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Summer Special

Posted on: July 1st, 2019
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Summer Membership Special!
Become a member of Austin’s only non-profit yoga studio. Sign up to become a member and get your first month free. Offer ends August 31st. Visit us at
At Sanctuary, it is our privilege to offer you various classesworkshops, and trainings and we hope that you get the most out of your experience while being a member with us.
Memberships include:
$80 monthly unlimited yoga
Membership auto-renews monthly
*when you sign up you get your first month free
Saturday Yoga Hikes & Boat Dock Yoga free
10% off workshops and special events
Questions? Email us at

Life Changing Yoga Series: Mindfunles

Posted on: May 16th, 2019
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We are excited to announce that Sanctuary Yoga is launching a new free community offering: Life Changing Yoga Series!

In this series, we will explore various yoga and mindfulness topics led by our lead master facilitators of Sanctuary Yoga and Amala Foundation.

Join us for our June kick off: Life Changing Yoga – Methods of Mindfulness, with lead facilitator, Shawn Kent M.A. LPC. RYT, on Friday, June 7th 7 PM – 9 PM at Sanctuary Yoga (1006 South 8th Street).


Learn how to lead mindfulness to others, control your attention and become more mindful in your daily life. Sign up here!

Shawn’s mission is to offer the practices of yoga, mindfulness and other evidenced-based wellness programming to underserved communities who may not otherwise have access. He is committed to facilitating personal empowerment and social change by unlocking the inherent value of our communities.

At the end of the session, we will share more about Sanctuary’s unique yoga teacher training program coming up this September!

What To Expect From Our Teacher Training Program.

Posted on: April 24th, 2019
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Yoga Teacher Training

Develop your yoga teaching as part of your own unique life vision and mission. The Community Yoga Teacher Training program is based on a healing-centered approach with the understanding that the needs of students are unique. Each student should receive comprehensive and in-depth instruction in the wider vision of yoga as well as detailed experiential instructions of the tools and techniques of yoga. With this foundation, each teacher is given a range of possibilities for the creative teaching of yoga from which they can evolve their own vision of the teaching process.

Experiential Approach to Education
Learn all the key concepts of teaching such as class design, sequencing, pacing, use of voice and instructions, and asana options in a concise and clear format that is creative, comprehensive and interesting.

Take Your Teaching Beyond the Classroom
Learn to teach yoga classes for specific focus groups such as community centers, medical centers, education, recovery, as well as yoga classes for the general public.

Understand Health and Illness
Learn the nature of health and wellness, as well as illness and pathology from the yoga perspective. Understand the role of stress in health and illness as well as the specific ways in which yoga manages stress.

Interactive Psychology and Philosophy of Yoga
Learn the main aspects of the psychology and philosophy of yoga in a way that is clear, well organized and can be integrated into your teaching and daily life.

Explore the Deeper Practices of Yoga
Learn pranayama, mudras, meditation, and yoga nidra, in order to expand your horizons of yoga teaching.

Ready to Apply?


Fridays 6 PM – 10 PM Saturday & Sundays 9 AM – 6 PM *May 1 – 3 we will host an overnight retreat! All other classes will be held at American Youthworks (1901 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741).

September 6 – 8
October 5 – 6
November 2 – 3
December 7 – 8
January 4 – 5
February 1 – 2
March 7 – 8
April 4 – 5
May 1 – 3
June 5 – 7

Tuition cost: $3,000 (in order to secure your spot, we require a non-refundable $300 deposit after you’ve been accepted into the program).

$2,700 due by August 31, 2019 (payment plans and limited partial scholarships are available).

Please fill out the application form below. Once we receive your application we will follow up to schedule an in-person interview with our facilitation team.

200-HR Community Yoga Teacher Training Form

200-HR Community Yoga Teacher Training Registration Now Open!

Posted on: April 24th, 2019
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200-HR Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Teacher Training, 200-HR YTT

Tap deeply into the transformational power of community facilitation! Sanctuary’s 200-hour Community Yoga Teacher Training is the first of its kind in Austin. This 10-month training is designed for people who are inspired to share yoga and mindfulness in community settings like schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, recreation centers, etc. Sanctuary Yoga is committed to making our teacher training accessible to diverse people who want to take these practices into their community.

This unique training offers students the opportunity to explore traditional yoga philosophy, asana, and mindfulness with an emphasis on social justice, equity, and accessibility.  Limited to 20 participants, the training will be an intimate and comprehensive journey of personal awareness and development, and an opportunity for community building within the cohort.

