FOUNDATIONAL COURSE
MODULE 2 / YOGA & SOCIAL JUSTICE (YSJ)

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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. This training is valuable to all folks interested in being more trauma and social-justice-informed. It may be especially useful for yoga teachers, social workers, clinicians, health care professionals, educators, community service personnel, and activists looking for more equitable & sustainable approaches to healing trauma, and for folks wanting to engage in trauma-informed and trauma-healing work from a social-justice lens.

What will I learn? 

This module is a deeper dive into how trauma impacts us at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels AND how trauma-informed yoga teaching can help pave the way for more resilience and equity in our communities.

We explore how trauma impacts the brain and body while simultaneously looking at how systemic and institutionalized patterns of trauma and structural violence are at the root of social justice issues such as poverty, racism, ableism, and homophobia, among many others.

Through a socio-political framework we look at the conditioning that created and reinforces supremacist systems of oppression and inequality. We will also reflect on, and unpack, our individual locations in these systems. This is vital for yoga teachers and any space holder to do in order to truly serve their students.

This training draws on principles that call for union, truth, and work towards liberation for all. Throughout the training we use practices of yoga, embodiment, and mindfulness as tools to bear witness to and build capacity for transforming the trauma of our socially unjust society, rather than simply as a means to spiritually bypass them.  We also teach how to use these regulation practices as a means to build greater resilience and to support healing and transformation within ourselves, our students, and our communities.

What does Module 2 cover?

YSJ covers:

  • How trauma impacts individuals and communities

  • Social justice basics- what is it and how does it impact all of us?

  • Strength and resilience in marginalized communities

  • Connections between yoga, trauma, oppression and resilience

  • Intersectionality 

  • How identity, positionality, privilege, and marginalization impacts us 

  • Harm reduction in yoga and other healing spaces 

  • Specific tools for teaching more inclusively

  • How to show up as a teacher with students in various settings and with different identities and experiences

  • Exploring ways to use our practice and teaching to create social change


Ingrained in all of the TIY trainings is the deep connection between the mind and body and how trauma and chronic stress impact them collectively. The integrative and physiological framework for understanding this, along with relevant theory, tools, and practices, is explored in Module 1*

*CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON MODULE 1