Swan School Samasta Scholarship

Samasta scholarship

Samasta is a Sanskrit word meaning “same standing.” To yogis long ago, this was the concept of equal rights. In honor of the efforts of all working to fulfill this vision, Swan River Yoga and Swan School will offer the Samasta Scholarship for the 2017 Swan School 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training.

In our western culture, yoga is often not represented as being inclusive of all beings. We wish to remedy the exclusive, illusory lifestyle marketing and dismantle cultural conditioning that too often limits yoga as a practice for the privileged. Swan River Yoga firmly advocates and encourages unity in diversity & we wish to do better at fostering an all-inclusive community. We feel that diversity and inclusivity honors the most sacred teachings of yoga and bolsters our studio’s mission for equal rights globally and universally.

We wish to offer this scholarship opportunity to an individual who faces discrimination due to sexual orientation/preference, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, cultural heritage, religious background, former incarceration status, veteran status, body type, age, economic status or disability.

Swan River Yoga believes in the strength of community to heal the sense of otherness that many among us feel.


About 500-Hr Swan Yoga Teacher Training

Total value of scholarship: $3,750 (value of 500-hr TT)

Training Dates: May 10, 2017-November 15, 2017

*Hours/time of meeting that the applicate must be available: Wednesdays 6-10pm and a few weekends. This course is 6 months with a 2-week break in the summer from July 28th-Aug 11th.

>>>READ MORE about the 500-hr Swan Yoga Teacher Training in its entirety.


We welcome with love all submissions for this scholarship. Please send us an essay, video, art piece or other form of self-expression that answers these questions:

How do you support the union of community through your individual expression of freedom?
How can you make your own freedom a means of ending oppression for others?

Submissions can be submitted in the form below, emailed to tqsims@gmail.com or dropped off at the front desk at Swan River Yoga, 2940 Canal Street, c/o Thomas Q. Sims. Deadline for submission is April 20th, 2017.

Yoga welcomes everyone. We look forward to awarding this scholarship to someone who will come to discover the benefits of a deeper knowledge and practice of yoga, and who will in turn pass this knowledge and practice on to others.

May all beings be free.