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Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training


Ericeira, Portugal 27 June - 6 July, 2020

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Are you ready to learn about the effect of trauma on the mind, body, nervous system and upgrade your skills and qualifications as a yoga teacher?

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.

This Training Is Ideal If You Want To:

  • Spot students at risk of re-traumatization.
  • Identify patterns of hidden trauma.
  • Reduce the risk of student injury claims.
  • Connect with a professional community.
  • Upgrade your qualifications.
  • Understand the value of self-regulation.
  • Learn about cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Cultivate your therapeutic presence.
  • Gain hands-on experience with trauma.
  • Learn the core concepts of Seva and Spiritual Activism.
  • Dive into yogic culture.
  • Pay it forward.
  • Become an agent of change.
  • Embody the benefits of TRE™ & Somatic Experiencing™.
  • Create a peaceful, safer world.

“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

The Curriculum

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 – 9amYoga Practice
9am – 10:30amBreakfast
12:30pm – 3:30pmLunch Break
3:30pm – 5:30pmLectures & Group Sessions
5:30pm – 7:30pmYoga Practice & Meditation
7.30pm - 9pmDinner


1. What is Trauma: How it Interrupts and impacts Our Ability to Relax, React and Respond

  • Learning the trauma-lens of unresolved trauma and how this commonly leads to states of anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, addiction, and disembodiment.

  • Learn the neuro/physiological model of the autonomic nervous system.

  • Identify yoga students in reactive states vs. responsive states so as to teach in a way which is sensitive to individual needs.

  • Learn how yoga and other somatic practices can help bring the body back into homeostasis and balance.

  • Identify where we as teachers have unresolved trauma which influences our own ability to be fully present and learn how to regulate our own nervous systems.

  • Understand the dangers of working with unresolved trauma and how we can respond effectively.

2. Signs of Trauma: How the body holds and shows signs of trauma.

  • Explore in greater details the core areas of the body which typically store unresolved trauma.

  • Recognise trauma in the body so as to be able to tailor classes, techniques and poses accordingly.

  • Develop an awareness of bodily sensation to guide others in listening to their bodies.

  • Understand the power of different yogic techniques for clearing trauma or bound energy in specific areas of the body.

  • Practice teaching individual poses to target specific areas of trauma bound energy.

3. Touch and Trauma: How It Can Harm or Heal

  • Understand how trauma from violent or inappropriate touch impacts our capacity for self-protection or to ask for our needs to be met.

  • Learn the “hot” areas of the body that can cause re-traumatization, and what this looks like, how it negatively impacts the physiology and mental health of students, and how it can decimate trust in the student/teacher relationship.

  • Learn the importance of establishing consent, offering choice and ongoing dialogue to cultivate a safe environment in your classes.

  • Practice teaching with clearly established consent which cultivates safety and develops trust in the student/teacher relationship.

4. Trauma Sensitive Language: What to Say, What Not to Say and Why.

  • Understand how specific terminology can influence the mental/emotional and physiological state of students.

  • Gain awareness of how language with connotations, and consciously explore creating a dialogue that seeks to support this group, many of whom may not even recall memories of the trauma.

  • Practice teaching asana, pranayama and meditation using trauma-sensitive language.

  • Explore ideas and methods for gaining feedback from students regarding trauma-informed teaching to continuously improve and adapt your dialogue, sequences and adjustments.

5. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity: Taking Your Trauma-informed Yoga to the World

  • Explore our own cultural sensitivities, ethics, barriers, problems, morals, religious principles and standards.

  • Understand the specific geographic, cultural, religious and behavioral aspects of Nepal and how to safely approach and remain sensitive to the specific needs of the community.

  • Gain cultural awareness regarding stereotypes and biases in working with different groups and learn to appreciate certain cultural phenomena that will build trust, a felt sense of safety and openness, which is key, particularly when working with traumatized populations.

  • Learn how to maintain therapeutic engagement, presence and to effectively communicate in a cross-cultural setting.

6. Supervised Classes and Evaluation: Observational sessions and teaching Trauma-informed Yoga to Abused Women and Children in Shelters

  • Understand how to plan a class, or series using all of the trauma-informed yoga practices.

  • Practice teaching trauma-informed yoga on fellow students to establish confidence, make mistakes, gain supervised feedback and experiment with the techniques learned in the training.

  • Practice teaching trauma-informed yoga on a community of women and girls who’ve experienced the trauma of sex slavery, exploitation and abuse to develop confidence and practical experience in the field.

  • Evaluate your experiences of teaching trauma-informed yoga to these different groups and identify areas of strength, weakness and how you can further develop your ability when you return home to teach within your community.

“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

Our Venue

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.

Your accommodation package includes

  • 9 – nights accommodation in a standard single or twin room
  • 3 delicious, healthy vegan & vegetarian meals a day
  • Unlimited Internet access
  • Your 100 Hr YA certificate and our PDF Course Manual
  • Pay-it-forward donation to Art to Healing to sponsor one woman to receive trauma recovery support
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Our Social Change Model

We believe that every girl and woman deserves to determine her future.

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.

Your Investment

$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


Early Bird Offer: Only USD $1,300 (valid until 01/02/2020)

Includes Course Fees + Certificate + Materials. No food or accommodation.

Shared Twin Package


Early Bird Offer: Only USD $1,600 (valid until 01/02/2020)

Includes Shared Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Certificate + Materials.

Luxury Twin Package


Early Bird Offer: Only USD $1,800 (valid until 01/02/2020)

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.


Atira Tan

Gemini Adams


Blessings from a few of our wonderful students from past trainings



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