Teacher Training

200 Hour community yoga Teacher Training

$3,000 (includes $300 deposit)


Tap deeply into the transformational power of yoga. Take your practice beyond asana as a yoga teacher, and into the realm of yoga facilitation and community development. The 200-hour Community Yoga teacher training (CYTT) is the first of its kind in Austin. This unique training offers an intimate setting for diverse people, inspired to share yoga and mindfulness in community settings (schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, recreation centers and more).


The CYTT is one of the only trainings engaging the community development processes of social justice and trauma-informed facilitation. It’s immersive and experiential, providing the tools and techniques for expanding the skills and understanding required to be a truly impactful and breakthrough yoga facilitator – in service to community.


The training will be a comprehensive, beautiful and inspiring journey of personal awareness and development, building community within the cohort, and engaging the practice of yoga beyond a learned process and into a lived skill.


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.


The training will integrate:

  • Applied yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Accessible Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Mindful facilitation, therapeutic presence, and holding space,
  • 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. Trainees become fully accredited to teach in professional studios as well as facilitate in community settings. Training begins the last weekend of August 2018 and meets one weekend a month Friday- Sunday for eight months. Additionally, participants will take part in a community class each week, to observe experienced facilitators and 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

08/17/18 – 08/19/18

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


Genevieve Yellin

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) 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 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 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.

Gioconda Parker

Gioconda has been practicing and teaching yoga for 20 years, and is still learning something new every day. Her enthusiasm for the practice is contagious and her dedication to yoga comes through in every class. Whether you are flowing in her artfully sequenced vinyasa classes or moving through the layers in yin, her guidance and support keep you safe, steady and focused. In addition to years of yoga training, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

Shawn Kent

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.

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.