Kunga Yoga Service and Social Activism Leadership – January 2014 *

“It’s not where you’re from, it’s not where you’re at, it’s what you do.”

*500 Hour Required Training

with Kristin Cooper and Noelle Cavenaugh & Special Guests The Kunga Drummers
Despite tough economic times; donations, volunteerism, and social activism is on the rise. The Kunga Yoga Service and Social Activism Leadership Training is for yoga teachers, students, activists, community leaders, and anyone feeling the call to give back and help others. This training is for those that wish to make a difference but don’t know where to start, and also for seasoned activists needing to refill their cup. Led by Kristin Cooper and Noelle Cavenaugh, this training offers participants a very unique opportunity to explore the process of self-inquiry and transformation, and to become effective community leaders and outreach facilitators

In this training, you will:

  • cultivate compassion, self-compassion and self-esteem
  • forge powerful relationships
  • learn specific awarenesses for working with underserved communities
  • get inspired to reach your fullest potential and make a lasting impact on the lives of others
  • learn practical tools for reducing suffering in classrooms and communities
  • learn about the connection between yoga, neuroscience, and trauma
  • explore creative, dynamic, and FUN activities to build your leadership muscles
  • learn to cultivate diversity and cultural awareness
  • network and create with other like-minded students/leaders in a supportive environment

What to Bring:

  • Spiral Notebook
  • Journal
  • 2 Magazines of any kind

Recommended Texts (not required):

  • “Trauma Stewardship”-Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
  • “Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga”-Emerson
  • “At-Risk Tools For Teachers Manual”-Yoga ED
  • “Give Smart-Philanthropy that Gets Results-Thomas Tierney, Joel Fleishman
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About Kristin Cooper, ERYT500

Kristin CooperKristin Cooper ERYT500, is a registered 500hr Yoga Alliance teacher trainer. She began teaching full time in 1999, and training yoga teachers in 2003. Kristin is the founder and director of The Wilmington Yoga Center, Kunga Journeys Global Service Retreats & The 200/500hr Kunga Yoga School. Kunga Yoga is an open, service-based yoga practice that encourages students to integrate the service theme of the month off the mat, and all Kunga Yoga teachers teach free classes to needed populations and donate 5% of their proceeds from teaching to the Kunga Fund which supports underserved communities locally and globally. Kristin travels as a teaching assistant and percussionist for renowned yoga teacher Shiva Rea and is mentor for students in Shiva’s Prana Flow trainings. Kristin is the creator of Rhythmic Flow Yoga w/the Kunga Drummers, leading workshops fusing yoga and live music since 2000.Her personal practice has been inspired and guided by an extraordinary group of teachers to whom she is extremely grateful, including: Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Bryan Kest, Jack Kornfield, Teresa Spanos, Beryll Berch, Gurumukh, Donna Gardner, and her loving family. She travels around the globe annually, guest teaching for various teacher trainings, and offering workshop and international retreats with her percussionist husband, Loren Gulak. Their greatest joy is fundraising and leading Kunga Journeys service retreats each year at orphanages in developing countries-all while having FUN! Travel teaching schedule can be found at www.kristinyoga.com

About Noelle Cavenaugh, ERYT500

Noelle Cavenaugh HeadshotNoelle Cavenaugh, ERYT500 is the Co-Director of the Kunga Yoga School at the Wilmington Yoga Center, leading 200 and 500 hour Kunga Yoga Lifestyle Teacher Trainings and Kunga Journeys Service Retreats nationally and internationally. Noelle is also a Professional Level Kunga Yoga Leader, completing a 350 hour advanced apprenticeship certification with Kristin Cooper-Gulak; and is currently pursuing her 1000hour Kunga Yoga certification. She is a seasoned international teacher and retreat leader, and is deeply committed to the Kunga Yoga mission of service, spending much of her time in India and in the U.S. working with and for the girls of the Homes of Hope Orphanages in Kerala, India.
Noelle has been teaching since 2006, beginning her yoga studies at the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, and studying Thai Yoga Massage in Chaing Mai, Thailand, completing advanced-level certifications in the Lek Chaiya tradition. She is a certified Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer teacher, completing over 250 hours in advanced anatomy and pilates technique training and is also a certified 5Elements Flow Yoga Teacher Trainer and certified Kunga Vinyasa Trainer. Her additional certifications include Interdisciplinary Yoga, Fluid Power Yoga, and Thai Yoga Therapy.
Noelle’s primary teachers include Ashley Ludman, Kristin Cooper-Gulak, and Larry Hobbs. She has also completed trainings with Hilary Garivaltis in Ayurveda, Marlysa Sullivan in Anatomy of Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga, David Emerson in Yoga for Trauma and PTSD, and Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Heather Till.
Noelle has assisted Anusara-based Seaside Yoga Teacher Trainings and Transformation Retreats with Ashley Ludman and hasled Blissfully Belizean Yoga retreats to Ambergris Caye, Belize, with Elizabeth Cramond RYT. Due to her dynamic classes and community following, Noelle has been chosen as an ambassador of both Manduka and Lululemon. Yoga, music, dance, service work, and travel are her passions, and she enjoys incorporating these experiences into her teachings to create a safe, fun, and effective experience appropriate for all ages and levels. Noelle enjoys empowering the student to connect with their inner teacher. Noelle teaches public classes, offers Thai Yoga therapy sessions and one-on-one private therapeutic yoga sessions at The Wilmington Yoga Center, benefitting a broad range of ages, needs, and conditions.

Date & Time

Friday, January 31
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, February 1
12:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday, February 2
9:00am – 4:00pm


$325.00 after  January 17
$300.00 before January 17

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If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA program. The MyCAA program is a career development and employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. MyCAA provides a maximum educational benefit of $4,000.

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Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School 500hrCEUs & Yoga Certification Info

  • 15 of CEU Hours toward 500 YA or CEUs
  • $15 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration
  • Participation in full workshop required to receive 500YA credit.
  • This certification counts as one required module/counts as elective hours towards 500Hr registry in the Wilmington Yoga Center program

Cancellation Policy

10 days prior to the workshop cancellation is permitted for account credit only minus a $25 administrative fee. 10 days and closer to the start date of the workshop the total tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

MyCAA Information:

If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA program. The MyCAA program is a career development and employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. MyCAA provides a maximum educational benefit of $4,000.