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This training is co-facilitated with Kirsten Wilkinson of Legacy Motion. 

The Training 


This training is more than an education, it is a transformational learning experience. It is a training that offers you immediate tools, methods and interventions in order to instantaneously cultivate a more trauma-informed approach in your current studio, classes, business, organization, and offerings.  

A holistic approach to discovering the connections between empowerment and resilience with personal exploration, invitational language, safe space creation, supportive solutions, and facilitating choice making. Join us to begin the shift from simply offering practices to embodying your special role as a facilitator of restoration, wellness and community building by offering trauma-informed practices to all humans in diverse communities.

What is Trauma Informed?

Trauma-informed means taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand the behaviours of those we are working alongside. It means bringing empathy and compassion to every interaction and creating a safe and accessible space for all. 


Why is Trauma Informed so important?

Stress and trauma can exist on a continuum and because of that, it is extremely important to understand this in the context of our past, today's world, and the future we want to work towards. This training gives you insight into individual and collective trauma, systemic causes of harm and trauma, as well as social justice and change-focused approaches. We explore how we can understand and integrate our own experience as well as how we can hold space for and walk alongside others. This training places an immense emphasis on knowing that we are not here to fix, change, or heal anyone else, but to be somatic witnesses and creative forces as we offer support along the way. Learn tools necessary for your own reflection and growth as well as ones to offer others regardless of the field or industry you work within and the people you work with. 

The body holds trauma to different degrees and complexities. As a facilitator, you are creating space for individuals to explore and connect with their breath, body and mind. Therefore it is important to be sure we are able to hold students in the wholeness of their experience, understand what may be happening for them on a physiological and neurological level, without needing to alter or change their experience. We are here to bear witness, allow, and hold space for transformation in their own time and way.

Who is This Training For?


This 20Hr Training is designed for yoga professionals (instructors, staff, studio owners), healthcare and mental health professionals, social and civil service professionals, teachers, first responders, humanitarian volunteers, staff and leaders, and all those who work with survivors of trauma wishing to incorporate yoga and movement-based practices into their work environments. If you work with humans, understanding stress and trauma is a key component to safer, more growth-based interactions. 



Through a better understanding of the body and how it is affected during certain circumstances and events (mentally, physically and emotionally), we as humans are able to ultimately return ourselves back to a balanced state of living, thus breaking the pattern of stress, anxiety, and eventually trauma within ourselves, our community and our globe.

During this training participants will:

  • Evaluate the science behind the mind/body connection

  • How trauma anatomically affects the body

  • How to identify trauma symptoms and trigger responses

  • Tools to promote biological resiliency, self-regulation and resolution

  • Protocol and best practices in the field

  • Invitational language

  • Community building and outreach methods

  • Ahimsa and the importance of self-care

  • How to create a safe space

  • Teaching methods for classrooms, yoga studios, healthcare practitioners, etc...


These trainings are offered in partnership with Legacy Motion, a non-profit organization that promotes resilience, empowerment, trauma resolution, psychosocial coexistence, peace and community building through restorative, movement-based practices. Through interrelated projects, Legacy Motion dedicates itself to evaluating, creating and implementing high-quality sustainable programs based on experience and collaborations in the field.

This training meets some of the requirements for certification as a Legacy Motion Facilitator.


This training also meets some of the requirements for certification through The Self-Agency Academy, a school dedicated to ensuring all offerings in the community have a mental health informed approach to promote safety and accessibility for all.


20 hours of Continuing Education Hours provided through Yoga Alliance - YACEP.

Day 1 - 6:00 - 9:00pm

*small breaks throughout

Welcome Ceremony & Circle Agreements
Defining Trauma
Trauma & The Nervous System
Self Care and Ahimsa
Trauma-informed Practice

Day 2 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

*small breaks throughout with 1 hour for lunch

Physiology of Trauma
Systematic Trauma and Social Justice
Mind/Body Connection
Dissociation & Disembodiment to Embodiment
Creating and Holding Safe and Inclusive Spaces

Day 3 - 09.00am - 06.00pm
*small breaks throughout with 1 hour for lunch

Teaching Techniques
Invitational Language
The complications of hands-on assistance
Creating your Trauma-Informed Yoga class
Community Building through yoga
Scope of Practice


This schedule is only applicable for the LIVE trainings. If you are taking this training ONLINE,

you will be able to complete this in your own time with support from Amanda. 


Equity in Investment - Choosing your tier

We are committed to offering trainings that are of the highest quality, affordable and accessible while striving to keep equity and mutual exchange at the soul of how we serve.   We recognize that we live in systems of inequity and we strive to find ways of finding balance within this. We feel that the deepest engagement and greatest benefit comes when there is a meaningful mutual exchange.  For these reasons, we offer tiered pricing. There 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. By committing to what is truly within your means you make it possible for others to show up within theirs and we are all grateful for this.

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD)

TIER 1: $550 – For those who are financially well-resourced. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets.

TIER 2: $450 – For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources.

TIER 3: $375 – For those on low incomes, caring responsibilities and from marginalized communities.

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


In addition to our tiered pricing, we also have scholarships available for: 1) People from non-western / low-economy countries and financially marginalized communities, who otherwise would be unable to access a training such as this. 2) People experiencing serious personal / financial hardship. To apply for a scholarship please complete our scholarship application form. Applications close 2 weeks prior to each course start date. Currently, this mentorship is not offered in person and has limited space online. However, if space is full upon registration you will be offered additional date options.

Scholarship Applications: Apply here

About your facilitators;

Amanda Hanna; Director of SomaPsych


Amanda holds over 500 hours in trauma-informed trainings, including social justice and inclusivity. 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’s passion lies in knowing the sacred responsibility facilitators of any space or experience hold. Through her work she helps people discover their power and voice within their offering while ensuring it is done with respect, kindness, informed intention, and evidence-based knowledge.

The intention behind the trauma-informed training is to open a conversation and deepen the understanding of what trauma is, how it manifests differently from person to person, and how we can more bravely hold safer spaces for all. Its heart rests in the knowing that personal restoration is unique to all and we are here to offer tools, techniques, insights, and points of curiosity for you to develop into the facilitator you want to be.

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