Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers • 15-Hour Program

For many of us, the practices of yoga have changed our lives. That statement may seem dramatic, but it’s true. These practices teach us to turn inward, to pay attention, and to notice without judgment. They enable us to find balance in our bodies and minds, as well as develop our overall well-being. Because of those benefits, yoga is an invaluable asset for veterans who are coping with trauma-related psychological difficulties.

Yoga practices are a powerful complement to professional treatment for Post Traumatic Stress. A mindful, embodied yoga practice can provide relief from symptoms and develop the supportive skills that veterans need in their everyday lives. Yoga does not cure Post Traumatic Stress, but it has proven to aid in a veteran’s healing journey.

Embodyoga, created by Patty Townsend, is the basis for Mindful Yoga Therapy for VeteransMindful Yoga Therapy is an Embodyoga® based, empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool veterans can use to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together, they form a comprehensive system—a toolbox—that will carry veterans into a life of strength and resilience.

The healing effects of these ancient yogic practices have begun to receive recognition from modern scientists. Research has discovered and validated what the yogis have known for centuries: yoga is one of the most effective ways to encourage and stimulate the healing process.

Clinical trials have demonstrated that even the best yoga teachers need to acquire a specific set of skills and considerations to work in trauma recovery programs. To that end, Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers has been fully supported by the Give Back Yoga Foundation with the goal of creating the most qualified and supportive team possible.

This 15-hour training program is for 200-hour certified yoga teachers.  Mindful Yoga Center also offers 200-hour teacher training.

Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga TeachersThe Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers Program covers:

  • Why yoga for trauma?
  • The Toolbox and its five practices: Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Gratitude
  • Special considerations and specific techniques for working with veterans
  • The nervous system and using yoga as a therapeutic methodology
  • Appropriateness and variations of asana
  • Understanding veteran and military culture
  • How to bring Mindful Yoga Therapy into the world
  • 12 Week Protocol
  • Post Traumatic Growth

Fifteen (15) hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available.

Schedule for 15-hour Programs

Below are upcoming dates and locations for the Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers 15-hour program.

Jan
11
Fri
Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat for Veterans @ Copper Beech Institute
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm

IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners

This retreat, designed specifically for veterans and their spouses or partners, teaches powerful mind-body practices that strengthen resilience, bring peace of mind, and relieve traumatic symptoms.

A mindful, embodied yoga practice can provide relief from symptoms and help veterans develop supportive skills for everyday life. In this retreat, participants will learn practical yoga and mindfulness-based tools that decrease the stress, anxiety, and sleep problems that many returning veterans experience. The retreat will employ Mindful Yoga Therapy, an empirically-informed, clinically-tested program comprising five practices: pranayama (breathing), asana (postures connected with breath), yoga nidra, meditation, and gratitude. Each practice is a tool veterans can use to cope with post-traumatic stress. Together, they form a comprehensive system — or toolbox — that will carry veterans into a life of strength and resilience.

Anyone who has served in the military or is currently serving is most welcome to attend this retreat. Spouses and partners of veterans are also welcome to join us.

Tuition: $25, includes accommodations.

Copper Beech institute has received generous funding to help offset the cost of this retreat. Attendees are welcomed but not required to make an additional free-will offering to support our outreach bringing mindfulness practices to at-risk children, the homeless and incarnated communities.

Mar
14
Thu
Sedona Yoga Festival @ Sedona Yoga Festival
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm

Suzanne Manafort and Chris Eder are headed to the Sedona Yoga Festival (SYF). This is the second time Mindful Yoga Therapy has been invited to present at this AUMAZING festival. You can either attend just the MYT training for $347 or the training and unlimited festival access for $547.

SYF Gives Back is something we’ve been doing from the start.  Utilizing this event as platform to serve and in our case, we’ve been offering some form of trauma informed yoga training at SYF since the beginning. We have trained hundreds of yoga teachers and brought awareness to the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress in our communities across the country. We’ve called this program all sorts of things from Yoga for Veterans and Yoga for First Responders to Yoga for PTSD, with one simple aim: Provide the tools to alleviate the effects of trauma, of suffering.  A trauma sensitive yoga training takes into account the specific aspects of traditional yoga practices that ameliorate the effects of trauma and stress on the human nervous system. Yoga is and has always been the healing balm to soothe the injured human nervous system, ergo a Yoga for PTSD training, a trauma sensitive yoga training, trauma informed yoga training… Call it what you will, we know what outcomes have emerged from this training.  We know that by training hundreds we have impacted thousands. This year we are going back to our roots, quite literally… as it was the Mindful Yoga Therapy team who were key members of the first cadre we put together for Mindful Therapeutic Yoga Practices for Veterans. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday ALL DAY

