Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop – Session 2

Understanding trauma & how to make your Yoga class & practice supportive & transformative for survivors
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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop – Session 2
February 12, 2021 6:00 pm
February 12, 2021 8:00 pm
$200 (for 4 sessions)
Yoga Academy of North America
December 24, 2020
United States

What every Yoga instructor needs to know about Trauma.

Understanding trauma & how to make your Yoga class & practice supportive & transformative for survivors.


As a yoga instructor….

  • Do you have students who have survived an accident, had surgery, or who live with an illness?
  • Are any of your students veterans, caregivers, inmates, refugees, or from a minority group?
  • Do you have women in your Yoga classes?
  • Are you living through 2020’s pandemic?!

If you answer “yes” to any of the above, this workshop is for you.

Ready to register? Click here.


The fact of the matter is that trauma is a part of life.

That means that 99% of your Yoga students have experienced a traumatic event. However, not all of them will be traumatized by it. And many of those who are traumatized will not even know that they are. Yet they are drawn to Yoga, and are often amazed by what they experience through it.

Why is that?
How does that happen?
And knowing how universal trauma is, as Yoga instructors, what do we do? What is our role?

In this 4-part workshop you’ll learn about the basics of trauma, including what it is and is not, and how it affects our body, brain & behaviour. You’ll also begin to understand how & why Yogic practices & a Yoga classroom can help to manage, and support healing, the effects of trauma.

You’ll come out this workshop able to make more informed decisions about how to make your classroom set-up & practices more supportive & transformative for yourself & all of your students.

This workshop is designed to be informative & interactive. It draws on contemporary research & therapeutic approaches to trauma as well as on the Yogic sciences. Be prepared for a combination of theory, discussion & simple homework that will help you immediately apply workshop take-aways in your classroom & personal life.

You’ll come out of this workshop with:

  • more clarity & understanding about what trauma is & is not
  • the ability to recognize basic signs & behaviors of trauma in yourself & in others
  • the ability to recognize the healthy “discharge” of trauma that can arise with yogic practices
  • being able to avoid the 5 most common mis-steps yoga teachers make when working with trauma-affected students
  • practical “do”s & “don’ts” in your class for a trauma-sensitive approach
  • recognising the inner & outer tools you already have to support those in need
  • more confidence in your Yoga classroom & in handling trauma-sensitive students


This workshop is FOR YOU if:

  • you teach Yoga, whether experienced or new to the trade
  • work with populations at high risk of trauma
  • can commit time & energy to 4 sessions of 2 hrs each + 30 min of homework/week
  • are ready to open your mind & heart, take notes, ask questions & participate
  • are prepared to practice revolutionary self care during the course!


This workshop is NOT:

  • training to become a trauma therapist
  • a group or personal counselling session
  • an academic course (graded; heavy in theory)
  • a drop-in course: attendance at all 4 sessions is expected

Although the workshop content is designed for Yoga instructors, it can be valuable to yoga practitioners. Yoga practitioners are welcome to join.


Have a look at the curriculum & sign up.


About your instructor & facilitator: 

Yogatara (MTP/S.E.P) is the director of the Isha Institute, in Patan, Nepal. She spends her time as a Yoga practitioner, instructor, retreat leader & holistic therapist with a specialisation in trauma therapy. She has a diploma in Applied Yogic Science from BYU, a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Yogatara loves the work she does & is passionate about sharing & learning with others worldwide.

Lisa LaDue (LCSW), is a licensed social worker in Colorado & Texas, a firefighter, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), member of Team Rubicon and expert in mass fatality and disaster preparedness/management. For over 40 years Lisa has worked in the field of clinical social work, mental health, trauma and disaster. She has traveled the world to support individuals, organisations and governments in their times of greatest need, and in preparing for the worst. 

Lisa & Yogatara first began collaborating in the aftermath of Nepal’s devastating earthquakes in 2015. Ever since then, they’ve enjoyed a friendship & working partnership, consulting & holding workshops for both small and corporate groups.

Your investment
: $200 for all 4 sessions.
Rather than offering a discount, we are donating 10 % of all proceeds to Adopt an Elder, an organisation run by- and for- the Navajo Nation in North America.
This donation is made in recognition- and in honour- of the resilience of the First Nation people who have survived significant trauma & who have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your contribution.