Birmingham AL

Scholarship Programs


studio study scholarship

We regularly select a student to receive class passes to Birmingham Yoga, our beloved partner studio. Here you will deepen your practice in the Ashtanga and Kundalini Traditions.

To be eligible you must identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Preference is given to people of color and to folks who show financial need. Please fill out this form to apply.


We annually select two students to each receive a full scholarship to Birmingham Yoga's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program or Sacred Glow's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program! Please fill out this form to apply.

To be eligible you must identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Preference is given to people of color and to folks who show financial need. This student must be available to teach for Yoga Unbound a minimum of 6 months upon graduation. Ideally this student has a committed daily yoga practice and some leadership experience within the LGBTQ+ community.

Please check out BY 200hr YTT and Sacred Glow's 200hr YTT for more information on these YTT programs. If either of these particular 200 hour trainings appeal to you please fill out this application form. For more information on this program or to talk about any questions or concerns you might have please contact us.

APPLICATION DUE DATE for Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training 2019:

Please have your application in by midnight on July 15th 2019!

We will be selecting this recipient by July 22nd 2019.

Tuition includes 180 classroom hours.

Before you apply make sure you can commit to Birmingham Yoga YTT's ENTIRE tentative schedule!

  • 10 Day Immersion  Aug 30 – Sept 8 (Akasha and Bham Faculty)

  • Sept 14 – 15  (Akasha)                      

  • Oct 5 – 6  (Akasha)

  • Oct 26 – 27 (Bham Yoga Faculty)

  • Nov 16 – 17 (Bham Yoga Faculty) 

  • Dec 7 – 8  (Akasha)

  • Jan 4 -5  (Heather)

  •  Jan 11 – Review Day (Akasha)

  •  Jan 18 – Final

    Sample Day during 10 day Immersion:

    5:00 – 6:30 am Kundalini Yoga
    6:30 – 7:30 am Pranayama and Chanting
    7:45 – 10:00 am Ashtanga Led or Mysore (Self Guided Practice)
    10:00 – 12:00 pm Break
    12:00 – 4:00 pm Class and Discussion

    Weekend Session: Saturday 5 am – 4 pm ~ Sunday 5 am – 3:30 pm

    Each trainee is required to attend the week long immersion and all of the weekends to receive a certification. If you are unable to attend some of the training hours,  you may be able to schedule a private session at an additional charge.


Birmingham Yoga Studio at 605 37th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222

In addition to Scheduled Sessions

Students must complete an additional 10 workshop hours, cultivate a daily practice, attend weekly public class, observe and assist a class twice a month with Akasha or Teachers approved by Birmingham Yoga Teacher Training totaling 370 hours.

Course Description

  • Learn a personal asana, pranayama and meditation practice

  • Yoga history, styles, & evolution

  • Yoga Sutra’s and philosphy

  • Learn Sanskrit names of asana

  • Pranayama & the use of breath

  • Yogic Diet/Ayurveda

  • Chakras and bandhas

  • Meditation – developing deeper levels of awareness

  • Kundalin yoga Kriyas and chants in the tradition of Kundalini yoga

  • Numerology

  • Asana Emphasis will be given to the Asthanga Primary Series as taught by Sri Pattabhi Jois both Led and Mysore-style

  • Restorative and Gentle Somatic Yoga (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna)

  • Basic yogic anatomy & physiology

  • Learning Alignment & how to avoid injuries for your body

  • Verbal & physical adjustments

  • How to safely correct others performing asana

  • Ethics and the business of yoga

Required Books (not included in Tuition)

The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual
 by David Swenson
Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelines 
2nd edition–by Gurucharan Singh
Bhagavad Gita
 by Stephen Mitchell
When Things Fall Apart 
by Pema Chodron
Ayurveda the Science of Self-Healing
 by Vasant Lad

Recommended books

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Yoga Mala by Sri Pattbhi Jois
Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Karninoff
Light on Yoga BKS Iyengar
Moving into Stillness by Eric Schiffman
How to Know God by Swami Prabhavananda


Akasha Ellis (500 e-RYT) – Director
Heather Sullivan (200 e-RYT) – Teacher and Administrator
Becca Impello (200 RYT) – Anatomy
Kewal Nam Wingo (200 RYT) –  Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan
Annie Damsky (200 RYT) – Prenatal
Bliss Wood (200 e-RYT) – Restorative yoga
Atma Dharam (200 RYT) – Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan