Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification 2024

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Friday 07/12/2024 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 07/13/2024 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 07/14/2024 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$450.00 Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification 2024

Yoga for Trauma: Anxiety, Depression, Addictions & Stress

Led by Heather Hagaman, MA, C-IAYT & Maryam Ovissi, C-IAYT

Friday - Sunday, July 12-14, 10 am - 5 pm EST

Online and In-Person

$450 (includes mentoring)

CEUs for YA & IAYT

$350 (no mentoring) CEUs for YA & IAYT (If interested in the $350 rate please email

*Scholarships are available. Please email

This training program is designed for yoga teachers, body workers, therapists, medical professionals, substance abuse counselors, social workers, teachers, first responders and anyone working in the field of trauma recovery.

This is a one-of-a-kind training that blends the ancient wisdom of Yoga with the modern science of Trauma recovery. Yoga has recognized the necessity of befriending all the layers of our being to achieve peace in this life. The greatest path to healing from trauma is through the process of befriending the whole being.

We will share the modern history of trauma and dive deeply into the science of how all the body’s systems are impacted. We will illuminate the Yogic perspective on trauma through a discussion based on key segments of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras that speak directly to trauma and to the process of finding harmony with trauma and therefore one’s self. The nervous system and the brain structures will be studied, both through the framework of modern medicine and the Yogic energetic model. You will learn about advances in neuroscience and epigenetics that have given us a better understanding of how trauma changes our nervous system, brain development, self-regulation, and capacity to stay focused and in tune with others. This understanding is outlined in The Polyvagal Theory. Through our combined experience of over 25 years of work with clients, we have tested yoga tools and found how effective they are in transforming despair into hope.

You will learn yogic tools to guide the journey into wholeness for all people. “We are on the verge of becoming a trauma-conscious society. Almost every day one of my colleagues publishes another report on how trauma disrupts the working of the mind, brain and body.” said Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, MD, a leading authority on trauma recovery.

At Beloved Yoga, we take this data seriously and we work tirelessly to develop and apply more effective ways to keep Yoga safe and therapeutic, whether in a group class or a private session. We strive to guide all teachers to become trauma-informed in order to create the safest and most accessible yoga experiences. Heather and Maryam are now offering the latest, innovative evidence-based training that demonstrates the necessity of the integration of Yoga into the treatment of trauma healing. You will walk away feeling empowered in how to create a safe and grounded environment for all.

Learning Objectives for Complete Program 

  • Understand the stress response, nervous system and brain development
  • Gain insight into modern trauma theories and perspectives
  • Gain insight into the evidence-based science for understanding trauma (neuroscience/Default Mode Network, developmental trauma awareness, the Poly Vagal Theory expansion, nervous system)
  • Learning trauma-sensitive language 
  • Learn self-care methods in working with trauma and address secondary traumatic stress
  • Learn about the effective tools of bilateral mind-body stimulation
  • Learn how to use yogic tools to create safety and stability for clients
  • Learn effective use of breathwork in grounding and self-empowerment
  • Learn the use of contemplative practices and affirmation work
  • Review of case studies and evidence-based clinical trials
  • Learn trauma-informed Beloved Yoga methodology principles
  • Understand the evidence-based science for understanding trauma (neuroscience, the PolyVagal Theory, nervous system)
  • Explore inherent trauma-informed Yoga Sutras of Philosophy (Involving the whole person, 8 limb path, Gunas, Dukha/Sukha, Neti Neti, Pade Pade, 1.30- 1.39)
  • Learn trauma-informed toolkit (tools accessible to professionals working in the field of Trauma) and methodology for Yoga teachers/Yoga therapists
  • Gain insight into the anxiety and depression spectrum
  • Understanding the window of tolerance and how to use the tools of yoga in balancing anxiety and depression
  • Small-group discussion and learning


  • All modules will have a lecture, discussion and practical experience incorporated.
  • To obtain the 30-hr Certification of Completion you will need to take the full training live and have mentoring sessions with Heather and Maryam, submit a reflective paper on 5 takeaways and lead four trauma-informed Yoga sessions or demonstrate how you are integrating the trauma-informed yoga tools into your work/practice.

*This Module is worth 18 CEUs through Yoga Alliance and IAYT. 

Recommended Reading

The Polyvagal Theory Handbook by Dr. Stephen Porges

The Modern Trauma Toolkit: Nurture Your Post-Traumatic Growth with Personalized Solutions by Dr. Christy Gibson

Anchored by Deb Dana

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce Perry

Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out by Susan Banitt

The Resonant Self by Sarah Peyton

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming the Body by David Emerson

Maryam Ovissi

Maryam Ovissi, Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist & Yoga Teacher



"Yoga is a proven system and philosophy that provides tools for the individual to develop a self-care routine that meets them where they are. As a teacher, I am only the guide.”

~Maryam Ovissi

This philosophy is the foundation of Maryam Ovissi’s approach to wellbeing and has guided her through more than two decades of work in the yoga and health industry. Maryam is the founder of Beloved Yoga, a studio and wellness center operating in Northern Virginia since 2005. Her vision for making Yoga accessible for all came to fruition in February 2018, with the opening of the flagship location of Beloved Yoga: A Sanctuary for All, a serene, safe, multi-studio space in Reston, Virginia. Maryam’s passion for sharing the original teachings of Yoga with reverence, integrity and accessibility for all is what motivates her to be of service to the Yoga commUnity.   

