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Trauma-Informed Yin Yoga Teacher Training

July 1st - 11th

@ A Y U, Dunedin, New Zealand

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SomaPsych is honoured to offer this 100 Hour YACEP Trauma-Informed Yin Yoga Teacher Training TTC 

July 1st-11th @ A Y U, Dunedin, New Zealand 

By studying Yin Yoga professionally, you will gain the knowledge and experience to confidently share your understanding with your students while also deepening your own personal practice. This allows you the opportunity to hone your existing skills and expertise while learning new and informed ways of cultivating a powerful and safe class for the general public. You will be able to confidently sequence and guide a safe and accessible class while understanding the power of the language we, as teachers, use as well as offering ways in which your students can further explore the capacity of their thoughts, beliefs, and patterns.

In a fast-paced world, the practice of yin yoga offers space to truly slow down and find stillness. Yin is the yielding, allowing part of life where we are able to tune into the subtleties of the present moment and choose to respond rather than react. The body and mind are challenged in a multitude of ways helping us not only reap the physiological and anatomical benefits but also cultivate more mindfulness and mental health benefits both on and off the mat.

What does it mean to be Trauma-Informed? 

Trauma-informed means knowing, understanding, and honouring the fact that stress and the gradient of trauma impact every single person to some degree, either firsthand or vicariously. It means that we respect our role as a space holder and allow people to experience their practice in their own time and way with no alternative healing agenda. We trust that the process is not linear, it is not a one-size-fits-all, it is beautifully and powerfully unique to each person and we are simply here to walk alongside them on their journey.


Why is Trauma-Informed facilitation important in Yin Yoga? 

In yin yoga, we ask people to come to their edge of comfort, find a sense of stillness, and hold for a length of time. This is a challenge for many people. Add the layers and nuances of stress and trauma and now there are so many more considerations to take into account. The quiet depths of yin yoga hold vulnerable potential for triggered experiences, challenging emotions, and so much more. It is our sacred duty as teachers and practitioners to know about, deeply understand, and honour these lived experiences and the potential they hold.


The arousal energy and experience of stress and trauma reside in the tissues of the physical body. Nervous tissue and fascial memory hold the residue of these experiences. Memories or behaviours can be triggered through language, scent, touch, atmosphere, music, and so much more. It is our ethical responsibility to know and understand how to create safe(r) spaces and environments for people to explore their practice in their own time and way.


How does this training equip you to facilitate Trauma-Informed Yin Yoga?

By learning the science behind stress and trauma's impact on the mind and body, we can begin to explore how to build a resilient foundation for restoring, supporting, and nourishing the nervous system through practices like yin yoga. 


We explore techniques, models and frameworks like invitational and interoceptive language, art of sequencing, holding braver spaces, verbal and visual cueing, and much more to help keep the power in the participants' hands. We learn about the different manifestations of coping mechanisms and not only how they may present in a yoga class but how to hold space for them - not dismantle and destabilize them but how to build a foundation to introduce new mechanisms in a safe and steady way. 



In this 100HR  Yin Yoga Trauma-Informed Teacher Training, you will be immersed in theory, practice, ideating intentional sequencing as well as indulging in conversation & self-exploration, helping you obtain a functional and relatable understanding of the yin practice as a whole. This course is for beginners with an already existing yoga practice as well as for the more seasoned practitioners looking to either deepen their own experience or begin their journey as a teacher.

Over the course of the 100 HR Yin Yoga Teacher Training you will gain knowledge and experience in:​

  • Anatomy for Yoga; understanding the unique individuality of human beings and translating this into not only yin yoga but our day-to-day practices. You will be introduced to functional anatomy, the fascial system, muscle groups, and target areas, asana (posture) breakdowns and the art of propping.​

  • Mental Health Informed ways of Facilitating; understanding the emotional depth that is involved with this sacred practice and honouring everyone’s personal experience and practice. You will gain a general understanding of the mental and emotional health considerations that may arise as well as what is appropriate in your scope of practice.

  • Mindfulness Neuroscience; We will explore the power of conscious, mindful breathing and how we can restructure thoughts, patterns and beliefs on a neurological level. You will also gain insight into the ways in which breathing may impact physical, mental, energetic and emotional health through anatomy and physiology.

  • Facilitating Responsibly; teaching from the heart while understanding the great responsibility you hold. You will gain practical experience in holding space for others mentally, emotionally and energetically but also keeping yourself and students safe while practicing yin yoga. We will explore things like communication, propping, sequencing and other components that make a strong teacher.

  • Learn a bio-individual approach to yin yoga to ensure all bodies are welcome and cared for.

  • Experience daily Yin and Yang asana practice to deepen your visceral and embodied understanding of this practice

  • Functionally breakdown muscle groups in relation to yin, ensuring you walk away knowing what shapes target which aspect of the body and can powerfully offer unique variations and modifications for every Body

  • Develop an intricate understanding of the physical component of yin through skeletal, muscular, and fascial systems studies 

  • Understand the impact of tension and compression and learn how to make sequences more accessible, informed, and safe for all

  • Mindfully and powerfully facilitating yin yoga in a safe, accessible way for all through Art of Facilitation workshops

  • Learn the art and power of verbal and visual cueing to allow people to experience the practice from the inside out

  • Sequencing workshops unpack the science behind crafting and delivering empowering and transformative classes

  • Explore the power of props and how to work with them

  • Asana labs create space for an intricate breakdown of each asana so you walk away a vessel for creative solutions and full of variations and modifications

  • Take a deeper, evidence-based look at the mind-body connection and how we can work with all of the levels and layers of our being in a safe, trauma-informed way


$1675 for the full 100 hours

Personalized payment plans are available. To discuss options suitable for you please email with your name, the training you are enrolling on, and your payment needs which we will discuss further.

*By purchasing the 100HR Trauma-Informed Yin Yoga Teacher Training, you agree to the following terms and conditions regarding refunds and payments.

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About your facilitator;

Amanda Hanna; Director of SomaPsych

After discovering the power and beauty of Yin Yoga years ago Amanda has continued to grow her knowledge and expertise ever since. Amanda holds over 1000 hours in Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology Trainings as well as extensive training and experience in holistic nutrition, meditation, mindfulness neuroscience, and energetics she has developed a style unique to her. 

“There is no other space I know of that asks us to sacredly and vulnerably hold the physical, psychological, emotional, physiological and spiritual experience of another human. It is our duty to do so with knowledge and science alongside compassion and heart. This training brings all of these elements together to help facilitators think critically and creatively in every moment and be responsive to the needs of each and every human they walk alongside.”

"For me, the 100HR yin yoga facilitator training with SomaPsych was an epic journey of life changing experiences and learnings. The content regularly challenged beliefs, thought processes and habits which has resulted in increased personal growth and curiosity. Amanda has created a truly special training, packed with huge amounts of relevant and helpful information combining anatomy, neuroscience, yoga, trauma informed facilitation and more. I learnt so much over the 10 day course – learnings that I’ve carried into daily life, to both personal and professional environments. Amanda brings incredible energy to the course, she is an adept facilitator and very passionate about subjects covered. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone with an interest in yoga and trauma informed facilitation.”

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