Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training
For Yoga Teachers
Live Online for 2021-22
The first step to becoming an Accredited Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher
Without the first step, there is no journey.
Support people going through Trauma recovery with yoga one to ones and group classes.
Open to qualified yoga teachers and trainees from any school of yoga.
This is the course I wish I'd had when I started working with trauma. It is a culmination of years of experience and draws on all of my training from the world's leading trauma specialists, researchers, psychiatrists, yoga therapists, doctors and neurologists.
Every student I have ever worked with has influenced this course.
The first part of this training is a unique 2-day intensive workshop to gain practical skills and a depth of clinical understanding in supporting people who are experiencing the effects of trauma.
There will be people effected by trauma in all of your group classes. Yoga has the potential to be incredibly healing and helpful. Even with the best intentions, a lack of trauma knowledge can make classes distressing, overwhelming and triggering. From the outside we might even mistake a dissociated student for a relaxed one. Or someone who seems to be coping well on the outside but falling apart on the inside.
You will leave these two days inspired, refreshed and confident in adapting your sessions to make them trauma-sensitive.
Certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Next available dates
This 2-day course is a Yoga Alliance Professionals recognised workshop.
Live online, interactive, small group options. Includes psychological support during the weekend.
Sat 12 to Sun 13 March 2022 Book now - only a handful of places left
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What will you be able to do after this course?
Log 11 hours of CPD accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Offer Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
Consider your own history and potential trauma history - often developmental trauma is overlooked or misunderstood and yet affects many of us, our relationships and our access to our vital life force (prana).
You will be able to adapt you current yoga offerings to make them more trauma sensitive.
You will be able to view yoga classes through the trauma lens and make intelligent, compassionate choices about the class environment, sequencing, choice of asana, pranayama, meditation.
You will appreciate who you are in relation to a trauma survivor's recovery.
You will gain practical insight into dealing with dissociation and dysregulation in yoga classes as well as the importance of steadying your own nervous system first - co regulation is key. (This one really reduces the fear of working with trauma).
You will be able to compassionately and confidently handle students who are dismissive, aggressive or demanding and not take it personally when understood through the lens of trauma. (Many people wished they'd learnt this sooner!)
For those who have completed this workshop there is the option to continue on to the 100 hour certification course to be an Accredited Yoga Alliance Professionals Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher. This course includes assessment and case studies to receive a YAP badge and certificate to teach. If you are not already a member of YAP you can join to receive the certificate and badge even if your 200 hour course was registered with a different body eg Yoga Alliance or the British Wheel of Yoga.
After completing this course you are eligible to take part in online group mentoring days to get support, refine your skills, ask questions, discuss challenges and go deeper. Find out more.
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who is the training for?
who is the training for?
The foundation 2-day Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training, covers these areas.
Please note, this was previously known as Trauma training for yoga teachers and Trauma workshop for yoga teachers. The name change is to provide more clarity to trainees and the general public about what is being offered.
The accredited 110 hour qualification course goes into greater depth, practical application and teaching.
what do we mean by Trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD and Dissociation
working with acute Trauma, repeated Trauma, complex Trauma, developmental Trauma, vicarious Trauma, generational Trauma, race-based Traumatic stress
Trauma diagnoses and symptoms in relation to the gunas
understanding the neurology of Trauma
the physiology of Trauma and yoga as a treatment tool
how memory is stored under normal circumstances and what changes during Trauma
samskaras and vasanas of Trauma
the body (annamaya kosha) as a place of terror, how we can support people to an experience of safety
the vagus nerve and yoga interventions
considerations for asana, pranayama, visualisation, meditation and relaxation
one to one yoga as a way to develop interoception, the ability to be able to feel ones own inner experience of essential body signals including hunger, pain and emotion without becoming overwhelmed
grounding strategies to suit different students, giving them the tools to remain in the present moment
applying yogic practices as self-regulation techniques to effect the nervous system and change patterns of hyper or hypo-arousal
adjustments and the use of touch
working remotely with traumatised students
find the right kind of relaxation techniques that might be appropriate for different people and how to adapt these to individual circumstances in class
how to make any yoga class more Trauma sensitive
handling dissociation and dysregulation in class (and in yourself!)
Who can apply?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training (2 days / 11 hours)
All yoga teachers from any school of yoga.
Trainee teachers are also welcome to apply.
There is no minimum level of fitness required. Let me know if you have current health conditions, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Certification (100 hours)
Attendance at the 2 day workshop is a requirement to apply.
Book this course once you have signed up to or completed part 1.
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What's it like online?
"Every aspect of the workshop being on zoom had been thoroughly visioned and it was a really positive online experience. I feel I got as much out of it if not more in some ways than had it been in person. The information was plentiful but there was also time for discussion, questions, reflections and sharing. I highly highly reccommend" Emily, FB
"Both courses were online but managed to cultivate a sense of being together in a room. Highly recommended!" Hannah, FB
"Susi had a support team available to support with technical/classroom management and also coping with uncomfortable issues that arose throughout the weekend.
Even though the course was delivered online, students still had the opportunity to engage with other participants in private group activities through breakout rooms. I thought this was good as sometimes online you do not always get that opportunity." Jemima, FB
"The training was via zoom and your passion, care, and support was very clear. I would definitely recommend the course and I am interested in studying further with yourself." Lauren, FB
"Susi Wrenshaw has trauma training down to a fine and sensitive art. I did TT for Yoga Teachers in its Zoom incarnation over two days and there was plenty of awareness and inventiveness around interaction terms of Susi's communication style, using chat, break out rooms, invitation to speak, turning off video. The team, one technical and one a counsellor we could access if stuff came up, were great and contributed to feeling safe." Fiona, FB
Susi Wrenshaw C-IAYT is a strong advocate for integrating body work into NHS and private mental health / psychology services.
