20-Hour Training

Date: 9/9/22 – 9/11/22

FRIDAY 12:30pm-6:30pm ET (6 hours online)

SATURDAY 11:30am-6:30pm ET (7 hours)

SUNDAY 11:30am-6:30pm ET (7 hours)

Investment: $425 (early bird until 8/8/22, $495 thereafter)

Modern studio spaces and yoga practices can trigger those who have experienced trauma in their lives.   While the Western lens of yoga focuses on performance, is asana based and promotes the yoga industrial complex, our approach to trauma conscious yoga is steeped in cultural sensitivity, compassion, and knowledge of the nervous system and brain as they relate to trauma. It is important for anyone who is offering yogic practices as a teacher and/or business to be conscious of the entire spectrum of trauma to create a space for reduction of harm and re-traumatization, balanced with creating a space for healing and transformation.

Module 1: The Social Justice Lens 

  • How Yoga Relates to Social Justice
  • Diversity Fatigue 
  • Spiritual Bypassing 
  • Shadow/Soul Work 
  • Shared Humanity

Module 2: How Trauma Affects the Body and Brain 

  • Practice: How trauma moves through the body 
  • Intergenerational/Historical Trauma
  • Complex Trauma 
  • Chronic Trauma
  • Vicarious Trauma

Module 3:  Toxic Femininity, Masculinity, Colonialism, and Patriarchy 

  • Power Dynamics and White Fragility
  • Racism and Anti-Blackness

Module 4: The Importance of Self-Care to Community Care

  • Grief and Shame
  • COVID Culture
  • Self-Care
  • Community Care

Module 5: Applicability of Service in Community 

  • Populations to Serve
  • Creating Programs
  • Sequencing Classes
  • Collaborations/Partnerships

Upon Completion, Students Will Be Able to –

One: Have the tools to create compassionate spaces for those affected by trauma

Two: Reflect upon their own trauma and triggers in a deep, substantive way

Three: Develop meaningful partnerships within communities of service

Who is this training for: This training is for anyone who is teaching or interested in teaching yoga to people and communities who have experienced trauma. 

Trauma Conscious Facilitators

Amina Naru, ERYT, YACEP 

Amina Naru is the founder of Posh Yoga, Co-founder of Retreat to Spirit, a Usui reiki master, trauma sensitive yoga instructor,  and chair of the Race and Equity Consortium in Yoga, with a specialty in providing yoga and mindfulness programs to incarcerated youth and adults.  Amina is an active member on the board of directors for the international non-profit, Accessible Yoga Association, and also serves on the board of directors for Bmore Empowered Inc., a non-profit dedicated to empowering women and girls of color through mindfulness and entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, Maryland .  

Amina is the former executive director of the national non-profit organization, Yoga Service Collective, and served three terms as secretary for the YSC Board of Directors. She  is a contributing author to the books “Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans” (YSC/Omega, 2016) and “Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System” (YSC/Omega, 2017). She worked as the project manager and contributor for “Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma” (Handspring 2020), and the “Best Practices for Yoga with People in Addictions and Recovery Symposium” at the Omega Institute. She also served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Empowered Community in Wilmington, DE and is the first black woman to implement curriculum-based yoga and mindfulness programs for juvenile detention centers in the state of Delaware. 

Amina has been featured in the books, Yoga Revolution by Jivana Heyman, Yoga Radicals by Allie Middleton, and Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race Based Stress and Trauma, by Dr. Gail Parker.  She has also been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Therapy Today and on the J. Brown and Yoga Alliance podcasts.  Amina Naru’s yoga service work is deeply informed by her studies with master teachers Johnny Gillespie of Empowered Yoga, James Fox of Prison Yoga Project, B.K. Bose of the Niroga Institute, Nikki Myers of Y12SR, and Jennifer Cohen Harper of Little Flower Yoga.

