200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program
It is our pleasure to offer the 2018-19 cohort of the 4 Corners Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program; a journey into learning to share the healing and empowering practice of yoga, with a focus on community based teaching.
The 4 Corners Yoga Teacher Training has a mission to make yoga accessible to everyone. This innovative, trauma sensitive teacher training is an opportunity for those who want to skillfully share yoga, while being grounded in their own practice and body. Our vision is a vibrant and inspiring community of practice that nurtures, uplifts and builds resilience in our communities.
Teacher trainees learn how to share yoga with their communities of interest and are mentored to develop their own unique ability to create a friendly and learner centered atmosphere. You will learn to meet students where they are, make meaningful connections, and will be provided with research and evidence-based tools that create real measurable change in peoples lives. Whether you will teach in community centers, studios, schools, homeless shelters, prisons, recovery programs, social work settings, or to advance your own practice this unique yoga teacher training program will develop your intra-and interpersonal sensitivity and compassion as the foundation for being an effective and inspiring yoga teacher. This is an interdisciplinary learning experience, which combines the wisdom tradition of yoga, trauma theory and skill building for leading with effectiveness and care
- Deepen your own yoga practice
- Learn to teach asana, meditation and pranayama
- Understand poses and their effects
- Study the art of hands on assisting experience
- Learn and teach intelligent sequencing
- Learn to modify for specific injuries
- Learn to create safer for spaces for trauma survivors
- Design classes for a wide range of communities including teaching for mental health diversity and addiction recovery
- Understand the neurobiology of trauma and yoga’s competency to activate the brain’s ability to change, heal and learn
- Understand sources of disconnection in western yoga by examining trauma theory and yoga philosophy
- Learn about the business of yoga and how to begin teaching
- Learn public speaking skills
9 Weekend Modules; September 2018- January 2019
Training Dates and Hours
Friday; 6:00- 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday; 8:00am- 5:30pm
What to Expect
This training will ask you to participate in asana classes, discussion, practice teaching, hands on assisting, reading, online and writing assignments.
There is an application process for this training. Please download the application with the button at the bottom of this page.
There are a limited amount of scholarships available. Please email us here for a scholarship application.
The cost of the training is $3300. The early bird rate, if paid in full by 8/15/18 is $2800.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot in the training. If your application is accepted, it will be applied to your tuition balance. If your application is not accepted, your deposit will be refunded.
About the Trainers
4 Corners Yoga Teacher Training faculty is a dynamic and synergistic team of leaders in the yoga, trauma healing and wellbeing communities. Our teacher trainers have extensive knowledge of creating yoga programs and leading classes in therapeutic settings, at places that support survivors of trauma, addiction recovery programs and organizations that strive to end homelessness, poverty and racism.
Karuna O'Donnell is highly skilled teacher and teacher trainer who is recognized as a leader in the trauma healing community in Boston and nationwide.In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship for Leadership in Education to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for work with complexly traumatized youth in Dorchester, MA. During her graduate work, Karuna was employed as a consultant by the Trauma Center Yoga program at Justice Resource Institute, Boston's leading trauma center. Karuna implemented a trauma sensitive yoga and art program at Glenhaven Academy, an innovative and evidence based trauma treatment program for youth in Marlborough MA. She was selected to assist the groundbreaking Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training in 2014 and the Yoga, Meditation and Addiction Recovery Conference founded by Nikki Myers and Rolf Gates in 2011 and 2014. She is certified in Forrest Yoga (Level 3), Trauma Informed Yoga and the Yoga of Twelve Step Recovery. Karuna is currently providing trauma-informed healing yoga at The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, serving people in recovery, trauma support groups, families and youth in residential trauma treatment. Karuna is the Yoga for Trauma Specialist and founding member of Hands to Heart Center, a private, non-profit service that provides community-based yoga classes that are accessible, inclusive and inspiring. HTHC classes take place in community centers, schools, homeless shelters, post-incarceration centers and recovery programs in Boston. Launching 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness with Christine Rose is her next personal act of courage and call of her spirit.
Theresa Okokon began practicing yoga in 2006 when she decided to join the Peace Corps. She was not in great shape, so she joined a gym figuring that Peace Corps Volunteers probably needed to be fit to climb volcanoes and paddle canoes in the Amazon to get to their mud huts. At the gym and unhappy on the elliptical machine: Theresa wandered into a yoga class, and fell in love. Over time she learned that she was wrong about Peace Corps (she ended up living in a city, with no mud huts in sight), and she was wrong about yoga, too.
She has since come to understand that yoga is about so much more than preparing the body to be physically fit to survive in the Amazon: to Theresa yoga became a metaphor for life. In her classes, students learn that a strong yoga practice exists both on and off the mat. She teaches yoga in a way that is focused on the wellness of the individual in an entire sense: especially with regard to how an individual’s ability to control their breath and movement will lead to an increased ability to control of their own mind, body, and behavior. Theresa truly believes that yoga can teach you to use the power and good energy that your body creates to transform your own life and the lives around you.
Theresa completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Open Doors Yoga Studios in 2014, and is a RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance with individual Yoga Teacher Insurance through Philadelphia Insurance. Theresa furthered her training in the direction of Trauma Informed Yoga, having completed a 100-Hour Facilitator Training with the YogaHOPE TIMBo Program (Trauma Informed Mind Body), and has attended training by Bessel van der Kolk on his research and work in trauma-informed yoga.
Theresa is enrolled in a 300-Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in Bristol, VT. Theresa can also be found developing yoga teachers of the future at as a core faculty member for the 200-Hour social justice focused & trauma informed Yoga Teacher Training at 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness in Dorchester.
CarmenLeah Ascencio, LICSW, MPH, RYT, CPC, is a bilingual (Spanish-English) public health social worker, therapist, radical life coach, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor, educator and proud Boricua queer. She loves supporting people to dismantle their ideas about what can’t be done in order to focus on a vision that will be achieved. CarmenLeah integrates artistic, spiritual and body centered practices into her therapeutic and transformative work. CarmenLeah is also a novice surfer, outdoor explorer and is learning to build sustainable tree houses.
Sadada Jackson is a student of practice who lives in her body and vacations in her mind. Her yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer is Bo Forbes. In 2008 she earned her 200-hour teacher training certificate Elemental yoga system. She has taught in Cambridge and Boston in studios, public schools, community centers and living rooms. Her desire is to create the cause and conditions for courageous returns to our body and our bodily ways of knowing with love, learning and the sharing of tradition and understanding. She holds a B.A. in Theatre with a Minor in English and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from UMass Boston. Presently, she is a Master's of Theological Studies Candidate at Harvard Divinity School learning from Indigenous religions.
"Karuna is the queen of yoga teachers who walks her talk and talks her walk. What an articulate loving being that I am blessed to have found as I learn to stretch and live in healing, joyous flow admist and within a broken and sometimes unbearably beautiful world of grace. Where does her honest and infectious connections to joy and positivity come from? Who knows. But I can guess from being her student three times a week for three years now. Perhaps her brilliant teaching practice is rooted in her own daily commitment to her various healing practices and modalities: regular meditation, a keeper of the Forrest tradition of core strength and yoga as ceremony, her philosophy and practice of healing work for racial and community justice, her sensitivity and knowledge about trauma and how to heal what is truly possible to heal. Karuna breathes, moves and speaks from these deep wisdoms and intelligences and as she practices her fearlessness and expansiveness in her own teaching and life, we all come into contact with our own unique yoga divinity. The best of it is that there is no pretense. Every word and breath and movement that Karuna guides you into and through will serve your own growing spirit and strengthening body."
Deborah C. Schwartz