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Tides Foundation awards KYTA $50,000
for yoga teachers serving diverse populations

Spring 2003

by Tresca Weinstein


In its quest to promote a healthy society, the Tides Foundation has made $50,000 available to KYTA, to be used this year and in 2004. The money will be distributed among members of KYTA and the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers (IABYT) who participate in the Teaching for Diversity program. To be eligible for an award, yoga teachers need to complete the Teaching for Diversity application, available on the Kripalu Web site (see link at the bottom of this article) or by calling Vandita at 413-448-3114.

The Teaching for Diversity program, which supports yoga teachers who work with diverse populations in their communities, is one example of the ways in which Kripalu incorporates its core values of sadhana, sangha, and seva into its daily operations and strategic planning. The program also exemplifies the values of the Tides Foundation (www.tides.org), which believes healthy societies rely fundamentally on respect for human rights, the vitality of communities and a celebration of diversity. For 25 years, this non-profit organization has made significant contributions to positive social change.

In 2002, KYTA members Andrea Soler, Amy Weintraub, Laura Magnussen, Deborah Levine, Bonnie Banks and Lauren Mayhew, and IABYT members Bertha Fountain, Heather Greaves and Thomas Frierson each received a $500 honorarium through the Teaching for Diversity Program. Funds were provided solely by Kripalu Center to support these yoga teachers in their communities and abroad.

Consider joining other yoga teachers who are serving in this way. Think about the rewards of teaching yoga to those suffering from inequities, poverty, or disabilities. Imagine the joyful faces, like those in Laura's class in the photo, and the experiences of deep peace, relaxation, and accomplishment that you could help create.

Each applicant will be eligible for an award of up to $2,000 to offset expenses in delivering classes to diverse populations or purchasing props, materials or resources for these classes. Applications are being accepted now through through April 2004 and all classes must be completed and criteria met no later than September 2004. To be eligible for an award, teachers must:

  • Be active members of KYTA or IABYT
  • Teach approximately 24 classes to diverse populations such as minority, ethnic and/or those socially or economically challenged
  • Provide a letter of acknowledgement from the organizations or institutions where you will be teaching diverse populations
  • Provide photos of yoga classes and testimonials from students
  • Submit a 1,000-word reflection on your experience.

For more information or an application, click here or call 413-448-3114.

Complete list of articles by this author:

The 1999 KYTA Conference Fosters Excitement and Growth

KYTA's Teaching for Diversity Program

Scenes from a Conference: More than 300 teachers attend KYTA Conference 2000

Snapshots from KYTA Conference 2001

Bindu Source Johnson shares her experience

Coverage of the 2002 KYTA Conference, Oct. 24-27

Tides Foundation awards KYTA $50,000 for yoga teachers serving diverse populations

Yoga on Tape: Reviews of yoga products created by KYTA members

Yoga on Disc and Tape

KYTA Conference 2003 in words and pictures

KYTA Conference 2004

Yoga on Disc

Kripalu implements new approach to program assisting

Complete guide to Kripalu Yoga hits the shelves

Coverage of KYTA Conference 2005

Enhancing your teaching with yoga's sister science: Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training begins in January

A sneak peek at KYTA's 2006 Yoga Teachers Conference

Yoga on Disc

Green warriors: Laura Cornell's Green Yoga Association blends yoga and ecology

Yogagaia tells the story of the universe

The yoga of laughter: Keni Fine's Sleeping Swami brings giggles and guidance to the world

Yoga on Disc: Reviews of new yoga products created by KYTA members

Changing the world in memory of a daughter: The Rachel Greene Memorial Fund

Yoga on Disc: Reviews of new yoga CDs from our members

Yoga on Disc: Reviews of CDs by KYTA Conference 2007 presenters and entertainers

Reigniting the flame: KYTA Conference 2007

New member discounts are here! Save every time you visit Kripalu

Flow states: Questions for Ed Harrold

Yoga on Disc

Yoga on Disc, Tape, and Paper

Yoga Ed. trainer awarded $150,000 grant to bring yoga to Pittsburgh public schools

Yoga Everywhere: Spotlighting our Teaching for Diversity grant recipients

Yoga on Disc and on the Page

Green Yoga Association takes new form

Yoga on Disc and on the Page: Reviews of recently released products

Yoga and the Imagination: A Q&A with Randal Williams

Yoga on Disc and on the Page

How we got to the KYTA Conference, and what we found there

Yoga Everywhere: A column spotlighting our Teaching for Diversity grant recipients

Yoga on Disc

Profile of a Cross Trainer

Seva CD 2008: The Soundtrack of Kripalu

Restorative Yoga: The Yoga of Meditation

News from the Professional Trainings Office

Deep Green Yoga

Yoga on Disc and on the Page

The State of the Training

Yoga + Ayurveda: The Perfect Formula for Balance

Edi Pasalis and the Institute for Extraordinary Living pioneer a standardized Kripalu curriculum.

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