We are seeking students who are passionate about service and want to make the healing benefits of yoga and mindfulness accessible to all communities. Students will graduate from the training equipped with the tools and skills required to be a truly impactful and breakthrough facilitator – in service to community.

The training will integrate:

  • Applied yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Accessible postures, breathwork, and meditation
  • Mindful facilitation, therapeutic presence, and holding space,
  • Mindfulness-based teaching
  • Trauma-Informed teaching
  • Facilitation for special populations (including guest teachers from the community


Fridays (September 6th and June 5th) 6 PM – 10 PM

Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM – 6 PM

*May 1 – 3 we will host an overnight retreat! All other classes will be held at American Youthworks (1901 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741).

September 6 – 8
October 5 – 6
November 2 – 3
December 7 – 8
January 4 – 5
February 1 – 2
March 7 – 8
April 4 – 5
May 1 – 3
June 5 – 7


Genevieve Yellin

200-HR Yoga Teacher Training

Genevieve Yellin 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) before transitioning to full-time yoga therapy practice is evident in her approach to yoga.  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 training 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 offers Trauma-Informed Yoga training to those who serve underserved communities. Her work focuses on addiction/chemical dependency rehabilitation, chronic pain, cancer care, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, care-takers, pulmonary rehabilitation, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Shawn Kent

200-HR Yoga Teacher Training

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 at the Amala Foundation where he builds curriculum, facilitates wellness circles with youth, and trains teachers and youth development professionals in culturally responsive mindfulness and self-care.


Tuition cost: $3,000 (in order to secure your spot, we require a non-refundable $300 deposit after you’ve been accepted into the program).

$2,700 due by August 31, 2019 (payment plans and limited partial scholarships are available).

Please fill out the application form below. Once we receive your application we will follow up to schedule an in-person interview with our facilitation team.

200-HR Community Yoga Teacher Training Form

Support Local Refugees!

Posted on: March 8th, 2019
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Eat local and support local refugees! We are thrilled to be a pickup location for the Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s New Leaf Farm CSA!!  The farm director, Wandaka, has been involved in Amala Foundation (our nonprofit organizaiton) for many years, and we want to get the delicious veggies he and other local refugees have grown in your kitchen!  Learn more here!

Sanctuary Yoga Becomes Donation-Based Yoga Studio!

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019
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We are thrilled to share that to better serve the Austin area and make yoga and mindfulness accessible to everyone, we will be transitioning to a donation-based yoga studio on March 1st!

Why this change? At Sanctuary, we know that we thrive as individuals when we have opportunities to develop self-awareness, a sense of belonging, and connection to others. Our goal is to make these opportunities possible for everyone in our community. 

At the Amala Foundation, we hope to work for a more equitable, inclusive, compassionate future for us all. To reach that end, we are building a community of emotionally intelligent and socially conscious leaders by inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with themselves and others, grow as individuals, and serve conscious leaders in their communities. As a donation-based, nonprofit yoga studio, Sanctuary will be able to better support our community through yoga classes, workshops, and potluck events. 

Yoga students are encouraged to donate what they are able to offer. Your donations are split to support our talented teachers and the social-emotional learning programs of the Amala Foundation. 

For current members and class passes:
No additional donations are required but they are welcome!
We invite all our community to become a member of Sanctuary Yoga, for more information click here.

Thank you for sharing your practice and your love with this beautiful community. Check out our new animation video here to learn more about Amala and Sanctuary’s mission.

Thank you again for being a part of our community! I hope Amala and Sanctuary offer you a place to connect, grow, and serve. 


200 HR Community Yoga Teacher Training

Posted on: March 28th, 2018
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200 HR Teacher Training


The 200-hour Community Yoga teacher training is the first of it’s kind in Austin. Offering a diverse and intimate setting for students who are inspired to become a facilitator of yoga and mindfulness in community settings such as schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, recreation centers and more. This training is for those students who are passionate about service and want to make the healing benefits of yoga accessible to all members of our community.

  • Applied yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Accessible Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Holding space, mindful facilitation, and therapeutic presence
  • Mindfulness-based teaching
  • Trauma-Informed teaching
  • Yoga for special populations (including guest teachers from the community)

Sanctuary Yoga is a 200 RYS with the Yoga Alliance and students will be fully accredited to not only teach in community settings but professional studios as well. Training will begin the last weekend of August 2018. We will be meeting one weekend a month Friday- Sunday for eight months. Along with the weekend training, students will also be participating in one community class a week observe other teachers and to practice teaching in community settings.

