Down Under School of Yoga is committed to making our school, teacher trainings and the wider yoga community welcoming for everyone. We aim to remove the barriers and obstacles that western yoga culture has put in the way of creating inclusive yoga classes.

Showcasing a diverse range of teaching voices is a pivotal step in creating a safe space where all students can feel represented in the classroom. To help facilitate this change, Down Under is offering tuition free scholarships for people of color in both our 200 Hour and 300 Hour Teacher Trainings.

This scholarship is just one way we hope to begin shifting the current paradigm.

Requirements for Scholarship Applicants:

This scholarship is intended for students who:

  • self-identify as a person of color.

  • have a consistent practice and commitment to yoga.

  • are able to attend all dates of the training.

Applicants to the 300-Hour training should have a Yoga Alliance-approved 200-Hour Teacher Training Certification.

To apply:

  • Please complete the form below.

  • Write a 1-2 page essay describing the impact of yoga in your life, why you would like to participate in the training, and how the training will contribute to your future plans. The essay will describe your yoga practice, your current teaching experience (if applicable), your financial need, and your commitment to social justice.

  • Submit one written letter of recommendation that supports your application. This could come from a yoga teacher, employer, colleague, or mentor.

Please email your essay and letter of recommendation to David Runkle at All submissions must be received two months prior to the start of the training.  Recipients of the scholarship will be notified one month prior to the start of the training.

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