Trauma Recovery: Techniques & Perspectives from the Yoga Tradition

About the Course

As yoga becomes increasingly popular in therapeutic settings, it’s important that teachers and leaders understand not just that yoga offers healing opportunities to those recovering from trauma, but how and why it can help. This course offers the unique opportunity to learn foundational frameworks, apply this knowledge to both individual and group cases, and identify how yoga can meet the varied needs of diverse populations.

This course is designed for yoga and mental health practitioners seeking to share yoga with people who have experienced trauma. You might be teaching in a studio, private practice, or less conventional setting, or you may be a practitioner seeking depth in your personal practice. If you’ve ever struggled to express why yoga is helpful, and you’re looking for a grounded, practical understanding of how you can use yoga to support folks with trauma recovery, this course will be an excellent guide.

Whether you are offering yoga in a studio, school, prison, recovery center, or private practice, the principles we cover will help you make trauma-informed decisions on the fly that are both responsive and rooted in modern science. While the teaching, practice, and advocacy may look very different from one setting to the next, the concepts we cover will help you decide how to best serve your population while offering your services through a trauma-informed lens.

In this module, we identify key components of trauma recovery and yoga philosophy that guide our understanding moving forward. We’ll discuss the role of the nervous system in trauma, and in healing, and how it can provide a context for healthy relationships. We’ll also discuss risks of including yoga in therapeutic work in this module.
In this module, we will explore both an individual and group case study, and apply the material from Module 1 to each case. This module will help us to identify the diverse needs of clients and groups, and to consider how we can skillfully apply the theoretical principles learned in Module 1.
In this module, we will review the commonalities between yoga philosophy and practice and posttraumatic stress. You will learn how to use yoga to respond to client’s needs and goals, and how to weave yoga postures and breathing practices into treatment plans. We’ll even explain how goat yoga fits in here!
Even if you’re not a clinician or yoga teacher, these practices can offer us pathways to advocate for our own mental health needs, as well as others. This module will provide you with language and reasoning that will help promote mental health in your own practice, in your studio, and in your professional offering.

Students who take this course will:

  • Uncover the deep connections between trauma theory and yoga philosophy
  • Apply theory and philosophy to your practice setting
  • Recognize how culture can facilitate mental health
  • Identify the core components of all trauma-informed principles
  • Connect recent theories of the nervous system to a yoga practice
  • Write goat yoga into a clinical treatment plan!

About Lisa Danylchuk

Lisa Danylchuk, LMFT, E-RYT is an author, licensed psychotherapist, and yoga teacher trainer specializing in bringing yoga into trauma treatment. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, Lisa is the founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery in Oakland, CA, and creator the Yoga for Trauma (Y4T) Online Training Program. She has authored three books: Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Theory, Philosophy, and Practice (2019), How You Can Heal: A Strength Based Guide to Trauma Recovery (2017), and Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover from Trauma and Extreme Stress (2015), and was as a contributing editor for Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans, published by the Yoga Service Council. She serves as UN Committee Co-Chair for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and was elected to the role of Secretary in 2018. A leader in the movement to incorporate yoga into trauma treatment, she has trained yoga and mental health professionals around the world, and presents her work internationally. Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. When sheÕs not writing or traveling, youÕll likely find her climbing mountains and running trails in nearby parks.

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