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Yoga for Trauma Recovery | 35 Hour immersion

July 14 - July 23

| $655

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In this 35 hour immersion, you will learn how to use yoga and other mindfulness techniques to work with people and populations who are recovering from physical and emotional trauma, including those who suffer from PTSD.

The course will be both lecture and experiential, deepening your understanding of the affects of trauma on the physical and emotional bodies, including the brain and nervous systems.  You will learn techniques on how to work with a variety of audiences, what postures and language to use, breathing techniques, how to create a safe environment in which to teach, managing teacher/student dynamics, addressing triggers as they arise, and more.


  • Presentation and discussion on the latest research on trauma and the effects of trauma on the physical and emotional body
  • Practice Yoga classes including therapeutic, seated, and standing for a wide range of physical abilities.
  • Demonstration and discussion on breath-work, body somatic awareness techniques, visualization and other mindful modalities
  • Presentation and physical practice specifically designed to release the psoas muscles as it relates to physical and emotional well being, including an intro to Core Release and Restore (inspired by the TREs)
  • How to create a safe class setting and managing class dynamics
  • Self-care

Included in the course is the Trauma for Recovery manual.

Recommended Reading

  • Manual (provided at training)
  • The Body Keeps Score, Bessel van der Kolk
  • An Unspoken Voice, Peter A. Levine
  • Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, Dave Emerson
  • Additional articles and literature will be provided


  • Friday, July 14th | 7:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday, July 15th | 1 – 8:30pm
  • Sunday, July 16th | 1 – 4:30pm
  • Friday, July 21st | 7:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday, July 22nd | 1 – 8:30pm
  • Sunday, July 23rd | 1 – 4:30pm

Yoga Alliance Breakdown

Techniques, Training, and Practice: 7
Philosophy, Ethics, Lifestyle: 5
Anatomy and Physiology: 8
Teaching Methodology: 3
Practicum: 8
Non-Contact: 4


Joanne Varni is a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT500 and completed her certifications through Jennifer Prugh’s JOY of Yoga teacher trainings. She is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher having received her certification through TSY under the renowned guidance of Bessel van der Kolk. Her Yoga Therapeutics certification was completed with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal and she completed the Core Application Course with Liz Koch, a leading psoas muscle expert.  She is also a Level II TRE Practitioner.  She teaches classes focusing on Wellness, Restorative, and Core, Release and Restore (Inspired by TRE) classes.  She teaches TSY at the VA in Menlo Park and Palo Alto and at the Center for Survivors of Torture.  She also has taught voluntarily to women at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas.

Rebekah Tayebi is the founder of Satya Family Coaching, an in-home service that provides therapeutic support to young women and their parents. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and has devoted her career to working intensively with families. She earned her 200 and 500 hour Joy of Yoga teacher certification and piloted a yoga for teens program in a therapeutic boarding school for young women. Her coaching service integrates yoga philosophy with Western therapeutic techniques. She has specialized in trauma and feels honored to witness the healing and empowerment that are possible when people are in recovery. It’s a gift to witness the strength of the human spirit and she’s excited to bring that work to the Yoga for Trauma.

We apologize, but we do not offer refunds on immersions.

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July 14
July 23
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Breathe Together Yoga
14107-H Winchester Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032