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Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training

Denver, Colorado

July 29 - August 1, 2020


The words “Trauma” and “Trauma Informed Yoga” have become popular in Modern Western Yoga Culture but what do they actually mean? And how can we deliver clinically sensitive yoga classes informed by the latest understandings on trauma, neuroscience, and mindfulness?

The Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is a four-day immersion that provides yoga teachers with a solid understanding of what trauma is, how it affects us, and how to approach trauma within a yoga setting. Presented by Dr. Ann Bortz, this immersion offers research-based insights on how trauma impacts our neurology and physiology, and how yoga teachers can weave this awareness into supportive, trauma-aware yoga classes.

This training will additionally provide yoga teachers with the ten essential elements to include in any mindful, trauma-informed yoga class as well as specific modifications to consider when teaching to such diverse groups as veterans, vicariously traumatized service providers, refugee populations, and adolescents with histories of chronic abuse.

This immersion covers a variety of learning modalities including lecture, asana, intensive mindfulness practices, and deep self-reflection. Yoga teachers will leave this training not only with an intellectual understanding of trauma and mindful, trauma-informed yoga, but with a more deeply embodied self-awareness, which is crucial to the delivery of therapeutic yoga classes.

*Due to COVID19 travel restrictions, the Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training will most likely be held online this year. Please check back to this page for details May 1st.*

Who is This Training For?

Yoga Medicine’s immersion trainings take place at yoga studios or meeting spaces around the world. The curriculum is geared towards yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners who want to learn more. These trainings are not suitable for yoga novices.

We offer the shorter yoga teacher trainings to allow our teachers to continue their education without taking too much time away from their other commitments. These trainings begin with a daily 2-hour morning practice relevant to the yoga teacher training’s content and the afternoon teacher training lectures help you relate the curriculum to movement and case studies. A short evening homework assignment helps you retain the information. Some yoga teacher trainings have recommended prep work to review before the training begins. The price of these trainings includes the training only, making it accessible for local teachers or those who want to find their own food and accommodations.

Program Structure

Anticipated Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am-4:30pm

The format of the trauma-informed yoga teacher training week will include lectures, discussions and yoga practices (Trauma-Informed Mindfulness, Pranayama, and Asana) that help tie in the content presented each day. Unlike our other trainings in remote locations, this training is located in the heart of Denver at The Oxford Hotel. So we will have 1.5hr lunch breaks beginning around 11am to give you time to stroll to an array of nearby bistros, healthy cafes, and diners for lunch. Each day will wrap up in time for dinner so you will have the evening to experience Denver’s electricity.

When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins at 8:30am on July 29th and ends around 4pm on August 1st. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and cancellation/refund policy for more details before registering. You must be present for the entire training to receive the certificate of completion for the 24-hour yoga teacher training. This attendance rule is required for both the general participant as well as those enrolled in Yoga Medicine®’s 500-hour/1000-hour program.

Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.).

Training Venue

The Oxford Hotel

1600 17th St Denver, CO 80202

This training takes place in the heart of downtown Denver at the classic Oxford Hotel. This iconic landmark is known for its timeless elegance and modern luxury, rooted in its unique history and groundbreaking beginnings of 1891. Located along 17th Street, the hotel is steps away from Denver Union Station that boasts an eclectic array of the city’s top local restaurants, bars and shops.

Click here to learn more about this venue.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Ann Bortz


Dr. Bortz is an E-RYT-500 teacher and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with a specialty in trauma. For over 25 years, she has provided psychotherapy and assessment services to such traumatized populations as refugees, sexual assault survivors, children and adolescents with chronic histories of abuse, and serious psychopathology. Dr. Bortz also evaluates asylum seekers and torture survivors from around the world, and mentors new clinicians performing evaluations for HealthRight International and Physicians for Human Rights.

Deeply interested in the interplay of psychology and yoga, Dr. Bortz was certified as a yoga teacher in 2004. Since then she has not only regularly taught studio classes to a general population but has also developed and implemented yoga programs at residential facilities for traumatized teens and at organizations serving refugees and asylum seekers. Dr. Bortz has also been actively involved in yoga research. With affiliations at the research arm of the Veteran’s Administration (the MIRECC) and at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, she has developed and implemented a manualized yoga-based intervention in pilot studies and a large scale feasibility study in order to empirically study the viability of yoga as an adjunctive therapeutic intervention for veterans in distress.

Pricing Options

Pricing & Policies

  • Payment Option

    A one-time, full payment of $800 (which includes a $250 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will secure your spot in this 24-hour yoga teacher training. When registration opens, a payment option will become available at the top of this page.

    Refunds will be issued upon request, minus $250, until May 22, 2020. The tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after May 22, 2020.

  • Cancellations & Refund Policy

    Refunds will be issued upon request, minus $250, until May 22, 2020.

    The tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after May 22, 2020. There are no refunds or transfers of payments after this deadline.

    We realize that some extenuating circumstances may prohibit you from attending, which may include inclement weather and other circumstances beyond your control. However, due to non-recoverable payments that we must make in advance to secure the event centers, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.

    Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.).

  • Price Includes

    Your enrollment covers the full training tuition for the 24-hour yoga teacher training and a detailed training manual by Yoga Medicine®.

    NOT INCLUDED: Travel, accommodation, and meals.

  • Additional Location Information

    Please plan your lodging accommodations and commute to ensure you arrive with enough time for check-in at our first morning practice at 8:30am on July 29th. The training will end around 4pm on August 1st.

    Click here for information on the Oxford Hotel’s location.

Apply This Training Towards a 500-Hour Certification

If you are enrolled in Yoga Medicine®’s 500-hour or 1000-hour certification program, then this training counts towards your training hours with Yoga Medicine® as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance. You do not need to be enrolled in our 500-hour/1000-hour program to participate. If you are interested to continue training with Yoga Medicine® to receive an advanced training certification with us, then you have the option to apply to our 500-hour program and this yoga teacher training’s hours will automatically apply towards your 500-hour certification process. If you would like to learn more about our 500-hour certification program click here. The link below will take you to the application for joining our program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am not a certified yoga teacher, can I attend this yoga teacher training?

    Yes! This yoga teacher training is designed for yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners. If you have a consistent yoga practice and a desire to learn more, then we would love to have you join!

  • I have an injury or a modified practice. Is that okay for this yoga teacher training?

    Yes. Yoga Medicine®’s yoga teacher trainings are designed for yoga teachers and practitioners with a dedicated practice, so we will assume you have ample awareness to modify your practice as it suits you. We will have assistants who can help you modify in practice, so please make sure to let them know about the injury you’re working with. Also, you are always welcome to take rest in the asana practices and learn through observation as well.

  • What do I need to bring to this yoga teacher training?

    This yoga teacher training requires a yoga mat, block, strap, 3 myofascial release balls or tennis balls, and something to write with. We will provide a detailed course manual that follows the lecture presentation, but there is very little space to take extra notes. So, if you are an avid note-taker then bring an extra notepad!

    Please note that this training is being held at an event venue, not a yoga studio – so extra yoga equipment will not be provided.

  • What is Yoga Medicine's photography and recording policy?

    You are welcome to take still photos throughout the yoga teacher training, but please plan to leave your cell phone off and tucked away during the practices. We do not allow video or audio recording.

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