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Trauma Informed Yoga Certification Mod 2 - 2021

9/11/2021 - 9/12/2021

Trauma-Informed Virtual Yoga Certification

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


Module 2 ONLINE ONLY, Saturday & Sunday, September 11- 12, 2021, 10 am - 1 pm and 2 - 4:30 pm


Fee Per Module $200 each

This training program is designed for yoga teachers, bodyworkers, therapists, medical professionals, substance abuse counselors, social workers, teachers and first responders.

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, 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 nervous system and brain development

  • Understand the vagus nerve, PolyVagal Theory and social engagement

  • Understand the Default Mode Network and application of contemplative tools 

  • Gain insight into modern trauma theories and perspectives

  • Understand trauma through the lens of the philosophy of Yoga

  • Learn self-care methods in working with trauma and address secondary traumatic stress

  • Gain insight into applying Trauma-Informed Yoga towards special populations: Addictions, Abuse, Neglect, Children/Teens, Elderly 

  • 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

Module 1 Itinerary 

  •  Part 1 of the Trauma-Informed Beloved Yoga Methodology Principles

  •  Part 1 of The Evidence-Based Science for Understanding Trauma (Neuroscience, the PolyVagal Theory, Nervous System)

  • Part 1 of  Inherent Trauma-Informed Yoga Sutras of Philosophy (Gunas, Dukha/Sukha, Neti Neti, Pade Pade, 1.30- 1.39)

  • Part 1 of Trauma-Informed Toolkit  (tools accessible to professionals working in the field of Trauma)  and Methodology for Yoga Teachers/Yoga Therapists

  • Small-Group Discussion and Learning

Module 2 Itinerary 

  • Review of Trauma-Informed Beloved Yoga Methodology Principles

  • Part 2 The Evidence-Based Science for Understanding Trauma  (Neuroscience/Default Mode Network, Developmental Trauma awareness,  the Poly Vagal Theory expansion, Nervous System)

  • Part 2   Inherent Trauma-Informed Yoga Sutras of Philosophy (Involving the whole person, 8 limb path, tool of Samyama/Meditation) 

  • Part 2 of Trauma-Informed Toolkit, Exploring of Subtle practices: sound, contemplative and meditation.

  • Small-Group Discussion and Learning


  • All modules will have a lecture, discussion and practical experience incorporated.

  • To obtain the 30-hr Beloved Yoga Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification you will need to take both Modules 1 & 2, have mentoring sessions with either Heather or 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.

  • Each Module is worth 12 CEUs through Yoga Alliance and IAYT. 

Recommended Reading

The Polyvagal Theory Handbook by Dr. Stephen Porges; 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