Waking Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training

Waking Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training

Yoga for Personal and Social Transformation

“Peace requires everyone to be in the circle — wholeness, inclusion.” ~ Isabel Allende

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Waking Yoga is a foundational 200-hour yoga training that fosters inclusion, self-authority, and body positivity. We are a collaborative of seasoned yoga educators, therapists, and community activists. We believe that yoga can be a powerful tool for personal healing and liberation as well as for the healing and liberation of society.

Our vision is to nurture trauma-informed yoga teachers who are active in their communities and beyond, guiding them to work mindfully with privilege and oppression and understand the nuances of their students’ races, genders, sexual orientations, bodies, and overall lived experiences as deep sources of individual and collective wisdom.

We will support you through four months of self-inquiry, yoga, and evidence-based mindfulness and somatic practices that will lead you deeper into self-knowledge and enrich your work in the world. In doing so, we will safely yet honestly explore raw conversations about our relationships with society, ourselves, and each other.

This training is an opportunity to make your healing and growth as a human your priority for four months. This experience will leave you more awakened to the world within you and the world around you. 

This training is for:

  • Beginning to intermediate yoga practitioners who want to strengthen their practice and intermediate to advanced yoga practitioners who want to deepen their practice
  • Yoga practitioners who want to use yoga and mindfulness as a tool for well-being and stress management as well as for trauma resolution and resilience
  • Mental health clinicians who want to incorporate somatic work into their practice 
  • Yoga practitioners who want a foundation for a yoga therapy program
  • Yoga practitioners who want a foundation for conscious service work and activism 
  • Anyone who wants to create inclusive yoga classes and communities 
  • Anyone who wants to offer yoga in under-resourced communities who have not yet had access to wellness programs
  • Anyone in the helping professions who wants to work more consciously and sustainably
  • Anyone wanting to better understand themselves, society, and their humanity through the teaching and practice of yoga

In our training you will learn to:

  • Cultivate a strong, safe, and intuitive personal practice
  • Use yoga and mindfulness as a tool for self-awareness, self-care, and healing
  • Regulate your nervous system and build resilience 
  • Live courageously and compassionately in the face of difficulty
  • Deepen your personal and community relationships
  • Become a safe and healing presence for others
  • Teach Hatha, Hatha Flow and Adaptive yoga classes in multiple public environments
  • Develop a trauma-informed approach to teaching yoga in any setting
  • Teach yoga to marginalized groups and special populations
  • Hold space for all members of society
  • Use yoga as a tool for social healing and progress

Our curriculum includes:

  • The eight limbs of yoga 
  • An exploration of embodiment through Hatha, Hatha flow and Yoga breathing
  •  An exploration of embodiment through evidence-based mindfulness practices
  • Functional anatomy through embodied experience
  • The fascial network and its relationship to well-being
  • Intuitive alignment principles
  • Subtle anatomy and the energy body
  • Somatic skills for discharging stress 
  • Somatic skills for grounding, creating boundaries and growing resilience
  • Body-positive and inclusive yoga offerings
  • Ayurveda and self-care
  • An understanding of the brain and nervous system
  • Polyvagal theory and how it relates to stress, trauma, and resilience
  • An in-depth, trauma-informed approach to teaching yoga 
  • An understanding of collective and ancestral trauma and its effects on society 
  • Yoga philosophy for modern society
  • Yoga for social change


Students should be at least 18 years old, and have a high school degree or its equivalent, as well as have a minimum of one year of yoga practice (or permission of lead guide). Once enrolled, students must complete a training questionnaire.

This training is limited to 28 students.


  • Become a nationally Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance®
  • Teach Hatha, Hatha Flow and Adaptive yoga classes in multiple public environments
  • Offer yoga to specialized populations or in conjunction with your own healing modality

Register for 500-hour Advanced Courses and specialize in a variety of styles including Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Children, Vinyasa, and more


All classes with be held at the Practice Yoga Church at 414 W Johanna St in Bouldin Creek

Starts January 5th and ends June 3rd

Tuesday & Thursday Weekdays

  9 am – 2:45 pm  (45 min lunch break 12-12:45pm)

*Week off March 16-20 for Spring Break

Cost of training: $2999

Payment Calendar

Deposit due upon enrollment $599

Jan 6th $600

Feb 3rd $600

Mar 9th $600

April 6th $600

For More information email: wakingyoga@gmail.com or

Join Info Sessions at The Practice Yoga Church: 10/23 & 26 , 11/12

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The Waking Yoga training is committed to diversifying representation in yoga education by providing a scholarship to students who are typically under-represented in the yoga community. The Waking Yoga Scholarship is a full training scholarship for the Waking Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for purchasing their own training books and materials. 

The deadline for scholarships is Nov 1st, 2019

Scholarships will be awarded by December 1st, 2019

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Who’s Teaching?

