If so, this specialized 100 Hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is for you!
Are you ready to make a difference in the world, sustained through yoga and a deeper understanding of trauma in the body-mind?
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 somatic experiencing therapist , yoga teacher and social activist Atira Tan, (PhD Candidate, 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 end of child sex slavery, together with trauma specialist and the founder of Womb Sense, Gemini Adams (200 E-RYT, C-TREP), share 40 years of combined experience.
Together, daily yoga and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) classes, combined with lectures/workshops, mentoring, somatic psychology practices, supervision, in-person placement in shelters 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, the wonderful Nepalese culture and the 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 two 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.
“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
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:
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, 14 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, transportation and entrance fees to/fro cultural sites and weekly placement, 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.
14 Nights Shared/Twin Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials
FULL PRICE: USD $2,599 (All Inclusive**) – Early Bird *SAVE $200pay $2,399 (valid ’til 30/6/2019)
14 Nights Private/Single Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials
FULL PRICE: USD $2,899 (All Inclusive**) – Early Bird *SAVE $200pay $2,699 (valid ’til 30/6/2019)
*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 email@example.com 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™.
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.”
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