100 hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training
This Yoga Alliance ® certified training is designed to immerse you in a spiritually vibrant culture, while upgrading your skills so you can 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.
Come join a community of professionals who seek to 'be the change' as we will be embracing the chance for contribution during the training— with the opportunity to practice teach and support young Nepalese women who've been traumatized through abuse and sex trafficking through our partner charity.
Led by social activist and senior teacher 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, somatic therapist and founder of Womb * Sense, Gemini Adams, 200 E-RYT, C-TREP, who share 40 years combined experience.
Located at the beautiful Vajra Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, where 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 for 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 and abilities to help you better guide the general population of students who are unaware of how trauma is impacting their mental, physical wellbeing, so they can deepen their own practice, and you can safely support their healing as private clients, or in classes and retreats.
"Gemini is absolutely passionate about what she does. I've rarely met anyone as well informed about healing trauma as she is from every possible perspective. And she is someone who has personally walked through it." Julia, Retreat Participant from The Temple of the Way of Light
- 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.
Stroll through the flower trails, soak up some wisdom in the library, meditate on the rooftop gardens or take in the panoramic view of Kathmandu.
- Free Wifi
- Yoga Studio
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
The curriculum covers six key modules - each with a specific set of learning objectives.You’ll learn about the impact of trauma on our ability to relax, and patterns of withholding, how to spot bodies "at risk" of re-traumatization and how pranayama, meditation practices and certain asana poses can actually cause further suffering or injury. We'll explore how language and touch can trigger constriction and fear, rather than trust and relaxation, and practices to develop your therapeutic presence so you can cultivate a safe, supportive space, promoting deeper healing in your students.
Module 1: What is Trauma: How It Interrupts and Impacts Our Ability to Relax, React and Respond
Module 2: Signs of Trauma: How the Body Holds and Shows Obvious Signs Of It
Module 3: Touch and Trauma: How It Can Harm or Heal
Module 4: Trauma Sensitive Language: What to Say, What Not to Say and Why
Module 5: Cross-Cultural Sensitivity: Taking Your Trauma-Informed Yoga to the World
Module 6: Supervised Classes and Evaluation: Guiding Survivors of Sex Trafficking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineSelect your breakfast from a buffet bar in the morning, with à la carte lunch and dinners served in the restaurant - all meals are included in the package - with plenty of vegetarian, vegan options and catering for allergies and gluten-free needs too.
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 also have a private balcony.
DirectionsArriving/Departing - Please arrive no later than 2pm on the 18th November, as we will start with an afternoon welcome circle at 4pm. On departure day, the 2nd December we’ll aim to complete by lunchtime, so book return flights for anytime after 3pm.
Getting Here - Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), from here take a taxi to the Vajra Hotel, it's a 45 min drive - book in advance on Klook.com
Currency - The Nepalese Rupee is the local currency but most places also accept US$. Please bring some cash as you'll need it for your taxi ride to the hotel and you can also exchange locally. ATMs usually incur a fee, so can cost you more.
Visas - You are required to pay a $25 fee for a 15-day tourist visa upon arrival, if you wish to stay longer it's $40. Please check your embassy website for further info.
Vaccinations - No vaccinations are legally required, however we do recommend Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid.
Travel Insurance - Yes. Please ensure you have insurance that gives you full medical/ health care for your trip. We recommend Insure and Go or World Nomads.
What to Bring - Other than a smile on your face and beginners' mind, please bring your yoga mat, re-usable water bottle, comfortable clothing, a journal or two, instruments - we'd love to have you play in the evenings - warm and cosy clothes as it will get chilly, good walking shoes and a sacred item for the communal altar.
Communications - WiFi is available at the venue. We also recommend getting a local SIM card on arrival and downloading What’s App to your phone so you can stay in touch with us, each other and loved ones back home.
Packages - Both packages include the training, all materials and manuals, excursions, 3 meals a day, 14 nights accommodation, water, snacks and Yoga Alliance registered school certificate upon completion.