Introductions: This week we will introduce ourselves and review the course materials. We will develop an understanding of trauma and what it means to be “At Risk”. We will also experience a trauma-informed yoga class in action so we can start to get a feeling for the work.
Understanding Trauma: This week we will build our foundation for understanding trauma. We will explore the science of trauma in the mind and body, as well as how to recognize symptoms of trauma in the yoga classroom.
Teaching Philosophy: Together, we will dive into the practice of being a yoga educator, including teaching philosophy. We will explore the intersection of culture, education, and mental health as it relates to your classroom. We will put theory into practice with experiential activities designed to deepen your understanding.
How to Create a Safe Space for Learning: This week we look at what it takes to co-create a classroom community. We’ll see how trauma shows up in the classroom and how you can cultivate positive relationships with your students through positive classroom management techniques.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Education: This week we will dive into trauma-informed yoga education. We will start with understanding mind-body resources and dynamic teaching techniques, including orienting, grounding, centering, language, and more. We’ll also explore how to create a lesson plan, put together a yoga sequence, and cue for a trauma-informed class.
Yoga Breathing, Warm-Ups, and Poses: This week we will begin to introduce yoga tools, starting with trauma-informed breathing and warm-ups. We will also introduce yoga postures. Lessons will be interspersed with the benefits of each tool, demonstrations, and tips to put what you learn into practice.
Partner Poses, Games, and Relaxation: This week we will cover partner poses, games, and relaxation techniques. We will learn the benefits and skills that each of these promote. We will also discuss how to create a safe space for effective teaching and things to be aware of in the yoga environment.
Course Finale: In our last week, we will learn how to get started teaching trauma-informed yoga to youth and create an action plan to begin teaching yoga. We will also explore trauma-sensitive teaching resources that can help enrich your students’ yoga experience.
You will have access to the online platform with all course material for one year from the time of enrollment. Within the course, you will find curriculum, premade lesson plans, and teaching resources that are digital downloads. You will have lifetime access to those once you download them. You will also have lifetime access to a community board of graduates for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections.
Community gatherings will be hosted on the 2nd full week of the month. The community gatherings for this course will be held on Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern. Each gathering will be one hour long. They are optional and will be recorded for you to watch on your own time. Please find the community gathering schedule here.
You may choose to extend your course access beyond 1 year by enrolling in the Yoga Ed. Membership for $12/month or $99/year. Course access will be extended for as long as your membership remains active, including all instructional videos, community discussion boards, and community gatherings for ongoing instructor support. Enrolled in more than one course? Not to worry, your membership will extend access for all courses you’ve enrolled in.
In addition to course access, our training graduates love the Yoga Ed. Membership for continuing education. Download premade lesson plans and instructional scripts from 400+ on-demand classes. Watch and learn how course instructors bring lesson plans to life. And enjoy unlimited access to our growing resource library with additional lesson plans, toolkits, and webinars for deeper learning.
Our courses are suitable for all levels. Whether you’re new to yoga or have your 500-hour certification, our courses are a great fit for anyone who wants to learn how to teach yoga and mindfulness to the children and teens in their life.
No, this course is designed for anyone who works with children (or would like to work with children). Yoga teachers, parents, nurses, counselors, mental health professionals, youth services support staff, and many other professionals have gone through our course and found the knowledge to be invaluable to the youth they work with.
Upon completion of our courses or program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many school districts honor this as CEU credit. We recommend reaching out to your administrator ahead of time to ask if they will honor Yoga Ed. courses. We also offer Graduate Level Professional Development Credit through LMU.
We are happy to help you with this! Please email [email protected] to request more information about the course(s) you’re interested in, or to schedule a phone call with our team.
Upon registration, you will get access to the following materials on the online platform…
8 online modules, with interactive video lectures, experiential activities, reflection questions, and practice teaching opportunities
10 hours of instructional videos
100 trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices, including breathing exercises, poses, brain breaks, and relaxation
Monthly community gatherings, hosted by course instructors to dive more deeply into topics of interest and ask any questions you may have. Each gathering will be one hour long. They are optional and will be recorded for you to watch on your own time.
