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 20-hour 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.
In-line with the current educational industry standards under COVID-19, this training is being offered in an online format.
Who is This Training For?
For teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning looking to deepen their knowledge.
The Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is a 20-hour advanced online training for yoga teachers as well as physicians, healthcare providers, coaches and fitness instructors with yoga experience who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum. To fully benefit from this training, we recommend that anyone considering enrollment is actively working with students and clients within a yoga or therapeutic setting.
Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be a benefit in conjunction with the healthcare network; and with our credentials, your students will know that their yoga teacher is well trained with a wide range of experience. Yoga Medicine® trains our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches within a yoga practice so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.
This training has four sections – each section is composed of pre-recorded lectures, asana practices, review and homework to integrate the information.
We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you can complete it at your own pace. The full training is available now and there is no deadline by which you need to complete the training as you’ll have unlimited access to the training materials even after completion. Most of all we are committed to bringing you the highest quality of education by our incredible teachers to your door.
This yoga teacher training 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 2021 Online Teaching Exemption.
The 20-hour Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Online Training will provide yoga teachers with a solid understanding of what trauma is, how it affects us, and how to approach trauma within a yoga setting.
Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training:
- The Difference Between Stress and Traumatic Stress
- Statistics Regarding the Prevalence, Political Nature and Cost of Trauma
- The Neuroscience of Trauma
- Contemporary Neuroscience and Ancient Yoga Philosophy
- How Yoga Can Regulate the Brain, the Nervous System, and the Body
- How Mindfulness Can Increase the Healing Power of Trauma-Informed Yoga
- Appropriate and Inappropriate Aims in Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga
- 10 Essential Elements to Include in a Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Class
- Specifics of Teaching to Different Populations
- Group Lessons vs. Privates
- Vicarious Trauma/Secondary Trauma
- Self-Reflection: the Living, Sensing, Knowing Body
- Breath Practices
- Class Planning
- Journaling Assignments
- Risk Factors for VT/ST
Testimonials About This Yoga Teacher Training
— John Jen Teng, 500-Hour Yoga Medicine Teacher —
“Yoga Medicine®‘s Mindful Trauma-informed Yoga module is one of my favorite teacher trainings so far. It was comprehensive with a very good balance of evidence-based practical applications and theoretical knowledge. Dr. Ann has an impressive background in trauma and working with different traumatized populations. She is able to put scientific context into a simplified and easy to digest nuggets that are friendly for both novice and seasoned teachers alike. I love her style of teaching as she repeatedly repeats the take aways all through out the training which for me is an effective way of retaining new information. The manual is concise and straight to the point with additional scripts & practice guides which are very helpful. The overall experience was top notch. I’ve learned so much more in this 20 hour training compared to other programs that were a lot longer. It was truly an invaluable experience. I highly recommend it!”
— Amber Campion, Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist + Integrative Leadership Coach —
“I signed up for Yoga Medicine’s Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training as a way to refresh and update my knowledge as a trauma-informed teacher. I worked with the Lineage Project in N.Y.C for 6-years teaching mindfulness and yoga to at-risk and incarcerated youth and have healed my own trauma through therapy, mixed with somatic, mindful movement (yoga and martial arts). With my personal and professional background dealing with trauma, I found this course to be exceptional, even for teachers with years of experience. First, the platform was so well organized that I found it effortless to complete the 20-hour training within 2-weeks through block scheduling the modules into my calendar. The course was thorough, mixed with lecture diving deep into the neuroscience of trauma and practical tips, practice, reflection journal prompts, practice teaching, and an engaged recorded Q/A. The information presented by the lecturer was in-depth and came along with a well thought out manual so very little note-taking was needed. As a self-proclaimed neuroscience geek, I was surprised and happy to learn some new science as well, such as the polyvagal theory. I highly recommend this course to those who seek out high-end training as yoga teachers.”
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 & Policies
Payment & Cancellation/Refund Policy
A full payment of $500 USD will secure your spot in this online training. Please return to the Pricing section to register today!
The tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after you have made your final payment and received access to this training’s online portal/materials. We cannot make any exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.
- – Enrollment in the online training
- – A digital training manual
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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, physicians, healthcare providers and those who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum. 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 20 hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour. Details on the 500-hour program can be found here.
How do I prepare for and access the online training?
When you register for this training, you will also receive complimentary access to the following online courses: Conducting a Therapeutic Evaluation and Recognizing Red Flags in a Therapeutic Yoga Setting – reviewing these courses will help you prepare for this training.
After registering for this training, you will receive a confirmation email with more details on general information, training materials needed, and instructions on how to access your online training.
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