a training for yoga teachers, clinicians, social workers, medical personnel and/or individuals working with communities with trauma
This 3-day (and sometimes offered in a 5-day intensive) training, led by either Hala or Kyra, is designed to offer a physiological framework of shock and complex trauma and how they manifest in the body and mind. Participants receive tools from the growing field of trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness to manage, and even resolve, symptoms of trauma. The aim is to equip yoga teachers to teach to students with trauma and to offer tools to people working with those with trauma in other capacities.
Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma. The goal of a trauma-informed yoga practice is to build resiliency and establish greater self-regulation. It is about feeling safe and at-home in our bodies so that we can feel stable, have good self-esteem, and healthy relationships. A trauma-informed yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of a participant with trauma symptoms and offers them tools to feel empowered and self-regulated.
Along with addressing individuals, these trainings also explore how systemic patterns of trauma, at the heart of social justice issues like poverty and racism, impact entire communities of people.
These trainings are for yoga teachers who would like to work with individuals or communities with trauma. It is also for clinicians, therapists, social workers, educators, medical personnel, first responders, non-profit employees or volunteers, or anyone else who would like to integrate basic yoga tools into their work to support greater health and well-being.
Hala and Kyra are currently expanding and creating a full training certification program. They will be offering 2 foundational trainings: one on trauma basics & tools (focusing on the basic physiological model of trauma) and one on the intersection of trauma and social justice (focusing more on the importance of inclusivity and addressing the systemic issues that impact people). More details will be announced soon.
This 15-20hr (3-day) training covers the following essential information for teaching trauma-informed yoga:
- Shock, developmental, complex, and collective trauma
- The stress response and the nervous system
- Somatic therapy tools for resourcing and discharge
- Yoga postures, breathing techniques, & meditations that support self-regulation
- Trauma-informed cueing & sequencing
- Practice teaching
- Social justice basics
- Self-awareness (how our personal life experiences inform our work)
- Vicarious trauma & self-care
The tuition rate for 3-day trainings range anywhere from $350-$650, depending on the exact hours/days and studio location. We do our best to offer scholarships whenever possible.