Qualify as an
Accredited Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher
CPD 100 hours
Online Live further training course, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals
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BY FIONA WARD
14 NOVEMBER 2021
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Taking part in trauma informed yoga classes
Self study, awareness of personal history, triggers and emotional pain
Developing a healthy teacher/student relationship: the role you take – helper, rescuer, what of your personal history is coming into it?
Assessment of students and session planning (including watching demos and practicing)
Practical training in key concepts working with the koshas, gunas and chakras – planning a trauma informed session, delivery and developing the practice
Yoga practices for 3 phases of treatment as an adjunct to therapy: stabilization, processing, integration
Working with complex or developmental trauma versus shock trauma
Spiritual bypass, meditation and dissociation
Handling stories, memories and other content. Addressing uncertainty
Risk assessment and suicide prevention
Working alongside psychiatry and psychology services including basics of psychiatric medications
Business aspects including marketing and pricing
Outlining case studies, mentoring and assessment
Accredited Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher assessment
The threads of TIY training
Module 1. Stabilization and safety
Practical training in key concepts working with the koshas and gunas – planning a trauma informed stabilization session, delivery and developing the practice.
Assessing students’ stabilization and capacity to self regulate.
Intro to course requirements, case studies and assessment.
Practice in dyads/triads
Reading and written assignments
Module 2. Processing
Building on safety, using the skills of self regulation to build capacity for emotion.
Practical training in key concepts working with the chakras – planning a trauma informed session, delivery and developing the practice. Keeping people safe as survival patterns get reactivated. Allowing them to create a new relationship to their patterns.
Assessing students’ daily challenges relating to triggers and dysregulation. Working with complex or developmental trauma versus shock trauma.
Practice in dyads / triads
Reading and written assignments
Module 3. Integration
Practical training in key concepts working with the koshas, gunas and chakras – planning a trauma informed session, delivery and developing the practice. Considering the yamas and niyamas, and the student’s own spirituality.
Spiritual bypass, meditation and dissociation.
Handling stories, memories and other content. Addressing uncertainty.
Practice in dyads/triads
Reading / planning
Module 4. Essentials
Risk assessment and suicide prevention.
Business aspects including marketing and pricing.
Working alongside psychiatry and psychology services including basics of psychiatric medications.
Module 5. Sharing
Assessment, sharing practices, the power of the group, celebration and closing ceremony.
Written assignments and prep
You are recommended to have ongoing mentoring throughout your career as an Accredited Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher. This can be done in small groups (like your dyad/triad) and you split the cost, you can arrange it individually or attend the group mentoring days.
It may include: peer support, masterclasses, q&a, discussion of challenges and successes, self-study and reflection space.
Preparation and written reflections are recommended to help you build self awareness and reflection skills.
Dates for 2022
For 2022 the course is, again, 100% online, from the comfort of your own home
Sat 10 and Sun 11 Sept 2022 9.30am-5pm 13 hours
Sat 8 and Sun 9 Oct 2022 9.30am-5pm 13 hours
Sat 5 and Sun 6 Nov 2022 9.30am-5pm 13 hours
Sat 13 Nov 2022 10am-5pm 6 hours
Sat 3 Dec 2022 Sharing / Assessment 10am-5pm 6 hours
Practice sessions are to be arranged in addition to these dates at your convenience. You will have 10 1/2 hours of practice sessions in dyads and triads.
Attendance required: 90% - for any missed modules you must arrange to take these privately with a tutor for which there will be an additional fee payable directly to the tutor
Before the course starts, you must have already completed:
200 hour yoga teacher training (any school, any style)
Trauma Therapy Manchester’s 2-day foundation workshop Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers / Trauma Workshop for Yoga Teachers. You may book the 100 hour course once you have booked a place on the 2-day course as long as you will have completed it by the start of the 100 hour course. If you have relevant experience or trauma training from another school, please let us know and we will discuss with you whether you have covered everything on our syllabus which would allow you to skip this 2-day requirement.
50 hours yoga teaching experience (exceptions may be made if you have other experience leading groups or teaching another discipline eg qi gong, pilates, some sports - contact us before booking)
Total: 51 hours
Scheduled dates and times for course - see above. September to December 2022. 51 hours.
In groups of (approximately) 6 you will have 2 x 1 hour mentoring sessions during the course with a tutor to discuss wellbeing, progress, questions, case studies and certification.
