Transformative Life Skills (TLS) Training

Transformative Life Skills (TLS) is a powerful application of mindfulness practices for creating and managing environments for wellness and recovery. It includes yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation, which, when integrated, are effective for creating and managing environments for wellness and recovery. TLS is widely viewed as a cost-effective front-line prevention and intervention strategy for physical and behavioral health, education, and violence prevention.

This training is for anyone. You do not need to be a certified yoga teacher or student of yoga. CEU's are available for mental health professionals and educators.

The training is usually conducted in two 3-hour modules: The first half of the training has an internal focus (on the participant) and the second half has an external focus (application for clients/students/staff).


Topics covered

  • The scientific basis of TLS in developmental neuroscience, somatic psychology, and stress resilience.
  • An overview of the benefits of the TLS protocol for special populations
  • Exploration of personal stressors and how to operate from an optimal state
  • Through experiential practice, learn the fundamentals of a 15-minute TLS protocols for stress-management and self-care
  • How to apply TLS in the work environment with clients, staff, and youth for stress reduction, increased resilience, better attention control, and improved emotional regulation


Post-Training Follow-Up Support for Schools

To support comprehensive integration of Transformative Life Skills (TLS) into a school, district or region, Niroga offers in-person and remote coaching in the TLS approach and curriculum, for participants who have undergone TLS training.

Coaching sessions with a TLS coaching specialist — available for TLS advocates among staff selected by the leadership — provide individualized support for optimal application of TLS practices both personally and professionally.

Equipped to facilitate TLS practices for others to achieve school-wide impact, TLS advocates share these benefits with all staff and students, transforming classroom and school climate. Niroga's multifaceted training and coaching model assures long-term sustainability of TLS and enduring transformation for the individuals and communities that participate.

Please email us at or call us at 510.451.3004 to discuss your TLS training and coaching interests.


About the Teachers

Bidyut K. Bose, PhD, Executive Director of Niroga Institute, develops comprehensive and integrated prevention strategies for building healthy communities, and cost-effective architectures for lasting social transformation. He presents TLS at conferences and conducts TLS trainings and workshops nationally and internationally. Bidyut will be accompanied by senior teachers from Niroga Institute.


Feedback from past trainings

"This was the absolutely best session I've ever attended. I was able to learn techniques to help the students as well as myself. Thanks!"
- KIPP Leaders, Philadelphia

"I will integrate the material into groups and am also inspired to integrate into my own personal life as well as grounding assist with my own stress and to serve as a role model."
- San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

"At our local collaborative meeting, several of the staff that had participated in the TLS training talked about how they have already begun to implement TLS in their workplaces. One transitional living program is implementing TLS every morning at 8:30 for staff and residents... We were truly thrilled with the training."
- Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles

"I loved all aspects of the training. I appreciate the enthusiasm and amazing grasp of the material. This was amazing; I am inspired."
- Alameda County School Health Services

"Helped me! Made me more aware of my own feelings and thoughts. Calmed me way down!"
- El Cerrito High School

"Thank you! This work is inspiring, hopeful, and revolutionary."
- Alameda County Health Care Services Agency



Upcoming TLS trainings:

Transformative Life Skills (TLS) for Stress Resilience and Self Care (TLS Level I)
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015

Oakland, CA
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Transformative Life Skills for Professional Application (TLS Level II)
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015

Oakland, CA
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Online Training Now Available!

Scholarships are available.

Can’t make it to an in-person TLS training?  Take the training online from the comfort of your home or office!  Dynamic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience is our 6-hour introductory training to TLS available online and designed for you to take at your own pace.  The fee is $150, and it includes the curriculum (download only).  For more information, please visit the Dynamic Mindfulness page.

We are also offering scholarships for the Dynamic Mindfulness online training. Over the next year we will be offering 1,000 scholarships to educators serving across the country in schools with 50% or more students receiving free or reduced-price meals. Due to the high demand for this offering, we are limiting the number of scholarships to five per school, and providing them on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in this scholarship, sign up for it now.  Once we approve your request, we will give you access to the training.