• March 31–April 5, 2019
  • Sunday–Friday: 5 nights

Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

For yoga teachers and mental-health professionals. Scholarship eligible.

The yoga program established at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in 2003 has helped thousands of people dealing with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex, interrelational trauma—from military veterans to survivors of chronic abuse. 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 Jennifer Turner from the Trauma Center 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.

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

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.

This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, or as a standalone program.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
Therapeutic Yoga


October 21–26, 2018
March 31–April 5, 2019

David Emerson is coauthor of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga and director of yoga services at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute.

Full Bio and Programs
October 21–26, 2018
March 31–April 5, 2019

Jenn Turner, RYT, MA, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher who codesigned the protocol for a National Institutes of Health study at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

Full Bio and Programs