Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training

This online Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training course fulfills the US Yoga Alliance’s CE non-contact 3-year requirement (20 CE’s). Weekend workshops accrue 14 hours CPD/CE credits.

100 hours average requirement for completion – 20 hours per module study, research and assignment responses.

The course is suitable for experienced yoga teachers, students, individuals and health care professionals with a minimum of 2 years’ experience teaching and/or committed home practice wishing to deepen their practice and understanding of Trauma Informed Yoga, or Trauma Sensitive Yoga, both for self-development and in preparation for teaching.

Course Overview

The course examines the causes and consequences of trauma and chronic stress. Whilst military trauma is covered briefly, the focus of this course is on civilian, non-combat trauma and its prevalence.

Chronic stress, burnout, post-traumatic stress, PTSI/PTSD, traumatic grief and loss are examined in detail from a physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual perspective.

The course then examines why most cognitive/medication-based treatments are unable to provide significant long-term improvement for sufferers, and why appropriate Yoga postures, breaths and Yoga Nidra can and do provide long term healing and attenuation of symptoms.

Course Aims 

The course aims to deepen our understanding of trauma and grief, how they affect us on all levels, and how yoga techniques can support us as we move through this difficult process. This is for personal benefit, as traumatic loss affects so many, as well as to equip yoga teachers to help others suffering post-traumatic stress injury. It’s important to recognise that PTSI/PTSD is more prevalent in the civilian, non-combat, general population than it is in military serving and retired personnel.

Most of us are taught how to acquire things in life; few are taught that significant loss is inevitable for almost all of us, far less how to deal with it when it occurs. Grief is a normal human response to loss, but this doesn’t make it any easier to bear the pain we feel on every level. Because yoga moves our mind and spirit, as well as our body, it is a highly effective trauma support, offering respite, hope and endurance.

The course studies the nature and reality of trauma and grief, their on-going impact, and how yoga practices can provide solace, resilience and self-compassion on the path to post-traumatic growth.  To be able to offer trauma sensitive yoga classes, it is essential to understand how it feels to be traumatised, and how the body, brain and spirit are affected, and to be aware of which yoga practices are appropriate and which are not.

The course endeavours to encourage and enable teachers to deepen their understanding of trauma and its consequences, and with this knowledge, how to enable trauma sufferers to heal/reduce the imprint of trauma on all levels through appropriate yoga practices.

On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped to offer well-informed, effective, safe teaching to those affected by trauma and chronic stress.

Jane, the author of the course, has experienced significant trauma and loss, both recent and remote. She created the course in the hope that it will help others who find themselves floored by devastating trauma and grief.

Jane Mackarness E-RYT 500, YACEP, IYN Yoga Elder

Please be aware that studying online is definitely not a soft option. In many ways distance learning is more demanding than attended teacher training workshops and intensives, as the onus is always on you to deliver.

  • These bodies are known to have an end. The Dweller in the body is eternal, imperishable, infinite. Bhagavad Gita, verse 18.11