  • Opening Circle
  • The Tool Box – A complete holistic and embodied program
  • Why Yoga for PTSD?
  • The Guiding Principles to Mindful Yoga Therapy
  • Mindful Yoga Therapy Asana Class and its Adaptations
  • Hyperarousal, PTSD and MYT   the nervous system
  • Yoga Nidra

Friday AM

  • Mindful Yoga Therapy’s 4 Breathing Practices

Saturday AM

  • Mindful Yoga Therapy Meditation Class

Sunday AM

  • The full “Tool Box” as a practice.
  • 12-Week protocol
  • How to bring this into the world

Mindful Yoga Therapy is an Embodyoga® based, empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool that can be used to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together, they form a comprehensive system—a toolbox—that will carry a trauma survivor into a life of strength and resilience.

 

Oct
25
Fri
Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers • 15-Hour Program • RETREAT • Rye, New York @ Wainwright House
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

About The Event:

For many of us, the practices of yoga have changed our lives. That statement may seem dramatic, but it’s true. These practices teach us to turn inward, to pay attention, and to notice without judgment. They enable us to find balance in our bodies and minds, as well as develop our overall well-being. Because of those benefits, yoga is an invaluable asset for people who are coping with trauma-related psychological difficulties.

Yoga practices are a powerful complement to professional treatment for Post Traumatic Stress. A mindful, embodied yoga practice can provide relief from symptoms and develop the supportive skills that people need in their everyday lives. Yoga does not cure Post Traumatic Stress, but it has proven to aid in a healing journey.

Mindful Yoga Therapy is an empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool that trauma based students can use to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together, they form a comprehensive system—a toolbox—that will carry people into a life of strength and resilience.

The healing effects of these ancient yogic practices have begun to receive recognition from modern scientists. Research has discovered and validated what the yogis have known for centuries: yoga is one of the most effective ways to encourage and stimulate the healing process.

Clinical trials have demonstrated that even the best yoga teachers need to acquire a specific set of skills and considerations to work in trauma recovery programs. 

To that end, Mindful Yoga has the goal of creating the most qualified and supportive team possible.

The Mindful Yoga for Trauma Training for Yoga Teachers Program covers:

  • Why yoga for trauma?

  • The Toolbox and its five practices: Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Gratitude

  • Special considerations and specific techniques for working in this population

  • The nervous system and using yoga as a therapeutic methodology

  • Appropriateness and variations of asana

  • How to bring Mindful Yoga Therapy into the world

  • 12 Week Protocol

Friday Evening 6pm-9:00pm

Saturday 9am-noon, 2:30 – 5:30, 7pm, 9:30pm

Sunday 9am – noon

This new Weekend Retreat format includes lodging and gourmet meals in a tranquil setting just 40 minutes north of New York City. 

Set on 5 organic acres overlooking Milton Harbor in Rye, NY, Wainwright House is a magnificent replica of a French Chateau. Facilities include three buildings featuring formal dining rooms, a library and solarium, meeting rooms of varying sizes, outdoor seating by the water, a meditation room, three yoga studios, dormitory-style lodging, a walking labyrinth and meditation garden. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Suzanne has studied extensively with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute and also with Patty Townsend in the Embodyoga Teacher Training programs at Yoga Center Amherst.  She is now on faculty at both schools where she teaches in both teacher training programs, and is the Director at Mindful Yoga Center and it’s teacher trainings.

At the Himalayan Institute, Suzanne completed the year long Living Tantra program and the Sage Program taught by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.

For at least a decade, Suzanne has worked with veterans who suffer with PTS. This work led her to study and learn the practical aspects of what benefits Veterans in a yoga program receive. Her experiences along the way have taught her that teachers require additional training tailored to the specific needs of Veterans.

Suzanne co-authored a book, the Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide. She also produced two CDs—Yoga Nidra by Suzanne Manafort and “Breathe In Breathe Out”, a group of short breathing practices designed for Veterans with PTS.

Suzanne is on the Board of Directors of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. In 2009, she was designated a Wells Fargo Second Half Champion for her work with Veterans.

Please check our full program schedule for dates and locations for other Mindful Yoga Therapy for yoga teachers training programs.