Certification for Yoga Instructors or Yoga Therapist
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
The body speaks what the mind often cannot. Every experience we have in
life is processed through our physical bodies. Experiences with trauma
create patterns of disconnection from the wisdom in our bodies. In this
course we will practice witnessing how our own experiences are
manifesting in our bodies and our lives. Witnessing our own journey is
ultimately what prepares us to witness and guide the journey of another.
Through intentional and classical yoga we are able to create intentional
pathways for connection and wellbeing. Considering this, our training is
based on resiliency, embodiment, and deep connection. The layers from
trauma can vary in complexity and needs. Taking into account the whole
person, we teach an experiential process over a prescription. In this
training you will learn to facilitate an inquiry of presence and deep
listening to the body. This inquiry allows the clients or students to explore
the skills and abilities needed to find their own way to cope with
trauma-related symptoms and the supportive space to reclaim their
bodies and their lives.
“Through relationships, trauma survivors can learn to feel safe, trust others, learn new ways of relating to people, and develop self-compassion” (Van der
Kolk 2014). The relationship between the Trauma-Centered Equity Yoga Educator and client/student is shared, authentic, expansive, and inclusive of the whole human experience.
The Educator engages from a place of presence, trust, and safety to initiate conscious
conversations about equity, and decolonizing of the healing process. “The
biomedical approach and associated interventions fail to acknowledge the
value of healthy and meaningful relationships, which mitigate the
destructive impact of trauma” (Van der Kolk 2005). This limits the
potentiality of re-traumatizing our clients and students.
“Through relationships, trauma survivors can learn to feel safe, trust others, learn new ways of relating to people, and develop self-compassion” (Van der Kolk 2014). The relationship between the Trauma-Informed Yoga Educator and client/student is shared and authentic, opening, and inclusive to the whole human experience. The Educator engages and initiates conscious conversations about equity and decolonizing of the healing process. “The biomedical approach and associated interventions fail to acknowledge the value of healthy and meaningful relationships, which mitigate the destructive impact of trauma” (Van der Kolk 2005). This limits the potentiality of re-traumatizing our clients and students.“
This training includes evidence based protocols for working with trauma
survivors and those directly or indirectly affected by trauma. These
protocols are currently used/taught in yoga studios, hospitals, wellness
centers, other health care facilities, prisons, and addiction centers,
mental-health facilities, both as stand-alone programs and as a
complementary mental health modality. Learn how to facilitate private
Trauma Sensitive Equity Centered Yoga sessions or integrate yoga into
your current profession and offerings.
In this certification you will learn:
● Introduction to yoga techniques of The Body Mind Being Institute
● Trauma Theory and the physiological and psychological effects of
trauma & PTSD
● How trauma is stored in the body and how to offer somatic,
body-based only treatment.
● Polyvagal theory, the significance of the vagus nerve in trauma, and
the role and function that yoga can play in stabilization and
● Awareness and support for the impacts of intergenerational and
collective trauma of oppression
● Interception and embodiment.
● Your own barriers of disconnection.
● Yoga and the nervous system.
● The impact of empowerment in trauma treatment.
● Destigmatizing Trauma
We integrate ancient, Classic Yoga and modern research in the fields of
neurobiology, stress physiology and medical biophysics; of particular
interest is the work of Bo Forbes Ph.D., E-RYT, Dr. Stephen Porges, Ph.D.
(Polyvagal Nerve Theory), Laura van Dernoot Lipsky ,Dr. Peter A. Levine,
Ph. D (Somatic Experiencing) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. (The Body
Keeps the Score), Susanna Barkataki
In person: June 26th and 27th, July 18th, August 1st and 21st, and
Virtual connection: July 7, 14, 28, August 11, 25, September 8th, 6pm-8:30pm
Independent Work: Reading assignments, Writing assignments, Daily
Sadhana (spiritual) practice with reflection writing, asana,
pranayama(breath practice), Build your business assignments, individual
***This is training includes a 10-hour internship which must be completed
before certification is issued.***
Minimum of 200 hours of formal or informal study in yoga as a
practitioner, teacher, educator or yoga therapist. Everyone who seeking
an opportunity to engage with yoga as a healing practice to support their
own journey and the journey of others are encouraged to apply. All
applications will be considered.
● Required reading: The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
● A 200-hour yoga teacher training certification from a Yoga Alliance
recognized yoga school OR comparable proficiency in yoga.
Lead by Erin Reed
Erin is lead trainer for Starr Commonwealth, serving communities, families, and children. She is also the founder of Sacred Being Yoga. Erin lives by the deep belief that all beings are sacred, and she is dedicated to making space for people to experience their sacred wholeness in connection to Self and the universe. Erin began her journey with studying, practicing, and teaching yoga and mindfulness 23 years ago. She has studied mind/body practices, multi-cultural counseling, and trauma informed yoga therapy practices. Erin has guided trauma sensitive yoga practices for trauma survivors in both group and individuals. Erin is passionate about living Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a beloved community.
Co-Lead Raechel Morrow
Raechel provides a compassionate, empowering, and nurturing way to empower oneself to a greater level of healing than believed possible. Raechel has studied depth psychology and yoga for the past twenty years. After working in the field of trauma recovery for the last eight, she was overwhelmed with the profound understanding in the value of actively seeking what was lost from the trauma of colonization. There is a disconnection to the soul in our culture which has led to emptiness and dismemberment. A sacrifice of body and soul to “getting the job done”. She teaches and facilitates the art of wandering, intuition, and the embodiment of deeply listening to one’s soul.
Raechel works closely with women whose lives have been affected by childhood trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, and disordered eating. Helping to reclaim what was lost.
Phone: (616) 791-2899