Join a community of professionals who seek to ‘be the change,’ and embrace the chance for contribution and karma yoga— visiting shelters to support young Nepalese women who’ve been traumatized through abuse and sex trafficking.
Located at the beautiful Vajra Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, this Yoga Alliance ® certified training is designed to immerse you in a spiritually vibrant culture, while upgrading your skills so you can safely support students’ healing in classes, retreats or as private clients.
Led by social activist Atira Tan, MA, SEP, 500 E-RYT founder of Art to Healing a women’s program to repair the trauma of sex trafficking, together with trauma specialist and founder of Womb Sense, Gemini Adams, 200 E-RYT, C-TREP, who share 40 years combined experience.
Together, we will present daily yoga and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) classes, combined with lectures and hands-on dyad’s 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 to have compassion.
You’ll learn to spot patterns of physical/physiological with-holding, identify bodies that are ‘at risk’ of re-traumatization, discover how certain asana, pranayama and meditation practices can actually cause further suffering or injury, and how language used in class can trigger constriction and fear, rather than trust and relaxation, so that, as teachers or therapists, you’ll improve your ability as a therapeutic presence to cultivate a safe, supportive space, to promote deeper healing and peace in the world.
Afternoon breaks and evenings offer time to relax, reflect and connect with each other, the wonderful Nepalese culture and wider community. You’ll also have ample opportunity embody the practices, honing your understanding of the material — including the cultivation of cross-cultural sensitivity and how to communicate even when a language barrier exists.
During the final three-days of the program you’ll get to step into service, visiting shelters for young Nepalese girls and women who’ve been traumatized through abuse and sex trafficking where you’ll have the chance to teach supervised classes and put the trauma-informed teachings into practice.
In this 100-hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training you will not only gain a detailed understanding of the impact that trauma has on the body, mind and ability to voice one’s needs, and the effect this has on our capacity to be both present and at peace inside our own bodies, you will also learn to spot patterns of physical/physiological with-holding, identify bodies that are ‘at risk’ of re-traumatization, discover how certain asana, pranayama and meditation practices can actually cause further suffering or injury, and how language used in class can also create constriction and fear, rather than trust and relaxation, so that, as teachers, you can improve your ability to be a therapeutic presence and cultivate a safe and supportive space, tailoring your classes to bring deeper healing for your students.
Afternoon breaks and evenings offer time to relax, reflect and connect with each other, the wonderful Nepalese culture and wider community. Daily lectures combined with hands-on dyad workshops and daily yoga classes provide opportunities to learn and embody the teachings, honing your understanding of the material — including the cultivation of cross-cultural sensitivity and how to communicate even when a language barrier exists— before taking it to the classroom. Where you’ll step into service, and, under the supervision of your trainers, begin teaching Nepalese girls and women who’ve experienced the trauma of sex slavery, exploitation and abuse.
This is an addendum to a 200, 300 or 500 hr yoga teacher training designed to equip you with the skills to attune your classes or private sessions to work safely and therapeutically with specific communities suffering from anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, CPTSD and unresolved trauma from abuse, surgery, injury, accidents or difficult pregnancy and birth, as well as the general population of yoga students who may be unaware of how trauma is impacting their mental, physical wellbeing and ability to deepen their own practice.
|7am – 9am||Yoga Practice|
|9am – 10am||Breakfast|
|12pm – 3pm||Lunch Break|
|3pm – 5pm||Lectures & Group Sessions|
|5pm – 5:30pm||Tea Break|
|5:30pm – 7:00pm||Yoga Practice & Meditation|
|7.30pm - 9pm||Dinner|
|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
Nepal, the country of spectacular mountain scenery is rich in both beauty and culture. The original birthplace of the Buddha, Nepal is full of spiritual pilgrimage places and Buddhist and Hindu traditions, as well as awe-inspiring beauty. This special valley of Kathmandu is tucked away in the Himalayan foothills, has long been a ‘power place’ for pilgrims and seekers from India, Nepal, Tibet, and around the world. The worlds of both Hinduism and Buddhism converge here, and the valley is full of awe-inspiring monuments to the sacred.
Nepal is the home of the highest mountain in the world-Mount Everest, as well as to 8 of the 10 highest mountains on earth.
The Vajra hotel is situated on the foothills of the Swayambhunath Stupa and its age-old pilgrim road, also near the Bijeswori Temple complex, two of the power places of the Kathmandu Valley. The hotel is surrounded by trees and flower trail gardens, creating a place of serenity and beauty, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley up to the snow peaks of the Himalayas. And on any early morning you may join the pilgrims – Nepali, Tibetan, Bhutanese, in-fact, you may see a Buddhist from any part of the world on their ascent to the great 2000 years old Swayambhunath Stupa.
Your accommodation package includes:
$300 Registration Deposit
Registration includes all tuition fees, your manual, 13 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, and contribution to our “Pay it Forward” social change initiative of supporting 1 woman who has experienced sex slavery in Nepal to also receive valuable women’s health education too.
14 Nights Shared/Twin Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials
14 Nights Shared/Twin Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials
FULL PRICE: USD $2,299 (All Inclusive**) – Early Bird *SAVE $300pay $1,999 (valid ’til 30/6/2018)
14 Nights Private/Single Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials
FULL PRICE: USD $2,699 (All Inclusive**) – Early Bird *SAVE $300pay $2,399 (valid ’til 30/6/2018)
*Prices do not include airfare to/from Nepal or taxi fares to/from the airport to Hotel Vajra, please arrange your own travel. Everything else is organized for you! Deposit of $300 required upon registration, full payment must be made by 30/6/2018 for Early Bird discount to apply. Payment plans are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss payment options.
Art to Healing & Yoga for Freedom Founder
Atira has been teaching yoga for a decade. Amongst other things, she is the Founder and CEO of Art to Healing, a non-profit organization assisting sex trafficked women and children globally. Over 11 years, Atira has set up numerous yoga, art therapy, women’s health and trauma informed programs: from the refugee camps in Burma, to the slums of Nepal. Atira is an international speaker, yoga teacher, author, art therapist & facilitator. She is passionate in empowering others to be leaders in social change, serving and loving the world wholeheartedly, courageously & sustainably.
Founder of BodySense & Award Winning Author
Gemini Adams, E-RYT, C-TREP – is a trauma specialist, yoga teacher, conscious living advocate and award-winning author who is passionate about unraveling the shadowy “stuff” that sits behind our suffering to bring relief and restore an authentic state of well-being to mind, body, heart and soul. A Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) and advanced TRE® practitioner, she now draws on 20 years of study and certifications with the Trauma Center Justice Resource Institute, Trauma Prevention, CRUSE Bereavement Care, together with 500 hours of yoga teacher training’s with Bhakti Yoga Shala, Saul David Raye’s Ritam School of Healing Arts and YogaBugs™.
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