Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

We believe that all yoga should seek to create a safe space in which to inquire into a felt-sense of being; a space in which the practitioner is given choices about their practice, an opportunity for empowerment, and the chance to experience the deepest rhythms of the body. These key themes of Trauma-Informed yoga can be found throughout both our 200 and 300 Hour Training Programs, and our 300 Hour Program features a module, in partnership with Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center, specifically designed to explore these important skills and concepts! We also offer a Trauma-Informed Continuing Education Module (CEU) for those who have already completed (at minimum) a 200 hour training.

Through experiential practice and collaborative discussion, participants will gain an understanding of the neuroscience of trauma, examine key themes of trauma-informed yoga practice and teaching, explore research that supports yoga as a force for creating positive change in students’ experience of trauma, and learn tools, techniques and contraindications for teaching trauma-informed yoga.

Topics include:
Neuroscience of Trauma and Why Yoga Helps
Key Themes of Trauma-Informed Yoga – Safety, Empowerment, Choice
Using Yoga Nidra in Trauma-Informed Practice and Teaching
Yoga Techniques for Survivors – Choosing Appropriate Pranayama, Asana and Meditative Tools
Next Steps – Service, Community and Advocacy

Trauma-Informed CEU

This weekend program takes place Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features all of the topics above listed above. Participants will earn continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance, and become certified to teach Trauma-Informed Yoga classes. Our partnership with Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center creates a bridge between students who participate in this training and the many opportunities to volunteer and to serve populations in need across the region.

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed at least a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Registration with Yoga Alliance is not required.

Format: Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center

2025 Regency Rd.
Lexington, KY  40503

Required Texts:

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy – by David Emerson
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga –  by David Emerson

Cost: $230 *limited scholarships available* *discount available for The Essence of Yoga Center graduates*

Upcoming dates:

December 1 and 2, 2018 – Enrollment closes November 19, 2018.

Interested in enrolling? Click here!