Advanced Teacher Training Programs

Introducing our Advanced Teacher Training Program! Broken up into 100 Hour or 50 Hour Modules, you can create your own 300 hour program that most aligns with your personal interests and schedule. Open to all teachers from all yogic backgrounds with a 200 hour teacher training certificate.


January 13th – 15th, 2017


Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 1-6pm



$350 (20% off for Lotus Grads, 10% off for Members) SLIDING SCALE tuition is available! EmailJasmine.
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Join Jasmine Tarkeshi along with Yoga and Social Justice activists Dia Penning, ChE, Jackie Sumell and Narayan St. Jude over MLK Jr. weekend for a transformative 3 day training that bridges the practices of Yoga with the tenets of Social Justice, Activism and Art.

Based in the fact that the worlds great problems are connected to the split we create, between ourselves and others, this training will bridge the teachings and practices of Yoga with social justice and activism. We will see how we can commit our lives to benefit others, that our personal liberation is bound in the liberation of our brothers and sisters, and explore steps to heal our communities.

This Training will include an exploration of the main themes of Yoga Philosophy and Social Justice through personal inquiry, group discussion, habit exploration and reforming, Asana, Pranayama and Mantra. All in order to to invoke personal change and action, transforming our inner dialogue and outer practices. Together we will create a brave space to look at racism, bias, and privilege systems. Exploring ways of dismantling deeply rooted and systemic cultural conditioning, outlining practical ways in which we can use our practice and teaching to create social change.

Yoga and meditation are often perceived as solely internal, individual practices. Yet these practices can also be undertaken to promote positive social and personal developments that benefit the greater community. The concern for the social welfare of both the world and its people is essential to the practice of Yoga and for the sake of transformation and social justice. Historically, Yoga and meditation have been instrumental in facilitating social change.

This Yoga and Social Justice Training will offer practitioners and teachers an opportunity to explore these various subjects to create change, personally, collectively and sociatally and will include a celebration of Dance, Music and Art to promote awakening

Artists Include:

ChE (Dance, Performance Artist)

Thea Mathews (Poet)

Jackson Slaughter (Art)

Class times and descriptions

Friday 1/13 @ Mission Cultural Center

9:15 – 10:45 – Social Justice through the Chakras with Jasmine

11:00 – 1:30 – Cracking the Codes, the system of Inequity Discussion with Dia

Cracking the Codes the System of Inequity is an introduction to the dynamics of systemic inequity. This film is braided together with dialogue to support the exploration of systems and how both internal and external components play out simultaneously.

1:30 – 2:30 – Lunch

2:30 – 4:45 – Three Lenses of Seva & Complicit Bias with jackie sumell

Artist/ activist & Rauschenberg Fellow jackie sumell discusses the role of seva (selfless service) as a survival mechanism through the teachings of the Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra, Christianity, Sikhism, and The Black Panther Party for Self Defense. In this workshop students will learn how seva can literally save ones life, and liberate the ability to love authentically. Drawing from 15 years of working with incarcerated populations, most notably her work with The Angola 3, this workshop will explore the unexpected intersections of prison abolition and yoga, Assata Shakur and Shantideva leading an in-depth study of the path of service. The workshop will further examine implicit bias’ and how they manifest unintentional exclusive communities. Ultimately, we will begin to understand how the smallest thought can become our greatest action.  

Saturday 1/14 @ Laughing Lotus

Love Saves the Day – Benefit Class for Glide with Jasmine

1:00 – 3:00 – Yin Yoga and Social Justice with Dia

Exploring the idea of asana as a safe exploration of your intentions and inner energies. Are you moving from habit or systems that were created around you? Do you question these as truth within you, or are you willing to explore? What if the form was not important as the function? Taking this Yin Yoga metaphor and exploring it during practices gives us an opportunity to think about our practice as an extension of the change we want to see in the world, exploring the relationship of long held beliefs to sensations in long held poses. 

3:15 – 5:45 –  Metta in the Movement with ChE

Artistic Director of Black Lives Matter inspired art-activism platform—#DignityInProcess, ChE invites us into an exploration of how identity shapes the way we practice, on and off the mat. Multidisciplinary at our core, we reconnect with the ancestral tools of storytelling, movement, and ritual as an embodied path to liberation. Weavers of ever evolving folklore, what stories do we hold about our gender, race, and cultural upbringing? How can our practice of metta include a deep respect for the beautiful complexity of each individual? This workshop investigates the relationship between our ancestry, our bodies, and our activism.

