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October 26–31, 2014 Sunday–Friday 5 nights
Continuing Education Credits

Teaching Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers

Presenter(s)
David Emerson and Jenn Turner
David Emerson

David Emerson is coauthor of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, author of the forthcoming Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and the director of yoga services at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he…
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Jenn Turner

Jenn Turner, RYT, MA, is a skilled Kripalu Yoga teacher. She currently leads yoga classes at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she codesigned the protocol and is teaching the…
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with special guest Bessel van der Kolk


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Program Details

For certified yoga teachers.

Research done at the Justice Resource Institute’s Trauma Center is establishing empirically that yoga may be helpful for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A groundbreaking study funded by the National Institute of Health, conducted from 2009–2011, showed that trauma-sensitive yoga reduced PTSD symptomology to a clinically significant degree.

The Trauma Center Yoga Program team has taught hundreds of classes to thousands of students from survivors of rape and childhood incest to Iraq War veterans. The team now offers a 40-hour workshop for yoga teachers in which you learn

  • The latest trauma theories and neurophysiology
  • Chair and mat postures for a wide range of physical abilities
  • How to modify existing yoga classes to make them trauma-sensitive
  • What you need to start a trauma-sensitive class.

David Emerson is joined by members of the Trauma Center Yoga Program team and welcomes Bessel van der Kolk for a special presentation at one of the program sessions.

Required reading and writing, as well as additional program information, can be found here.

Note This program is solely for professional development and is not intended as an intervention for those who have experienced trauma. Talking about trauma, even in the context of a professional training, can be triggering.

CE Credits
This program is eligible for
  • 28.5 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge
  • 28.5 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge