Level III

SEVA: At-Risk, Underserved & Community Activism

The tree of yoga and of life is vast and eternal. Its branches include each and every one of us. 

In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore the needs, and desires of one or more at risk or underserved communities and how therapeutic yoga may address those needs and desires. You will gain a deep understanding of how history, trauma, and culture affect specific communities of underserved and at-risk such as those suffering from socio-economic challenges, mental health issues, and/or incarceration. 

You will learn how to design, develop, initiate and lead a complete group program of therapeutic yoga that specifically addresses the individual needs as well as shared goals and common obstacles. Gain sensitivity training, and a deeper understanding of trauma and its potential risks of acquiring other diseases and compromised status in society.  Become an advocate and successful communicator with other health professionals and partners. Learn how to become an activist and change maker in your community and the world.

Two Weekends

February 27th - 28th

9:00 AM- 3:00 PM


March 27th - 28th

9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

  • This is a required course used toward completion of our Level III Advanced Holistic Yoga Therapy coursework. Save money by registering in our Holistic Yoga Therapy program.
  • General Attendance (workshop only)

  • Holistic Yoga Therapy Specialized Certification

Three Ways to Attend

Level III - Holistic Yoga Therapy Course Work - Pay in Full

$3,000.00 USD
SEVA: At-Risk, Underserved and Community Activism Course

$650.00 USD

In this course you will explore:

  • Understanding specific needs and desires of common at-risk and underserved communities such as overall health concerns, post-trauma health and typical diseases. 

  • Demonstrate and implement leadership skills that are based on the Yamas, Niyamas, Bhagavad Gita and informed through Sensitivity Training for specific populations

  • Knowledge of Pathologies and common treatments for specific diseases and concerns that are typical within certain at-risk populations

  • Understanding and application of the human development system, emotional growth and life cycles and how trauma may impact this journey of growth.  

  • Identifying and understanding typical family, history, cultural inculcations and beliefs and how they affect the well being of individuals

  • Design and implement a complete program that addresses all 5 koshas with an ability to recognize, adapt and adjust to specific needs and evolving relationship.

  • Utilize specific practices from all 8 limbs of classic yoga that are appropriate for specific populations common concerns, diseases, and shared goals.

  • In-depth knowledge and observed capacity for well- developed communication skills in Implementing a progressive therapeutic alliance that includes rapport, safety, security, personalized attention, non-violent communication, and deep equanimity.

  • Collaborate effectively with other students, partner organizations and/or a team to design and implement a case study program for one at-risk population

  • Familiarity with group dynamics including; communication, time management, priorities, boundaries and utilize techniques to address specific needs of individuals within a group setting.

  • Demonstrate the ability to take a history of clients, elicit goals, and appropriately assess several baseline markers of health such as breathing, balance, strength, flexibility, and perceived well-being.  

  • Present case study to peers with clear and measurable data of assessment, appropriate session strategies and formats, and progress. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and utilize advocacy techniques based on karma yoga

Master Teacher

Joy Ravelli

For over 20 years, Joy Ravelli has led workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. She is also the founder of the Purusha Seva Project, a non profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to underserved and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world. Joy has a master-level of experience and knowledge in the fields of natural fitness, somatic movement, thai yoga bodywork, martial arts, pilates, and classic yoga. She enjoys meditating and practicing with diverse people, places, animals, children and nature, while celebrating all the connected magic in this world.

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