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Teaching for Diversity

Thousands of people have experienced the healing benefits of yoga through the charitable efforts of Kripalu᾿s Teaching for Diversity (TFD) program. Through TFD grants and scholarships and the Rachel Greene Memorial Fund, members of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA) and Black Yoga Teachers Association (BYTA) receive stipends to teach yoga to (or purchase yoga props for) diverse populations including students of Title I schools, ethnic minorities, and individuals who are socially, economically, and physically challenged.

The current application period opened on December 1, 2014, and closes on October 1, 2015.

Teaching for Diversity Grant

  1. Complete an online application.

    The current application period opened on December 1, 2014, and closes on October 1, 2015.

  2. Obtain and submit a letter from the organization you will be working with confirming they will be hosting your classes.
  3. If you are requesting funding for props, provide an estimate with pricing of the props you plan to purchase.
    Tip: Price out products from the store or website where you plan to purchase your props—this way you will receive the correct amount of funding in your grant award.
  4. Send the above documents to tfd@kripalu.org with “TFD” and your name in the subject line.
  5. Contact the program administrator if you have questions regarding the eligibility of your application.

Rachel Greene Memorial Fund

Through the Rachel Greene Memorial Fund (RGMF), established in memory of yoga teacher Rachel Greene, teachers are awarded scholarships to attend trainings to bring yoga to Title I schools.

Eligibility Checklist

  • Current member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association or Black Yoga Teachers Association
  • 200-hour teacher training certification through Yoga Alliance
Complete an application online or download a PDF to print and mail. Applications to receive funding for Kripalu Yoga in the Schools training must be received by April 26, 2015.

Grant Award Process

  1. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail once we receive your application.
  2. As applications are reviewed by an advisory committee on a monthly basis, it can take up to 4–6 weeks before you receive a decision regarding your application.
  3. If approved, you will receive an award notification by e-mail with the final grant amount and the required documents you need to submit once your program is completed.
  4. You will also be notified if your application is denied.

Once your application has been approved and you have completed your program, you must submit the following materials to ensure payment:

Contact Information

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Teaching for Diversity
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Questions about the grant award process? Contact Chanda Shepardson at tfd@kripalu.org or 413.448.3363.