and pranyama to the point of proficiency and beyond. Your knowledge of Yoga theory will deepen to the point that it will become an aspect of the fabric of your life and of everything you do and say as a yoga teacher. You will learn to teach classes that combine a consistent therapeutic vision with the inspired spontaneity that is the hallmark of Vinyasa Yoga. You will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of the therapeutic principles of Yoga and be able to design a class or teach a pose in such a manner that your students will immediately embody those principles.

Vinyasa Yoga expresses that part of us that celebrates the space between the notes. A typical class will move from simple to complex poses, from standing poses and balancing poses, to back-bends, inversions, and hip openers. The teacher and students take this simple formula and make it their own day by day. No two classes are ever alike yet the intention behind the class is always the same. The genius of Vinyasa Yoga is not found in its approach to alignment or sequencing, but rather in the rhythm with which alignment and sequencing unfold. Anchored in the unseen aspects of an asana class, Vinyasa Yoga is uniquely accommodating to the evolution of a teacher; allowing her to bring all that she has learned and all that she is into her classroom. The result is a class that is at once consistent and inspired.

The first Yoga teacher in the U.S. Swami Vivekananda wrote: "You yourselves are the being that you seek." During this training you will have direct experience of the truth of that statement. When you leave this training you will know how it is people reach their potential and you will be able to apply that knowledge to accomplish your goals. You will be the change you want to see in your life.

One of the joys of being a teacher is that your Yoga practice becomes part of your job description. During this training you will begin each day with asana, meditation, and pranyama instruction and practice. You will be taught the therapeutic principles that will allow you to practice safely with intensity. You will be able to sit comfortably for a 45 minute meditation session during which you will experience what it means to rest in stillness. You will be proficient in breathing techniques that awaken and build heat, preparing the mindbody for asana, and breathing techniques that are cooling and soothing preparing the mindbody for meditation. On your mat the implementation of therapeutic principles will be dramatic. You will experience a vibrant aliveness from which there is no going back.

The Teacher Training Curriculum will include:
* Mastery of the basic techniques of Asana
* Mastery of the basic techniques of Meditation
* Mastery of the basic techniques Pranyama (Breathwork)
* The therapeutic alignment principles of Yoga
* Finding alignment within and without
* The art of sequencing a class flow
* The proper use of tempo in a class
* How to use your voice and language for impact
* Your class as a transformative space
* The art of themeing in your classes
* Teaching modifications for all class levels
* Teaching to beginners
* The art of hands-on assisting
* The anatomy and physiology of Yoga
* Nutrition as a support to practice
* Study of The Yoga Sutras
* Cultivation of the Eight Limb Path as a path of action
* Integrating the three elements of spiritual practice into your life
* The role of the teacher
* The role of practice
* The art of sustaining change
* Moving from Source

Required Reading List:
Please approach this list by beginning with The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and How Yoga Works
The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary, Chip Hartranft
How Yoga Works, Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Rolf Gates
Yoga Body: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater

Recommended Reading List:
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, Caroline Myss
Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
The Law of Attraction, Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
Bhagavad Gita: New Translation, (trans. Stephen Mitchell)
Music and Mantras: The Yoga of Mindful Singing for Health, Happiness, Peace & Prosperity, by Girish (Author), Rolf Gates (Contributor)

Namasté and we look forward to the start of this journey with you, 
Rolf and Nikki


Rolf Gates, author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500hr Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. Rolf and his work have been featured in numerous magazines to include Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine. A frequent conference presenter, this year he was also the Keynote Speaker at the 10th Annual Midwest Yoga Conference, IL. Rolf is also honored to be a contributor to The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood and a co-founder of The 2010 Yoga + Recovery Summit Conference at Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA. Rolf can also be found as one of the newest members of Crazy Sexy Wellness’ Blog and as a featured expert in the newly released: Add More-Ing: A Hip Guide to Happiness. Rolf also works weekly one on one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program. A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last sixteen years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings.

For more information on Rolf and his teaching, log onto www.rolfgates.com

Try one of Rolf's classes online at yogavibes.

The obstacles in our path are the path. We all know more than we think we do, and we are stronger than we believe ourselves to be. We come to our mats and to our lives to learn by going where we have to go. -Rolf Gates

Nikki Myers, MBA, is a yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, and certified Addictions Recovery Specialist. After a personal struggle with addiction, Nikki founded Y12SR, the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Y12SR is a relapse-prevention program that integrates the art and science of yoga with the practical tools of Twelve-Step programs. Y12SR meetings are offered throughout the United States, and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction-recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, and Origin. She is a cofounder of the Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conference.

For more information on Nikki and her teaching, log onto www.y12sr.com

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