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Choose your Tract!  Registered Yoga Teachers or Helping Professionals

30 Hour Trauma Focused Certification for RYT's

Evidence supporting the power of Yoga based practices (Asana, Pranayama & Systematic Relaxation) as part of strategies for trauma-focused care, continues to mount.
This Training empowers Registered Yoga Teachers, who regularly teach, to gain competency and skills for facilitating these holistic practices.
RYT's can choose to take the first of this 3 part series to increase familiarity with the topic OR continue and complete the full 30 Hour Certification to gain mastery of providing Trauma Focused Yoga.

Each 10 Hour Segment builds upon the previous and must be completed in order. 

In the first 10 hour segment, titled Trauma Fundamentals, You can expect to develop a basic understanding of trauma in a yoga class setting. We will Define trauma and the Principles of a trauma informed approach to teaching.**

In the second 10 hour segment, titled Practical Application of Trauma Informed Skills, you can expect to learn teaching strategies that begin to integrate Yogic Philosophies and Theories with Trauma Informed Principles.

In the third 10 hour segment, titled Trauma Focused Teacher, you can expect to develop mastery of principles to allow you to design and facilitate Trauma Focused Yoga Programs for Healing.

Each 10 hour segment will consist of 1 hour pre-work, 1 hour post work and 8 hours of in person instruction and practice. All hours must be completed within the time frames, to obtain Yoga Alliance CEU’s. 10 CEU's will be offered for each segment that is fully completed.

**Testing Out option is available for the first segment, Trauma Fundamentals, for any RYT who has previously attended a Yoga Unchained Facilitator Training, or has completed the BodyBLISS Connection 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. The cost to take this test is $39.  Contact Jessica via email ( if you are interested in this option.

CEU's through the Yoga Alliance are offered at 10 CEU's for each segment fully completed. 



30 Hour Certification is $399 or take advantage of EARLY BIRD PRICING of $369 if Registered by Sept. 30, 2019.

10 Hour Segment (must complete segments in order, cannot skip segments) $149 each.


October 12, 2019- Trauma Fundamentals (one), 10am- 6:30pm

November 9, 2019- Practical Application (two), 10am - 6:30pm

February 1, 2020- Trauma Focused Teacher (three), 10am- 6:30pm


This course will be led by:

Jessica Sowers E-RYT, HC, AADP, Owner of BodyBliss Connection, llc and Co-Founder of Yoga Unchained

Sarah Braun, LISW-S, EMDR Therapist, RYT-200

Helping Professionals Tract

Yoga Unchained: Trauma-Focused Approaches to Meditation, Breath Work, and Yoga-Based Somatic Movement in Clinical Settings (Expressive Arts Module B)


Presented by: Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT & Jessica Sowers, HC, AADP, E-RYT-200



The evidence supporting the power of mindfulness meditation, yoga-based strategies, and breath work in clinical settings, specifically as part of embodied strategies for trauma-focused care, continues to mount. This training program enables those with a personal meditation and/or yoga practice the ability to acquire the skills for facilitating these holistic practices within their current scope of clinical work. Although primarily developed for clinical trauma professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists), we also open the course to corrections workers, and anyone working in the field of addiction recovery. In this course participants will enhance their knowledge of how trauma affects the brain and the body and will discover and implement the latest clinical and empirical knowledge from helping professions on how meditation, breath work, and yoga/somatic movement can promote healing and recovery. This training program teaches you to seamlessly fold these interventions into your existing strategies for clinical treatment planning within evidence-based models. Attention is paid to individual, group, and community work. Participants will develop the skills to facilitate sequences for embodied healing to reach those who may otherwise not have the chance to benefit holistically from such practices, while also learning when it is most responsible to refer clients elsewhere for yoga-related interventions.


Prerequisite: 30 hours experience in a personal meditation or yoga practice. Hours in other holistic practices (e.g., tai chi, Qi gong) may be counted at the discretion of instructors.



  • Recognize the presence of unresolved trauma and how it shows up as both clinical and sub-clinical symptoms in clients and consumers of services

  • Explain the concept of “the body keeps the score” in trauma recovery and relay, in client-friend terms, how practices like meditation, breath work, and yoga can help to promote trauma-focused healing

  • Instruct at least 3 breathing techniques used to help reduce anxiety, create balance and/or allow tension to release

  • Implement these 3 breath strategies across the three stages of the consensus model for trauma care

  • Create at least 2 types of short trauma-focused meditation practices that can be facilitated during a clinical session, a group, or in a community wellness setting

  • Describe potential boundary issues with clients and determine appropriate responses

  • Design and implement simple movement sequences that can be delivered within the scope of one’s clinical practices that can be facilitated across the consensus model for trauma-focused care in individual, group, or community wellness settings.

  • Identify potential “trigger” words in all of the practices covered in the course and optional/invitational language suggestions based on trauma-focused care knowledge

  • Develop strategies and approaches for redirection in addressing potential behavioral challenges and challenging individual, group, or community environments 

  • Identify 3-4 other clinical modalities and discuss how trauma-informed yoga can be incorporated into teaching skills and interventions in these modalities (e.g., DBT, EMDR therapy, ACT, etc.)

  • Utilize the acronym EMPOWER (experience, mind, pranayama/breath work, organic, wisdom, energy, resilience) to assist in personalizing client interventions with the holistic modalities covered in the course

  • Identify sources for personal support to maintain balance and prevent burnout while the strategies covered in this course to clients