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Sangha Yoga & Rootead Present:

Roots of Yoga: 200 Hour YTT in Kalamazoo

Have you been looking for a yoga training that is anti-racist, trauma and equity informed, transformational, and lineage based? Then, Roots of Yoga is for you!

The Commitments of this Training: 


Self-Care & Community Care


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. ​


Equity, Inclusion & Decolonization


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.


Exceptional Education


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. 

Training Topics Include:

  • Classical Yoga History & Philosophy 

  • Posture Alignment & Sequencing

  • Functional Anatomy & Physiology

    • Assessing Student Needs

    • Making Modifications with Props

  • Energy Anatomy (chakras, prana, Ayurveda)

  • Systematic Relaxation, Pranayama & Meditation

  • Equitable Business Practices & Ethics

  • Accessibility & Chair Yoga

    • (for larger bodies, seniors, folks with disabilities)

  • Access & Inclusion for BIPOC & LGBTQ+

  • Ancestral Lineage Healing

  • Decolonization of the Mind

200 Hour Training Format


  • Eight Weekends

  • In-person at Rootead Enrichment Center

    • Friday-Sunday: 9am-5pm (lunch break: 12-1pm) 

    • dates below

  • 30 additional non-classroom hours


Classroom Dates: 2022-2023

October 14-16
November 18-20
December 9-11

January 6-8 & January 27-29
February 24-26
March 17-19
April 7-9

Meet Your Guides


Karina Ayn Mirsky, MA, ERYT

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

Kama Tai Mitchell


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, 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 Traditionand 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.

Tuition Options (updated 8/20/22)


Fulfillment Tuition: $4200 -  for those who can afford to pay the full value of this training.


Support Tuition: $3500 - for anyone needing a little financial support. 


Upliftment Tuition: $2100 - for those who can only afford to attend at a 50% scholarship price.


Grant Funded:  for our marginalized community members (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Folks with Disabilities). Fully funded scholarship recipients only have to pay is the $250 Application Fee. (Must also complete the Training Application below)


Payment Schedule


  1. Application fee: $250 - (everyone must submit with application)

  2. Balance is due on or before the start date: 10/21/21:

  • Fulfillment =$3950

  • Support = $3250

  • Upliftment = $1850



Training Application Form


Everyone must complete this training application. If you are applying for a scholarship, you still need to complete this form in order to be considered for grant funding.​


Attendance Policies

  1. To receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for registration with the Yoga Alliance, one must complete all contact and non-contact training hours.

  2. Absences due to illness will be accommodated to the best of the instructors abilities.

  3. Missed classroom hours that cannot be made up outside of classroom attendance may delay certification.

  4. Delayed certification will require make up attendance in the next training (which may only run every other year.)

  5. Those seeking personal development, (not certification) are still encouraged to attend all sessions.


Cancelation & Refund Policies


  1. All tuition and fees paid by the applicant shall be refunded if by the unlikely chance the applicant is not accepted to the program.

  2. Application Fees are non-refundable. The school offers an option of transferring and will retain the app for one year.

  3. Any tuition pre-paid by the applicant shall be refunded if requested before the start date of the training.

  4. Tuition is non-refundable after the start of the training. If a participant drops out of the training, the tuition will be retained for one year and the participant can finish the training with the next section.

  5. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of request.

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