6:00 -7:00 – Master Class with ChE

Ecstatic voices rise, feet stomping, hands clapping to rhythms made by breath and body. Our people have shuffled, danced, and sung their way in circles of multigenerational, intertribal healing for ancestral time immemorial. Root yourself in the medicine of the ring shout in this Master Class with artist/ activist ChE. Together we conjure the egun in a celebration of Black Modern dance anchored in Afro-Contemporary, Step, and Congolese dance. 

7:00 – 9:00 – Artivism Celebration with ChE, Jackie, Thea Mathews and David Boyce of the Broun Fellinis playing sax

Join us for a community celebration of Art, Dance, Poetry and Music that promotes awakening! 

Sunday 1/14 @ Laughing Lotus

1:00 – 3:15 Panel Discussion with Presenters Including: Narayan St. Jude, ChE, Dia, jackie and Nathalie 

3:30-6:00 – Moving to Action: Participant Presentation and closing Ceremony

During this session ChE along with will facilitate ritual, collective art-making, and meditation, as we collaboratively vision creative alternatives to replace failing systems that reinforce oppression. As the closing ceremony, facilitators will offer practical tools for how to move out of theory and into action. Reflecting upon our collective learnings, we step out of our comfort zones to transform the world around us. Freedom is our embodied practice

This 20-Hour Training will focus on incorporating these teachings into classes and communities. $350 (20% off for lotus grads) SLIDING SCALE AVAILABLE in exchange for karma yoga during the event! email

Single Workshops (Info TBA) $30-$55 availible for registry January 2nd.

The FULL program is Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 1pm-9pm, Sunday 1-6 (at Laughing Lotus) Full schedule of classes coming soon.




Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street Near 24th St. Bart and Laughing Lotus Yoga Center (3271 16th St.)

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April 5th – 9th, 2017


8AM – 6PM



$950 (20% off for Lotus Grads) Application must be made online Sign Up Now


With Alison Cramer, Jasmine Tarkeshi and guest teachers

Learn to Live, practice and teach in harmony with the cycles of nature and your Nature by weaving the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, the ancient art & science of healing into your daily life, practice and teaching. Through this unique program we will dive into a daily in depth exploration of Ayurveda’s vast history, practices and theory. Through self inquiry and working with others, you will come to recognize and embrace your particular constitution as well as recognizing and honoring the different doshas in others. You will learn to adapt your practice to support your particular imbalance as well as learning self healing practices and recipes to incorporate into your life as well guide others towards their fullest, healthiest selves.

Ayurveda blesses us with ancient wisdom that asks us to take responsibility for our personal wellness and self-care. In this training, we will focus on the Ayurvedic Principals for Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Diet, Ayurvedic Cleansing Practices and Lifestyle choices to better guide our routines both daily (dinacharya) and seasonally (ritucharya). Along with both theory and practice of Lotus Flow by Dosha. Let this plunge into the World of Ayurveda inspire and empower you on your Path to a lifetime of Health and Happiness and Health and Happiness of all!.

This Program can be taken in 3 ways:


Ayurveda history and background

Basic principles of Ayurveda

Dosha Diagnosis

Five sense therapy, food, massage, aromatherapy, mantra, color

Yogic lifestyle, daily and seasonal routines

Pancha karma cleansing techniques

The planets and Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Asana

Lotus Flow through the Doshas



Ali has always followed her passions: first, for dance, which led her from the ‘burbs of Connecticut to New York City at 16; then, for yoga, which eventually led her home to Laughing Lotus, where she discovered her next true loves, Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi, Lotus Flow and Ayurveda. She did her teacher training at Lotus in 2003, and began teaching at Lotus the same year. Nine years later, with the encouragement of Dana Flynn, Ali created Laughing Lotus’ Ayurveda and Healing Program, acting as director and teacher, both at the 100 and 50-hour level certifications.


Little Boxes Theater 1661 Tennessee St,
San Francisco, CA 94107 in Portero Hill

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For questions or inquiries regarding yoga school please email Jasmine