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Yin Yoga Trauma-Informed Teacher Training

July 6th-16th, 2024 @ 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 

SomaPsych approaches yin yoga with the intention of helping to regulate, balance and restore one’s nervous system. The essence of yin is slow, passive, yielding and introspective. By using the guiding principles of yin and weaving in somatic tools to help support one’s nervous system, this method creates space for people to explore their own practice from the inside out and learn practical tools they can take off the mat and into life for a more calm and balanced approach the demands of today’s world. Yin by nature is restorative, we take that to heart and know that each person’s practice and experience are unique and their own best guide. We incorporate a mental wellbeing perspective that centres invitation, choice, and curiosity so each person can explore in a truly empowered way.

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.

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The ability to regulate our nervous system is a force for good, a catalyst for change. By taking care of self and learning how to regulate and restore, we care for the collective.

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Amanda Hanna; Director of SomaPsych

TCTSY-F, E-RYT, YACEP, Certified Mindfulness & Meditation Teacher Trainer, Certified Holistic Nutritionist BA Psych, MA Psych Student

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 allowing her to develop a style unique to her. She is a registered Psychology student and holds regular Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings with a large focus on trauma-informed facilitation, neuroscience and mindfulness. Amanda holds over 500 hours in trauma-informed trainings, including social justice and inclusivity.

“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.”

  • 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

"As a Trauma Informed Yin Yoga Teacher, what benefits will this practice bring to the communities and spaces I facilitate in?"

Offering physical alternatives throughout and reinforcing the notion that less truly is more in our yin practice, students grant themselves permission to soften and relax in a physical, mental and energetical sense. In a fast paced world, creating these spaces within our communities is a powerful and needed gateway to bring my harmony into the body, mind and nervous system. 


By understanding the workings of the nervous system as a facilitator we can create a safer space for students to bring balance into the nervous system which is the root of overall well being; a mind at ease leads us to a more peaceful and healthy life.​


Learning how to facilitate anchor points and grounding practices allows students to explore emotion and sensation whilst knowing that they can come back to relatively safety if and when the practices become too much. Our overall goal is to create safety throughout the practice in a physical, mental and energetical sense. From here students are able to develop emotional awareness and resilience. 


Facilitating from a trauma informed lens allows students to build agency, trust and inner resilience whilst moving through their unique embodied experience.  


Through an understanding of invitational language and cueing mindfully we create an accessible class for every body. Therefore the practice can be received in a safe manner by a diverse population of practitioners within the community. 

Understanding trauma responses and how to work with them in the moment.

The ability to take a mental-health and human-centred approach within working relationships and with clients/participants.

Finally, the practice of yin yoga cultivates tools for personal resilience and practices for well-being.

Investment & Payment Plans 

Price: $2,214.90 for the full 100 hours 

A non-refundable deposit of $600 is required to secure your spot with payment plan options available to best suit you e.g. weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments with full payment completed by the certification date of your training. Payment plans are a binding contract between you and SomaPsych. If payments are not kept up-to-date, you may lose access to your course until payments are back on track. Email Esther at for registration with details of your payment tier, and instalment choice for your plan.

*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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"Amandas profession as a certified nutritionist, registered psychology student, holding over 500 hours of trauma informed training for other professionals allows this training to focus on nervous system regulation, neuroscience, the muscular system, and bio-individuality.  Real world, evidence based western science beautifully combined and weaved with ancient eastern spirituality and philosophy."

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