After the course you are recommended to continue having mentoring. You can arrange this with our course tutors. We offer in person and live online group mentoring see Group Mentoring or you can book 1 hour individual or private group sessions. You are recommended to have 1 hour of mentoring per 8 hours' TIY sessions when you first qualify. If you are teaching these sessions full time (8 or more per week) then we recommend monthly sessions, if you are teaching regularly but not every week then 6 hours per year may be sufficient. This can be discussed with your mentor.
Additional requirements for certification
Total: 13 1/2 hours
Trauma Informed Yoga practice in dyads and triads
Practice delivering Trauma Informed Yoga in dyads and triads: 10 1/2 hours
This will be arranged within your groups outside of scheduled course times. All hours must be logged and submitted for certification.
Have 3 Trauma Informed Yoga sessions with an Accredited TIY teacher
You will arrange to have 3 individual sessions with an Accredited TIY teacher to gain experience from the student perspective. Sessions are likely to be around one hour, prices vary according to teacher. We can provide a list of teachers for you to contact. Approx: 3 hours
Total: 40 hours
Reading and videos - minimum 14 hours
Case studies – contact with students 9 hours
Case studies – write up / planning 17 hours
We aim to support you in your learning style and needs. If written work is a barrier to you accessing this course then contact us to discuss your needs. It can be arranged that you submit your work as a presentation / recording instead of in writing.
Subject to change, the written work currently required for completion of the course is:
Personal safety plan (pre-course requirement)
TIY class plan
Essay exploring adaptations for TIY
Self reflective essay - personal samskaras, dharma and vidya
Personal competencies worksheets
Log of dyad / triad hours
Log of 3 Trauma Informed Yoga sessions you've attended
End of module quizzes
- Case studies
Option A: 3 individual case studies. You will offer TIY to 3 students delivering 3 x one hour TIY sessions to each of them, total 9 hours. This can either be online or, if permitted, in person.
Option B: 1 individual case study of 3 x 1 hour TIY sessions plus 1 group case study of 6 x 1 hour group sessions, total 9 hours. This can either be online or, if permitted, in person.
Case studies must be submitted within 12 months of starting the 100 hour course
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This is how the course will be assessed:
Ongoing assessment – self evaluation and feedback from assistants and trainers.
There will be short quizzes to help integrate knowledge and highlight areas for development.
You will be asked to provide a short explanation of a psychoeducation topic of your choice that’s been covered on the course, in a way you might say it to a student (5-10 minutes).
Participation in practice sessions in dyads and triads with self and peer evaluation.
Submission of case studies and written assignments.
Students who do not meet the course requirements will be given the opportunity to improve and be encouraged to pass at a later date.
Assessment style can be flexed for individual students who may find writing (or other forms of assessment) a barrier to course completion.
What will graduates be able to do at the end of the course?
Guide students through the 3-phase trauma recovery model (phase 2 is to be done alongside therapy).
Provide Yoga Alliance Professionals Accredited Trauma Informed Yoga sessions.
Advertise yourself as an Accredited Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher and use the Yoga Alliance Professionals badge on your profile.
This goes beyond adapting a general yoga class to do no harm (Trauma Sensitive Yoga). For this, you only need the 2-day Trauma Workshop for Yoga Teachers.
Our accredited 100 hour course is an in-depth, practical approach to guiding students through each of the three phases of trauma recovery: stabilization, processing and integration. It includes plenty of teaching practice, observations and feedback.
You will receive practical training in experiencing, designing and implementing trauma recovery plans.
You will gain knowledge of working alongside psychology and psychiatry, basics of psychiatric medications, considering risk, safeguarding and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the NHS or privately.
Fees and bursaries
Fee for 100 hour certification course: £890, can be paid in monthly installments (due in full 4 weeks before the course). If you pay the full fee at time of booking you receive a £50 discount.
A £100 deposit secures your place.
Additional fees for
Trauma Informed Yoga sessions with a teacher of your choice (3 required for certification).
Case study submission: £10 per individual case, £20 per group case (£30 in total).
Optional: 180 page full colour, printed and wirobound manual posted to you for £30 - digital copy is included in the fees.
Please note that everybody contributing to the running and delivery of this course gets paid a fair living wage.
We do not use unpaid volunteers as we believe in paying people for their time and expertise.
Applications for bursaries, please download the document below and email to email@example.com
Closing date: 30/06/2022