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How to Apply for Yoga East Scholarships and Financial Aid

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students 

Yoga East, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Yoga East Financial Aid Application

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TO PROVE FINANCIAL NEED: upload a copy of your most recent federal tax return. Do not include copies of your schedules and state returns. Do not send the originals.

Dear Financial Aid Applicant:

Yoga East recognizes that many American families are experiencing increasing economic restraints. Our mission is to make the benefits of yoga available to everyone regardless of financial ability to pay class fees. We structure our class fees to keep yoga classes affordable for most people. We also offer reduced fee classes at all locations. Our scholarships are reserved for individuals with low income who otherwise would not have access to yoga classes or yoga teacher training. We can also offer limited fee reductions to students with temporary financial hardships such as layoff, unemployment, bankruptcy or other hardship.

Do not apply for a Yoga East scholarship:

• If you, or a family member who resides with you, has a membership at a gym or fitness center which offers yoga classes, or if you attend classes at another yoga facility, or if such classes are available to you. Our scholarships are only for individuals who truly have no other access to yoga but for our financial aid.
• If your income is in excess of $48,000. Please note that we base our decisions on federal poverty guidelines. Requests for fee reductions will not be considered if your income greatly exceeds the guidelines. Special circumstances, such as medical bills, family obligations (supporting an elderly parent or a single parent with minor children) will be considered.
• If you will not be able to attend classes regularly or help in the studios. Our aid awards are only for students with a regular yoga practice and commitment to Yoga East. Students who receive financial aid should assist us by volunteering at the desk, helping to orient new students, cleaning the studios or assisting at events and workshops. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you.

Note: if the value of your aid award exceeds $600 in a calendar year, this is reported to the IRS on a Form 1099.

I certify that I have read the above statement of Yoga East's Financial Aid policy, and that the information given on this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.


If you prefer not to submit the online form, you can download a print version of the application, fill it out and mail it or take it to one of our studios.

Rhonda Lawson Memorial Fund
Scholarships for Teacher Training

Rhonda was a teacher training student who was killed in an automobile accident the day before she was to enter our teacher training program. She intended to teach yoga classes in her neighborhood in the Parkland/Park Duvall neighborhoods.  The Fund gives grants for these purposes:

  • teacher training scholarships to yoga students with financial need;
  • free or low-cost training for yoga teachers in our Volunteer Teacher Program, a 40 hour training given to experienced Yoga East students who are willing to give free or low-cost yoga classes to under-served populations.
  • Chair Yoga Teacher Training. This program is currently in development. It will train yoga teachers to give Chair Yoga classes in nursing homes, senior day care centers, and other locations suitable for Chair Yoga classes

Many of the teachers on our schedule have received scholarships.  Some of our best teachers such as Leroy Chittenden, Bev Hurt and Becky Thompson got started in the volunteer program.  Leroy teaches at senior centers, children's day care and churches throughout Louisville. Bev Hurt started the yoga program at the Fern Creek Community Center and her classes have raised over $20,000 to support the Center.  

Teacher training scholarships are only given to students with financial need who have regularly attended classes at Yoga East for one year. To apply for a scholarship, you must have submitted an application to a teacher training course and received an acceptance letter. Contact Laura Spaulding for a scholarship application. Phone 502-585-9642.

The Mysore Fund
Scholarships and Grants for Study of Ashtanga

Our Mysore Fund gives grants for these purposes:

  • scholarships to yoga students with financial need to attend Mysore Ashtanga classes;
  • grants for study at the KPJAYI Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.  Annual study at the Institute is a requirement for Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teachers or yoga students who are seeking to become authorized. 

Many of the Ashtanga teachers on our schedule have received grants for study in India.  Most yoga teachers need assistance to meet the annual study requirement.  The average one-month trip to Mysore costs $2,500-$3,000 per year.  Yoga East has trained three Authorized Level 1 teachers and one Authorized Level 2 teacher.  This has enabled us to have one of the oldest Mysore programs in the world (since 2002) and one that is recognized by Ashtanga yogis throughout the world. Yoga East has hosted both Saraswathi and Sharath Jois, the heads of the Institute, one of the few yoga schools in the world to host both.

Your donations make this possible because we also charge one of the lowest tuition rates in the world.  No student is turned away from the Mysore program due to financial inability to pay.

Mysore scholarships and grants to attend Mysore classes are only given to students who have attended Yoga East classes for a minimum of one month. See your regular teacher for a recommendation.  Grants for study in Mysore are only given to students who have attended Mysore classes at Yoga East for a minimum of one year. See Laura Spaulding in person at Mysore class for an application.

Donate to the Rhonda Lawson Fund

Donate for Scholarships
for Classes and Workshops

Donate to the Mysore Fund