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After months of deliberation, discussion, planning, & preparing, we are THRILLED and honored to finally announce our partnership with Kimberly Kalpana Bridi of Mission Om Yoga, a 230-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Program. If you have more questions before registering, or would like to find out more about this awesome program before making your commitment, please join Kim and Moniqua at Space Yoga Studio, 1403 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 for a FREE Yoga Nidra practice and Meet-and-Greet on Sunday, March 8 at 5:30p!



Mission Om is a one-of-a kind therapeutic yoga teacher training program designed to provide students with authentic yoga training. Its special purpose is to train students to adapt and share yoga to people in a variety of settings, of all conditions, backgrounds and beliefs in a safe, appropriate way. We want our emerging teachers to discover their personal style of teaching and develop their unique gifts to share with the world.


This program includes best-in-class teachers with unique backgrounds, talents and experiences, including a 1-year online access to Leslie Kaminoff's world-class Fundamentals Training as well as guest speakers such as Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D., and more. This program will not only teach you to teach, but will be a deeply personal experience of self-inquiry, change and evolution.


Mission OM has three main point of focus: heal the past, love the present, shine in the future, and was created to provide yoga to populations who need and want it as therapy, but also to improve and transform their lives. Using the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda this transformational training will provide an overview on how to adapt and create appropriate practices for populations including and conditions:

  • Military

  • Prenatal and post-partum

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Various types of trauma

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Chronic Pain

  • Cancer


Students will meet over a 10-month period with a weekend-based format in Augusta. One of the 10 weekends will include a mandatory retreat in Charlotte, N.C. This retreat weekend will be an ashram-style retreat and will include a session on Equine-assisted Yoga Therapy. 



  • Understand how to work with special populations including military, trauma

  • survivors, sufferers of chronic pain & brain injuries, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, & more.

  • Immerse yourself in subtle & physical Anatomy & Physiology and gain a 1-yr online access to Leslie Kaminoff’s Fundamentals Training.

  • Receive coaching in Yoga & Ayurvedic philosophy, lifestyle, & ethics, & learn how to coach others.

  • Gain support to develop your personal teaching style through unique experiences, including equine-assisted yoga.

  • Master a basic Thai massage sequence, the art of assists, and therapeutic touch.


This program will exceed the Yoga Alliance standards for therapeutic yoga for physical, psychological, and spiritual healing, with focus on the following areas:


Teaching, Training and Practice

Asana, pranayama, chanting, mantra, meditation. Strong focus on adaption and special conditions including physical and emotional conditions as well as doshas (Ayurvedic Body Constitution). Introduction to Thai Yoga Therapy.


Teaching Methodology

Communication skills – based on life coaching. Developing personal teaching style. Teaching to group and individual settings. Business of Yoga (including preparation of marketing materials). Possibility for teaching practice through Space Yoga Studio.


Anatomy and Physiology

Strong emphases on physical and subtle anatomy including Chakras, nadis, marma points. Emphasis on Ayurveda. Neuorscience of Yoga. Anatomy Training  through YogaAnatomy.net Fundamentals with world-renound teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.

  • 20 hours of video training - divided into 10 themed units with multiple lessons.

  • Full text transcripts of the lessons - for easy review, note-taking, and international / ESL students.

  • Downloadable / printable handouts – highlighting important terms and concepts for each lesson.

  • Downloadable / printable visuals – bringing the details to your students’ fingertips.

  • Downloadable / printable worksheets - to fill out at home while they’re watching each class.

  • Physical explorations – to help students embody the material while they’re learning new concepts.

  • Asana Labs – If students are interested in a particular branch of yoga anatomy, or just want to learn more about how to use these principles with a specific population, they can delve more into their personal areas of interest. Examine specific asanas from an anatomical and teaching perspective.


Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics

Study and put into practice key yoga-based lifestyle. Swadhyaya – self-study. Introduction to Ayurveda



Opportunities through Space Yoga studio for real teaching experience. Observation of Clinical Yoga Therapy in practice.



This program will require commitment, dedication and practice. You will be required to attend all weekends. Any missed weekends and required contact hours will require private or small group training at an additional fee.


  • Daily yoga and meditation practice

  • Completion of all homework assignments

  • Passing of Final Project

  • Success with practicum teaching

  • Service Project: Audio or Video Presentation on special population of your choice.

  • 6 Research-Based Blog Entries (3 on yoga philosophy, 3 yoga anatomy)



(Weekend dates are subject to change.) 


Friday 6 - 9:30

Saturday 8:30 – 6:30 (1.5 hour lunch break)

Sunday 8:30 – 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)

Dates: May 16-18; June 12-14; July 17-19; August 14-16; September 11-13; October 2-4  (Retreat Weekend in Charlotte - alternate date: October 30-November 1); November 20-22; December 18-20; January 15-17, 2016.


