Trauma Informed YTT

This 3-day program co-led by Purple Dot Yoga Project Founder Kate Berlin and PDYP West Coast Director Liz Arch, is designed to give yoga teachers the tools to responsibly and compassionately teach to individuals and communities that have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma.  You will learn valuable, research-backed tools to help people heal and release trauma in the body and mind, break through limiting beliefs and patterns, and access greater resiliency, confidence, self-worth and empowerment.

Kate and Liz both draw upon their own personal experience overcoming trauma and intimate partner violence to help others move from victim to survivor and survivor to thriver.  They understand first-hand the psychological effects of trauma, the crushing weight of its accompanying emotions like shame, anger and despondency, and how these emotions manifest in the body. They approach this work with a passionate desire to help others break through mental and physical barriers and reclaim their personal power, self-love and self-worth.

This training is highly experiential, meaning we will not just be learning about trauma in a text-book way. Trainees will dive deep into their own self-inquiry work and look at their own limiting beliefs, experiences and past traumas to build a container of safety, non-judgment, empathy, and connection in order to more responsibly serve this community.

Upon successful completion of the training, teachers will have the opportunity to become ambassadors for Purple Dot Yoga Project and expand our community of change-makers, healers and leaders.

Received my certification in Trauma Informed Yoga Teaching this weekend with Purple Dot Yoga Project. These women are truly an inspiration to me and have taught me what it means to survive, love, share, listen, and everything in between. My heart will be with them always.” -Landon Funk, Trauma Informed YTT Participant

Training topics covered include:

  • Understanding what trauma is and how it affects individuals on a neurobiological level.
  • Recognizing the fight, flight and freeze response & helping individuals shift out of these stress-response states
  • Trauma-sensitive approaches to teaching yoga including yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditations to help ground, center and support healing and self-regulation
  • Crafting a Trauma-Informed class including cuing and trauma-sensitive language, knowing when and how to apply safe touch and hands-on adjustments, and intelligent sequencing.
  • Practicing teaching
  • Creating a safe and supportive space for healing to unfold
  • Building safe connection with self and others
  • Journaling and self-inquiry work to uncover our own biases and beliefs and understand how our past experiences can impact our work.