20 hr Trauma Informed Yoga Training

with Sarah Kinsley

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This 2-day workshop is designed for Yoga teachers and professionals working with trauma survivors in Yoga studios or clinical settings. By learning the principles of Trauma theory and the neuroscience of trauma we can better understand how to share Yoga in a way that increases students’ connection to their present-moment experience, including awareness of their thoughts, emotions and body sensations.

This hands on-workshop will introduce the basic aspects of a Trauma-Informed Yoga session/class including the role of the teacher and trauma-informed languaging. We will explore how to create an emotionally and physically safe environment for students as they explore various Yoga forms and breathing practices designed to aid in the recovery from trauma.

Emphasis will be place on learning how to share Yoga in a way that increases interoception and encourages choice, voice and control. Time for teach-backs of various basic practices will be included. In addition, we will also investigate the role of Ahimsa (non-violence), resilience and self-care.


Required Reading:
Please read as much in advance as possible, though completion is not required. An additional 5 hours will be added to the training hours for those applying for Continuing Education Credits with the Yoga Alliance.

David Emerson, Elizabeth Hopper
Foreword by Peter A. Levine
Paperback | April 19, 2011

Optional Reading:

One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life Hardcover – Mar 12 2019
by Eddie Stern (Author), Deepak Chopra (Foreword)

Reflection Paper

For those claiming CE through the Yoga Alliance, a personal and informal Reflection Paper (500 word max.) discussing what they learned about the topic will be due 2 weeks after the course.  If writing is a challenge please discuss with Sarah and an alternative assignment can be created to best suite the learning style of the participant.  Further guidance will be given in training.

Schedule: September 14 & 15, 2019. 10 am – 5 pm each day.

Location: 575 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A3 (2nd floor Yoga room of Philosophy Fitness). Closest major intersection is Bathurst and St Clair West.

Cost: $375 + HST

This training is offered at sliding scale to make it more affordable to those who have precarious employment or are financially in need.
We ask that you choose a level of payment that suits your financial situation. Paying at the highest level you are able supports our ability to offer to offer lower end fees to those who cannot afford to pay full price.

$375 + HST / Standard fee

$325 + HST / Community Fee A
$275 + HST / Community Fee B
$150 + HST / Scholarship Fee (Priority to BIPOC students)

If you would like to sponsor a spot in this training, please contact us a teachertraining@unionyogastudio.ca .

This workshop counts towards CE credits with the Yoga Alliance for those who are eligible. Certificates will be issued upon completion.

*Note: This workshop is for Professional Development and is not intended as an intervention for those who have experienced trauma.  Participants DO NOT need to be certified Yoga teachers to attend the training. Past attendees have included yoga teachers in training, psychotherapists, social workers, massage therapists, and others interested in learning about trauma and how it affects the people they work with.


Refund policy: Please note that refunds are only offered for same day purchase and cancellation. If you need to cancel your registration, 75% studio credit will be offered up to August 14. From August 15 – August 30, 50% studio credit will be offered. As of September 1 there are no refunds/studio credit.

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About Sarah Kinsley

Registered Clinical Counsellor # 13472, BA (Hons.), BEd (Primary), MEd (Counselling Psych.), E-RYT 500, RCYT

Sarah Kinsley teaches in the Integrated Mindfulness Certificate at Royal Roads University and Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate at The University of Toronto. She serves as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Trauma-Informed Yoga facilitator at Bridges for Women Society, where she is completing a 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing®. She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Sarah completed a year-long training in MBCT facilitation at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.

Sarah is a registered Yoga teacher for adults and children (E-RYT 500, RCYT) and enjoys teaching weekly classes and Trauma-informed trainings. She has completed four Yoga Teacher Training courses and has studied with various schools in North America and Asia; such as, Yoga Vidya Gurukul: Institute for Research and Education in Yoga, The Sanada Devi School of Yoga, and Yoga in Your School. Most recently, she has studied Trauma Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and Bessel van der Kolk. Sarah is the author of Yoga Therapy: Ancient Therapy for Today’s Body, Mind and Spirit, a textbook chapter used in counselling programs throughout North America.

Learn more about Sarah by visiting her website: https://www.sarahkinsley.net/