240 Hour Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training
EXPLORE your potential, EXPAND your knowledge, SHARE the practice!
ABOUT THE TRAINING
It’s finally here! This unique 240 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Geni Donnelly and Shannon Paige, weaves the traditional-based 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with the tools necessary to teach through a trauma-Informed lens. The additional 40 Hour Certification takes the student into an in-depth study of the Neurobiological Impacts and Interventions for Healing and learning to teach a yoga class that is safe and accessible.
There ARE trauma survivors in yoga class! Because of the nature of yoga and its connection to the body, students can easily be triggered or re-traumatized in the same practice that is supposed to promote healing. While each individual’s response to a traumatic event may vary depending on their resources, trauma experts say that virtually every person on the planet has experienced some degree of trauma in their lives. For some, the degree of trauma in their lives has been truly shattering, while for others, the impact or severity of the trauma has been milder, but we all carry trauma in our bodies and in our DNA.
In this training, you were learn how to teach yoga, and you will learn to teach yoga from a trauma-informed perspective! This training will prepare you to teach a well sequenced and safely aligned class yoga class with confidence and authenticity. You will gain the knowledge necessary to access resources and find self-regulation for yourself and your students. Upon completion of the training, we will present you with opportunities to work with the Yogamour Outreach Lab, at the studio, or we will support your journey towards a viable and rewarding yoga career!
You are eligible for this training if have the desire to deepen your knowledge and learn the practices of yoga and philosophies, as well as the fundamentals of teaching yoga. While teaching is purely optional, there are students who may choose to engage in this journey as a way of brightening their own personal practice or as an adjunct modality towards healing.
Complete the application process below so that we can learn more about you, and then register for the training program!
TRAINING DATES : 10 WEEKENDS
November 22 - 24, 2019
December 20 - 22, 2019
January 10 - 12, 2020
February 14 - 16, 2020
March 13 - 15, 2020
April 17 - 19, 2020
May 8 - 10, 2020
May 22 - 24, 2020
June 12 - 14, 2020
July 10 - 12, 2020
Weekend Trainings begin on Friday evenings, all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
100% participation is required for all weekends but exceptions may be made for illnesses or extenuating life circumstances. Prior approval for missing a training day must be granted by a lead teacher and missed hours can be made up either in a future training or one-on-one for an additional cost.
Additional optional activities will be sprinkled throughout the training which may include outdoor hikes, service to local shelters, visit to Buddhist Temple, student sharing/book discussions and more depending on the season!
Learn the tools and gain the knowledge that would be necessary to instruct well-informed yoga class. Being trauma-informed is a best practice for everyone working with the public, not just “mental health” or “recovery yoga” teachers. Learn how to be a crafted and powerful yoga teacher while knowing how to offer safe alternatives in a class.
While learning yoga techniques, methodology, physiology and lifestyle ethics, students will be guided through the anatomy and physiology of yoga in conjunction with latest advances in the neurobiology of trauma. They will understand the current theories on what happens to our brains when we are threatened and how various yoga practices might either help or harm.
Students will learn that "holding space" is a means of self-regulation and is a necessary tool in their own practice and to be an effective yoga teacher. The topic of self compassion and ethical boundaries will be addressed so as to further strengthen the teacher's ability to be an masterful instructor.
Each learning module/session will incorporate aspects of teaching yoga through a trauma-informed lens. In any given public yoga class, there will be students who may be suffering affects of a traumatic event(s). Incorporating language of invitation and inquiry gives students options and choices of which they may have not otherwise experienced.
Students will learn a variety of sequences and how to craft their own classes based on the population being taught. They will understand the the language in teaching a trauma-informed yoga class and how a trauma-informed yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of participants with a landscape of trauma. They will be able to offer the tools to students to feel empowered and self-regulated in their bodies. Along with learning the powerful use of yoga as a tool for self-regulation, students will be investigating the systemic patterns of trauma at the heart of social justice issues like poverty and racism and how this impacts entire communities of people. Upon completing the teacher program, students will be asked to attend 5 public classes, and teach 5 classes specific to survivors of trauma or marginalized communities.
