How to Become a Yoga Instructor With No Money

Attending Dirty South Yoga Festival led me to my squad goals and purpose in a burgeoning community.

My experience in Atlanta’s yoga community has snowballed since I began my journey on YouTube following Yoga with Adriene’s 30-day challenge in 2015. I’ve attended free yoga classes held around the city and shared my energy with yogis at studios like Highland Yoga, Core Power Yoga, and Sacred Thread Yoga. Yet, I still found myself struggling with consistency and finding a local yoga home to cultivate my own yogi squad of accountability.


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For four years I allowed myself to stay in my comfort zone of doing yoga at home, rather than embarrass myself in a public yoga class. As I’m propelled towards my new year next month, I have vowed to get back to myself and do more of what aligns with my goals, one of which is becoming a yoga instructor.

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I have acquaintances who’ve deepened their practice by becoming a registered yoga teacher through Kashi Atlanta Urban Yoga Ashram’s 200-hour classical yoga teacher training and Tough Love Yoga’s Yogahour 7-7-7 Intensive 200-hour teacher training. Ultimately finding the right program for you will depend on your lifestyle, as training programs can be offered as a month-long in-person intensive, over the course of many weekends, or online. It is recommended that if you do do something online, to make sure that it’s interactive, and that you’re getting direct feedback and support from a teacher over a video conference.

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The financial hurdle has honestly been my only hesitation in embarking on this life-changing journey. Thanks in part to Dirty South Yoga Fest’s founder, Jessica Murphy, who shared with me programs that make teacher training accessible to those in need of financial assistance, I am able to apply to give yoga to those in need to get yoga teacher training.

How is this possible you ask?

All Life is Yoga and Dharma Project have partnered to offer a yoga teacher training program that can be paid with yoga service. Hour for hour. The number of hours you train for are the number of hours you offer to teach in the community and at All Life is Yoga. 

 
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The Dharma Project has partnered with many community-based organizations that are doing compelling work to support the wellbeing of ALL Atlanta residents. The project is committed to developing a more inclusive yoga community in Atlanta because many people do not think yoga is for them. 

The project aims for a more diverse community of leaders engaging with yogis for others to see themselves represented in leadership, which subsequently would lead to more people of color and men joining the community. This program will allow teachers to provide their work in populations that have little to no exposure to yoga. Trade options include full trade or partial payment, and the program is applicable for both the 200-hour and 300-hour training courses. Hours must be completed in an agreed time frame.

Kashi Atlanta also offers a teacher training scholarship through community donations. Their CYTT Scholarship Program makes training accessible to those who could not otherwise afford to become a certified yoga instructor.

If you’re not accepted into the above programs, no need to fret. Try try again or research book yoga teacher training’s database to find and compare yoga instructor trainings from 500 worldwide organizers.

Keep in mind that the application process is competitive and the number of participants accepted is limited. See you on the mat soon yogis!

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Bianca Monique Creative Director | Forever Eye Love Atlanta

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I’m Bianca Monique, a freelance writer with a bisexual slant on wellness, travel, and sustaining flexible businesses that create wealth.

We’ve all been gifted one life to live, and my job is to teach you how to follow your heart compass towards independence and joy. I’m a hot toddy sippin', festival lovin’, LGBTQ content strategizing, Om addict.

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