FOUNDATIONAL COURSE
MODULE 1 / TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA BASICS (TIYB)

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Who can attend the training? 

This module is open to people of all levels and all backgrounds; you do not need any specific training prior to attending, although we strongly recommend having a current yoga practice. We believe this training will be most helpful for yoga teachers, social workers, therapists, health care professionals, educators, community service personnel, and activists looking for tools to support sustainable healing from trauma and chronic stress. 

What will I learn? 

This module provides an integrative framework for understanding how trauma and chronic stress impact the body and mind. The module focuses on yoga, mindfulness, somatic practices, and meditation, and their ability to reduce trauma and stress symptoms and cultivate a greater sense of well-being. 

This training will equip you with relevant theory, tools, and in-person practice to better support trauma survivors as they befriend their bodies and reclaim a sense of safety and empowerment in their lives.

What does Module 1 cover?

TIYB covers:

  • The autonomic nervous system & stress response

  • The Polyvagal Theory

  • Overview of Attachment Theory

  • Somatic Therapy tools for resourcing (informed by Peter Levine’s method of Somatic Experiencing, as well as Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and various other modalities of movement)

  • Yoga practices & somatic meditations for greater self-regulation

  • Trauma-informed language and cueing

  • Cultivating inclusivity

  • Practice teaching 

  • Yoga and trauma-healing as social justice


Ingrained in all of the TIY trainings is the understanding that systemic patterns of trauma, privilege, marginalization and oppression (such as poverty, racism, ableism, and homophobia among others) must be addressed in order to cultivate healing for all individuals. This philosophy is unpacked at-depth in Module 2*

*CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON MODULE 2