We support sustainability within the yoga community by providing financial assistance to yoga instructors who want to serve their students with even more skill and care.

It gives a door for opportunity where money could be the lock and bolt holding you hostage where you are. The assistance ignites growth. Grow a teacher and you’ll seed a community.
— Cultivate Union Financial Assistance Recipient


Sacred Chill {West} 200 Hour Training

In partnership with Sacred Chill {West}, we are offering partial assistance in the amount of $875 towards their 200 Hour Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training. This round of assistance is open to Atlanta based yoga students; 2 recipients will be selected to receive the funds, which will go directly towards tuition costs.

The timeline + application

  • February 25, 2019: Applications open

  • March 11, 2019: Applications close at 11:59p

  • March 22, 2019: Applicants are notified of decision via email.

The details

This training is led by Sacred Chill {West} co-owners, Octavia Raheem and Meryl Arnett. To learn about the training, topics of instruction, pricing, and more, please visit the Sacred Chill {West} website.

CU x SETU 2019

We’re are excited to team up with Setu in 2019 to create a special program to New York based yoga instructors. Thanks to our partner, Here To Be, we will be awarding $10,000 of financial assistance to teachers who are  pursuing advanced and specialized trainings.

Financial assistance funds are intended to cover training costs, not transportation or lodging. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated financial need and potential community impact. Our primary focus for impact is in service to people who hold identities that are often underrepresented in mainstream yoga. We will have two open calls for applications in 2019. We encourage applicants to consider the timing of their training and apply to the most appropriate round of funding for their needs.

The timeline

Round 1 | Winter 2019 | Applications are currently closed. All applicants will be notified of decision via email by February 19, 2019.

Round 2 | Summer 2019

  • June 15, 2019: Informal meet and greet (Details TBD)

  • July 1, 2019: Applications open

  • July 22, 2019: Applications close at 11:59p

  • August 12, 2019: Applicants are notified of decision via email

CU X Setu FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?
Yoga instructors who are based in NYC and have profiles in the Setu teacher directory.

Do I need to be registered with Yoga Alliance to apply?

Do I need to be enrolled in training to apply for financial assistance?
You do not need to be enrolled, but must be committed to enrolling if you are accepted.

How do I receive the funds?
Funding is submitted directly to the yoga teaching school and/or lead teacher.

Am I allowed to apply for funding to attend a conference?
No, this funding is intended to be used for advanced and specialized trainings only.

Please contact us at cuxsetu@gmail.com with any other questions.


  • Yoga Nidra Teacher Immersion with Tracee Stanley

  • Body of Light Immersion and Training with Gina Minyard

  • 200 Hour Yoga and Meditation Training with Octavia Raheem and Meryl Arnett

  • 300 Hour Advanced Training with Neda Draupadi Honarvar

  • Biodynamic Yin Yoga Teacher Immersion with Cat Kabira

  • Grounded Kids Yoga: Level 1 Certification with Cheryl Crawford

  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Immersion with Stacey Shulman

  • Yoga Nidra Teacher Immersion with Dr. Nick Atlas

  • Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification with Anna Russ

  • Yoga + Trauma: Healing Through Tantra Hatha Yoga with Holle Black

  • Inclusivity Training For Yoga with Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts

  • Body of Light 300 Hour Advanced Training with Gina Minyard

Do you believe that yoga instructors should have access to the resources they need to serve? You can support our education programming by making a donation here.