Susi Wrenshaw is a body-oriented Trauma Therapist, founder of Trauma Therapy Manchester. She runs a private clinic full time. She previously worked in the Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder service within Clinical Neuropsychology at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She works with Yoga Therapy, Safe and Sound Protocol, EMDR, EFT, Yoga -CBT and is currently training in Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Maté.
As well as being a contributor to industry magazines, Susi is often asked to speak at events. She was guest teacher on Creative Approaches to Trauma (March 2020) giving a lecture and class in Trauma Informed Yoga. She led a session on Yoga Therapy for Trauma after mild TBI for The Breathing Brain Neuro Rehab clinicians retreat in November 2019. She has also appeared on a documentary about depression, 'Mental Me', a Podcast 'Serotonin' and on BBC Sport talking about yoga for anxiety and depression.
Susi has designed and run body-based therapy groups for people with mental health challenges and those in recovery from trauma, most recently for survivors of rape and sexual assault as well as within the NEAD service at Salford Royal Hospital.
She is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and EFT International, accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
In her clinical work and training, Susi draws on courses she has attended with Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Dr Gabor Maté and Dr Timothy McCall.
Specialist training has been with the Yoga Academy, under Ralf Marzen, Maja Skolimowska and Gary Carter, with EMDR Centre London with Barbara Leach and Joshua Smith and Life Beyond Limits with Master EFT trainer Tania Prince (accredited by EFT International). Other mental health/trauma/body work training is from the Minded Institute, PODS, Chrysalis Kids, Mind and Yoga Campus including Yoga as Medicine, Yoga for Eating Disorders, Emotional Trauma and Suicide Intervention.
Susi is the founder of Trauma Therapy Manchester - previously Yoga Therapy Manchester. She has provided yoga for NHS staff at CAMHS and the University of Manchester School of Medicine as well as many local and national organisations such as (CCG funded) Creative Living Centre, Maggies, Mind, Manchester Rape Crisis, Alzheimers UK, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Trafford Carers.
Susi has been the subject of two research publications exploring the links between yoga and mental health based on her personal and professional experiences. She is Honorary Recognised Supervisor at the University of Liverpool where she is supervising a Clinical Psychology thesis (research) on yoga in communities of people experiencing homelessness. She is also involved in research on yoga for NEAD.
She has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the book entitled Addiction and Performance (2014), in Exhale Mental Health magazine, Yoga Therapy Ireland magazine and Yoga Therapy Today.
Susi was a facilitator and trainer in communication and consultation skills for over 10 years within medical schools, GP practices, the North West Deanery and private healthcare organisations.
Apply or book
Places just added! Updated Jan 2022
You are welcome to book now if you are a yoga teacher or trainee. No need to contact me first.
If you are an alternative therapist, exercise instructor or other, please contact me to apply. Email a short message giving a brief indication of your relevant experience and interest in the course.
Visit the booking page to book.
Can't afford the course?
Please contact me to apply for a subsidised place - based on financial need.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training
Can be paid in 2 installments.
Early Bird deadlines:
March 2022 course - deadline end Nov 2021
You won't get a reminder, so make sure you pay on time!
Courses are non-refundable.
If you have to cancel for valid Covid reasons you can transfer to another course.
A 50% deposit secures your place.
Full payment due 4 weeks before the course for face to face.
Full payment due the day before for live online.
Full payment due by the Early Bird deadline to qualify for the discount. If you miss the deadline, the full cost of £230 is payable.
Payment is taken when you book - either 50% or 100%, you choose.
You can make your final payment by PayPal: paypal.me/traumatherapymcr
Specialist Assistants for July
Alex Maclean is a counselling therapist, eco therapist and yoga teacher who particularly enjoys taking therapy outdoors and using nature as a co therapist. She has an integrative approach to therapy and has increasingly brought the use of yoga, somatic movement, embodiment, breath work and mindfulness into her work with clients.
She has been working in the therapeutic field for over 15 years working with clients in psychiatric hospitals, prisons, in the community for the NHS and charitable organizations and now works in private practice.
Alex has attended the Trauma Training for Yoga teachers with Susi at Trauma Therapy Manchester and has subsequently enjoyed assisting on the training.
Sally currently offers an online membership, online classes, online courses and 1:1 sessions, delivered remotely and also in person when geographically possible.
Wellness with Sally was formed by Dr. Sally Eccleston, a yoga teacher and psychologist currently based in Stockport, England, in 2017.
Sally is not only a trauma-informed yoga teacher but also a psychologist, which means she creates a blend of eastern philosophy and western psychology. Her teaching and coaching is grounded in science and trauma- informed practice, taking individuals and groups from stress and anxiety to positive mental and physical wellness.
committed to their own wellness.”
Here’s a little bit from Sally
“Having experienced over the last decade the difference which positive psychology and spiritual practices can make to mental and physical health and wellbeing, I now offer a range of practices to help others rest and recover and to connect their bodies and minds. My belief is that psychology and yoga should be accessible to everybody, and I teach effective ways to deal with difficult situations or states of mind, including stress and anxiety. My focus is to promote positive wellbeing, psychological growth and spiritual practice for everyone. After four years of practicing yoga, I decided to train in Thailand with Centered Yoga in 2016. I continue to enjoy attending training courses to support my students, including in yin yoga, teaching yoga to children and families, yoga nidra, yoga for women’s health and trauma-informed yoga teaching. I now specialise in working with women and am building a community of women interested in and committed to their own wellness.”