The first goal of this program is to empower the learner with the tools to embody radical self-awareness and the ability to self-regulate their own bodies, minds and nervous systems. The second goal is to transform the "learner" into a "leader" with the ability to facilitate healing, growth and positive change in their communities.
All people are invited to participate in this training with the understanding that we will center the experiences of people of color and other marginalized groups. We aim to both create and model “accessibility” through our weekend training format and pricing structure. Roots of Yoga will exemplify the decolonization of yoga through its authentic scriptural teachings rooted in a 5000 year old Himalayan Tradition of which both instructors are initiates of.
Roots of Yoga graduates will be able to safely instruct authentic group yoga classes and private sessions for a wide range of students; while creating access for underserved and underprivileged populations with a trauma-informed and antiracist approach to yoga practice. Participants who complete all training hours and demonstrate proficiency will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be eligible for “RYT 200” status if they choose to register with the national Yoga Alliance.
Kama is a mama of two young men, a yogi of over 25 years, a certified doula, an African diasporic dancer, ancestral healing practitioner, and cultural healing arts innovator. Kama is the founder and CEO of Rootead Enrichment Center in Kalamazoo, MI.
A center focused on reducing epigenetic stress/trauma, destigmatizing mental health and disrupting intergenerational poverty through generative offerings and collaborations, while intentionally centering the lived experience of BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ folx. Kama is an initiate of Himalayan Tantric Yoga and has studied extensively with Karina Ayn Mirsky. Also a student of Traditional West African Ifa, griot musicology, and ancestral lineage healing; she incorporates these learnings into her yogic lifestyle. She identifies as queer, radical, abolitionist and a grand lover of life in all it’s forms.
Karina is the director of Sangha Yoga Institute, the founder of Yoga Mindset Coaching, and a trauma informed psychotherapist. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998 and training teachers since 2004. Karina studied in the Himalayan Tradition under the tutelage of Indian yoga master and Sanskrit scholar, Pandit Rajamai Tigunait, PhD since 2000. She is committed to fostering equity, anti-racism and restorative justice in the yoga industry. Karina identifies as a Jewish American and disabled yoga teacher. Her own experiences with trauma, cancer, and anti-semetic discrimination inform her compassionate work. Learn more about Karina
2022: October 14-16, November 18-20, December 9-11
2023: January 6-8, January 27-29, February 24-26, March 17-19, April 7-9
For those who can afford to pay the actual value of this training and want to support Rootead’s mission
For anyone who needs a little financial support to be able to participate in this educational opportunity
For our marginalized community members (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Folks with Disabilities) who could only afford to attend at this price
We are seeking funding for full ride scholarships for a few individuals who may not be able to afford the Upliftment Price. Email us to be added to a list to be notified when grant funds become available.
( Note: Due to COVID-19 limiting grant availability, scholarships may not be available in 2022 )
1. Application fee: $250 - (submit with application)
2. Balance is due on or before the start date 10/24/21
-Fulfillment = $3950
-Support = $3250
-Upliftment = $1850