Pamela Stokes Eggleston, MBA, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, YACEP

Pamela is the Founder and Director of Yoga2Sleep, Co-Founder of Retreat to Spirit, and Clinic Faculty at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a certified yoga therapist, meditation teacher, and end of life doula with specialized training in plant-based nutrition, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), and trauma-informed yoga to work with service members, veterans, their caregivers, and insomnia sufferers. Previously serving as Co-Executive Director of the Yoga Service Collective, she cultivated financial resilience and strategic partnerships for the organization. An avid yogini for over 20 years, Pamela was motivated to begin her teaching journey when she realized that yoga decreased her insomnia and reduced her knee osteoarthritis pain.

Pamela has a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health and a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland Global Campus. She served as President of the UMGC Alumni Association. In addition, she is a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans (YSC/Omega, 2016) and Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma (Handspring, July 2020), as well as researcher/author of Yoga Therapy as a Complementary Modality for Female Veteran Caregivers with Traumatic Stress: A Case Study (Maryland University of Integrative Health, March 2018), and Addressing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms: A Yoga Therapy Case Study (Maryland University of Integrative Health, June 2019).  Pamela serves on the board of the international nonprofit Accessible Yoga Association, the advisory board of Yoga Unify, the Grant Advisory Committee of the Yoga Alliance Foundation as a collaborative response to the impact of COVID-19 within the yoga community, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Yoga Studies.

An accomplished consultant, advisor, published author and national speaker, Pamela has worked for numerous agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Labor, as a yoga therapy intern for Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and as an advisor on Congress-supported publications centering on substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice and military and veteran family matters. Her work and writing have been featured with Yoga Therapy Today, Insight Timer, Meditation Studio, Gaiam, Military Family Life.Com, Military Spouse Magazine, Yoga Journal, Mantra Yoga and Health, Essence, the Huffington Post, and on Ellen and MSNBC.

Kwasi Boaitey, LMSW, PCC, SAP, RYT, CPT

Kwasi Boaitey LMSW, SAP, CASAC-1, ACC, RYT-200, NSCA-CPT is a dedicated wellness professional with over 16 years of experience. Kwasi is the owner of Upperlevel Fitness Inc. where his focus is on using relational modalities of mindfulness and cultural humility to facilitate open lines communication, client resilience, and stress management. His work has been with individuals, organizations, families and adolescents facing professional and personal life challenges. Kwasi is the Director of Culturally Responsive Management, University of Rochester Office of Equity and Inclusion. 

He is a lifelong learner receiving his MSW from the University of Buffalo and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education, focusing on posttraumatic growth and racialized trauma. Kwasi is a licensed master social worker, an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Substance Abuse Professional, Registered Yoga Teacher and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Trauma Conscious Yoga Training

Who is this training for?
This training is for anyone who is teaching or interested in teaching yoga to people and
communities who have experienced trauma.
What is the content of the course?
The content of this Training includes 5 Modules –
Module 1: The Social Justice Lens
Module 2: How Trauma Affects the Body and Brain
Module 3: Toxic Femininity, Masculinity, Colonialism, Patriarchy
Module 4: The Importance of Self-Care to Community Care
Module 5: Applicability of Service in Community
Upon completion, students will be able to:
➔ Create compassionate, safe, and sacred spaces for those affected by trauma
➔ Reflect upon their own trauma and triggers in a deep, substantive way
➔ Consider how trauma-conscious yoga can be scaled and adapted to inform
teaching, therapy, and personal practice
➔ Develop meaningful partnerships within communities of service
Can I earn continuing education credit or contact hour CEUs for this training?
Yes, this training is eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). Eligible yoga teachers
will earn contact hour CEUs through Yoga Alliance. If the course instructor is a Yoga
therapist, they may also request CEUs through the International Association of Yoga
Therapists. Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a
downloadable certificate you can submit for credit.
Will attendance be taken?
Yes. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.
Can I miss a day and still receive CEUs and a certification of completion?
No. Due to the YACEP and IAYT guidelines students who are not present for the entire
20 contact hours will not receive or be eligible to apply for CEUs.
Are the 3 presenters teaching the whole 20 hrs?
The 20 hour training is designed to be taught by the three presenters
collaboratively as well as individually.
What is the amount of time between lecture, practices, and group work?
You will receive this information at the training via syllabus and training guide.