This is for facilitators and teachers looking to offer the practice of yin and somatics to specific populations and communities who have experienced trauma.
This training explores the needs of specific populations and appropriate considerations to ensure you are equipped with the tools to be responsive, creative and agile in the moment.
This training is suitable for those who are working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Including yet not limited to the following:
Psychologists, therapists, and support workers who are interested in offering yoga & somatics to accompany their work as an adjunct to therapy.
Professionals who would like to bring yoga & somatics to individuals and groups who have a history of trauma.
For those already working within, or are wanting to step into, communities impacted by collective, systemic, and individual trauma.
Yoga teachers who have a foundational understanding of trauma and trauma-informed work. *This training is not suitable for individuals aspiring to teach yoga within a studio setting or for those with no prior experience in trauma-informed work.
Training Content Highlight:
Science of Mind-Body Connection
Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Art of Trauma-Informed & Therapeutic Facilitation
Weekly Live Lecture
1:1 Calls with Lead Facilitator
Post training Integration Calls
Pre-requisites & Application
At a minimum, the student must have completed at least 50Hrs Yin Yoga Teacher Training. An educational trauma theory training program is recommended before enrolling, such as the 20HR Trauma Informed Facilitator Teacher Training.
Why Become a Therapeutic Trauma-Informed Yin Yoga Therapist
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 activating and triggering potential they hold. When navigated intentionally from a trauma-informed perspective, we can work towards mitigating these harmful experiences.
The sympathetic activation 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 movement and various practices 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 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.
Tiered pricing is an invitation to reflect on your access to resources and privilege, the value of this work, what you can genuinely afford, and what you might pay for comparable training programs.
**All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD)
TIER 1: $2,294.25
For those who are financially well-resourced. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets.
TIER 2: $1,949.25
For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources.
TIER 3: $1,604.25
For those on low incomes, caring responsibilities and from marginalized communities.
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.”