Trauma-Informed Yoga: Practice and Talk

How is a trauma informed yoga class different from a public yoga class? How would a yoga teacher get training in trauma-informed yoga and set up a class with a non-profit?
This 2-3 hour event starts with a short trauma-informed yoga practice. I’ll  share my experience in this field and my take on the above questions, using the practice as a reference point and example. Discussion (on these questions and additional readings) can be a part of the longer 3-hour event.  My perspective is that of  yoga teacher, and accordingly the talk is aimed at yoga teachers/trainees, but anyone with an interest in the topic can practice and participate. Ideal for yoga studios looking to raise awareness of trauma-informed yoga among staff or for teacher trainees as they learn about hands-on assists or additional opportunities to do service through yoga.

Space requirements: enough floor space for the group to lay yoga mats down and practice; space that can be used exclusively for the event for the full two-three hours (without other clients or staff passing through the space, peering in, etc.).

Time requirement: two hours; if desired, we an add more time and incorporate an interactive group discussion and readings.

Pricing: please reach out to to discuss affordable rates. This event helps support the free trauma-informed yoga classes offered by Share Your Practice in Chicago.

Find feedback on past events here.

Note that this is a yoga practice and an informal talk on trauma-informed yoga, based on my participation in approximately 60 hours of continuing yoga education in trauma-informed yoga and my administrative work for a yoga non-profit. This is not itself a training in trauma-informed yoga. This talk will help participants decide their own best path for training or further educating themselves on this topic.
I am a yoga teacher – not a psychologist or social worker or yoga therapist. Yoga teachers definitely CAN become informed about trauma and trauma-sensitive practices without being social workers or psychologists, and can make public or private classes safer and friendlier to trauma survivors …making a yoga class trauma-informed is different from treating mental health conditions. Any public class most likely already includes trauma survivors without any effort on the teacher’s part to gather them.


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