Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

Currently all our trauma-informed trainings are online due to COVID-19.

We created the Yoga Outreach Core Training™ to empower qualified yoga teachers to reach individuals facing multiple barriers in their lives, including violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, mental illness or health challenges, and incarceration. Teachers who understand how to offer choice, focus on strengths, and emphasize sensation can create an environment that facilitates mental healing, as well as physical.

Of course, trauma isn’t limited to certain groups of people. Every individual faces challenges at some point. That’s why Yoga Outreach Core Training™ skills are applicable for teachers in any setting, including studios.  You’ll learn how to make all your classes or client sessions more accessible, by removing barriers you  didn’t realize were there.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in providing accessible yoga programs to marginalized people across BC. Our trauma-informed yoga training draws on this experience, with plenty of real-life examples. All proceeds from this trauma-informed yoga training allow us to create more healing spaces for our most vulnerable community members. Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be eligible to volunteer with us if you choose.

Already completed Yoga Outreach Core Training? Check out Level 2.

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

Sliding Scale
$450 – $0

Online Training Schedule
Live via zoom Tuesday evenings

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“Amazing! Excellent! Bravo! Every moment was skillfully designed and executed. Thank you for this wonderful experience :)”

“As a yoga instructor, I want to be aware of who might be coming to my class and what they may be dealing with. Yoga Outreach provides the language and education necessary to teach not only the general population but also those who may be dealing with trauma or other mental health issues. ”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

“I feel I have learned how important it is to create a safe space for all students. My knowledge and awareness of trauma has increased, while my fear or uncertainty about working with special populations has definitely decreased.”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

”I was amazed by how much I learned in the 2.5 days and how it has changed my language use in the classes that I teach. The whole team was extremely helpful, supportive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this training for anyone wanting to better support their students.”  “I feel I have learned how important it is to create a safe space for all students. My knowledge and awareness of trauma has increased, while my fear or uncertainty about working with special populations has definitely decreased.”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant

”This training was very successful in meeting the learning objectives – very thorough information on PTSD, trauma-informed language and building capacity for confidence in delivering a trauma-informed class.”

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ Participant


Leslie WilkinLeslie Wilkin, MSW, RSW, RYT
She / Her
Leslie is a clinical social worker and yoga teacher currently living and practicing in Nanaimo BC (Snuneymuxw). Her social work practice over the last 11 years has specialized in the areas of violence against women, relational trauma and substance use. As a yoga teacher, she has developed and taught trauma-informed yoga classes for adults and youth in acute mental health and substance use services through Vancouver Coastal Health, residential addictions treatment programs, and community services. Leslie approaches her work through an intersectional feminist lens and is fascinated by neuroscience, attachment theory and somatic psychotherapy as ways to understand how our brains and bodies adapt to survive and recover from trauma.
Leslie Loves:
      • growing her own food & flowers
      • canning & pickling
      • training for triathlons
      • running through the woods
      • 90s Riot Girl music
Nicole Marcia - Lead FacilitatorNicole Marcia, MA, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT, YACEP
She / Her
Since 2004, Nicole has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors. Nicole also trains yoga and healthcare professionals in trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008 – 2017 Nicole served as Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and at Riverview Hospital, where she developed and delivered a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. From 2009 – 2018 she worked as a yoga therapist at Onsite, the rehab arm of North Americas first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side.

At present, in addition to maintaining a private practice working with public safety personnel and first responders at Boreal Wellness, Nicole is a program director and teacher trainer with Yoga Outreach. She provides trauma informed yoga programming to the residents at Deborah’s Gate, a program serving women who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labor exploitation and Tupper Nova, a day treatment program for youth who have serious mental health concerns. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.

Nicole Loves:
      • Mr. Weslowski
      • Riding my bike
      • Swimming & hiking
      • Hosting dinner parties for friends

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion but this is not a certification course. It is eligible for Yoga Alliance continuing education credits 18 contact-5 non contact.

>>Learning Outcomes

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 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 lowest 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.