Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
This training is designed to teach Yoga Therapy methods to Yoga Therapists and experienced Yoga teachers, presently working with, or who are interested in working with clients who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder (PD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or acute cumulative stress.
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
Training begins on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 and ends on Wednesday, April 29th at 1:00.
1) Required reading (estimated cost: $34)
a) Book: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky, PhD.
b) Book: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.
c) Various Articles (we’ll provide full list upon registration).
2) Accommodations/Meals – Not included in tuition; please see below
Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy training (TIYT certification) includes evidence informed yoga therapy protocols for working with clients who suffer from a wide array of anxiety disorders; we do not focus solely on trauma, as not all clients seeking Yoga Therapy for anxiety identify with trauma as a cause. These protocols are currently taught in Yoga studios, hospitals, wellness centers and other healthcare facilities, prisons, and addiction recovery centers, both as stand-alone programs and as a complementary modality in an integrative healthcare setting. We offer practical information about teaching in a wide variety of settings, as well as the many business aspects that help students market their new skills to find teaching jobs in similar facilities.
Yoga Therapy is an integrated approach to health and wellness; it is widely recognized and accepted within the most up-to-date medical and mental health communities. Yoga Therapy brings the ancient insights of yoga into modern wellness programs, utilizes modern scientific, medical and mental health knowledge, in addition to ancient practices of self-healing. Through an Ayurvedic lens, we see each client as an individual with a unique constitution; from this view we employ a variety of techniques and tools to address the multitude of an individual’s needs. The practices slowly bring clients into a balanced and harmonious existence — mind, body and spirit. The methodology we utilize is rooted in traditional techniques of Yoga but also in modern research in the fields of neurobiology, stress physiology and medical biophysics. We will also explore the plethora of modern research devoted to the relationship between Yoga and the mind, and its role in treating trauma and stress related illness. The Polyvagal Nerve theory and Somatic Experiencing, and their application in treating acute stress, trauma and anxiety, provides us with the knowledge and skills to amplify a human’s innate ability to self-soothe, self-heal and eventually revive a natural self-regulation system, all through the practice of evidence informed yoga therapy protocols. More often than not, yoga training programs avoid the topic of spirituality, leaving behind one very key facet of our being. Our distinguished faculty member, Dr. Henry Rosemont, Jr. helps us develop an understanding of the importance and relevance of spirituality and offers guidance into how to implement spirituality into the therapeutic model without religious affiliation. Our licensed psychotherapy faculty members will address some of the more complex psychological aspects to give training participants a deeper understanding of trauma, anxiety and stress disorders. We teach participants self-care techniques and methods to stay emotionally safe when working with this complex and potentially emotionally taxing population.
Two of the hallmarks of the program are the faculty and the guest speakers, who give firsthand information about the reality of working with special populations in a variety of settings (prison, cancer centers, addiction rehabilitation centers, inpatient psychiatric wards, shelters, etc) based on solid experience. The reality of working with these populations is often much different than the textbook theory information that is based solely on averages and clinical data dervied from a single population source. What works well in a addiction rehabilitation center does not necessarily work in oncology center. We practice Yoga Therapy and work in the trenches with the special populations we prepare our students to work with.
The training includes lectures, experiential lessons and group discussions in the following areas: ancient yoga techniques (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, svadyaya, aparigraha, and Yoga Nidra), Yoga Therapy protocols (working within the Koshic model), Ayurveda, behavioral therapy, spirituality, western perspectives (musculoskeletal, biochemical systems, neurophysiology), acupressure, acupuncture, sound therapy, aromatherapy and nutrition. These are all important factors that address the complex issues that present with anxiety disorders. Important business topics such as assessment forms, privacy, documents, registration, marketing, networking, and how to participate in ongoing research is covered within the program.
The training also readies participants to offer an Overcoming Anxiety Clinic modeled after Sundara Yoga Therapy’s very successful program that has been offered quarterly in Austin since 2009. Click HERE to see Overcoming Anxiety:A Holistic & Natural Approach Clinic. Upon completion of the training, students will be certified facilitators of the Overcoming Anxiety Clinic and will have full access to all the materials used in the clinic including marketing material. No additional fees will ever be required in the future to offer clinics.