Introduction to Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Online Course


Course Description

The words “trauma” and “trauma-informed yoga” have become popular in the modern Western yoga culture, but what do they actually mean? And how can we deliver clinically sensitive classes informed by neuroscience, mindfulness, and the most recent research on trauma?

In the profound Introduction to Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga course, Dr. Ann Bortz offers research-based insight on how trauma impacts the body and mind, and how yoga teachers can weave this awareness into supportive, trauma-aware yoga classes. Dr. Bortz is a licensed clinical psychologist with a professional background of 25 years in service to sensitive populations ranging from veterans and refugees to children’s hospitals in clinical and yoga settings. It is from her depth of experience that she has carefully crafted this introductory course to give yoga teachers a foundational understanding of how yoga serves as a helpful framework for working with trauma.

Course Details

  • Approachable trauma theory and its impact on the brain and the nervous system.
  • How yoga can be a supplemental therapeutic intervention for traumatized individuals.
  • The essential elements – kinds of breathing, movement, theming, languaging, cueing, and pacing – to include in a mindful, trauma-informed yoga class.
  • A yoga mat is optional for the sample practice session.
  • Course length: 2 hours of online lecture/training videos.
  • Multidisciplinary learning methods of theory (lecture) and application (sample yoga practices).
  • An informative course handout available for download.
  • A course certificate after the successful completion of the online quiz.
  • This course is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education hours with Yoga Medicine® and/or Yoga Alliance.
  • This course is available on-demand and does not expire, so you can always return to practice and revisit the material to deepen your understanding over time.
  • Understand the difference between everyday stress and clinically significant trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Know statistics regarding the prevalence and cost of trauma.
  • Recognize how trauma dysregulates the brain, the nervous system, and the body.
  • Acknowledge how yoga can help regulate the brain, the nervous system, and the body.
  • Be aware of how the addition of mindfulness can increase the healing power of trauma-informed yoga.
  • Learn appropriate and inappropriate aims for a mindful, trauma-informed yoga class.

Jenni Tarma

About The Teacher

Ann Bortz, Psy.D., E-RYT 500 is a doctoral level, licensed clinical psychologist, with a specialty in trauma, who has maintained a professional psychology practice for over 25 years. Over that time she has worked with physically and sexually abused children and teens, adult sexual assault survivors, war veterans, recently resettled refugees, and asylum seekers.

Deeply interested in the interplay of psychology and yoga, Dr. Bortz was certified as a yoga teacher in 2004. In 2005, she pioneered a yoga therapy program for traumatized teens in residential care. At the research division of the Veteran’s Administration in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, Dr. Bortz developed and is currently implementing a targeted yoga intervention for veterans who are coping with such conditions as traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

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