1st - 15th December 2019

100 Hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training

Kathmandu, Nepal

Are you ready to learn about the effect of trauma on the mind, body, nervous system and upgrade your skills and qualifications as a yoga teacher?
If so, this specialized Art to Healing 100 Hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is for you!
with Atira Tan & Gemini Adams
Vajra Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal 1st - 15th December 2019
Are you ready to make a difference in the world, sustained through yoga and a deeper understanding of trauma in the body-mind?

Join a community of professionals who seek to ‘be the change,’ and embrace the chance for contribution and karma yoga— visiting shelters to support 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.

Trauma Informed yoga teacher training 2019
Trauma Informed yoga teacher training 2019
Trauma Informed yoga teacher training 2019

Led by somatic experiencing therapist , yoga teacher and social activist Atira Tan, (PhD Candidate, MA Art Therapy, SEP, 500 E-RYT) founder of both Art to Healing, and Yoga for Freedom, which has raised over $60,000 for the end of child sex slavery, together with trauma specialist and the founder of Womb Sense, Gemini Adams (200 E-RYT, C-TREP), share 40 years of combined experience.

Together, daily yoga and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) classes, combined with lectures/workshops, mentoring, somatic psychology practices, supervision, in-person placement in shelters and hands-on dyads will be presented 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.

Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training

You’ll learn to spot patterns of physical/physiological with-holding, identify bodies that are ‘at risk’ of re-traumatization, 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 you’ll improve your ability as a safe presence to cultivate a supportive space, to promote deeper  peace in the world.

Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training
Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training
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You’ll learn to spot patterns of physical/physiological with-holding, identify bodies that are ‘at risk’ of re-traumatization, 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 you’ll improve your ability as a safe presence to cultivate a supportive space, to promote deeper  peace in the world.

Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training
Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training
Trauma Informed Yoga teacher training
This training is ideal if you desire to:

* Spot students at risk of re-traumatization.
* Identify patterns of hidden trauma.
* Reduce the risk of student injury claims.
* Connect with a professional community.
*Learn the core concepts of Seva and Spiritual Activism.

* Upgrade your qualifications.
* Understand the value of self-regulation.
* Learn about cross-cultural sensitivity.
* Cultivate your therapeutic presence.
* Gain hands-on experience with trauma.

*Dive into yogic culture.
* Pay it forward.
* Become an agent of change.
* Embody the benefits of TRE™ & Somatic Experiencing™.
* Create a peaceful, safer world.

“Both Gemini and Atira are not only GREAT yoga teachers, they know everything there is to know about trauma and how to teach yoga accordingly. Not only are they great teachers; both of them also have amazing personalities and loveliest laughter and humour. Their standards are really high, so are their ethics. 
I have learned SO much more than I could have ever expected. I highly recommend this teacher training to anyone interested in healing traumas of their own or/and others.”
Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training 2019
– Hanne Lyngholm, Social Worker, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Curriculum
Our Subjects

In this 100-hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training you will not only gain a detailed understanding of the impact that trauma has on the body, mind and ability to voice one’s needs, and the effect this has on our capacity to be both present and at peace inside our own bodies, you will also learn to spot patterns of physical/physiological with-holding and identifying bodies that are ‘at risk’ of re-traumatization.

Discover how certain asana, pranayama and meditation practices can actually cause further suffering or injury, and how language used in class can also create constriction and fear, rather than trust and relaxation, so that, as teachers, you can improve your ability to be a therapeutic presence and cultivate a safe and supportive space, tailoring your classes to bring deeper safety for your students.

This is an addendum to a 200, 300 or 500 hr yoga teacher training designed to equip you with the skills to attune your classes or private sessions to work safely and supportively with specific communities 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 yoga students who may be unaware of how trauma is impacting their mental, physical wellbeing and ability to deepen their yoga practice.

Many of our past students are now teaching trauma-informed yoga to marginalised populations such as at-risk youth and children, sex-trafficked women and girls, and women’s shelters around the world. We continue to mentor and supervise our students so that you can receive the proper support to take yoga off the mat, and into the world.

