On Campus Program

Trauma-Informed and Responsive Yoga Teaching Understanding the Science and Practice


Being trauma-informed and responsive is about being able to negotiate two truths: yoga can be both a trigger for those who have been traumatized and it can be an effective tool for working with trauma. 

Join yoga therapists, Catherine Cook-Cottone and Joanne Spence, for a training that addresses the rapid shifts in research and guidance in the field of trauma-informed and responsive yoga. In detailing all aspects of trauma as it relates to yoga teaching, Catherine and Joanne lay a strong foundation in fostering trust and building authentic connections with students safely and confidently. This training will cover:

  • Yoga, trauma, and PTSD  
  • The polyvagal theory and stress response systems
  • Trauma-informed and responsive cueing and assisting 
  • Working with interoceptive and emotion-based sensations
  • Building an attuned and responsive class
  • Mindful self-care and your mission and purpose as a yoga teacher  

This essential training meets the increasing need for yoga teachers to be trauma-informed and trauma-responsive—and to be aware of how poses, breathwork, and meditation can impact the body.

NOTE This training is suitable for yoga teachers and therapists interested in working within the intersection of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive methods, and the relational space between yoga and the student. Yoga teachers will benefit from yoga practices for self-regulation, self-determination, and agency—as well as guidance on polyvagal theory, communication, setting boundaries, and yoga teacher self-care. 

Included in Your Stay


Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

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Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, C-IAYT, is a licensed psychologist, yoga therapist, author, and professor at University at Buffalo SUNY.

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Joanne Spence, DMin, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is the author of Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists: 47 Practices to Calm Balance, and Restore the Nervous System.

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