Teaching Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers
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, 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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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.
- 28.5 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge
- 28.5 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge
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9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday
View a sample schedule, find arrival information, and more.
Choice of Accommodations
Rates below reflect total housing costs for all program nights.
The dorms allow for 5–22 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms.
- Standard Rooms
- $565 and up
These spare and peaceful rooms measure 8' x 12' and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds.
- Standard Plus Rooms
- $860 and up
These quiet rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and include simple décor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds.Learn More