7 am – 9 am             Yoga Practice

9 – 10.30 am            Breakfast Break

10.30 – 12.30 pm    Morning Lecture/Workshop

12.30 – 3.30 pm      Rest Time

3.30 – 5.30 pm        Afternoon Lecture/Workshop

5.30 – 7.30 pm        Yoga/ Embodied Sessions

7.30 – 9 pm              Dinner

Key Objectives
1. What is Trauma:

How it Interrupts and impacts Our Ability to Relax, React and Respond

2. Signs of Trauma:

How the body holds and shows signs of trauma.

3. Touch and Trauma:

How It Can Harm or Heal

4. Trauma Sensitive Language:

What to Say, What Not to Say and Why.

5. Cross-Cultural Sensitivity:

Taking Your Trauma-informed Yoga to the World

6. Supervised Classes and Evaluation:

Observational sessions and teaching Trauma-informed Yoga to Abused Women and Children in Shelters

  • Learning the trauma-lens of unresolved trauma and how this commonly leads to states of anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, addiction, and disembodiment.
  • Learn the neuro/physiological model of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Identify yoga students in reactive states vs. responsive states so as to teach in a way which is sensitive to individual needs.
  • Learn how yoga and other somatic practices can help bring the body back into homeostasis and balance.
  • Identify where we as teachers have unresolved trauma which influences our own ability to be fully present and learn how to regulate our own nervous systems.
  • Understand the dangers of working with unresolved trauma and how we can respond effectively.
  • Explore in greater details the core areas of the body which typically store unresolved trauma.
  • Recognise trauma in the body so as to be able to tailor classes, techniques and poses accordingly.
  • Develop an awareness of bodily sensation to guide others in listening to their bodies.
  • Understand the power of different yogic techniques for clearing trauma or bound energy in specific areas of the body.
  • Practice teaching individual poses to target specific areas of trauma bound energy.
  • Understand how trauma from violent or inappropriate touch impacts our capacity for self-protection or to ask for our needs to be met.
  • Learn the “hot” areas of the body that can cause re-traumatization, and what this looks like, how it negatively impacts the physiology and mental health of students, and how it can decimate trust in the student/teacher relationship.
  • Learn the importance of establishing consent, offering choice and ongoing dialogue to cultivate a safe environment in your classes.
  • Practice teaching with clearly established consent which cultivates safety and develops trust in the student/teacher relationship.
  • Understand how specific terminology can influence the mental/emotional and physiological state of students. 
  • Gain awareness of how language with connotations, and consciously explore creating a dialogue that seeks to support this group, many of whom may not even recall memories of the trauma.
  • Practice teaching asana, pranayama and meditation using trauma-sensitive language.
  • Explore ideas and methods for gaining feedback from students regarding trauma-informed teaching to continuously improve and adapt your dialogue, sequences and adjustments.
  • Explore our own cultural sensitivities, ethics, barriers, problems, morals, religious principles and standards.
  • Understand the specific geographic, cultural, religious and behavioral aspects of Nepal and how to safely approach and remain sensitive to the specific needs of the community.
  • Gain cultural awareness regarding stereotypes and biases in working with different groups and learn to appreciate certain cultural phenomena that will build trust, a felt sense of safety and openness, which is key, particularly when working with traumatized populations.
  • Learn how to maintain therapeutic engagement, presence and to effectively communicate in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Understand how to plan a class, or series using all of the trauma-informed yoga practices.
  • Practice teaching trauma-informed yoga on fellow students to establish confidence, make mistakes, gain supervised feedback and experiment with the techniques learned in the training.
  • Practice teaching trauma-informed yoga on a community of women and girls who’ve experienced the trauma of sex slavery, exploitation and abuse to develop confidence and practical experience in the field.
  • Evaluate your experiences of teaching trauma-informed yoga to these different groups and identify areas of strength, weakness and how you can further develop your ability when you return home to teach within your community.
Trauma Informed Yoga
– Lisa Orozco, Equine Therapist & Yoga Teacher, USA

Since the training, it’s been really exciting. I‘ve been teaching a trauma-informed yoga class at a private counselling centre for rape survivors, and I just got hired to teach at an outpatient treatment facility.  I’ve also partnered with a local counsellor and we’re offering CEU classes for mental health professionals to learn how they can incorporate trauma-informed yoga techniques into their sessions.


