Exploring well-being and humanity through a bio psycho-social model.

“Trauma-informed care is a strengths based framework that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.”


A trauma-informed approach is a curiosity-focused methodology and pedagogy that relentlessly asks “why?”. Together in this advanced Trauma-Informed 300hr Yoga Teacher Training, we will deconstruct what Yoga truly is and reconstruct how we define and utilize this ancient and sacred language through the study of somatics, functional movement, intuitive arts, neuroscience and biomechanics. We will delve deep into advanced yoga philosophy and how these incorporeal ideas can not be divorced from the scientific and holistic study of the human body.


This training will invoke deep inquiry, demanding critical thinking and discernment, giving you the tools to move forward with confidence to share your unique art in an embodied way with the world.


This advanced Trauma-Informed 300hr Yoga Teacher Training explores our well-being and humanity through a bio-psycho-social model.


Through this approach, we see Trauma not as what is wrong with us but instead what has happened to us and how we’ve integrated that into the layers of our being. We then use the therapeutic benefits of Yoga to investigate both ourselves and others with compassion and to look at the interplay between all aspects of reality - biology, psychology, society, and spirituality.


It is now academically and medically understood that trauma cannot be healed strictly at the layer of cognitive understanding or processing. In order to work through the deep dimensions of how we store trauma, we need to work with body, conditioning, breath, energetics, and spirituality.


Yogic philosophy and energetic anatomy has understood these principles for centuries. With a focus on vagal toning and a nuanced dissection of Yoga asana through the lens of the pañcamaya model (often known as the the koshas), we can profoundly enhance the way we understand and celebrate both our own existence and complexity as well as the existence and complexity of those we choose to work with. In this program we will move through 5 cycles that correlate with the koshas, discovering how anatomy, cognition, breath, energy, and spirituality all need to have a sense of cohesion for a human being to experience true embodied liberation and peace.


~ ONLINE: Oct 13 - Nov 12, 2023 ~ Virtual Program

~ IN-PERSON: Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2023 ~ Immersion at Mar De Jade Resort in Chalaca, Mexico

Online Schedule:


Friday - Sunday: October 13-15

Friday - Sunday: October 27-29

Friday - Sunday: November 10-12

Friday Online Hours 3p-7p PST

Saturday-Sunday Online Hours 6am-6pm PST.

In Person Schedule:


7:00a - 9:30a - Asana, Meditation, Pranayama

9:30a - 10:30a - Breakfast

10:30a - 1:30p - Trauma Informed Lecture

1:30p - 3:30p - Lunch/Break

3:30p - 6:30 - Asana Lab

6:30p - 7:30p - Dinner

7:30p - Evening Activity

~ ONLINE: Nov 8 - Dec 6, 2024 ~ Virtual Program

~ IN-PERSON: Dec 16 - 23, 2024 ~ Immersion at Mar De Jade Resort in Chalaca, Mexico

Online Schedule:


Friday - Sunday: November 8-10

Friday - Sunday: November 22-24

Friday - Sunday: December 6-8

Friday Online Hours 3p-7p PST

Saturday-Sunday Online Hours 6am-6pm PST.

In Person Schedule:


7:00a - 9:30a - Asana, Meditation, Pranayama

9:30a - 10:30a - Breakfast

10:30a - 1:30p - Trauma Informed Lecture

1:30p - 3:30p - Lunch/Break

3:30p - 6:30 - Asana Lab

6:30p - 7:30p - Dinner

7:30p - Evening Activity

In the past few years, we have discovered the potent potential of gathering online. We have been astounded by the level of authentic and vulnerable relating that is possible in the digital sphere. It is also one of our initiatives as an organization to have our life-changing curriculum be accessible. By setting the container structure and guidelines with our three weekends online, we then have a sense of familiarity and community as we gather for our 7-night intensive in-person! We believe that this hybrid format is the future of Yoga Teacher Training as it is tailored to be more flexible and gives the opportunity of pursuing a YTT to more individuals!


We will utilize interactive Zoom Rooms to create space for more intimate connections, dialogues, and conversations. We emphasize all three styles of learning in our online programs (visual, audio, kinesthetic) through our didactic material which is organized into thorough PowerPoint presentations, and our anatomy and asana sessions which are physical and interactive.


Live attendance with camera on during the virtual weekends is required for this Yoga Alliance 300hr Certification. All live sessions will be recorded and each participant is permitted to miss three classes and submit a written reflection.




~ $ 2800 - Pay in Full

~ $ 3000 - Payment Plan




~ $ 990 - Dorm

~ $1,250 - Guest Double

~ $ 1,500 - Garden Double

~ $1,600 - Ocean Double

~ $2,300 - Ocean Private


All Prices are in USD

Email info@schoolyogainstitute.com to learn more about scholarships and payment options.


*Please note that this a professional Yoga Teacher Training and not an intensive therapy program. It is expected that participants have their own support and therapeutic modalities in place while going through this training. While of course there will be space for personal reflection, it is imperative that the container remains strong and that we are not unloading or processing our traumatic experiences in this space. If you need guidance finding a therapist prior to starting this course, we are happy to help!

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Oct 13 - Dec 2, 2023 with Jeanine (lead facilitator), Raquel (lead facilitator) & Brooke (co-facilitator)

Nov 8 - Dec 23, 2024 with Jeanine (lead facilitator), Raquel (lead facilitator) & Brooke (co-facilitator)



Becoming trauma informed means we become true allies in the growth of our students. By weaving trauma-informed principles into our work we can cultivate the safety and trust that are foundations for healing and growth. When taught with awareness, the practice of Yoga is a natural support for nervous system regulation and building physical and emotional resilience. By becoming trauma-informed we, as space holders, can become increasingly aware of how our classes can play an integral part in the healing path of our students.

Curriculum overview:

  • Research-based academic reading on traumatic stress, yoga and embodiment
  • Research on heart rate variability and how yoga/embodiment contributes to increase our HRV
  • Biofeedback exercises & Bilateral work with Trauma survivors
  • Understanding a wider view of trauma - childhood, hormones, brain chemistry, ancestry, epigenetics, & parts work
  • Somatic markers, felt sense, embodied compass, somatic compassionate inquiry, ability to name somatic sensations and emotions
  • Sequencing for the 5 koshas (Pañcamayas)
    • How to facilitate prana in order to thrive
    • How the arc of practice can help determine a positive outcome
    • Movement has meaning
    • Purposeful action through āsanas
  • Looking at reclined, prone, seated, standing, inversions and arm balances each through the 5 koshas (Pañcamayas)
  • Looking at backbends, forward folds, twists, lateral stretches all through the 5 koshas
  • Bilateral stimulation techniques & education on corpus callosum damage from trauma
  • How to facilitate a Breathwork experience
  • Vagal toning/Neural Toning/Vocal Toning & Touch For Emotional Regulation and Vagus Reset
  • Dissolving The Freeze State through pelvic floor toning, Pelvic floor and nervous system connection
  • Myofascial unwinding - intuitive intelligence and movement
  • Functional movement exercises & transitions in asana
  • Embodied Anatomy - recognizing the held shape and foundational practices for inviting a new form
  • Prescriptive langhana, brahmana and samāna practices
  • Social Justice:
    • Public health models
    • Policy change & system dismantling through Yoga
    • Diversity, equity & inclusion
    • Appropriation versus appreciation
    • Disability Awareness
      • Accessible Yoga Asana (Working with All Bodies, Chair Yoga, Bed Yoga)
  • Leadership in the modern yoga industry
  • Business building focus, crafting a mission statement and business plan
  • Practical tools and tangible action items to create a fruitful career in the yoga/trauma world.

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