This Yoga Alliance® certified training is ideal for 200/300/500 hr registered yoga teachers and yoga therapists are designed to immerse you in a spiritually vibrant culture while upgrading your skills. So you can work safely and therapeutically with those suffering from anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, CPTSD and unresolved trauma from abuse, surgery, injury, accidents or difficult birth and support students' healing in classes, retreats, or as private clients.
Led by social activist and senior teacher Atira Tan, MA, SEP, 500 E-RYT founder of Art to Healing, a charity dedicated to providing psychological support and recovery to sex traffic survivors, and Yoga for Freedom, together with trauma specialist, somatic therapist and founder of Womb * Sense, Gemini Adams, 200 E-RYT, C-TREP, who share 40 years combined experience in teaching yoga and trauma recovery.
Over the course of the 15-day training, we'll explore the following 6 modules with psycho-education, somatic psychology, mentorship and more:
1. What is trauma: how it interrupts and impacts our ability to relax, react, and respond
2. Signs of trauma: how the body holds and shows signs of trauma
3. Touch and trauma: how it can harm or heal
4. Trauma-sensitive language: what to say, what not to say, and why
5. Cross-cultural sensitivity: taking your trauma-informed yoga to the world
6. Supervised classes and evaluation: observational sessions and teaching trauma-informed yoga to abused women and children in shelters
Daily yoga and Trauma Release Exercise (TRE®) classes, combined with hands-on-dyad's, classes and lectures to provide a deep understanding of the impact unresolved trauma has on the mind, body, nervous system, ability to voice one’s needs and effect on our capacity for compassion.
You’ll learn to spot patterns of physical and physiological withholding to identify bodies that are at risk of being re-traumatised.
You'll discover how certain asana, pranayama, and meditation practices can actually cause further suffering or injury, and how the language used in class can trigger constriction and fear rather than trust and relaxation.
As teachers or therapists, you’ll improve your ability to be a therapeutic presence to cultivate a safe, supportive space and to promote deeper healing and peace in the world.
Come and join a community of professionals who seek to 'be the change,' and embrace the chance for contribution — stepping into service to guide young Nepalese women who've been traumatised through abuse and sex trafficking during supervised placements in local shelters where you can put the trauma-informed teachings into practice.
While the program is packed with classes, lectures and practical sessions, there will be plenty of time to immerse yourself in the spiritually vibrant culture, and an intoxicating riot of sights, sounds and smells that is Nepal.
Excursions to temples, cultural sites and for shopping will be interspersed throughout the program.
Afternoon and evening breaks give ample space for meandering walks, time to relax, reflect, connect with each other and enjoy the stunning views from the Vajra's roof terrace or to read a Sanskrit or Tibetan text in the East-West library.
You’ll also have time to embody the practices, honing your understanding of the material. This includes the cultivation of cross-cultural sensitivity and how to communicate even when a language barrier exists.
This training will equip you with the skills to attune your classes or private sessions to work safely and therapeutically with those suffering from anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, CPTSD, and unresolved trauma from abuse, surgery, injury, accidents, or difficult pregnancy and birth.
In addition, you'll learn how to address the general population of students who are unaware of how trauma is impacting their mental and physical well-being and ability to deepen their own practice.
This training is now FULLY BOOKED. Please email email@example.com to be put on the waiting list.
“Since the training, it’s been really exciting. I‘ve been teaching a trauma informed yoga class at a private counselling center for rape survivors, and I just got hired to teach at an outpatient treatment facility. I’ve also partnered with a local counsellor and we’re offering CEU classes for mental health professionals to learn how they can incorporate trauma informed yoga techniques into their sessions.”
- Lisa Orozco, Equine Therapist & Yoga Teacher, USA
“Both Gemini and Atira are not only great yoga teachers, they know so much about trauma and how to teach yoga accordingly. I’ve learned so much more than I could have ever expected. They both have amazing personalities, lovely laughter and a great sense of humour and their standards and ethics are really high. I’d really recommend this trauma informed yoga teacher training to anyone interested in healing traumas of their own and others.”
– Hanne Lyngholm, Social Worker & Yoga Teacher, Denmark
7 - 9am - Yoga Practice
9 - 10.30am - Breakfast Break
10.30 - 12.30 - Class
12.30 - 3.30 - Lunch and Break
3.30 - 5.30 - Class & Group Sessions
5.30 - 7pm -Somatic & Embodiment Sessions
7pm - 9pm - Dinner