hosted by Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga
Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can also make it difficult for survivors who are looking to establish connection in their lives and learn how to trust again. The entire experience of practicing yoga, can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self; allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole.
The impact trauma has on the body’s physiology is far-reaching, as such it is essential to incorporate evidence-based and culturally relevant practices that provide alternative forms of healing for survivors. By focusing on a holistic approach, we are helping change the way our world responds to trauma and provides support to survivors at various stages in their healing. The last few years have witnessed a radical shift in our understanding for best practices for healing trauma. It is now widely recognized that the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected and must all be integrated within treatment.
This 3-day training will provide yoga teachers, mental health professionals, educators, administrators, activists, medical professionals, doulas, coaches, healers, or anyone who is interested in teaching from a trauma-informed lens with all of the necessary tools to create a safe environment for survivors of sexual violence. Training includes:
- Comprehensive 200 page+ trauma-informed yoga resource guide with all relevant materials to implement a comprehensive, holistic, integrated, and sustainable program
- An overview of the evidence-based research in support of trauma-informed yoga practices
- An introduction to the neurobiology of trauma and the intersection of yoga
- An explanation of the unique experiences of sexual assault survivors and benefits of holistic healing
- Introduction to trauma-informed practices and language
- A thorough overview of trauma-informed teaching dynamics and core considerations, including:
- Empowerment-based Language
- Integration of Choices
- Supportive Presence
- The Art of Assisting
- Safety and Space
- Invitation of Postures
- Breath and Trauma
- Themes and Philosophy Integration
- Cultural Considerations and Accessibility
- Tips for starting a yoga program for survivors of sexual trauma, including:
- How to create buy-in from a university/agency
- The power of collaborations
- Working with mental health professionals
- Identifying your audience
- Building a curriculum
- Group structure
- Assessment and liability
- Share your Story
- The Business of Yoga
- Sample sequencing and curriculum
- Practice teaching opportunities
- Introduction to additional holistic healing methodologies to complement the yoga practice
- Resource guide with all relevant materials to implement a comprehensive, holistic, integrated, and sustainable program
*This training will leave you fully equipped to start a comprehensive trauma-informed yoga program for survivors of trauma. Please note there is limited space available for this training, early registration is encouraged.
Zabie Yamasaki received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her graduate work in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at The George Washington University. Zabie received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate in 2011 and has been teaching trauma-informed yoga to sexual assault survivors for the past 8 years. She is the Program Director of Trauma Informed Programs at UCLA and the Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, an organization with the mission of empowering survivors to heal through the practice of yoga. Her work has been highlighted on CNN, NBC News, the Huffington Post, and in a variety of online publications.
Zabie is widely recognized for her care and intentionality, soulful and zenful activism, undeniable passion, and hard work and dedication to her field. She has created a model therapeutic yoga program and curriculum which is now being implemented at 20 colleges campuses and trauma agencies including the University of California, Stanford, USC, and Johns Hopkins to name a few. She has trained thousands of yoga instructors and mental health professionals across the US in integrating trauma-informed yoga into the scope of their work. By focusing on a holistic approach, Zabie is helping to change the way our world responds to trauma and provides support to survivors at various stages in their healing.
Training Testimonials:“WHAT YOU GIVE OF YOUR TIME, YOUR BRILLIANCE, YOUR EXPERIENCE, AND YOUR HEART IS ABSOLUTELY TRANSFORMATIONAL…AND I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL, NOT JUST FOR MYSELF, BUT FOR HUMANITY AS A WHOLE. WHAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU IS HOW YOUR INFLUENCE HAS GIVEN ME PERMISSION TO BE WARM, APPROACHABLE, AND LOVING IN THE TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA CLASSES I HAVE ALREADY BEEN LEADING…THE MANUAL! HOLY HOURS OF DEDICATION! THANK YOU FOR THIS FABULOUS RESOURCE…LIKE I SAID BEFORE, I FEEL THAT I HAVE FOUND MY TRIBE OF HEALERS AND HELPERS. PRICELESS IS THIS RESOURCE AND COMMUNITY! THANKS TO YOU!”