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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 since its inception in 2001. Today, TFD grants provide seed funding for graduates from the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda to get their programs started. Funding can be used for stipends to teach yoga or Ayurvedic practices (or to purchase supplies for) to diverse populations including students of Title I schools, ethnic minorities, and individuals who are socially, economically, and physically challenged.

The 2015 application period has closed. Applications for the 2016 award year will be accepted from January 1, 2016–March 31, 2016. Award notifications will be made no later than April 30, 2016.

Teaching for Diversity Grant

Eligibility checklist

  • Graduate of a Kripalu School of Yoga or Ayurveda training
  • Well-established relationship with the program host organization
  • Plans for long-term sustainability of the program in place
  • Experience/training specific to the population
  1. Complete an online application between January 1, 2016–March 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted electronically.
  2. Obtain and submit a letter from the organization you will be working with confirming they will be hosting your classes and their support of your plan for sustainability of the program.
  3. If you are requesting funding for supplies, provide an estimate with pricing of the supplies you plan to purchase.
    Tip: Price out products from the store or website where you plan to purchase your supplies—this way you will receive the correct amount of funding in your grant award.
  4. Send the above documents to with “TFD” and your name in the subject line.
  5. Contact the program administrator if you have questions regarding the eligibility of your application. See contact information below

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

  • 200-hour teacher training certification through Yoga Alliance
Complete an application online.

Grant Award Process

  1. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail once we receive your application.
  2. Applications for the 2016 award year will be reviewed by an advisory committee beginning on April 1, 2016. Applicants will receive an award decision no later than April 30, 2016.
  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:

  • Host Organization Survey
    This form must be completed by an administrator at the organization where your program is hosted. Grant recipients/host organizations who do not complete the survey within the grant year will be ineligible for future TFD grants.
  • Grant Recipient Survey
    This form must be completed by you. Grant recipients/host organizations who do not complete the survey within the grant year will be ineligible for future TFD grants.
  • Completed and signed W-9 Form
  • Letter of acknowledgement from your host organization verifying completion of the number of classes agreed upon
  • Photos (optional)
  • Release and Consent Forms (if photos are submitted)
  • Receipts for any supplies that were purchased using designated TFD funds
  • Share your story on the KYAA Community Forum (optional)

Contact Information

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

Questions about the grant award process? Contact Sarah Carpenter at or 413.448.3284.