Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certification

Understanding Trauma | Teaching Resilience Through Yoga

Yoga Garden SF’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is designed to give teachers the knowledge they need to make their teaching more relevant to the needs of all students. Suitable for yoga teachers and trauma workers alike, this training allows students to study at a world-class studio while deepening their knowledge of psychology, physiology, and trauma in the context of the practices of yoga and meditation.

The core and elective classes in this training are designed to help you:

• Create safe spaces for survivors of trauma
• Develop trauma-sensitive language and cues
• Set appropriate boundaries for touch, personal space and teacher-student relationships
• Understand how trauma affects the nervous system
• Understand the roots of trauma in society and the self
• Encourage the natural healing process through appropriate yoga practices
• Have a stronger foundation for work with teens, women and survivors of sexual abuse

Everyone experiences some level of trauma, which can be both individual and collective. Individual trauma based in violence and abuse, both physical and emotional, is compounded by the collective traumas of sexism, racism, and injustice of many kinds in our world today.

Trauma impacts us in many different ways, but always on the level of both the mind and the body. As a mind/body practice, yoga is a powerful way to allow students access to the physiological aspects of the nervous system’s process, the pathway to healing and greater resilience.

While professionals in all fields are finding it more and more essential to incorporate trauma-sensitivity into their work, yoga instructors especially need to be aware of the impact of trauma on their students. Where touch, cues, and sequencing come into play, the possibility of encountering long-held tension and trauma is always present.

In this training, you will learn to understand and engage with students in a way that respects and cares for their unique histories and challenges. Our experienced teachers will instruct you in how to make your classes safer, more approachable, and more appealing to the general public. You will emerge with a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive teaching practice, grounded in the neuroscience of trauma physiology and the cutting edge of yoga teaching methodology.

The Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certificate is granted to students who complete 30 or more hours of affiliated coursework.

The training is made up of two required classes and a selection of elective classes. Students must attend a two-hour workshop on Yoga Teacher Boundaries and Ethics, and a 16-hour training core module on Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, for a total of 18 core hours. Students must also attend an additional 12 hours (out of 26 elective hours offered) for a total requirement of 30 hours.


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Mariah Frye

Owner of Stone Turtle Yoga

The more time that passes, and the more teacher trainings I see cropping up everywhere, the more grateful I feel for my experience at YGSF. It was a transformational time, and has directed my life time and again. So, thank you!

Sonya Genel

Yoga Teacher San Francisco

I have been teaching yoga for almost 10 years. I found the 300 Hour program with Jean was tremendously beneficial for review and refinement as well as introducing new tools for my teaching. It was an opportunity to deepen my own practice and I am really grateful for the wonderful community here.

Maren Zweifler

Yoga Teacher Austin, TX

The program felt both formative and co-creative, a unique and deeply reflective time when I learned about the subtler aspects of yoga, became more at ease with teaching and learned about the history and philosophy of yoga in an organic, naturally evolving way.

Cynthia Koch

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This program taught me the science of this practice. This program offered me a formula to understand how to heal myself and bring this power, this gift of connection and awareness through my words, actions and teaching. I am forever grateful.

Paulina Julian

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The program allowed each of us to take our own personal routes of study, to be supported individually in honing our own talents and refining our particular skills as teachers. The studio and community environment make it easy to focus and create a retreat like atmosphere in the midst of our everyday lives.

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Traveling Yoga Teacher

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