Personalized instructor feedback on your final project
Lifetime Access: Downloadable weekly workbooks with over 100 trauma-informed yoga tools
Lifetime Access: A private community group of all Yoga Ed. training graduates, for ongoing peer guidance, support, and connections
Lifetime Access: Certificate upon completing course requirements
Eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) *Optional course credit add-ons
What you’ll learn
Trauma lives in the body. When children and teens are traumatized, the body becomes an unsafe place and we become afraid of physical sensations, which affects how we breathe, the ways we relate, and how we move through the world. More than two-thirds of youth report at least one traumatic event by age 16, and post-traumatic stress can affect our mental and physical health for years after the event.
Trauma-informed yoga can help us to befriend our bodies again. The practice provides a container for feeling sensations and developing a sense of safety in the body—recentering the breath, rebuilding healthy relationships, and reconnecting to mindful movement. By sharing yoga practices with youth who have experienced trauma, we support them with tools that directly address the symptoms of trauma and help to mitigate both its short- and long-term effects.
Upon completion of our course, you will be fully equipped with the skills to support youth who have experienced trauma through trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices.
Educators seeking to teach 20-60 minute yoga classes for their students who have experienced trauma
Pediatric mental health professionals sharing trauma-informed practices with their clients
Yoga instructors expanding their practice to include trauma-informed yoga practices
Youth-serving non-profit staff teaching yoga to children and teens in their community
Anyone who would like to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to teens
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Why learn with us
Start sharing yoga and mindfulness with the youth in your life today.
Backed by research
Our programs have been the focus of studies by Harvard, Tulane, and Cal State Fullerton, with measurable results in physical and mental health outcomes for children.
Informed by experts in the field of trauma.
Our trauma-informed curricula is co-authored by Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT and Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT, and informed by the work of Drs. Peter Levine, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Stephen Porges.
Global community of learners
Join a global movement of individuals dedicated to improving the health of their communities through yoga. 48 countries, 80K+ classrooms, and 15M+ students worldwide.
What students are saying
It is so great to have this online learning tool. As a full-time working adult, it gives flexibility in completing the course work online and you can watch your progress as each area is "checked off". The meet-ups are encouraging. It is a blessing to have this meet-up recorded in the case of being unable to join a specific week, especially during the summer :) Thank you for respecting us as adults to complete our own journey with the course work and completion of assignments!
The instructors and online help are fabulous and efficient! Response time for glitches or questions are quick! Thank you! This is the third class/training that I have participated in through Yoga Ed. I highly recommend all three trainings!
I was especially interested in the TraumaEd section of the 3 part Online training. The pandemic has brought stresses to all the children and sharing what I have learned will serve me and the children in my class aiding us in balancing our emotions. I found the descriptions of how trauma can manifest in behavior very helpful with specific poses and breathing to help remedy the behavior.
Understanding how trauma gets locked in the body, and learning about the types of trauma was so interesting and helpful.
Megan has a lovely, relaxed and friendly teaching style which is not easy to pull off if reading a script! I loved hearing about her educational and work background and appreciated her professionalism and enjoyed watching the recorded meet ups.
Many thanks to the Yoga Ed team. I will use these materials with my students for the years to come.
The Yoga ed team were fantastic! I loved the courses I did and found the programme so well set out and full of useful resources for future teaching. Having lost touch with my yoga practice over the years since motherhood, I have found yoga in my life again and it is thanks to Yogaed for inspiring and encouraging me! I can't wait to do my certification and to bring yoga to my students. The Trauma-informed courses and foci were so valuable especially during this COVID time.
I recently took Trauma Informed Yoga & it was one of the best things I have done for my teaching. The past 2 years has been difficult for teachers and students alike. Trauma Informed Yoga allowed me to gain insight into so many useful social/emotional tools that I have successfully implemented into my daily yoga with my students. As their teacher, I am benefiting from it as much as they are through mindful meditations, posing & partner work alongside useful discussion around our feelings throughout the day. Thank you Megan & Yoga Ed. I will definitely be back for more.
