Trauma-Informed 100 hr Yoga Teacher Training
Join a community of professionals who seek to 'be the change,' and embrace the chance for contribution — supporting young Nepalese women who've been traumatized through abuse and sex trafficking.
Located at the beautiful Vajra Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, this Yoga Alliance ® certified training is designed to immerse you in a spiritually vibrant culture, while upgrading your skills so you can safely support students' healing in classes, retreats or as private clients.
Led by social activist Atira Tan, MA, SEP, 500 E-RYT founder of Art to Healing a women’s program to repair the trauma of sex trafficking, together with trauma specialist and founder of Womb Sense, Gemini Adams, 200 E-RYT, C-TREP, who share 40 years combined experience.
Together, we will present daily yoga and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) classes, combined with lectures and hands-on dyad’s to provide a deep understanding of the impact unresolved trauma has on the mind, body, nervous system, ability to voice one’s needs and effect on our capacity to have compassion.
You’ll learn to spot patterns of physical/physiological with-holding, identify bodies that are ‘at risk’ of being re-traumatized, discover how certain asana, pranayama and meditation practices can actually cause further suffering or injury, and how language used in class can trigger constriction and fear, rather than trust and relaxation, so that, as teachers or therapists, you’ll improve your ability as a therapeutic presence to cultivate a safe, supportive space, to promote deeper healing and peace in the world.
Afternoon breaks and evenings offer time to relax, reflect and connect with each other, the wonderful Nepalese culture and wider community. You’ll also have ample opportunity embody the practices, honing your understanding of the material — including the cultivation of cross-cultural sensitivity and how to communicate even when a language barrier exists.
During the final three-days of the program you’ll get to step into service, visiting shelters for young Nepalese girls and women who’ve been traumatized through abuse and sex trafficking where you’ll have the chance to teach supervised classes and put the trauma-informed teachings into practice.
If you're a 200, 300 or 500 hr yoga teacher this training will equip you with the skills to attune your classes or private sessions to work safely and therapeutically with those suffering from anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, CPTSD and unresolved trauma from abuse, surgery, injury, accidents or difficult pregnancy and birth, as well as the general population of students who are unaware of how trauma is impacting their mental, physical wellbeing and ability to deepen their own practice.
- Upgrade your qualifications
- Identify patterns of hidden trauma
- Reduce risk of student injury claims
- Connect with a professional community
- Spot students at risk of re-traumatization
- Understand the value of self-regulation
- Learn about cross-cultural sensitivity
- Cultivate your therapeutic presence
- Gain hands-on experience with trauma
- Dive into a new culture
- Pay it forward
- Become an agent of change
- Embody the benefits of TRE® (Trauma Release Exercises)
- Create a peaceful, safer world
Venue HighlightsThe Vajra hotel is situated on the foothills of the Swayambhunath Stupa and its age-old pilgrim road, also near the Bijeswori Temple complex, two of the power places in the Kathmandu Valley. Surrounded by trees and flower trail gardens, the hotel is a place of serenity and beauty, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley up to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.
The mastery of Nepal's highly skilled artisans' community reflects in Vajra's doors and windows which are designed and carved by Utam Raj of Patan. The ceiling frescos of the Great Pagoda Room and pagoda bar are painted by Rinchen Norbu the great Tibetan Master and his associates, and with its private rooftop terrace with view of the Swayambhunath Stupa – the Great Pagoda Hall is one of the most unforgettable spaces in Asia.
Wall frescos in the restaurant are painted by Bimal Moktan the outstanding Tamang Painter. The East-West Library possesses a number of Tibetan as well as Sanskrit texts. There are also books in English on Western scientific management, ecology and natural history (especially of Nepal) and Philosophy.
Schedule7 – 9 am: Yoga Practice
9 – 10.30 am: Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 pm: Lecture/Workshop
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 4 pm: Break
4 – 6 pm: Lecture/Workshop
6 – 7.30 pm: Self-Regulation Practice
7.30 – 9 pm: Dinner
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
AccommodationsYou have the choice of a standard double or twin room each with an attached bathroom with toilet, sink and shower (with hot water), marble floors, coffee tables and writing desks. Some of the rooms have a private balcony.