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Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training

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June 8-11, 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 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, just like universities, schools and Yoga Alliance recommendations, we will be offering this training as an online home retreat. The training will be provided on the scheduled training dates so that we can all practice together and benefit from the content in the safety of our own homes as well as stay connected and supported through this difficult time. The content will be provided on this training’s Event Hub with discussion boards, live Q & A and the course videos to bring the content to life. It is our hope that each of you will find a way to bring this important information back to your communities to support those around you. If you’re signed up for this training, you should have received an email with more details. We are also re-opening this training to those on the waitlist and anyone else in our 500hr program that is interested in this content. Please check our COVID-19 resources page for informational resources and training updates.

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.

Program Structure

Each day will consist of:

– Asana practices
– Lectures
– Q & A (recorded & posted)
– Discussion board (where you can also post questions for the Q & A’s if you’re unable to attend)
– Class reflections & discussions
– Journaling & practice teaching assignments
– A checklist to keep you on track
– Quiz at the end to get your certification

We are committed to providing this in real time so that we can all be in it together for the week of the training. However, we are also aware that many of you will now have kids at home, jobs to attend to and other circumstances that might make this more challenging; so you will also be able to complete the course at your own pace anytime as the videos will be a mixture of pre-recorded and live videos. We are planning to record all sessions, though, so you have access to the content even if you can’t join us in real-time. Most of all we are committed to bringing you the highest quality of education by our incredible teachers to your door. The length of each practice and lecture will be similar in length to those at an in-person training.

As you can see, there isn’t a strict schedule to this online training and there is no expiration date. It might be easier to consider it as a “personalized home retreat” that you can shape to fit your schedule and needs. Feel free to do as much as you’d like whenever you like.

Program Curriculum

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.

This online training is still considered an “immersion” and 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 a short, online exam to receive your certificate of completion. These hours will still be recognized by Yoga Alliance as well, click here to read more about their guidelines on online training hours.

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



Price includes the training tuition and a digital training manual by Yoga Medicine.

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Pricing & Policies

  • Payment Option

    A one-time, full payment of $500 will secure your spot in this online yoga teacher training. When registration opens, a payment option will become available at the top of this page.

    Price Includes: the full training tuition for the online yoga teacher training and a digital training manual by Yoga Medicine®.

    Refunds will be issued upon request until June 5, 2020. The tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after June 5, 2020.


  • Cancellations & Refund Policy

    Refunds will be issued upon request until June 5, 2020.

    The tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after June 5, 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 poor internet connection and/or other circumstances beyond your control. However, due to non-recoverable operational costs, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.

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.

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