Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

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

The yoga program run by the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute has helped thousands of people dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—from military veterans to survivors of chronic abuse. The Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) model has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of PTSD. Program founder David Emerson and his senior colleague, Jenn Turner, offer this 40-hour training, which supports yoga teachers in making their classes more trauma-informed, and gives mental-health clinicians practices to use with their clients.

The program includes

  • The latest trauma theories and neurophysiology
  • Theoretical underpinnings and methodology of TCTSY
  • The opportunity to practice teaching using TCTSY principles
  • An in-depth look at studies involving TCTSY.

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


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

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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.

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