Community Yoga Austin Teacher Training Information and Application


2016 Summer Application

At Community Yoga Austin, we believe that physical, mental, emotional, and interpersonal well-being are the foundation of a healthy and productive community. We believe that wellness practices are beneficial to everyone and should be accessible to everyone. Our mission is to make the tools of yoga, mindfulness, social-emotional education and other evidence-based wellness practices accessible to all members of our community. Our commitment is to facilitate personal empowerment and social change by unlocking the inherent value of our communities.

    This summer we are excited to implement our inaugural 50 hour CoYA certification program. The CoYA certification empowers teachers with the knowledge, training, and experience to facilitate 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 develop the skill and awareness needed to teach a more therapeutic and psycho-educational style of yoga.

    The CoYA training is a multi-faceted program running from August (intensive training) through November (mentorship).
    In this training students will learn:
    – Effective facilitation and therapeutic presence
    – Mindfulness-based teaching and intervention
    – Trauma-informed yoga
    – Teaching consciously to specialized populations
    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.

    Anna Lisa Conlin is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker, Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Certified Dharma Yoga Instructor. She has worked in a variety of social services settings focused on those affected by chronic illness, severe mental illness, homelessness, poverty and addiction. Anna Lisa is currently providing individual and group therapy to people with severe mental illness, trauma and addiction. She also teaches group yoga and mindfulness classes at Dharma Yoga, Communities for Recovery, provides individual yoga therapy sessions and volunteers with Community Yoga Austin. Her entry into mindfulness and yoga was through seated meditation in the Shambhala Buddhism tradition and later grew to include hatha yoga. Soon after completing her Masters degree in 2004, Anna Lisa sensed a gap in the Western psycho-therapeutic approach that often neglects the physical body and spirit. She now integrates various eastern and western modalities to provide therapeutic services which are accessible and empowering. Another area of great interest for Anna Lisa is self-care and the role of the practitioner’s self-awareness and well-being in the therapeutic relationship.

    Genevieve 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.

    Intensive Training Dates:
    August 6-7: 10am-4:30pm
    August 13-14: 10am-4:30pm
    August 20-21: 10am-5pm

    LIVESTRONG Foundation
    2201 East 6th Street
    Austin, TX 78702

    Cost: $895

    Pre-requisites: 200 hour yoga certification and at least 25 hours teaching experience. Community work experience, social service experience, and experience with specialized populations a plus. Because we will be training teachers 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.

    To reserve a place in the training you must complete the online application by July 8th. Enrollment is limited. By July 24th, accepted applicants will be notified. For those accepted, a $200 deposit will be due by the first day of training. For any other questions or inquiries, please contact Shawn Kent at

    SPACE IS LIMITED! 20 max.. apply now!



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