transcending sexual trauma through yoga online training: registration is live! 

Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can also make it difficult for survivors who are looking to establish connection in their lives and learn how to trust again. The entire experience of practicing trauma-informed yoga, can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self; allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole.

Regardless of the nature of the traumatic incident, survivors may suffer from the physical pain and emotional unrest that have permeated their lived experience long after the incident(s) of trauma occurred. There is no doubt that trauma impacts brain functioning. After experiencing trauma, the amygdala goes into over-drive and anticipates danger even when there is none. Trauma can leave the body feeling dis-regulated and unsafe. The practice of trauma-informed yoga can help survivors establish safety and resource their body in a way that feels authentic, manageable, and unique to their needs. 

Trauma impacts all areas of human functioning: the physical, mental, behavioral, social, and spiritual. So often, the impact of trauma is somatic. Survivors often times experience flashbacks, dis-regulated breathing, anxiety, depression, insomnia, GI issues, migraines, and many more. As a result, trauma treatment must consider the person as a whole. In yoga terms, trauma can elicit "vasanas" which are emotional imprints in the body that often times become deep rooted, hardwired, and lodged in various areas of the body depending on the nature of the trauma. These vasanas can impact the nervous system, the endocrine system, and our physiology and cause a variety of trauma symptoms, dissociation, physical pain, and illness when left undigested (Amy Wheeler). By working to heal the body, we can create a  critical pathway to safety and embodiment for our clients.  

This comprehensive training will provide yoga teachers, mental health professionals, or anyone interested in teaching from a trauma-informed lens with all of the necessary tools to create a safe environment for survivors of sexual trauma. Registration links below: 

Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Yoga Training: Includes All 7 Modules Below ($650): Click here to register. 

Lecture 1: The Brain, the Nervous System, and our Capacity to Heal Trauma through Yoga ($125): Click here to register. 

Lecture 2: Comprehensive Considerations for Teaching and Understanding Trauma-Informed Yoga ($125): Click here to register.

Lecture 3: An Overview of Therapeutic Yoga Techniques for Trauma Survivors ($125): Click here to register. 

Lecture 4: How to Build, Implement, and Launch a Trauma-Informed Yoga Program for Survivors ($125): Click here to register. 

Lecture 5: Teaching Trauma-Informed Meditation and the Impact of Trauma on the Chakras ($125): Click here to register. 

Lecture 6: Yoga Teacher Collaborations with Mental Health Professionals ($125): Click here to register. 

Lecture 7: An 8-week Self-Paced Yoga as Healing Series for Survivors ($180): Click here to register. 

What you get:

  • 7 lectures on trauma-informed yoga
  • Access to 8 audio recordings of themed trauma-informed yoga classes + mini lectures to support integrating concepts off the mat
  • Comprehensive 200 page+ trauma-informed yoga resource guide with all relevant materials to implement a comprehensive, holistic, integrated, and sustainable program
  • An overview of the evidence-based research in support of trauma-informed yoga practices
  • An introduction to the neurobiology of trauma and the intersection of yoga
  • An explanation of the unique experiences of sexual assault survivors and benefits of holistic healing
  • Introduction to trauma-informed practices and language
  • A thorough overview of trauma-informed teaching dynamics and core considerations, including:
    • Empowerment-based Language
    • Integration of Choices
    • Supportive Presence
    • The Art of Assisting
    • Safety and Space
    • Invitation of Postures
    • Breath and Trauma
    • Themes and Philosophy Integration
    • Cultural Considerations and Accessibility
  • Tips for starting a yoga program for survivors of sexual trauma, including:
    • How to create buy-in from a university/agency
    • The power of collaborations
    • Working with mental health professionals
    • Identifying your audience
    • Building a curriculum
    • Group structure
    • Marketing
    • Assessment and liability
    • Share your Story
    • The Business of Yoga
  • Opportunities to connect online with other teachers in your training cohort

This training will leave you fully equipped to start a comprehensive trauma-informed yoga program for survivors of trauma. 

For survivors interested in just the 8-week Self-Paced Yoga as Healing Series:  

This program specifically focuses on self-acceptance and self-compassion and provides survivors with tangible benefits that may become noticeable throughout their practice. This gradual integration can be transformational and healing for survivors. This program provides the opportunity for survivors to: 

  • Access to 8 audio recordings of themed trauma-informed yoga classes
  • Find peace and healing through trauma-informed yoga practice     
  • Exercise the choices they have to move their body in ways that feel comfortable 
  • Learn to establish connection to self, trust others, and strengthen relationships     
  • Establish safety and stability in the body      
  • Tap into inner strength and build skills and positive coping mechanisms for managing painful experiences    
  • Regain power and control through mindful movements and reconnection to the body 

Yoga provides a safe and accessible way for survivors to explore their healing internally and uncovers layers of pain to get to the core of who they have always been. It offers them a beautiful form of expression that moves beyond trying to find the words to articulate how they feel. These inward experiences of healing on the yoga mat can elicit positive outcomes and tangible skills that survivors may have been working on for years in cognitive therapy to achieve. Past participants have shared that they were empowered to report to the police what had happened to them because they felt strong and stable in their bodies, others were able to be intimate again with a partner because they felt they could assertively communicate their boundaries, and many participants have shared their ability to take control of their binge eating because they no longer needed to have control in an unhealthy way.

