Transforming Trauma with Yoga and Yoga Nidra: An All-Levels Certificate Course

Trauma and anxiety pervade modern life, causing major public health concerns within society.

Cutting-edge clinical research can now confirm what yogis have known for thousands of years — that yoga and meditation regulate the nervous system, releasing tension and trauma from the body and mind. Especially today, these are crucial practices to know how to use … and teach!

Designed to give you a direct experience of the healing potential within these practices, this certificate course is both experiential and educational, intended for yoga teachers, healthcare workers, and interested souls. By experiencing these teachings firsthand and understanding the “why” behind them, you’ll be better equipped to integrate them into your personal and professional life.

Course topics include:

  • How to create a safe and nurturing trauma-sensitive yoga practice using evidence-based methodologies
  • Using & teaching Yoga Nidra guided mindfulness meditations for insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression
  • The modern clinical research behind these ancient techniques, showing how they heal trauma
  • Healing practices in breath, visualization, sound, movement, and mindfulness
  • Resilience, empowerment, and and post-traumatic growth
  • Building a self-care plan to integrate these life-changing practices into daily life

Upcoming Training Dates

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June 22-27:   Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France (English & French)

Sivananda Orleans Training

June 29-July 4:  Sivananda Yoga Retreat House Tyrol, Austria (English & German)

Sivananda Austria Training

August 16-23:  Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York

Sivananda Woodbourne Training
  • “Meditation makes me feel light again. I used to feel like this long ago. But then when the flashbacks would come, I silenced them with drugs and alcohol and darkness consumed my whole life...my wife, my kids, my job. Sitting in this class a few weeks ago, I had the realization that choosing darkness was my choice. So, I said to myself, why can’t I just choose light instead? Now when the feeling comes where I used to choose darkness, I sit down and I just do a little meditation. It’s going to take some time because I spent a lot of years choosing darkness. I feel like change is in my hands. Before I never had a tool of my own to deal with the flashbacks. Now I do.”

    Jon, Vietnam Veteran
  • “You give us hope that maybe we aren’t just killers after all.”

    Juan, Vietnam Veteran
  • “This [Yoga Nidra Meditation] is the piece that was missing from the PTSD program.It fits with everything else they teach us, but it also teaches us a way to find our own peace without drugs or counseling that we can use once we get out of the program. It is the one thing I know I’m going to keep doing when I leave.”

    Martin, Vietnam Veteran
  • “Sometimes when I meditate, flashbacks come to me of helicopters circling and the time we accidentally killed a woman and her little son. Normally, this would have sent me into a breakdown. Now, I am learning to observe the experience, learn the lessons from it. Meditation helps me find the part of my soul that is still peaceful.”

    Rick, Enduring Freedom Veteran
  • “Before we started, I thought that yoga was against my beliefs as a Christian. Now I see that it is completely in line with my beliefs and deepens my understanding of my own faith. I realized too that I was prejudiced against others before this. I guess I didn’t think that Jews or Muslims had a spirit. But there is a Jewish guy in the class and we talk all the time about how we feel in meditation. We feel the same thing. And I realize that we’ve got the same spirit.”

    Tony, Enduring Freedom Veteran
  • “When I get out [of the Residential PTSD program], I told mywife we are going to meditate together. She was in shock. She said, ‘YOU are MEDITATING, Tommy? If you keep shocking melike this, you’re going to give me a heart attack.’ But she was happy. I told her that it is the first thing since ‘Nam that made me feel like I had peace. I told her that I really believe I found a way to be peaceful and that I am going to be a better husband.I am going to make up for all of the years that I was awful to her. I am going to finally teach her something that brings her peace instead of misery.”

    Tommy, Vietnam Veteran
  • Medical Benefit Comments: “Every week after meditation, the pain in my hip and leg goes away entirely. It lasts for several hours afterwards, but then starts creeping back again.” When it was suggested that he do a meditation when the pain starts creeping back, he tried this and responded, “I notice that when I do the meditation when the pain starts coming back, it is like taking a muscle relaxant or a pain pill. I do the meditation techniques instead of popping the pill as much as possible. The longer I meditate, the longer the pain relief lasts.Plus, I feel better mentally too.”

    Mike, Vietnam Veteran
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