With our feet firmly planted on the east and west coast,
we proudly offer our signature Trauma-Informed Yoga Training nationwide, and internationally too!
Every person has dealt with trauma in big or small ways in their life.
These traumatic experiences live not only in a person's psychological memory, but within the muscles, nerves, and connective tissue of the body itself. In our signature Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Intensive, you will explore:
Embodied understanding of trauma-informed yoga as a complementary approach to healing
Scientific understanding of the physiological effects of trauma on the mind and the body
Principles and tools of trauma-informed yoga and self-regulation designed to cultivate resilience
Tips and tools for yoga teachers to make regular yoga classes more trauma-informed
Self-care for individuals working with trauma-affected populations
Through practices, lectures, videos, journaling, small discussion groups, and practice teaching, students will gain a thorough understanding of the practices and tools of Trauma-Informed Yoga and how to use this knowledge in their own life, to teach a trauma-informed yoga class or to make their regular studio classes and private sessions more trauma-informed. This immersive training cultivates a safe space for sharing and reflection.
After a short summer break, our trainings will begin again in August at Dou Yoga (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn) and September at Yoga to the People (East Village, Manhattan). Register below, or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens for later trainings!
Interested in bringing our training to your studio? Great! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm a yoga teacher. Is this training for me?
As a teacher you never know who is going to walk into your class, what experiences they may be dealing with or have dealt with in the past, or how your class will affect them. As yoga teachers, we know that the work we do is not just physical - or indeed that the physical practice is the least important part of the practice. Yoga is about self-awareness, introspection, breathing through the hard stuff. A survivor of trauma could react strongly to these teachings, or even be triggered by them. It's important to know common triggers that might be present in a yoga class, and also how to (and not to) react if someone is emotionally overwhelmed.
I’m a yoga student or work in a different field. Is this training for me?
Perhaps you are someone who has felt the benefits of a yoga practice in your own life and you're interested in learning how it can benefit others. Maybe you want to know more about why and how yoga has been healing for you emotionally, mentally, physically. Or perhaps you work in a related field and are interested in learning a new modality to work with trauma-affected populations. If those aspects resonate for you then this training may be for you. Trauma lives in the body but so do various emotional experiences that you may have that aren't classified as "trauma." We are social, emotional beings - our loves and fears, hurts and hopes, desires and rejections all live within us and effect our various reactions to the world around us. This training focuses on larger traumas, but knowing about the big stuff informs a better understanding of how little things affect your body and mind.
I’ve felt the effects of trauma in my own life, or in the life of a loved one. Is this training for me?
This training might be for you, but it also may not. Depending on how recent the experience(s) of trauma, this training may be a useful tool in understanding what has happened and how you or your loved one might benefit from a yoga practice. Some people find it deeply empowering and healing, others may be triggered. If you are interested in the training, but are wanting to know more about the day-to-day curriculum, feel free to reach out to the coordinators to see if this will be a good idea for you.
What do you mean by trauma?
Trauma can include a broad range of experiences, such as events occurring overtime during formative years of development, acute shock traumas, and secondary traumatic experiences, which may have an equally significant impact on someone. In the United States 1 in 4 women will experience violence at some point in their life time. Poverty, and it's intersections with race and injustice, can have an immense impact on someone's experience in life. Complex and developmental trauma is still largely unaddressed. Bullying and discrimination based on race, sexual orientation and gender continues to plague our cultures, reverberating across generations. Unresolved trauma can manifest in many ways including behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, illnesses, low self-esteem and inter-personal relationship challenges. Various other emotional experiences aren't classified as "trauma," but they are also stored in our body.
What happens after this training?
Use this work for yourself: Support yourself, family or friends with self-regulation practices whenever you need them.
Take this work out into your community: When you finish the training you will have the skills and capacities to take this work out into the world, working with individuals and communities.
Join our Mentorship Program: If you want support in teaching placements, honing and refining your skills, and continuing education and self-care, check out our Mentorship page.
I am not in New York, how can I bring training to my community?
Feet on the Ground is available to facilitate trainings domestically and internationally. Training programs can be tailored to meet the needs of the group, from yoga teachers, to aid workers, the general public, social workers, educators, and clinicians, or for specific populations. Please contact us for additional information, details and costs.
If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us.