Maryam is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and under the tutelage of Bhekaji Lynch, she received her 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) accreditation with Yoga Alliance. Maryam’s personal mission as a teacher of Yoga is to provide an opportunity for her students to have access to tools that allow self-healing, self-empowerment and self-realization. Her unique style provides space for multi-level practitioners to journey through Yoga in group, semi-private and private classes. In her private Yoga teaching, Yogic tools are offered that serve the person and their personal intentions.

“Transforming trauma into teachers is one of the greatest secrets for discovering peace and happiness in this life. In my opinion, Yoga is one of the most effective tools to support this transformation. “ ~Maryam Ovissi

Moved by the declining mental and physical health statistics of Americans today, Maryam created Beloved Yoga’s signature Befriending Yoga Therapy program to offer classes that serve a range of clients and a variety of health conditions. Trauma-informed teachers offer private and semi-private classes designed for a variety of health issues including lower back pain, hip and knee replacements, spinal fusions, invasive surgeries, traumatic physical injuries, chronic conditions, emotional stress and mental imbalances from cognitive to stress-induced confusion. Maryam’s specialties in trauma lie in her experience with medical trauma, including invasive surgeries, cancer and all the layers of treatment around cancer, as well as complex medical conditions that create medical trauma. Maryam co-developed Befriend the Journey with Cancer with Anu Kaur.

Maryam received a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Arts Management from Boston University in 1998, and soon thereafter she became an avid student of Yoga. She began studying privately with her first teacher, Simin Yahaghi, in California. Maryam has been teaching Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Prenatal and Baby & Me classes since 2001. She honors the lineage and teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya through her principle teachers, the Mohan Family. Maryam upholds the principle that the Yoga practice is a personal and individual journey and not a one-size-fits-all practice. Although A.G. & Indra Mohan, Dr. Ganesh Mohan, Bhekaji Lynch continue to serve as her main teachers, she claims nothing can replace the gifts and wisdom born forth by showing up for herself every day through Sadhana (personal practice). She stays committed to the path of the student.

Recognizing the need for teachers who offer safe instruction and instill the ancient teachings of Yoga, Maryam founded the Beloved Yoga School in 2008 to offer teacher training programs. Under the guidance of Maryam, the Beloved Yoga School offers Yoga Alliance registered trainings and Approved Professional Development programs by IAYT, including a 200-hour teacher training, a 300-hour advanced teacher training, a prenatal teacher training, and the Beloved Yoga Certification Program: Trauma-Informed Yoga, Pranayama & Yin. The Beloved Yoga School meets the standards set by Yoga Alliance and is a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Maryam’s love expands to embrace the creative spirit. She serves on the board of the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art and the Southgate Community Center and is on the Advisory Board of the Gender and Policy Center, George Mason University. Maryam makes time to explore creativity in her own life through writing poetry and mark making. She released Soundscapes to Contemplate, a compilation CD of her poetry set to conscious electronic mantra music by artist and producer Saeed Younan. In 2020, she published Care of the Whole Self: Yoga Inspired Tools to Befriend the Self. Visit her website to learn more:

Heather Hagaman

Heather Hagaman MA C-IAYT is the Director of Beloved Yoga’s  Befriending Therapeutic Programs with a specialization in Trauma and Recovery in Reston.  She has a Masters in Psychology from Marymount University and is a board certified Yoga Therapist.  Heather also holds a Certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga from David Emerson and Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk (Kripalu).

Heather is a pioneer in the new field of Yoga and Trauma Recovery. This emerging field utilizes Trauma Informed Yoga and Meditation to help people start to move beyond PTSD, Addiction, Anxiety, and Depression and start to build fulfilling lives.  There are numerous studies now that show that Yoga compliments addictions and trauma recovery.  Heather has worked extensively with psychotherapists and health practitioners to assist clients in reaching their wellness goals.

Heather believes that recovering from trauma requires healing of the mind, the body and the breath. Many people in addictions recovery have experienced traumatic stressors from childhood.  These events can create havoc in one’s nervous system and set up a maladaptive coping system for years to come.  Yoga helps to move the stuck energy in the body; it helps release the issues that live in our tissues. Once released, a person can begin to learn yogic tools to self regulate and to self soothe.  Yoga helps one to pause and not run from the feelings but flow with them as energies.  Yogic tools help the person to stay present, breathe and grounded rather than to reach and run to the outside world for an instant fix. 

 By creating a non-judgmental and confidential environment, Heather holds sacred space to help her clients connect and feel safe in their own bodies. This space encourages clients to experience inner connections and a way back to wholeness. Clients are given enormous control in their sessions and are encouraged to approach their practice with curiosity and mindfulness. This approach assists her clients in developing body awareness through intereoception (the sense of the physiological condition of the body) to cultivate the feeling of being grounded and embodied. Grounding invites you to sense your body, notice your tension patterns, and surrender the weight of your physical body into gravity to feel the support of the earth. As a resource for trauma recovery, grounding can help you reclaim a sense of safety, feel rooted in the present moment, and strengthen your resilience.  

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