On Campus Program

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Foundational Training


Designed for yoga teachers, social workers, educators, mental health professionals, and other service providers, this training with field experts David Emerson and Jenn Turner is designed to help yoga teachers in making their classes more trauma-informed and give mental-health clinicians new practices to use with their clients.

Established at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, trauma-sensitive yoga 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.

Through lecture, Q&A, and guided practice, this program explores

  • The latest trauma theories, neurophysiology, and impacts of systemic trauma
  • Theoretical underpinnings and methodology of TCTSY
  • An in-depth look at studies involving TCTSY
  • Exploration of how power and privilege impact your work
  • Opportunities to practice the material.

Note This weekend training qualifies as the prerequisite for the 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) certification program. (i.e., this training is not a certification but satisfies the requirement for participation in the 300-hour Yoga Alliance-approved TCTSY certification program).

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.

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

Recommended reading Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
Therapeutic Yoga


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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