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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training


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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training

The effects of traumatic experiences on any level can be debilitating to our health and detrimental to our emotional balance. Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Symptoms including anxiety and depression may lead individuals to develop a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies.

This course will look at the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practice of yoga when working with trauma survivors.

Topics will include issues of addiction, nervous system dis-regulation and the use of yoga to work effectively and compassionately with trauma survivors. Specific yoga forms (asana), therapeutic breathing (pranayama) and grounding techniques will be explored. Participants will learn to teach safe, body-based, self-regulation techniques and to develop trauma-sensitive yoga programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of people to support their day to day functioning and long term healing. 

This training is suitable for anyone working with populations in need. This includes counselors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, yoga teachers and beyond.

Saturday April 22,  11:45am-7:45pm

Sunday April 23, 10:00am- 6:00pm

Cost: $330*

*15% off for all Orchard staff. Please email info@bowenislandyoga.com to inquire. 


Nicole Marcia MA, ERYT 500 has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety since 2004. She also trains yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-sensitive yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. She serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and a curriculum developer and instructor the Langara College Continuing Studies. She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site and is a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners. 

“Nicole is a presenter with the consistent capacity to create and hold safe space for that necessary balance between learning and inquiry. She embodies a true professional in her field and communicates with clarity and purpose, so that students are able to understand and implement the tools she offers readily. Nicole asks the right questions, is a superb listener, and is unquestionably grounded in offering the highest level of training, often generously sharing from her own experience. She is an invaluable member of our teaching faculty and a huge asset to the yoga community overall.
– Christine Price-Clark, Program Director, Advanced Teacher Training – 300 Hour, Vancouver School of Yoga