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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 

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.

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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 

$1507.50 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.

View Financial Policies Document here

"Over the last year and a bit I've been on a 300 hour online course studying Trauma-Informed Facilitation with the incredible team at SomaPsych. To compliment this training, I had the opportunity to join an in person 100 Hour Trauma Informed Yin Yoga training here at AYU Dunedin to further enhance & expand my studies. You might wonder why a photographer needs or wants to do such a training and I'm here to explain why. ⁠
I work with people from all walks of life, demographics, ages, able bodied, disabled, sizes, and lived experiences. 

We work at redefining what these terms mean to you. Releasing from expectations & diving deep into the core of you. To hold space for this, I needed to have a deeper understanding of humanity. And that is what I've derived from this course with SomaPsych. Trauma Informed to me, is an education in how to be a better human. How to hold compassion for others while also honouring your own boundaries. How to cultivate awareness of self, guide others to building a foundation of self agency, self regulation & the ability to nurture their resilience to process the inevitable trauma that we all face or have faced in our time.

The principles of Yin Yoga layered on from this Trauma Informed approach show up in my photography sessions in the form of meditation & stillness. Providing space for the chatter of the mind to slow down & to embrace the present moment. The sensory experience of being in the here & now. My embodied practice of the philosophy of yoga & the foundations of my own self agency that have come about from this training also allow me to be the co-regulator of the experience I guide us through. You may be nervous & stressed, but as we begin to work together our energies begin to balance out...a bit of a mirror effect."

  • Is food and accommodation included?
    Food and accommodation is not included for this training. Each individual is responsible for providing their own food and accommodation for this training to allow you to find options that best suit your needs, and to keep the cost of this training as low and accessible as possible. We will provide tea, coffee and light refreshments throughout the training. There are many hostel and air bnb options available in Dunedin accessible to the studio via walking, driving or public transport options.
  • I need extra learning support
    We aim to make this training accessible to everyone. Whilst the training will offer a mixture of practical experience and theory, If you have learning difficulties or needs please speak to the team before the training to see how we can best support you throughout.
  • What is the SomaPsych cancellation/ refund policy?
    For all cancellation/ refund information, please visit the SomaPsych Financial Policies document for this training. You can view this document here.
  • How do payment plans work?
    We aim to make this training accessible by offering payment plans. Pleas email to arrange your payment plan. Payment plans are a binding contract between the participant and SomaPsych.
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