Our “Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth” Online Course is designed for individuals who want to understand the therapeutic applications of yoga for youth considered “at-risk” due to poverty, violence, marginalization, abuse, neglect and other factors.
Over the course of 8 weeks, you will dive into the physiological framework of trauma, and how it manifests in the mind and body. We will explore the latest findings in trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness to identify and address symptoms of trauma, including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues. Our goal is to equip you with the confidence and skills to work with youth who have experienced trauma and offer them tools to feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated. You will graduate from this training with the understanding and confidence to teach yoga to youth in a trauma-informed way.
The “Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth” Online Course is for individuals who want to:
- Improve the health and wellness of the youth in their lives
- Better connect to their children & teens through the practice of yoga
- Learn how to encourage the best in students who have experienced trauma
- Make a lasting difference in the lives of youth in their community
What You’ll Learn
Understand the therapeutic applications of yoga for those considered “at-risk.”
This course provides you with the tools and understanding necessary to work with those considered “at-risk” due to poverty, violence, marginalization, abuse, neglect and other factors. The majority of these individuals have had significant trauma in their lives, and this training focuses on understanding the physiology of trauma and how it manifests in the body and mind. You will learn to incorporate tools from somatic-based therapy practices into a yoga class to help address symptoms of trauma, such as dissociation, anxiety, chronic dysregulation, depression, and addiction. Although designed for the academic environment, our curriculum is easily adapted for use in a variety of settings, including yoga studios, at home, and in healthcare settings. You will graduate from this training with the understanding and confidence to teach yoga in a trauma-informed way.
Focus: All Ages / All Grades
Course structure and how it works.
This course takes place over eight weeks. Each week includes 2-4 hours of course material (module) for a total running time of 32 hours. Modules include video lectures, live check-ins, interactive exercises, downloadable lesson plans, reflection questions, quizzes, and key teaching points. In a new, self-paced format, this training allows you to learn at your own pace and repeat lectures and practices as often as you’d like!
How it works…
- The course content is delivered to you via online streaming video with downloadable supporting documents and images, organized into 8 modules.
- Modules feature curriculum, projects, and activities so you practice creating trauma-informed yoga classes for youth. Also included are pre-made lesson plans for you to use in your classes.
- Direct access to live video chat events with a Yoga Ed. Trainer to ask questions and get feedback.
- At the end of the course, you’ll submit a final assignment in which your teacher will provide personal feedback on your teaching.
- You will have access to “Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth” for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule, across computers and mobile devices
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CEU + Standards
Upon completion of this course, participants are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with the Yoga Alliance, Child Life Council, and select school districts.
No prior background or previous experience is required for our training — only a passion for yoga and education, and a drive to support the health and wellness of youth considered to be at-risk.
To keep the world green for our children, we deliver our course materials digitally. Upon registration for this training, you will receive:
- A 250 page curriculum with full color pictures
- Live weekly conference calls on Monday evenings with us to dive into the weekly material together and answer any questions you might have
- Access to course workshops, including video lectures and assignments for each week’s lecture topic
What You’ll Gain
Discover what our training will do for you.
Whether you’re a classroom teacher, a P.E. or wellness teacher, a counselor, an administrator, or a homeschooler, our course will help you to:
- Adopt a trauma-informed lens when working with at-risk student populations, so that you can better address student behavior and classroom management with sensitivity, receptivity and compassion
- Empower at-risk students to cultivate a relationship with their emotions and impulses, so they can better self-regulate and build resilience
- Build resilience among at-risk students, for lifelong health, wellness, and success
For yoga instructors and studio owners, this course will help you to:
- Expand your reach with yoga classes for at-risk children & teens in school districts, afterschool programs, and nonprofit work
- Share the many life skills yoga has to offer through engaging yoga lessons
- Discover lifelong learning through yoga education
- Join the movement towards a happier, healthier future for our youth
Parents and guardians taking this course will learn to:
- Help teens who have experienced trauma to be stay healthy, active, and resilient in the midst of school, extracurriculars, and friends
- Empower your child or teen to cultivate a relationship with their emotions and impulses, so they can better self-regulate
- Plant the seeds for your child or teenager’s lifelong health, wellness, and success
Health Care Professionals
For pediatric health care professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, child life specialists, and social workers, this course will help you to:
- Integrate somatic-based therapy practices into patient care, through safe and developmentally-appropriate yoga tools
- Empower your patients to self-regulate through yoga breathing and relaxation, reducing anxiety, promoting sleep quality, and improving perceived quality of life
- Build resilience among at-risk patients, for lifelong health, wellness, and success
Youth-serving nonprofit organizations can take this course in order to:
- Foster better communication and relationships with the at-risk children and teenagers you serve through a trauma-informed understanding of their physical, mental, emotional, and social development
- Empower the at-risk children and teenagers you serve to self-regulate with yoga breathing and relaxation so that they can make healthier decisions to succeed in school and in life
- Enhance your efforts towards a happier, healthier future for our youth