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Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training

This course is designed to empower Yoga teachers with the knowledge and practical applications to deliver Yoga in a Trauma Aware way. Often very subtle for the students, making Trauma Aware adjustments to our teaching can help create a safe space for all, help students feel empowered and help Yoga to become more accessible. 

From the ancient philosophy of Yoga to the currently developing approach to mental health, this course will leave Yoga teachers and health care professionals with a good understanding of the impact of a well modified Yoga class.

Course outcomes:

 Clear understanding of intention of Trauma Aware Yoga

 Trauma defined and a brief history of the management of Trauma

 The impact of Trauma, physical and neurobiological

 The impact of Trauma throughout the systems of the body

 Chronic stress, anxiety, depression and adrenal fatigue

 The impact and benefits of Yoga, physically and mentally

 Interospection and introspection

 The scope of Yoga as an adjunct practice as well as the limitations of Yoga

 The difference between Trauma Sensitive and Trauma Aware Yoga

 A 60 minute Trauma Aware class

 Empowering students by making Yoga accessible

 Injury prevention techniques for common injuries/limitations

 Yoga philosophy and Trauma Aware Yoga

 Creating your own Trauma Aware sequence

 Advice on breathing techniques, mindfulness and guided meditations

It is expected that all participants will have a minimum of 100 hours/Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training qualification and therefore have a basic assumed knowledge of applied anatomy and some experience teaching. Health care professionals are also welcome to attend; a certificate of attendance can be issued upon completion of the course. Attending the course will provide 10 CEP contact hours to registered Yoga teachers with the Yoga Alliance. There is also 3 non-contact CEP hours available upon completion of the course.

About Kate O’Donoghue:

Kate is currently the Co-Founder and Head of Training for Frontline Yoga Inc., a national charity that delivers Trauma-aware Yoga to Frontline professionals such as Police, Paramedics and Firefighters. In 2018 Kate was humbled to offer Yoga at the INVICTUS games, rolling out the mats each day with the athletes. As the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and Federal Police officer, being a part of the Frontline community has been a part of Kate’s life for as long as she can remember. Through study with Maria Kirsten as well as the Trauma Center (Trauma Sensitive Yoga), Kate has built on her understanding and experience of the impact of both Trauma and Yoga, as well as how they work together. Having worked with both children and adults who are survivors of Trauma, Kate can see the wide sweeping benefits of offering Trauma-aware Yoga nationally, to help people move through Trauma towards their best health. Kate teaches both adult and children’s Yoga classes in the Hunter region, as well as offering Teacher Trainings across Australia. Kate is a Yoga Alliance CEP and E-RYT 500.

18th & 19th May - 8:30am - 1:30pm

Cost: $ 280.00

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