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100HR Advanced

Trauma-Informed Yin Yoga Teacher Training 

October 30th, 2023 - February 11th, 2024

Online & Live

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This is for facilitators and teachers looking to offer the practice of yin and somatics to specific populations and communities who have experienced trauma.

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 explore how to build a resilient foundation for restoring, supporting, and nourishing the nervous system through yin yoga. This training explores specific populations and considerations when working with them to ensure you are equipped to be responsive while also having the tools to be creative and agile in the moment. It is one thing - one very important thing - to approach a general studio class with a trauma-informed lens and create a safe and inclusive space; it takes another, more in-depth and nuanced understanding to hold trauma-informed spaces specifically for individuals and groups who have experienced trauma. By exploring how trauma often happens in relation to others we unpack how healing and restoration can also happen within relationship. The sacred responsibility of holding this type of powerfully beautiful and vulnerable container is something we explore and work to integrate in order to hold the most responsive, respectful, and dignity-enhancing spaces.


We explore techniques, models and frameworks like invitational and interoceptive language, specific trauma-informed sequencing for a yin offering, holding participant-centred exploratory spaces, verbal and visual cueing for accessibility and inclusivity, 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. You will learn foundational tools that will assist you in screening and onboarding participants and setting up trauma-informed series for a variety of populations. You will also be equipped to design and deliver responsive and adaptive classes that are tailored to the people you work with. This training also offers insights and practices to explore, set, and hold your personal and professional boundaries in a respectful and dignity-enhancing way from start to finish.  

"We are not looking for a practice that is going to take us out of engagement with the world…but rather to be with what is."

Prentis Hemphill

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Science of Mind-Body Connection

  • 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, alongside the principles of yin yoga

  • Understand the impact trauma has on a neurological and physiological level and the role fascia plays. Explore how to work with the fascial network and mind-body connection for experiential integration of stored cellular memories, current and unprocessed emotions, unprocessed stress and/or trauma

  • Learning how using props can not only signal to the nervous system there is a cue of potential safety but also how to navigate the relationship between mind and body, building a strong foundation for safety, inclusivity, accessibility, and thoughtful to traditional yin yoga shapes

  • Explore the evidence-based bottom-up approach of working with the body to process and integrate past and present experiences of stress and trauma

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Neuroscience of Mindfulness

  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness

  • Hone your teaching expertise with knowledge from a neurological, mental health and yin perspective

  • Learn tools and techniques to restore and regulate the nervous system to build a foundation for people to move forward and build their capacity to hold emotions and sensations in their body and healthily process and integrate them

  • A psychological and philosophical look at mindfulness theory and how to powerfully incorporate this into your own practice as well as the classes you deliver 

  • Explore, from a scientific and evidence-based approach, the mental and emotional aspects of yin yoga and how to create a safe(r) container for every individuals’ experience 

  • Accessible and trauma-informed breath, mindfulness and meditation techniques

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Trauma Theory 

  • Take a deeper look at trauma theory to understand how stress and trauma influence and impact people as well as how yin yoga can be a transformative and restorative practice 

  • Look at the various types of stress and trauma and the underpinning theories that help us work with and integrate these experiences in a safer, more contained, and restorative way 

  • Develop a deeper appreciation and respect for your scope of practice as a yin yoga teacher and explore the sacred responsibilities you hold

  • Understand the intricacies of trauma-informed approaches and discover how this practice is a form of social justice for self, others, and our wider communities  

  • Incorporate evidence-based techniques into offerings specific to populations and communities you want to walk alongside

Art of Trauma Informed Facilitation 

  • Experience guided practices for personal exploration and develop your own personal practice that fosters a visceral and embodied understanding of this sacred practice

  • Mindfully and powerfully facilitate 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, creating a somatic journey for the student to restore a sense of self-agency and choice within the body. 

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

  • Build a toolkit of appropriate language and communication during all elements of your experience as a yoga teacher 

  • Multiple tools to facilitate a practice that considers mental health,  trauma-informed approaches, and overall wellbeing 

  • A look into the art of teaching and an upgraded self-practice 

  • Confidently offer your participants a practice that holds space for and is responsive to the physical, energetic, mental and emotional layers of the body in a trauma-informed way 

Training Outline

To see a full breakdown of the weekly schedule, please request an information pack. 

Embodiment Workshop: Every week there will be an embodiment workshop where you will explore embodiment practices and self-discovery. We will be exploring transformative concepts rooted in the energy and philosophy of yin so as to work towards true embodiment as a facilitator before taking this work into therapeutic settings. It is crucial that facilitators know and understands what it means to self-regulate and hold space for whatever may arise for themselves and participants during sessions. There will be space for open discussion about the practice and how this practice is a form of social justice for self, others, and our wider communities in order to cultivate a sense of individual agency and collective responsibility.

Live Lecture:  Every week you will have a live lecture that unpacks the concept in depth and creates space for questions and discussion to ensure content is landing and integrating appropriately. The intention of this community call is to create a place where all students can come together to explore any and all topics that are alive for them throughout the training.

Community Engagement: We strive to build a safe and strong community during this transformational learning experience. Through the live calls and messaging platform (slack), we expect students to be present, interactive and supportive with one another. 

Personalized feedback and interaction with lead facilitators: SomaPsych lead facilitators understand the importance of support and feedback throughout this training to allow the space for each student to step into their full potential and to uphold integral trauma-informed practices as a facilitator. 


Personalized feedback schedule: 

  • 1:1 call every 2 weeks 

  • Group Call 3 weeks prior to training completion date

  • 1:1 call 6 weeks prior to training completion date. 

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$1575 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 Advanced 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

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.”

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