Jenn Wooten C-IAYT, E-RYT 200, YACEP

Jenn is a certified yoga therapist and yoga educator who has studied yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years. She has been a teacher, mentor and group facilitator in the Austin yoga community since 2004. Her teaching style focuses on embodiment, functional movement, joy and resilience. She draws from the work of Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Bessel Van der Kolk, and David Berceli, as well as her beloved teachers, Richard Miller, Vanessa Stone,  to inform her understanding of trauma recovery and healing presence. Jenn holds a Bachelor of science in Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and has had extensive education in anatomy, physiology and neurobiology. Jenn teaches trauma-informed yoga classes and leads foundational and in-depth yoga teacher trainings, mentorships and retreats throughout the world. She guides students to respond to life’s stressors through embodiment, breath, self-awareness and self-compassion. Her teaching is engaging, accessible and warm-hearted. Jenn’s gift is her intuitive ability to help students lean into to their own self-authority and connect to their body as a source of wisdom. The core of her teaching is helping people cultivate a yoga and mindfulness practice as a pathway for healing, awakening and wholeness.

Nityda Gessel LCSW, E-RYT 500, TIYT

Since 2006 Nityda has served as a Yoga Educator working within the intersections of yoga, mental health, embodied activism, and community advocacy. Nityda is a licensed somatic psychotherapist, trauma specialist, speaker, writer, and heart-centered activist. Devoted to bringing yoga to underserved populations, Nityda has taught yoga in trauma clinics, child/adolescent and adult psychiatric hospital units, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, public and private schools, and integrated with talk therapy in her private psychotherapy practice. She is the founder of The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute whose mission is to make embodied trauma-informed care more inclusive and accessible for trauma survivors within clinical and non-clinical settings, and to provide survivors with a safe, supportive space to reclaim their bodies and empower their own healing. Nityda created The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method℠, a healing modality that marries trauma-informed yoga with somatic psychotherapy practices to inspire survivors to compassionately explore their body’s narratives for ultimate growth and evolution beyond their pasts. Nityda facilitates trainings in The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method℠ online and across the U.S. for mental health professionals, yoga teachers, helping professionals, and survivors interested in learning skills to support their resiliency.

Susan Somers-Willett Ph.D., RYT 500, E-RYT 200, PYRT, TIYT

A writer, professor, yogini, mom, and global traveler, Susan Somers-Willett has many roles, but one of her most compelling is helping yoga practitioners embrace the wisdom of their own experience. She currently is a Lecturer in Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and joins yoga and social justice through her passion project, Yoga in Bold™. Her diverse and inclusive approach to practice inspires her teaching, which ranges from challenging, lyrical Hatha flow to regulation of the nervous system through yin and restorative practices. Susan offers yoga as an act of radical self-acceptance, and she is passionate about making yoga accessible and empowering through specialized practices including prenatal and postnatal yoga, yoga for bigger bodies, trauma-informed yoga, gender-sensitive yoga, and other inclusive modes. Susan is a graduate of Yoga Yoga’s RYT-500 and PRYT programs as well as Sundara’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy program. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and she has over two decades of academic teaching experience at the university level. Susan is also a cancer survivor and credits yoga as one of the key sources of her recovery. 

Kewal Hausmann ERYT 500, CIAYT, LMT

With over 18 years of teaching experience, Kewal Hausmann is dedicated to helping inspire students towards their own happiness and personal satisfaction. Kewal is a certified yoga therapist with knowledge, training, and versatility to teach ashtanga, flow, vinyasa, hatha, restorative, yin, adaptive, prenatal, postnatal, kundalini, gentle yoga, private yoga therapy (in one-on-one sessions), meditation, and pranayama. Kewal brings his big heart and signature humor to every class, no matter the style. His teaching is grounded in helping students feel empowered in their practice and comfortable in their bodies. He began his practice, inspired and supported by his long-time teacher Sharon Moon, to answer his own questions and he started teaching to help overcome his own social anxiety. He believes in sharing the power of yoga to achieve the same for his students. His genuine, fun-loving approach and his capacity to live out loud are a beacon to all those who feel they don’t fit in. Kewal’s gift is creating a space where all people feel welcome and celebrated.

Fatima Mann JD, 200 Hour Yoga Guide, TIYT

Fatima Mann’s life’s mission is to be a vessel for others to experience the full joy of loving and accepting themselves. She is a first generation college graduate and the only lawyer on her maternal and paternal side.  She has worked arduously to transform herself from a person who used to cope with her traumas through self-mutilation, to be free to love and accept herself. She has transcended the trauma of being a womayn of African descent through meditation, becoming a 200-hour trauma conscious yoga instructor, and serving those who are systematically oppressed and ostracized.  Fatima founded two Austin based social justice organizations, the Austin Justice Coalition and Counter Balance: ATX, while attending law school. She graduated from law school and birthed Community Advocacy and Healing Project, an organization dedicated to cultivating culturally mindful, human centered advocacy and healing experiences.

Raina Gradford RYT 500

Raina has always been connected to the idea of liberation through movement. She took her first yoga class in 2001 and found it to be a great complement to her background as a dancer. She believes that once we become attuned to our bodies we can figure out what’s needed to make them feel good and whole, which is at the root of why we do everything in life. Once she was able to make that connection, she was compelled to share that knowledge with others. Her enthusiasm for yoga and life are contagious – she was named in Austin FIT Magazine as The Best Yoga Instructor for 2018. Her goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone, so they can use it as a tool to connect to their true power source, which comes from within. She supports diverse and accessible yoga communities that embrace, encompass and uplift all people and all cultures.