Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

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

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ empowers qualified yoga teachers to reach individuals facing multiple barriers in their lives, including:

  • violence,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • addictions, mental illness or health challenges, or
  • 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.

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ skills are applicable for teachers in any setting, including studios.  Learn how to make all your classes or client sessions more accessible, by removing barriers you didn’t realize were there.

25 Years’ Experience

We have 25 years’ experience 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.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and are eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits: 24 contact + 5 non-contact.

>>Learning Outcomes

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

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 Tuesdays – October 26 – December 14th, 2021 | 5pm – 8pm PST
Live via zoom – This training is not designed to be taken asynchronously. In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training attendees must be present live for 7/8 sessions. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. Recordings will be made available to students who miss a session but are not considered a substitute for attendance. Please note there is approximately 5 hours of homework to be completed PRIOR to the course start date.

Yoga Outreach Core Training™ for BIPOC Folks

Facilitators: Tahia Ahmed & Gagan Leekha

Tuesday, November 30th & Thursday, December 2nd 6 – 9pm PST | Saturday & Sunday December 4 & 5th 9am – 4pm PST
Live via zoom – in order to receive a certificate of completion for this training attendees must be present live.

Understanding that all facilitators teach from their own experience, we decided it was important to create a learning space where teachers and students shared the experience of navigating the world as Black, Indigenous, or as People of Colour.

Skin colour, ethnicity, and cultural background can significantly influence a person’s relationship with their body, their sense of self, and with community. Learning in a cohort of BIPOC students and facilitators offers unique opportunities for discussing the nuances of invitational language, inquiry, and power dynamics as they relate to some BIPOC communities and experiences.

“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

Sliding Scale
$450 – $0

Yoga Outreach offers a sliding scale for our trainings.

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.

Tier 1

The highest dollar amount reflects the true cost of the class. Choose this option if you:

  • have access to financial security
  • own property
  • have personal savings
  • are able to pay for “wants”
  • spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life

Tier 2

The middle cost acknowledges that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend. If you are:

  • struggling to conquer debt or build savings
  • have access to steady income
  • not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care

Tier 3

The lowest cost represents a deliberate opportunity to welcome participation from folks who lack financial resources. If you:

  • struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care,
  • are living paycheck to paycheck
  • are in significant debt, you probably belong here

Scholarship & Work-study Option 

Scholarships are available for those who face financial barriers to attend this training even with the sliding scale. PLEASE NOTE: Due to demand if you reside outside of British Columbia you will only be considered for a scholarship if you are engaged in working with marginalized communities. 

There are two kinds of scholarships available:

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 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. We encourage BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2SIA+, immigrant, and refugee folks, as well as those with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity to apply.

Application Deadline for scholarships are 45 days prior to date of the course. You will be notified as soon as the scholarship committee has made a decision, approx. 30 days before the training. Approved workstudy applicants must complete volunteer commitment prior to attending the training.

Applicants with the following will be prioritized:

  • Keen interest in working with marginalized folks
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applicants with current involvement, whether paid or volunteer, within the communities we serve.

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.

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.