COST & PAYMENT OPTIONS
Early Bird Special (till Oct. 15, 2019)- $2,800
Cost (after Oct. 15, 2019) - $2,900
Cost for Yogamour Members (annual memberships) - $2,700
Non-Refundable $500 Deposit Required to Hold Your Spot Upon Application & Registration. The balance is due 2 weeks prior to training.
Please note that if finances are a limiting factor, we can work with you on a payment plan and there may be scholarship money available! This is a very important training and we would like to see this work for you! Contact for more information - Info@Yogamour.Org
In conclusion of this training, we continue to support your sound skill development and your authentic voice. In addition to your certification, you will leave this training having forged meaning friendships, mentors and inspired skills to confidently offer classes. And there is more:
Yoga marketing package and best strategist to further your career.
Class templates that will meet the needs of the populations that you choose to work with (chair yoga, restorative, gentle, yin and flow).
Teaching opportunities at the Yogamour Yoga & Healing Arts Center or to work with the Yogamour Outreach Lab which works with survivors of trauma and marginalized communities.
One year of monthly discounted yoga classes at the Yogamour Studio or if you are teaching at the studio, ten free classes a month.
Geni Donnelly ERYT-500, owner of Yogamour Yoga & Healing Arts Center, in Frederick, Maryland. Geni is ERYT 500® certified, YACEP® approved , and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Yogamour. She is a registered Prana Flow® yoga teacher and 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Therapy certified. Further qualifications include Somatic Experiencing Training™ , certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD founded by David Emerson of the Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, certification with Street Yoga working with Traumatized and Disadvantage Youth, as well as a Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) Teacher Training with Tari Prinster, Trauma-Informed Yoga Training taught by Kala Khouri with Off The Mat Into the World, and Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison at the Omega Institute with Kath Meadows.
Having practiced yoga for decades, Geni has been teaching public yoga classes, and trauma sensitive yoga classes for survivors of trauma and marginalized communities since 2009. Teaching to marginalized populations include addiction recovery, incarcerated populations and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. She has led yoga volunteer retreats to the US, Puerto Rico and Asia inviting individuals to take their practice off of the mat through participation in volunteer out-reach programs globally and locally. Geni co-leads Yogamour Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Programs for yoga teachers, educators, clinicians and social workers.
Shannon Paige, ERYT-500 and Mythologist Yoga Teacher and Yoga Teacher’s Teacher is founder of Earth Yoga Boulder Studio, The School of Embodied Poetry, The Embody Method, Embody 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Mandala 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Anjali Restorative Yoga, Mythic Motion Yoga. Shannon has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, SELF Magazine and featured on Gaia.com as well as Yoga Download. Shannon has also been a contributor for Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Expanded Families, Elephant Journal and Self Magazine. View Shannon’s TEDX on Mindfulness and Healing, her appearance on Gaia and Yoga Download!
Living whole-heartedly as founder of Earth Yoga Studio and the School of Embodied Poetry, Shannon is a writer, teacher and mentor of teachers around the world. She is a storyteller, sommelier and TedX speaker. Shannon infuses her bodies of work with a fullness, artful living and passion for life on and off the mat. Her instruments of instruction are detailed and clear, woven through a progression of imagery, poetry and truth. She encourages the practitioner to unlock the secrets held in the human heart and release stuck patterns that no longer serve, in order to attain new levels of integrated physical - emotional embodiment. She is described as ‘confidently vulnerable’. As a result, she inspires positive change in the lives of others. Off the mat, she loves to cook, teach wine tasting, wake surf, run, and enjoy the sunshine. Shannon is based out of Boulder, Colorado and her home studio, Earth Yoga Boulder. When not at home, she globe-trots to deliver transformative talks, trainings and retreats