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Teaching for Diversity Program


The Teaching for Diversity program provides grants and scholarships to members of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA) and Black Yoga Teachers Association (BYTA). Grant recipients 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 application period opens on December 1, 2014 and closes on October 1, 2015.


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. Complete an application online or download a PDF to print and mail. The application period opens on December 1, 2014 and closes on October 1, 2015. Applications to receive funding for Kripalu Yoga in the Schools training must be received by April 26, 2015.

Eligibility Checklist

  • Current member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association
  • OR
  • Current member of the Black Yoga Teachers Association
  • 200-hour teacher training certification through Yoga Alliance

Grant Application Process

  1. Complete an online application.
    You can apply as early as December 1 for the following calendar year and as late as October 1.
  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.

Grant Award Process

  1. Once the application is received, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail.
  2. Applications are reviewed by an advisory committee on a monthly basis (therefore, 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 email with the final grant amount and the required documents you will need to submit once your program is completed. You will also receive notification if your application has been denied.

Grant Requirement Checklist

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 Sarah Carpenter at tfd@kripalu.org or 413.448.3371.