Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training | Online

Join Dr. Ann Bortz for this 20 hour online training to understand exactly what trauma is, how it affects us, and how to approach trauma within a yoga setting.

Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training | Online


Training Description

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.

Training Details

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

We created this online training to be flexible with your schedule so you can complete it at your own pace. 

After signing up, you’ll get instant access to four curated sections of pre-recorded lectures, asana practices, and take-home assignments. There will also be case studies along the way to help you integrate the information.

This training will count as 20 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine certification. Directly following the training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion and training hours. 

There is no deadline by which you need to complete the training as you’ll have unlimited access to all the training materials — even after completion! These online training hours will also be recognized as 20 continuing education hours (CEUs) by Yoga Alliance.

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 is an impactful asset to our healthcare systems. With our credentials, students and healthcare facilities can trust that their yoga teacher is trained with a depth of knowledge in the fusion of research, science & traditional practices as well as a range of experience. Yoga Medicine® trains our teachers to understand the body and the full spectrum of therapeutic yoga modalities so they can build a personalized practice to suit the individual across any yoga style, state of wellness, level, body shape, gender, anatomical differences, age, or capacity.

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 the teacher...

Dr. Ann Bortz

E-RYT-500 Teacher & Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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.

Our Promise

We believe bridging the gap between yoga and medical systems is a crucial therapeutic adjunct to modern healthcare. That’s why all of our offerings strive to reach the same goal: to empower teachers and students through deeper yoga education.

We train our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches to yoga so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.

With our credentials, your students will know that their teacher is well-trained with a range of applied and highly specialized therapeutic experience!

Frequently Asked Questions


This training is designed for yoga teachers, physicians, healthcare providers, and coaches who are interested in learning more about this invaluable curriculum.

If you have a consistent yoga practice and a desire to deepen your knowledge, 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 training, the 55 ‘in-person/contact’ hours would automatically be applied towards your 500-hour.

More information about the 500-hour program can be found here.

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 also 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.

Immediately after your payment is processed, you will receive access to this training’s online portal and materials. For this reason, refund requests for online trainings are not accepted.

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 program, then this training counts as 20 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your certification, as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance!

If you are a yoga teacher interested in pursuing continued education with Yoga Medicine, then you have the option to apply to our 500-hour program (in which case, these teacher training hours will automatically apply towards your 500-hour certification process).

To learn more about our 500-hour certification program, click here.

Apply Now
This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.