Nepal, the country of spectacular mountain scenery is rich in both beauty and culture. The original birthplace of the Buddha, Nepal is full of spiritual pilgrimage places and Buddhist and Hindu traditions, as well as awe-inspiring beauty. This special valley of Kathmandu is tucked away in the Himalayan foothills, has long been a ‘power place’ for pilgrims and seekers from India, Nepal, Tibet, and around the world. The worlds of both Hinduism and Buddhism converge here, and the valley is full of awe-inspiring monuments to the sacred.

Nepal is the home of the highest mountain in the world-Mount Everest, as well as to 8 of the 10 highest mountains on earth.

The 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 of the Kathmandu Valley. The hotel is surrounded by trees and flower trail gardens, creating a place of serenity and beauty, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley up to the snow peaks of the Himalayas. And on any early morning you may join the pilgrims – Nepali, Tibetan, Bhutanese, in-fact, you may see a Buddhist from any part of the world on their ascent to the great 2000 years old Swayambhunath Stupa. Accommodation is ashram-style and simple, and we cater to both vegetarians and vegans.


* 14-nights accommodation in a standard single or twin room.

*Breakfast served on buffet daily.

*Dinner and lunch daily, including local vegetarian and vegan dishes.

*Transportation to weekly supervised placement.

*Unlimited Internet access.

*Excursions to local cultural activities.

*Pay-it-forward donation to Art to Healing to sponsor one woman to receive trauma recovery support.

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We believe that every girl and woman deserves to determine her future.

As part of our feminine social change model, this teacher training “pays it forward” to assist women and girls from Nepal who have experienced sex slavery and exploitation to also receive valuable therapeutic support and education.

$55 USD from your fee in this teacher training will sponsor ONE woman in Nepal to attend the Women’s Life Transformational Program, providing the chance for these girls to live a life free from slavery with Art to Healing.



This includes all tuition fees, your PDF trauma-informed manual, your yoga alliance certified certificate, 14 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, transportation and entrance fees to/fro cultural sites and weekly placement, and a contribution to our “Pay it Forward” social change initiative of supporting 1 woman who has experienced sex slavery in Nepal to also receive valuable women’s health education too.

14 Nights Shared/Twin Room +  3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials

FULL PRICE: USD $2,599 (All Inclusive**) – Early Bird *SAVE $200* pay $2,399 (valid ’til 30/6/2019)

14 Nights Private/Single Room + 3 Meals Daily + Course Fees + Excursions + Materials

FULL PRICE: USD $2,899 (All Inclusive**) – Early Bird *SAVE $200* pay $2,699 (valid ’til 30/6/2019)

** Prices do not include airfare to/from Nepal or taxi fares to/from the airport to Hotel Vajra, please arrange your own travel. Everything else is organized for you! Deposit of $300 USD required upon registration, full payment must be made by 30/6/2019 for Early Bird discount to apply. Payment plans are available. Email atira@atiratan.com to discuss payment options.

Gemini Adams
Founder of BodySense & Award Winning Author

Gemini Adams, E-RYT, C-TREP – is a trauma specialist, yoga teacher, conscious living advocate and award-winning author who is passionate about unraveling the shadowy “stuff” that sits behind our suffering to bring relief and restore an authentic state of well-being to mind, body, heart and soul.

A Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR) and advanced TRE® practitioner, she now draws on 20 years of study and certifications with the Trauma Center Justice Resource Institute, Trauma Prevention, CRUSE Bereavement Care, together with 500 hours of yoga teacher training’s with Bhakti Yoga Shala, Saul David Raye’s Ritam School of Healing Arts and YogaBugs™.

Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training
Atira Tan
Founder of Art to Healing & Yoga for Freedom

Atira has been teaching yoga for over a decade. She is the founder and CEO of Art to Healing, an Australian PBI charity assisting sex-trafficked women and children globally, and Yoga for Freedom. Over 14 years, Atira has set up numerous yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, Somatic Experiencing, women’s health and trauma-informed programs: from the refugee camps in Burma, to the slums of Nepal. Atira is a TED speaker, yoga teacher, trauma specialist, author, art therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & group facilitator, and her work on mental health and modern slavery has been published in books and peer-reviewed journals. She is passionate about empowering others to be leaders in social change, serving and loving the world wholeheartedly, courageously & sustainably.

We'd love for you to join us!
For inquiries, please contact Atira at atira@arttohealing.org.