Intro to Trauma Informed Yoga: Creating Safety within Hatha Yoga
with Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Rachel Raji Jenson, RYT-500 and Vivekan John Ferguson
April 11 - 14, 2024
Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to both teaching and practicing yoga that caters to the unique needs of trauma survivors. It aims to cultivate an environment that prioritizes safety, support, and individual choice. It’s important to note that trauma-informed yoga is not a specific yoga style; rather, it strives to create a space that supports post-traumatic growth and facilitates the healing of the mind-body connection.
In this course, we will explore methods for adapting the Integral Hatha Yoga practice to best support individuals who have experienced trauma. Learn how to create a supportive and healing space for trauma survivors, helping them on their journey towards recovery and feeling safe in their bodies. This course is not just for yoga teachers; it’s open to anyone who wishes to bring a trauma-informed perspective to their yoga practice and teaching.
This program includes:
- An understanding of the biology of trauma, and how this might show up in our students and in the yoga practice
- Offers teachers practical and useful tools to adapt and support students dealing with trauma
- How to use yoga to help this population and how we may need to adapt to make the practice more accessible
- Therapeutic Sound Session with John Vivekan Furgeson, a war veteran using sound therapy with Veterans
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities:
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 20 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email email@example.com.
- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Approved Professional Development (APD) course eligible for IAYT continuing education credits. (It is the students’ responsibility to request a certificate of completion and submit all required documents, hours, syllabus, etc. on the IAYT website.)
Satya is a master teacher. Her knowledge is incredible and she has such a beautiful way of passing that knowledge onto the students. She is such an inspiration, a true yogi. Thank you!—Mahadeva
Satya is amazing! I feel like a student of the Vidyalyam when she is teaching. She is thorough, detailed and clear in her instruction. Her presence is peaceful, patient, loving and kind. She is beyond knowledgeable–she knows the teachings because she lives them! What a joy to be her student. Love, love, love!—Past Participant
Satya Greenstone has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1971. She has shared the teachings of Integral Yoga® in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds and combines a natural, practical, down-to-earth approach to Yoga with a gentle humor. Since 1999 she has been a primary teacher for the 200-hour and the Intermediate Yoga Teacher Training programs. While serving as teacher training coordinator, she helped to develop and teach the first Gentle Yoga Teacher Training program. She has also developed and teaches training programs in Restorative Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, and Yoga and Meditation for Children.…
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Rachel Jensen is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified Health Couch through Duke University, 200 and 300 HR certified Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher, and is currently pursuing her certification in Somatic Experiencing- a body-based approach to dealing with trauma created by Peter Levine. A Licensed Massage Therapist for 18 years, Rachel is passionate about finding the connections between modern science and trauma research and the ancient practices of yoga, touch, and movement. In a practice focusing on trauma informed bodywork, especially as it applies to chronic conditions of pain, stress, anxiety, and disease, Rachel has seen first hand the way somatic…
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John Ferguson served over 20 years in the United States Marine Corp. During his military career he served two tours in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. Upon his retirement, he and his family moved to Winchester where he began training as a surgical technician. Part of his training included a PE class where he discovered yoga. To help as many fellow veterans as possible he became a certified yoga instructor. He took Basic teachers training, Adaptive teacher training and Intermediate teacher training all at yogaville under Satya Greenstone. The yoga classes he teaches not only help strengthen the broken bodies…
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