Funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative empowers communities to build a healthier future for children and families across Missouri. As part of the HSHC Initiative, Women Empowered to End Disparities in Obesity (WEDO) is bringing together moms and female caregivers in the Ferguson-Florissant, Normandy, and Riverview Gardens school districts to create positive and healthy changes in their homes and North St. Louis County communities.
WEDO x Back Trap Yoga is a collaboration between the WEDO Program and Back Trap Yoga artist Brittany L Hill to bring the unsuspecting approach and accessibility of the Back Trap Yoga practice to the North St. Louis County WEDO community. The collaboration began in Fall 2017 and is slated to continue with funding through 2021. WEDO x Back Trap Yoga will transition to the WEDO Yoga Program in 2020 and plans to train two North St. Louis County moms or female caregivers via the Fall 2019 Yoga Buzz 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and Intensive Experience with Brittany L Hill. These individuals will be dedicated to supporting healthy changes and accessible, inclusive environments in their communities by sharing the practice of yoga at monthly WEDO Yoga classes.
About the trainingThis training offers the opportunity to dive in beyond only the physical practice and although we will all be on this journey together, each individual will blaze their own trail.
This is not your typical yoga teacher training – we believe in yoga as a template for conscious activism, in disrupting the patterns of inaccessibility found in conventional yoga, and in creating a space where people who have ever felt “out of place” in a typical yoga setting feel safe, welcome, and valued.
Diving into this knowledge through a teacher training is a privilege, and one that requires a dedication of your time and energy. We will challenge your notions of what yoga is and what it looks like, and encourage you to lead from within using trauma- informed and adaptive perspectives. This training prioritizes an approach to the practice that advocates for accessibility, as we believe yoga is an invaluable tool for increasing well-being and resiliency. We are looking for applicants who are committed, curious, and open to the challenge of seeing yoga – and life – through the perspective of diverse populations with needs that may differ from your own. Applicants must be 18 years of age.
Each year, Yoga Buzz receives an overwhelming number of applications for a limited number of available spots of which the WEDO Yoga Program has only a couple of spots reserved. The WEDO Yoga Program selection committee uses this initial application process to identify individuals to move on to the next round of in-person interviews - so we encourage you to be thorough and thoughtful with your responses below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If written communication creates a challenge for you, please note so in your application or email email@example.com and we will work to find an alternative application method. Applications for Fall 2019 will close on Friday, May 3.