*Retreat Weekend in Charlotte to include day at Triple Play Farm doing work with yoga on Horseback, Equine-Assisted Yoga Therapy, hiking and journaling, and meditation, and more.



Friday 6 - 9:30

               6:30 Welcome, Chanting, Centering

               7-8 Dharma Circle

               8-9 Practice Based on Weekend Teaching

               9-9:30 Review of Weekend


Saturday 8:30 – 6:30 (1.5 hour lunch break)

               8:30-10 Practice

               10-11 Lecture Experiential

11-12:30 Asana Workshop

               12:30 – 2 Lunch/Break

               2-4 Lecture Experiential 

               4-6 Teaching Workshop and Review (Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Assists, ect)

               6:30 Check Out/Group Process


Sunday 8:30 – 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)

               8:30 – 10 Practice

               10 – 11 Lecture

               11 – 12:30 Teaching Workshop

               12:30 - 1:30 Lunch/Break

               1:30 – 2:30 Lecture/Experiential

               2:30 – 3:30 Teaching Workshop Review

               3:30 – 4:30 Weekend Close/Group Process/Questions





Kimberly Kalpana Bridi is a yoga therapist for the Department of the Army. She provides yoga therapy for Service Members in chronic pain, with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and more.  In the past two years she has successfully incorporated yoga into the clinical hospital setting at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. She works side-by-side and provides yoga-based training to traditional healthcare professionals as well as complimentary and alternative providers, teaching asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra and other yoga and Ayurvedic practices. She is a master practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy/Massage and somatic-based therapies.


She is completing her Master’s Degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University and has learned from some of the most knowledgeable yoga teachers in our modern day. She has a background as a life coach and owned her own therapeutic yoga studio in North Carolina before taking her position with the Army. While in the private setting, she has worked both individually and in groups with exceptional children and adolescence as well as children suffering from trauma. She has trained exceptional school teachers on how to incorporate yoga into the classroom setting.  She has taught workshop and classes, including equine-assisted yoga and presented at conferences and seminars to local and national audiences.


She has combined the best of her knowledge, experience and background, as well as considered her mistakes to create an exceptional, one-of-a-kind YTT program that will not only transform the lives of students taking it but enabling emerging teachers to do the same.




How much yoga experience do I need before enrolling in this teacher training program?


You should have been practicing yoga for atleast 6 months and have a strong desire to learn about or to teach yoga.


Fee Schedule


Space Yoga Studio has set up monthly payment plan. A $200 non-refundable deposit is due along with your application and will count towards your tuition.




Early Bird: $2,100 if paid in full by April 1. 

                   $2,500 if paid through monthly plan.


Additional Expenses:


Required reading and viewing material.* (Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy.Net Fundamentals Anatomy Material is included in the cost of tuition – a $197 value --  and will give you 1-year access to the site http://yogaanatomy.net/fundamentals/ .) Expect to spend about $100 - $150 required reading. An additional $250 will be collected by the third weekend to cover housing and food costs for the October Retreat Weekend.


I can’t attend all of the weekends. Is there a way to make it up?


All weekends are mandatory. There will be an opportunity at the end of the training to make up occasional missed hours or conflicts or emergency situations. Fee is $80 per hour.


Is the mandatory retreat weekend in Charlotte included in the tuition?


The retreat weekend will cost an additional $250. That will cover cost of housing and food.


How is this program different from other Yoga Teacher Training Programs?


This program has an emphasis on therapeutic yoga and teaching to special populations as well as physical and mental conditions. You will also learn basics and be able to apply Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage. (This program does not qualify you to become a licensed massage therapist.)


What will I be qualified to teach at the completion of the program?


You will be qualified to teach a well-rounded class, which includes postures, breathing (pranayama), mantra and meditation for the general public as well as for special populations and conditions including:


Prenatal and post-partum 

Autism Spectrum Disorder


Traumatic Brain Injury 

Chronic Pain 


You will learn how to structure a class or individual session for the physical and emotional needs of your students and recommend tools and techniques to help with those conditions. With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your Certificate of Completion evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). 


What is Yoga Alliance?


Yoga Alliance is a nationally recognized organization, which sets standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. Most yoga studios, fitness and wellness centers require students to be registered through the Yoga Alliance. There is no legal certification for yoga teachers. 


Will I be guaranteed a teaching position at Space Yoga Studio?




Will this program allow me to practice as yoga therapist?


There are currently no regulations for yoga therapists, however the International Association of Yoga Therapists is working to establish a credentialing system.  Mission OM ™ Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training will not meet the requirements for the IAYTs credentialing, but it will cover some of the prerequisites.



If you would like to find out more information or have any other questions to ask before the Meet-and-Greet session, or if you would like to enroll, please contact Moniqua at spaceyogastudio.com or 706.306.1468, or Kim at kimbridi@gmail.com or 706.749.4328. 


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