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

Mindful Yoga for Trauma Adaptive YogaMindful Yoga for Trauma Adaptive Yoga is clinically tested and empirically informed.

Ann Richardson Stevens, creator, has been working with men and women living with mobility disabilities for nearly 10 years. This program brings to life the MYT guiding principles in an adaptive setting. Learn how to help students find their mind-body connection.

The MYT Adaptive Program provides a variety of tools, discussion, and asana to open the practice of yoga practice to Every Body—whether hobbling, rolling, or walking into class. Students will explore universal principles that can be shared with people regardless of their level of ability/disability, including amputees, those living with paralysis, neurological conditions, spine issues, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, confined to a wheelchair or not.

Learn to teach students how to reconnect to gravity, earth, and foundation in order to re-emerge taller, stronger, confident, and whole. Gain a deeper understanding of what physical challenges students feel and in fact don’t feel, and lead them back to this re-integration of the self through practice. Teachers will leave feeling confident and better able to gravitate to students with physical challenges.

Schedule for 15-hour Adaptive Program

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

Mindful Yoga Therapy Retreat for Stress and Anxiety – Wainwright House @ Wainwright House
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm


A mindful, embodied yoga practice can provide relief from symptoms and will help to 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 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 that can be used to create supports that the student can bring into their lives. Together, they form a comprehensive system — or toolbox — that will carry you into a life of strength and resilience.

Friday evening 7-9:30 pm

Saturday 9am-noon and 2:30- 5:30pm  

Sunday 9-noon

This Weekend Retreat 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. 


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.