Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training

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The first thing that people who have injuries or who have been through difficult experiences should do is to look at their reasons for doing yoga in the first place. If an individual is healing from a traumatic event, such as the loss of a loved one or a major accident, they should consider undergoing yoga to help them deal with the emotional effects of their experiences.

Those who are in recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will find that doing trauma sensitive yoga training can be very helpful. This type of yoga involves very slow, guided breathing and meditation techniques. Many individuals recovering from PTSD have reported that doing this kind of yoga helped them decrease the symptoms that come with PTSD. Other individuals who are in recovery from other difficult life events may find that this type of yoga can help them strengthen their muscles and make them more flexible.

Find Several Yoga Instructors

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Some individuals may not need to seek out trauma sensitive yoga training. If you have access to a gym, you may be able to find several yoga instructors who are certified in this specific type of yoga. However, many of these yoga instructors may not have much experience in working with individuals who are recovering from trauma. If you do not live near a yoga studio or do not have access to a gym with a class specifically designed for trauma sufferers, you will want to look for other sources for trauma sensitive yoga training.

In order to get started on the right foot, it is important to identify what exactly you want to gain from your yoga experience. Are you looking to develop more flexibility and range of motion? Are you looking to develop greater resilience and endurance? Or are you looking to manage or reduce the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)? Once you know the specific goals that you wish to pursue, you will be able to choose the type of instructor that will best support you.

Attend Class Twice A Week

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There are two main types of training that you can find when it comes to trauma sensitive yoga. One type of program offers eight weekly sessions that last one full day. This type of program usually requires that you attend class twice a week. The other type of training offers four half-day training sessions that are scheduled in four sessions. Both trainings provide students with a variety of yoga styles and instructions that are designed to allow students to move through the various stages of somatic experiencing.

Both trainings are based on the teachings of the Ashtanga and Viniyoga Styles of yoga. Both training utilize modified poses that are aimed at helping those in recovery. However, the goal of these training sessions is to offer students more flexibility and a complete physical workout. During somatic experiencing, students experience extreme discomfort and may fall several times. By practicing yoga teachers can help alleviate these symptoms and improve overall health. Through this form of training, trauma-sensitivity will be lessened, which makes it easier for patients to return to their everyday lives.

Breathing Techniques And Meditation

Not only do these two trainings offer students a complete physical workout, but they also have extensive classes on breathing techniques and meditation. This is where students begin the process of healing by decreasing their stress levels. Many yoga teachers use a breathing method called Vibrodipassana, which is used during Vinyasa classes. 

In this method of breathing, students learn to slow their breathing and increase their awareness as they breathe deeply and gradually out of the body, bringing in fresh oxygen and revitalizing the system. This type of Vibrodipassana is often used to treat physical injuries and chronic pain caused by traumatic experiences.


While there is much to learn about the physiology and anatomy of the human body, much less is known about the psychological aspects of our bodies. That is why there is no substitute for empirical validated trauma-informed yoga teacher training. This type of training gives students a completely scientific way to train in the trauma-sensitive postures, which can benefit students in many ways. Students may heal faster due to the increased focus and attention that they receive through trauma-informed training. Additionally, this type of training has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety in individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. There is no doubt that empirical validated yoga teacher training will benefit everyone involved in today’s yoga culture.

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