Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training

2016 Dates TBA

  • Directed by Alana Layne Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500
  • 50 credit hours towards Nosara Yoga Institute 1000-Hour Certification
  • 50 Yoga Alliance CEUs

“The  same  immense  energies  that  create  the  symptoms  of  trauma,  when  properly  engaged  and mobilized, can transform the trauma and propel us into new heights of healing, mastery and even wisdom. Trauma resolved is a great gift.”

-- Peter Levine, PhD.

Due to the rise of distressing world events, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have become international buzzwords. Growing evidence shows that the imprints of traumatic events remain lodged in the body and brain, and that somatic awareness practices are essential for complete trauma recovery. Modern findings in neuroscience support these notions and have paved the way for yoga and meditation to find their rightful place as bona fide adjunctive therapies in treating traumatic stress.

Inspired by the wisdom teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the triumphant story of Ganesha, this training helps reframe the negative effects of trauma from victimhood and suffering into an opportunity to yoke with ourselves. As we unpack the pranic implications of holding trauma in the body, we will discover that the unwinding or thawing of this “frozen potential” allows greater possibilities for stability, healing and vitality to emerge.


This 50 hour module will include explorations in:

        • The neurological and physiological implications of trauma
        • Recognizing PTSD in our students
        • The embryonic origins of the nervous system, as well as western and Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system with a focus on the vagus nerve
        • Asana, pranayama and meditation techniques that recalibrate the nervous system
        • Appropriate language, asana and pranayama to sidestep triggering and re-living the trauma story
        • Somatic sensing exercises to help understand interoception, prana dynamics, discharge processes and regulation
        • Marma point therapy – anointing specific points on the body with aromatic botanical oils to remove prana granthis (energetic knots), and assist in proper energy flow
        • Authentic communication and active listening skills
        • Establishing a safe container for transformational shifts to occur
        • Self-care for yoga teachers – supporting ourselves with strong boundaries and a nourishing daily regimen


The training will offer tools for yoga teachers to help their students “come home” to themselves in a way that fosters self-listening, establishes safety, and enlivens the muscle of trust. Of particular emphasis is learning the use of appropriate language, which is seminal in engendering this embodiment process without re-traumatizing.


Together, we will be encouraged to find comfort in the unknown, befriend our own triggers, and practice listening and feedback skills to create a strong, loving presence for our students.


“I thought I already knew a lot [about teaching and trauma], yet it turns out I didn’t know some very important concepts and practices. I have learned so much about trauma-sensitive yoga that will greatly enhance my teaching of veterans at the army base. I have many more tools to draw from now, and I feel I will be a much more effective teacher.”

S. Grier, RYT 200


"Alana’s depth of experience, impeccability and finesse as a teacher, her tremendous caring, resourcefulness and sincerity were all so valuable. I feel very confident because of the information Alana provided. She is a powerhouse woman – heart-centered in every sense. She embodies her practice. She has truly changed my life, and this course has given me the tools to heal that I had been searching and longing for—for a very long time.”


 P. Dillon, Ph.D. Trauma Therapist, RYT 200


Tuition:      $ 995.00

Early Bird: $ 800.00 (Paid in full 3 months prior to start date)




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