Survivors have also shared that the yoga as healing program increased their confidence and self-esteem, helped them learn how to trust themselves and others, allowed them to develop a strong sense of community, helped them incorporate self-care strategies, and empowered them to seek other resources.

The course explores the following themes over an 8-week series:

Class 1: Intention and Orientation

Class 2: Safety

Class 3: Self-Care

Class 4: Boundaries

Class 5: Assertiveness

Class 6: Strength

Class 7: Trust

Class 8: Acceptance + Self-Love

Please note that this training does not replace formal treatment. If you are in crisis, please consider contacting the free and confidential National Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline for immediate support, local resources and options at 1-800-656-4673, visiting their online chatroom for support, or calling 911.

Students will be asked to complete a waiver before accessing the course materials.

To register for the online training, please click here. 


Frequently asked questions:

Do I need a yoga certification to participate in the online training?  

This is a good question. For my in-person trainings I do require a 200 hour yoga certification but because I had so many folks in a variety of different fields who wanted to incorporate elements of trauma-informed yoga into their work, or just learn more about the modality to deepen their own practice, I started offering trainings with a broader perspective. I wanted the online training to be as accessible as possible so I've taught the concepts more broadly and no 200-hour certification is required. However, in order to teach yoga classes in studios or offer classes in the community, that would be recommended as the next step. A yoga certification and proof of insurance would be required to do so. This training does not provide certification to teach yoga.

Some mental health professionals incorporate seated or restorative postures into their therapy practice and they don't need to be 200-hour certified in order to do so. Others run mindfulness and trauma informed breathwork groups and it allows them to incorporate this training in a way that makes sense for them! Many survivors learn about the framework to help them in establishing a safe home practice. It's different for everyone. You can incorporate the teachings from this training in whatever way best supports your personal and professional life.

Once folks complete the online training modules, I will send a pdf of a certificate of course completion. It is up to trainees to submit to their organizations of choice or petition the organization for CECs. Each organization (including Yoga Alliance) typically has guidelines for their members to petition for CECs.

Do I receive a formal certification once I complete the online course?

 Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga Training is not a licensing or certification but a continuing education program. While there is no formal certification for “trauma-informed yoga” you will receive comprehensive training on how to teach from a trauma-informed lens by completing this training. It will be important to continue practice teaching on your own and finding your authentic teaching voice. Take the time you need to prepare yourself for the journey of sharing these tools with survivors in a safe way.

Past participants have listed the Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga training as a specialty training on their resume or listed their title as “Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor.”

Once folks complete the online training modules, I will send a pdf of a certificate of course completion. It is up to trainees to submit to their organizations of choice or petition the organization for CECs. Each organization (including Yoga Alliance) typically had guidelines for their members to petition for CECs.

Can I just purchase one of the lectures?

 Yes! Participants can purchase either the full bundle of all 7 modules for $650 or purchase individual lectures for $125. The price of the 8-week yoga as healing course for survivors is $180.

What is the difference between your in-person 3-day training and the online training?

 The trainings are very similar in content, but everyone has different ways they like to learn! Some enjoy the opportunity to connect with others in person and ask questions in an interactive format. Others prefer a self-paced format and to be able to control the timing of slides and content intake. I also created the online training to make these teachings more accessible and to reach folks who cannot travel to California or have not been able to participate remotely.

Another main difference is that I do require a 200-hour yoga certification for the in-person training as that training is tailored to yoga instructors. The online training is taught from a broader perspective so folks can utilize the tools in whatever way makes the most sense.

I know the training is self-paced, but what if I have questions?

I formatted the online training in a self-paced format to make it as accessible as possible for folks to join at anytime. You are absolutely welcome to reach out to me with any questions you have as you work through the material. If you would like more in depth mentoring sessions, you can also look into those options here. 

Does this training stop and start at a specific time?  Or can I enroll at anytime? 

This training is completely self-paced and students can join at anytime. All lectures are pre-recorded and participants can reach out to the instructor with any questions they may have. 

I would like to connect with other people enrolled in the course. How do I do that?

 Please e-mail Zabie to let her know so she can add you to the online cohort!

 How do I receive my certificate after completing the training?

Please e-mail Zabie after completing the course and she will e-mail you a pdf copy of your certificate.

Are lectures downloadable? 

The audio of each of the lectures are downloadable. While the slides and resource manual is not downloadable, you can access it at anytime by logging in to your Teachable account. 

When can I register and submit payment for the training? 

Training registration will open on June 16, 2017. All details will be updated on the website! To be sent  a direct link to register, please feel free to sign up for the mailing list here. 

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pricing option 1, full training package bundle

Full online training package (See full breakdown above; Includes 7 lectures, comprehensive resource manual, unlimited access to training materials, and bonus of 8 sample trauma-informed yoga classes as a part of an 8-week series for survivors of sexual assault): $650

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pricing option 2, individual lectures

Cost per individual training lecture (includes access to selected lecture and resource manual): $125 l Cost for survivor 8-week series: $180