Where and When

The training will be held at Mary Lee Foundation once a month for eight months.

Friday 6 PM- 10 PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-6 PM

08/24/18 – 08/26/18

09/28/18 – 09/30/18

10/26/18 – 10/28/18

11/30/18 – 12/02/18

12/14/18 – 12/16/18

01/25/19 – 01/27/19

02/22/19 – 02/24/19

03/29/19 – 03/31/19

How to Apply

To reserve a place in the training you must complete the
Online Application

Community Yoga is reaching out to the broader Austin community to create an intentionally racially and socioeconomically diverse cohort. Public spaces are limited to 10 students to ensure diversity, intimacy, and depth of the experience. For those accepted, a $300 deposit will be required to reserve your spot.

In selecting students, community work experience, social service experience, and experience with specialized populations are an important 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. In order to be considered, please fill out your application fully.

Soften the Edges and Use Your Breath! Yoga with Emily Farr

Posted on: November 10th, 2017
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Emily Farr trained as a classical ballet dancer, a singer, and actress.  As a yogi, she teaches yoga and meditation at Sanctuary Yoga.  Every yoga teacher brings their own unique gifts and all of her training is apparent in the yoga classes that she teaches.  Emily feels extremely grateful and honored to be part of the Amala Foundation as she shares her love of yoga and meditation with people from all walks of life.

A fan of Brené Brown, the author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Emily’s intention is to help yogis let go of the need to perfect, perform and please.  During class you will hear “Soften the edges!” and “Use your breath!”  Enjoy a few of Emily’s gifts.


sOFTEN, Find Your Breath and Take up Space

In her classes, she seeks to offer a sense of lightness and love through the physical, mental, and spiritual practices of yoga and meditation.This fun yoga sequence was created for anyone who is feeling a little tight and constricted.

With this gentle flow, Emily helps anyone dealing with upper body tension to focus on the breath.  Softening upper body tension makes breathing easier.  Where ever you are, there is always a softer place.  Emily invites you to gently play, stretch, twist, ground as you notice where you hold the tension.  Using the breath to release stress and anxiety.  At the end you will feel more centered and at ease as you ready for the day.




Soften Your Edges with Meditation

One of the classes that Emily teaches is the morning Yoga and Meditation class.  A sample of what to expect in class can be found in this recorded 10 minute guided meditation.  It is a gift for those who take her class or those unable to attend.  Those seeking to create a space of stillness, peace and to encourage freedom from stress, fear, anxiety.

In the meditation, Emily guides readers to:

fully embrace our feelings and discomforts without judgement

to reconnect with our breath

spend time noticing the quality and rhythm of breath

Use of the breath to gently invite a bit of ease

Using imagination to direct the breath

Embrace the freedom that comes with the practice



One of Emily Farr‘s many roles is as a film writer and director.   Her short film, Who Am I? softens our edges by promoting freedom and self-acceptance.   The film review the labels we use to define ourselves and lets the viewer  know that we are more than our body, more than what we do for a living, more than our failures.

Ask yourself this question. Who am I? The answer may not be so easy to find. It may take a little uncovering to find the answer.   It may take a lifetime to find out who we are and who we are not. This is the journey we are all on.


Thanksgiving Day Donation Classes

Posted on: November 7th, 2017
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Thanksgiving Day Donation Yoga


Please join us, Thanksgiving day, for positive and liberating Vinyasa Flow (All Levels) classes that will inspire you to celebrate gratitude for all that we receive from the people we love.

Thanksgiving Day Donation Yoga
Thursday, November 23

9:15AM-10:15AM with Leticia Alvarez
10:30AM-11:45AM with Amanda Leigh Oakley
12:00PM-1:00PM with Olivia Jimenez
1:30PM-2:45PM with Olivia Jimenez

All donations will support the youth programs of Amala Foundation!

$15 suggested donations ~ monthly members join free!

Fall Fest!

Posted on: October 10th, 2017
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Fall Fest


Please join us for a fun, family-friendly day of wellness, community connection and live music on the beautiful grounds of the Amala foundation.

All are welcome.

1:30 – Free Yoga Class
3:00 – Youth Led Sharing Circles
4:00 – One Village Music Project
5:00 – Kiko Villamizar (Traditional Music from Colombia)

Learn more at the Facebook Event Page.

We’ll See You There!