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 an online training 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, how yoga and mindfulness can address the dysregulation created by trauma, and how yoga teachers can weave this awareness into supportive, trauma-informed yoga classes.
This online training will provide yoga teachers with ten essential elements to support a trauma-informed yoga class as well as specific modifications to consider when teaching to such diverse traumatized groups as veterans, refugee populations and adolescents with histories of chronic abuse. We will also cover the benefits of trauma informed yoga for students who are not necessarily traumatized but who are experiencing more everyday kinds of stress.
This online training includes a variety of learning modalities including lecture, asana practice, breathwork, instructions in mindfulness, and journaling. 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 any therapeutic yoga classes.
COVID-19 Training Update
In-line with the current educational industry standards under COVID-19, this training has moved to an online format.
Who is This Training For?
Yoga Medicine’s immersion trainings take place at yoga studios, meeting spaces around the world or online due to COVID-19. 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 include lectures, discussions and yoga practices that help tie in the content presented each day. A short evening homework assignment helps you retain the information. Some yoga teacher trainings have recommended prep work to review before the training begins.
This training has four sections – each section is composed of lectures, homework and asana practices to integrate the information. We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so that you can create your own personalized home retreat. You can complete it at your own pace, there is no deadline by which you need to complete the training, and you’ll have unlimited access to the training materials even after completion. Feel free to do as much as you’d like whenever you like. Most of all we are committed to bringing you the highest quality of education by our incredible teachers to your door.
Because this intensive yoga teacher training was originally scheduled to run as an in-person training, it will count as 20 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the yoga teacher training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion and training hours. These hours will still be recognized by Yoga Alliance as well, click here to read more about their guidelines on online training hours.
Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training (20 Hours)
The Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is a four-day online training 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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be enrolled in the Yoga Medicine 500-Hour program to attend this Yoga Teacher Training?
No. 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!
If you are new to Yoga Medicine and would like to join the 500-hour program, then please complete the online application. Upon successful completion of this online training, the 55 hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour. Details on the 500-hour program can be found here.
How do I access the online training?
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