This course is extremely informative and the support you get from the staff is unwavering. I have worked with students who have gone through various traumas and the material included in this course is so relevant & helpful. I’ve learned so many tools for my teaching and I feel it’s made me a better overall instructor for my students. I can’t say enough good things about this training!
This training gave me practical tools that I use daily for my personal practice, as well as with all the children in my life. The trauma-informed cueing, invitational language, and grounding techniques were taught in memorable and meaningful ways. I use them daily. The course teaches developmentally appropriate practice for each age and stage in a digestible and effective format. It provides as many supplemental resources as on could ask for to support us in continued learning.
Great course with great resources. Very interactive and the communication with staff is easy and personable. Would definitely recommend this course to others!
Great class with a wealth of information presented in understandable manner. Instructors were knowledgeable and helpful throughout the course.
SO helpful and supportive in encouraging me to bring this into the creative work that I'm already doing. I can't wait to bring all of this to my community and provide youth and teens with these resources. The weekly meetings were so awesome and we always had amazing group discussions. One suggestion I have would be to have captions for the videos to make them more accessible for people who are hard of hearing or for the deaf community. It could also be good for anyone who doesn't have English as their first language and anyone with a learning disability as well! Thanks so much for this incredible program :)
What a wonderful experience this has been! This course was taught by an amazing teacher who was so knowledgeable, supportive, and motivational. I really enjoyed these last 8 weeks. I am excited to get out there and start making a difference in the high school I teach at. Thank you for providing me with all the resources and giving me the confidence to push forward.
I enjoyed this program so much, I have learned a lot and look forward to intergrading into the work I do.
Valuable information shared in an easy and concise manner. many topics discussed were not on my radar prior to me participating in this class.
Yoga Ed was a fabulous training platform. The courses stayed on content and addressed the practice and the philosophies of trauma. I feel that I have increased my personal teaching knowledge immensely. The demonstrations of poses were complete and followable. Cueing was appropriate and direct.
Megan was a great instructor! Her ability to demonstrate and discuss while honoring where everyone is at is exceptional! Mahalo YogaEd and Megan for sharing your time and knowledge!
I could not have chosen a more comprehensible yoga education training program. I am so grateful that I was led to Yoga Ed, and I know that this organization and program will always be a part of my life. Great trainers, knowledgeable, professional, and patient. They made training so enjoyable and valuable. Thank you Yoga Ed for offering this training!
Yoga Ed. has provided me with so many great resources!! Mahalo for sharing such beautiful work with us all - there's truly something for everyone here!
Yoga Ed. is a wonderful place to learn how to teach yoga with a trauma-informed focus. The instructors are well skilled in their areas of expertise. The class is informative and challenging in a way that makes you feel prepared to teach.
There was so much valuable information shared that helped me actually begin healing my own trauma and even improving my own relationships right now. I can't wait to be able to use what I learned in the field to help others. The instructor in the videos was engaging and thoughtful as well and it was a pleasure learning from her.
Thanks so much Chelsea for teaching this class great info. I am encouraged to learn and put my practice to work.
it was great
Very, I mean very resourceful and beneficial for kids and adults. I will definitely be implying these yoga activities into the future schedule for my kids and teenagers. Thank you so much!
I am a clinical therapist and I use the program with clients all the time. I have used the curriculum in a women’s shelter, and residential facility and short term shelter for youth. The youth absolutely love it.
This was one of the best trainings I have ever taken for working with youth who have experienced trauma.
I’m just finishing up this course with several others from my district, and we have LOVED it! Very well put together and run. It’s been easy to follow along, is self-paced, and the communication with the Yoga Ed. staff has been very prompt. Thank you guys!
I was extremely happy with this course and would definitely recommend it to everyone I know. The content was laid out very well and was extremely beneficial. The weekly check-ins were a wonderful way to connect with other individuals with a passion to do this work.
I absolutely loved it. I am impressed with the level of professionalism in this course and the rich information I have learned.
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