Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certification with Julie Afsahi

Saturday, August 12, 2023, 9:00 am – Sunday, August 13, 2023, 5:00 pm

Soul Strong Yoga, 107 Lewis Street, Round Rock, TX, 78664, United States

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August 12th +13th, 2023

Saturday, August 12th: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 13th: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*One hour for lunch each day

17 CEU Hours with Yoga Alliance for yoga teachers (15 Contact Hours and 2 Non-Contact Hours)

Price: $275

Note: $25 of each purchase is donated to Hope Alliance, Williamson County’s only resource center and emergency shelter for those affected by family and sexual violence.



“Many programs have found that survivors who are uncomfortable with or express a lack of interest in talk therapy have flourished in art or movement-based formats” (Holistic Healing Services for Survivors, Poore, T., Shulruff, T., & Bein, K., 2013).

This 2-day training will provide yoga teachers with the skills to create a safe space for survivors of trauma. The course content is for yoga teachers who work with trauma survivors who may have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Teaching yoga in a trauma-informed manner recognizes that trauma can have a profound impact on the body, mind, and emotions and that some traditional yoga practices may be harmful to people who have experienced trauma. 

Trauma can leave deep imprints on the nervous system and the body, resulting in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hyperarousal, and dissociation.

A trauma-informed yoga practice acknowledges the ways in which trauma can affect the body and creates a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their own experiences and sensations. This can involve modifying traditional yoga practices to make them more accessible and empowering for people who have experienced trauma, such as offering choices, emphasizing grounding and safety, and avoiding triggering language or touch.

By teaching trauma-informed yoga, yoga teachers can help individuals who have experienced trauma to reconnect with their bodies, develop a sense of safety and agency, and build resilience. This can be particularly valuable when working in specific recovery settings (mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, and domestic violence shelters) but also when teaching the general population as well.

Teaching trauma-informed yoga can increase safety, security, compassion, and the practice of ahimsa in a yoga community.


  • Meaning and overview of trauma and evidence-based holistic practices to help survivors

  • Introduction to the neurobiology of trauma

  • Trauma-informed best practices including creating safe spaces, integrating choices, using invitational language, and providing empowering experiences for diverse people

  • Uses of pranayama and meditation for survivors

  • Yoga sequencing and cueing for survivors

  • A certification in Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga from Soul Strong Yoga

  • 17 Continuing Education Hours through the Yoga Alliance (optional)

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