If so, this specialized 100 Hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is for you!
Join a community of professionals who seek to ‘be the change,’ and embrace the chance for a deeper contribution in your community.
Located at the stunning beach location of Ericeria, Portugal, this Yoga Alliance accredited training is designed to immerse you in a rejuvenating retreat experience, while upgrading your skills so you can safely support students’ healing in classes, retreats or as private clients.
Led by Somatic Experiencing™ Therapist , yoga teacher, TEDx speaker and social activist Atira Tan, ( MA Art Therapy, SEP, 500 E-RYT) founder of both Art to Healing, an Australian charity which supports the psychological recovery of sex trafficked survivors, and Yoga for Freedom, which has raised over $60,000 for the fight against child sex slavery, together with trauma specialist and the founder of Womb Sense, Gemini Adams (200 E-RYT, C-TREP).
Atira Tan has delivered numerous trauma-informed yoga programs internationally for over a decade, from the Australian desert with indigenous youth, to the refugee camps of Burma, stretching to the slums and brothels of Nepal. Together, both Atira and Gemini share 40 years of combined experience.
Together, daily yoga and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) classes, combined with lectures/workshops, mentoring, somatic psychology practices, teaching workshops and hands-on dyads will be presented 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 you’ll improve your ability as a safe presence to cultivate a supportive space, to promote deeper peace in the world.
Afternoon breaks and evenings offer time to relax, reflect and connect with each other, and to enjoy the majesty of the Atlantic ocean and the beach. You’ll also have ample opportunity embody the practices, honing your understanding of the material — including the cultivation of cross-cultural sensitivity and leadership skills on how to set up your own community yoga programs.
“Both Gemini and Atira are not only GREAT yoga teachers, they know everything there is to know about trauma and how to teach yoga accordingly. Not only are they great teachers; both of them also have amazing personalities and loveliest laughter and humour. Their standards are really high, so are their ethics.
I have learned SO much more than I could have ever expected. I highly recommend this teacher training to anyone interested in healing traumas of their own or/and others.”
– Hanne Lyngholm, Social Worker, Copenhagen, Denmark
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 and identifying 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 safety for your students.
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 supportively 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 yoga practice.
Many of our past students are now teaching trauma-informed yoga to marginalised populations such as at-risk youth and children, sex-trafficked women and girls, and women’s shelters around the world. We continue to mentor and supervise our students so that you can receive the proper support to take yoga off the mat, and into the world.
|7am – 9am||Yoga Practice|
|9am – 10:30am||Breakfast|
|12:30pm – 3:30pm||Lunch Break|
|3:30pm – 5:30pm||Lectures & Group Sessions|
|5:30pm – 7:30pm||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||
“Since the training, it’s been really exciting. I‘ve been teaching a trauma-informed yoga class at a private counselling centre 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
Portugal has been one of the best-kept secrets of Europe for decades. The most southern country of Europe and the doorway to the Atlantic make this small big country unique for their cultural heritage, stunning cliff beaches and delicious culinary flavours. The locals are friendly and laid back, welcoming everyone that comes from abroad to visit.
Picturesquely draped across sandstone cliffs above the blue Atlantic, sunny, whitewashed Ericeira, our location for this yoga teacher training, is popular with lisboêtas seeking a quick weekend getaway. It’s equally renowned for spectacular ocean vistas and excellent seafood restaurants and is also a mecca for surfers, who come here for the great waves and camaraderie. The town’s old centre is clustered around Praça da República, with the sprawl of newer development spreading south and north. Boasting pristine coastline and glorious beaches, Ericeira is also the only natural surf reserve in Europe.
Our venue for our Yoga Teacher Training is a boutique guesthouse, 5 minutes walk to the beach and the 2 minutes walk to the incredible cliffs of the west coast of Portugal. This location is a very peaceful place, ideal for the work that will do on the training and you have also surfing and hiking just at your doorstep. The studio is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by pristine nature.
In our training, diet plays a fundamental role. All our meals are vegan/vegetarian and 80% of the ingredients are organic. Most of the vegetables are coming directly from the local community and all the meals are prepared by a qualified macrobiotic chef.
As part of our feminine social change model, this teacher training “pays it forward” to assist women and girls from Nepal who have experienced sex slavery and exploitation to also receive valuable therapeutic support and education.
$55 from your fee in this teacher training will sponsor ONE woman in Nepal to attend the Women’s Life Transformational Program, providing the chance for these girls to live a life free from slavery with our charity partner Art to Healing.
$300 Registration Deposit
This includes all tuition fees, your PDF trauma-informed manual, your yoga alliance certified certificate, all accommodation, 3 meals a day, and a 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.
Simple Student Package
Includes Course Fees + Certificate + Materials. No food or accommodation.
Shared Twin Package
Includes Shared Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Certificate + Materials.
Luxury Twin Package
Includes Single Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Certificate + Materials.
* Prices do not include airfare to/from Portugal or taxi fares to/from the Lisbon airport to Ericeira, please arrange your own travel. Ericeira is 35 minutes from Lisbon by car, and we can arrange airport transfer with a small extra charge.
** Non – Refundable Deposit of €300 required upon registration. Remainder amount is due on the 1st May 2020.
***Full payment must be made by 01/02/2020 for Early Bird discount to apply.
****Payment plans are available. Contact us below to discuss payment options.
Blessings from a few of our wonderful students from past trainings
“The Elemental Yoga Teacher Training provides a firm foundation for prospective yoga teachers to deliver in a clear uncomplicated way a deep understanding of the elements within each person."
“This course was an important turning point in my life that allowed changes to happen from the inside. The teachers lead by example, making it possible for the soul to perceive the greater good."
“I would highly recommend taking this teacher training. Not only has it provided me with a solid foundation for teaching yoga but also t has helped me to develop personally."
"I now have a fantastic grounding in asanas, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and elemental concepts, nutrition, class construction, and much more."
"The environment, mat work, lectures, meals, all supported the exploration of the inner core and the deep, peaceful, feminine aspects of Yin. The course was an amazing experience and highly recommend it."
“This is not just a teacher training, is a lifestyle transformation. I loved every moment here and I am a different person now compared to when I arrived. I´m so grateful for what I learned and would recommend it 100%.”
“The knowledge, the wisdom, the experience, the tools, the skills and the energy that I got through this course are indescribable. I connected to myself in a way I could not imagine possible in such a short period of time."
"The combination of morning Yang and evening Yin suited me very well. Also I loved learning about communication skills and fundamentals for yoga teaching. I left with a whole new perspective about yoga.”
"I have arrived and I´m home. That´s what Sofia´s approach to Yin Yoga feels like when you immerse in it.”
Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or other inquiry you may have. We want to hear from you!