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Yoga Service Scholarship Opportunity

FALL 2014 - SPRING 2016

Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training Program (MYMT3)
A Yearlong Mindfulness Intensive for Yoga Teachers


The Yoga Service Scholarship provides full tuition, room, and board for Spirit Rock’s Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training (MYMT) program that begins in October 2014 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. It will be awarded to seven yoga teachers (or teachers-in-training) with a demonstrated financial need, a proven commitment to teaching yoga to disadvantaged or under-served communities, and a strong intention to bring the benefits of their MYMT experience to those communities upon completion of the program. (Please know that this scholarship does not cover other related costs such as program materials, transportation to and from the retreats, etc.—nor does it cover the optional RYT-500 certification retreat at the completion of the MYMT.)

Four of the seven scholarships will be awarded by the Yoga Dana Foundation and will be issued to individuals who both reside and teach yoga in one of the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. Three of the scholarships—sponsored by the Life Balance Institute and Spirit Rock—are open to candidates without geographical restriction.

Yoga Service Scholarship candidates must fill out both the application for the MYMT3 (if they have not already done so) and the Yoga Service Scholarship application. Both the MYMT and YSS applications must be received by April 15 2014; we cannot consider any applications received after this deadline. The Scholarship recipients will be announced on May 16, 2014; all applicants will be notified of their status once the decision has been made.

Yoga Service Scholarship Application:   Fillable PDF (Open with Adobe Acrobat)   

Please email your completed application and digital photo to MYMT3@spiritrock.org with the subject “Yoga Service Scholarship Application.” Note: Incomplete applications, including applications without an attached digital photo, cannot be processed.


Take your yoga deeper! Transform your practice, your teaching, and your life as you:

• Integrate mindfulness, asana
  and pranayama;
• Develop a meditation practice that’s grounded in your body;
• Cultivate physical, energetic, emotional and interpersonal awakening;
• Study with nationally renowned teachers of mindfulness and yoga;
• Explore the philosophical, historical, and practical intersection of the yoga and Buddhist traditions;
• Learn to practice and teach yoga in its true context--as a path to liberation.

Coming in the Fall of 2014, Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training (MYMT3) will be an intensive 12-month training in the integration of Buddhist mindfulness practice with yoga asana and pranayama and classic yoga philosophy. Consisting of three silent residential retreats (and an in-between curriculum of study, practice and teleconferences), the training is designed for yoga teachers who want to deepen their practice and teaching to embody, include and support mindfulness meditation. Experienced yoga practitioners who are not teachers may be admitted at the discretion of the directors. An optional, additional one-week certification retreat will enable yoga teachers who already have their 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification to receive their 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification in Mindful Yoga and Meditation, assuming they have also completed all three other retreats of the MYMT.

Led by nationally known teachers of both yoga and Buddhism, this training weaves together into one seamless practice yoga asana and pranayama, insight meditation, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the wisdom teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and other classic texts from the yoga tradition.

The core of the training is the cultivation of mindfulness, the capacity to meet life moment to moment with kind awareness. In the deep inner and outer silence of the retreat environment, participants cultivate an integrated body-mind practice that encourages awakening on every level of being, including the physical, energetic, emotional, and interpersonal dimensions.

Directed by                                          Vipassana Teachers



Yoga teachers

      Leslie Booker

Program Costs

The program cost for MYMT3 (which does not include teacher or retreat staff dana) is as follows:
•    Early Bird Pricing received by December 1, 2013:  $3,950 to $6,500 sliding scale, which includes accommodations and meals at all retreats.
•    Regular Pricing beginning December 2:  $4,250 to $6,500, sliding scale, which includes accommodations and meals at all retreats.
•    (NOTE: All scholarships have been awarded - July 2014) Limited scholarship support may be available to help with payment of fees. We will do our best to allocate our limited funds to those most in need.
•    (NOTE: All scholarships have been awarded - July 2014) The Yoga Dana Foundation, Spirit Rock and the Life Balance Institute are awarding 7 scholarships to teachers who demonstrate financial need and a proven commitment to teaching yoga to disadvantaged or under-served communities.

Applications still being accepted for MYMT III Program (all scholarship funds have been awarded)


Our intention is that MYMT3 will include a community of practitioners from diverse backgrounds and cultures--a mix of genders, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities--who will support each other’s dharma practice. For purposes of diversity, including diversity in race, language, orientation, gender identity, age, and in consideration of other underserved cultural groups, candidates are especially invited. A select number of scholarships will be available for diverse practitioners.


Upon completion of the three-retreat program, all participants will receive a certificate of completion from Spirit Rock. Yoga teachers who already have their RYT-200 certification can receive their RYT-500 certification in Mindful Yoga and Meditation by attending the optional, additional one-week certification retreat at an additional cost, assuming they have also completed all three other retreats of the MTYT.

Program FAQs (click here)




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PO Box 169 • Woodacre, CA • 94973