Yoga Outreach Level II Core Training ™

This advanced training is for people interested in examining the social issues that give rise to trauma, as well as the latest research on psychology and anatomy in the context of trauma and healing. Upon completing this course, yoga and other movement-based instructors will have a more richly informed view of how the following topics show up in a trauma-informed yoga class:

  • trauma
  • interoception & neuroception
  • inclusivity
  • oppression
  • mental health (as it relates to the above points)

Each module is richly supported with current readings and recordings from thought leaders in the fields of trauma theory, Yoga, and social activism.

As well, you’ll refresh, refine, practice and get peer feedback on trauma-informed Yoga tools and techniques learned in the foundational Yoga Outreach Core Training™, with a particular focus on teaching students affected by addictions or mental health challenges. 

The Yoga Outreach Core Training™ is a prerequisite for this course.

Yoga Outreach is piloting a sliding scale for our trainings in 2020.

There are a limited amount of slots for classes offered at the middle and lower end of the scale. Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. Please see the scale descriptions at the bottom of this page for more details. *Adapted from wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale.

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Being more sensitive to language, especially around gendered language, being more aware of who is and isn’t in class, being able to offer modifications for larger bodies in a sensitive way, and honouring yoga e.g. acknowledging what parts of yoga I am and am not sharing, my own background and where yoga comes from etc. This training answered lots of questions for me.

Yoga Outreach Level II Core Training™ Participant

It has given me a deeper understanding . The resources are amazing and has given me an opportunity to remain open and curious and a responsibility to be aware of how I interact and connect on a daily basis.

Yoga Outreach Level II Core Training™ Participant

“The course content really opened my eyes. Yoga Outreach’s trainings have by far been some of the most informative and valuable not just for yoga but for life.”

Yoga Outreach Level II Core Training™ Participant

This training opened my mind on so many topics. The topics of privilege, decolonization, oppression and inclusion in particular.

Yoga Outreach Level II Core Training™ Participant

“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I feel bigger today. And I will be moving forward with new awareness, as a person and as a yoga teacher. Very grateful.”

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

Refresh & refine trauma-informed Yoga tools and techniques learned in the Yoga Outreach Core Training™.

MODULE 1: TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA REVIEW, POLYVAGAL THEORY & LIBERATION PSYCHOLOGY

  • Refresh & refine trauma-informed Yoga tools and techniques learned in the Yoga Outreach Core Training™
  • Deepen our understanding of the importance of teacher regulation and relationship in supporting Yoga Outreach students.
  • Explore the challenges/barriers faced by Yoga Outreach students who experience the world in a way that is often diagnosed as a mental illness and  how yoga and a non-pathological approach to mental health intersect.
  • Discuss how Yoga Outreach classes could be viewed as sites of liberation.

MODULE 2: IMPACTS OF COLONIZATION, HISTORICAL & INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA, BRINGING YOGA TO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

  • Learn about the legacy of colonialism in Canada & the ways in which historical and intergenerational trauma reverberate throughout time.
  • Gain an understanding of how to create safety and allyship when bringing yoga into Indigenous communities.

MODULE 3: SPIRITUAL BYPASSING, POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH & SURVIVORS MISSION 

  • Define and discuss spiritual bypassing and how it shows up in our own lives and the larger yoga community.
  • Consider ways in which to identify and avoid spiritual bypassing
  • Explore Post Traumatic Growth and Survivors Mission as it relates to Yoga Outreach students and to us.

MODULE 4: OPPRESSION

  • Define and discuss oppression  and the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression impact Yoga Outreach students.
  • Define developmental trauma and discuss the implications of the ACE Study when supporting youth in Yoga Outreach settings. 
  • Deepen our understanding of trauma outcomes and health. 


MODULE 5: CULTURAL APPROPRIATION & DECOLONIZING YOGA

  • Review a  brief history of yoga and discuss dominance of Vedic Hinduism; understand how this dominance was brought to the west.
  • Explore concepts of racial and/or economic privilege.
  • Unpack what our goals are in being teachers of yogasana in Yoga Outreach settings and beyond.
    Deepen our awareness of the positions of privilege that we hold as individuals, as teachers, as practitioners of yogasana and as a community.
  • Consider how we can we maintain these goals as teachers of yogasana with integrity and compassion.

MODULE 6: CHRONIC PAIN

  • Define and discuss different types of chronic pain and how they impact the lives of Yoga Outreach students.
  • Learn about various traditional interventions and how yoga can impacts our relationship to pain.

MODULE 7: BODY POSITIVE YOGA

  • Understand the importance of creating safe practice spaces for people of all sizes
  • Learn specific modifications and props so students can customize their practices according to their own needs.

MODULE 8: INCLUSION 

  • Explore and understand that yoga is a way to potentially support the mental and physical health of LGBTQSIA+ communities and the impact that focus on hetero and cis-normative body images as the assumed goal, can make yoga spaces unsafe places.
  • Gain skills in  facilitating a space where every participant feels welcome and safe.
  • Become familiar with inclusive practices and languaging for LGBTQSIA+ students.

Work-study Option for up to 50% off tuition
Work-study involves a trade in labour in exchange for up to 1/2 off the cost of the training. Please complete our online form. Applications must be completed 1 month prior to the training in order to allow adequate time to complete volunteer hours prior to attendance.

Refund Policy
Training tuition is refundable, less a 15% administration fee, up to 21 days prior to the training start date. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing via training@yogaoutreach.com to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued within the 21 days prior and fees is non-transferable.

Tier 1 – The highest dollar cost reflects the true cost of the class. It is the cost that we would charge all students in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

Tier 2 – The middle cost reflects the practitioner’s acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest. If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others.

Tier 3 – The bottom cost represents an honest acknowledgment by the teacher and practitioner that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being a part of classes if there was not be a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you probably belong here and you deserve a community that honours your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier. Even when the lower tier is still prohibitive, we will work with folks to offer extended payment plans and other solutions.

Workstudy scholarships are for those who are able to pay a portion of the tuition (usually $180) and do some volunteer hours (not teaching yoga) ahead of the training. Typically this involves research, taking photos, attending an event to help out – it really depends on your skills, availability and what we need at the time.

100% scholarships are for those who do not have the financial resources to attend. These spaces will be prioritized for folks who have a deep interest in bringing this work to impacted communities.

At least one scholarship space/training will be reserved for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+ folks. We also encourage those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.