On Campus Program

Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

For yoga teachers and mental-health professionals.

The yoga program established at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in 2003 has helped thousands of people dealing with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex, relational trauma—from military veterans to survivors of chronic abuse and neglect. The model, called Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), has been shown to significantly reduce PTSD symptoms for people with complex trauma and to significantly improve quality of life. David Emerson and Jenn Turner from the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI offer this 40-hour training, which supports yoga teachers in making their classes more trauma-informed, and gives mental-health clinicians new practices to use with their clients.

This program includes

  • The latest trauma theories and neurophysiology
  • Theoretical underpinnings and methodology of TCTSY
  • An in-depth look at studies involving TCTSY
  • Opportunities to practice the material.

Required reading David Emerson, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment

Recommended reading Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery. Also, feel free to peruse the articles found here.

Note This program is for professional development and learning. We recognize that although many of us may have experiences of trauma the time we spend together will not be an intervention for our own individual healing. Talking and learning about trauma, even in the context of a training, can be triggering.

This program may be also taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
The hours from this training may be applied toward your 1000-hour yoga teacher certification.

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David Emerson, coauthor of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga and author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy, is the cofounder of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute.

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Jenn Turner, RYT, LMHC, TCTSY-F, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher and psychotherapist who cofounded the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI.

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