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L E A R N . S U P P O R T . T E A CH .

38 CEUs for RYTs Yoga Alliance Approved (with online module work)
20 CEs for Therapists & Counselors Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists Approved
18 CEs for Social Workers Continuing Education Credits awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars

This training is designed for yoga teachers, educators and therapists who would like to introduce the tools of yoga and mindfulness from the growing field of trauma research to manage, regulate and even resolve some of the symptoms of trauma. YTIYT educates mental health practitioners and social workers working with marginalized populations on how trauma-informed yoga supports regulation at the individual and relational levels and offers guidance to integrate tools from yoga into their work to with individuals or in groups. This program is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.

Training Dates:
Nov. 5 Nov. 29: Interactive Online Classroom Modules (Required for yoga teachers CEUs)
With 3 Video Conference Calls for Discussion (see topics below)
Sunday evenings 7:30 - 8:30pm on November 11th, 18th, 25th

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2: In-Person Training at the Yogamour Studio.

Cost: $425

Online Classroom & Conference Call Info:  4 Interactive study modules (aka-On-line Classroom Modules) will be sent out for you to do on your own, one per week, prior to in-person weekend, starting November 5th. Then there will be 3 video conference calls for an introduction and discussion of the topics below:
All video conference calls will be 7:30pm - 8:30pm, via Zoom.
Sunday November 11th: Introduction to Yoga, Eastern Philosophy and Western Psychological Models
Sunday, November 18th: Introduction to Trauma and Neurobiology
Sunday, November 25th: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Yoga

For more info on the In-person training weekend, please see schedule below.



 Christiana Lang gives a presentation on the impact of trauma from a global perspective.

Christiana Lang gives a presentation on the impact of trauma from a global perspective.

L E A R N .

Yogamour Trauma-Informed Yoga Training consists of a robust, evidence-based curriculum developed through research from leaders in the field of trauma research and body-based methods of healing.   The training begins with four on-line training modules spanning 4 weeks which will prepare students for a 3 day in-person weekend.  On-line modules will review the neurobiology of trauma and how yoga can play a roll in the healing process.  The 3 day in-person portion of the training will bring together the course material with lecture, discussion, group activities, and practice teaching trauma-informed yoga.

Specific Objectives Include:

  • To Describe the effects of trauma and how the body is impacted.

  • To Identify correlations between yoga philosophy and western psychology in therapeutic application.

  • To Analyze the tools for self-regulation through trauma-informed yoga.

  • To Identify how yoga facilitates self-awareness, regulation, and relaxation in the nervous system to meet those challenges.

  • To List the principles of trauma-informed yoga and the guidelines for practice.

  • To Assess the application of appropriate techniques for their clients in service-based group settings or one-on-one sessions.


 Small groups support one another in the learning process, as well as in the practice of guiding or teaching others.

Small groups support one another in the learning process, as well as in the practice of guiding or teaching others.

S U P P O R T .

In this training you will learn techniques for supporting greater nervous system regulation that can be adapted for most any therapeutic situation.  Whether you are a counsellor, social worker or therapist who works with private clients, or yoga teacher or educator who works in groups, this training will provide you with tools to immediately implement in your workplace.

For those who work with private clients, you will experience and learn to guide your clients with somatic techniques that can support greater self-awareness and regulation during a session. Integrating these tools into an understanding of your client's nervous system can offer you and your client new tools for when they may feel stuck.

For those who teach group classes, you will experience and learn methods to adapt yoga classes to accommodate those with trauma, how to support a student who has become overwhelmed or highly agitated during class, and learn basic sequences to teach your own trauma-informed yoga class.  Your understanding therapeutic modalities will deepen, as you gain a broader perspective of the way yoga can become part of an overall healing program.

Time will be given for partnering in pairs or small groups, to practice the techniques you have learned, especially the ones you feel can be most helpful to you in your work with others.


 Kristen Townsend teaches details of chair yoga. Great practice for groups or individual clients.

Kristen Townsend teaches details of chair yoga. Great practice for groups or individual clients.

T E A C H .

Yogamour Trauma-Informed Yoga graduates are offered the unique opportunity to apply for grant money to teach their own yoga and mindfulness programs as a complimentary therapy to survivors of trauma and marginalized communities. Is there a group or community that you feel inspired to share the benefits of yoga with?  We can help with funding and navigation through bureaucratic red tape in many organizations.

Your teachers during this training understand the importance of supporting each other, establishing connections, and recognizing relative resources available in the outlying community. In so doing, we welcome your feedback and ideas with regard to offering trauma-informed yoga to as many people as possible, especially those whose resources are limited.

Also, as Yogamour  continues to expand our internal outreach programs, we enthusiastically welcome those who are qualified to join the team of peaceful warriors by teaching trauma-informed classes at our new studio.  Please feel free to talk with Geni about this during or after the training.

"We support and empower our graduates as they join the movement towards healing -  one nervous system at a time!"

S C H E D U L E F O R W E E K E N D T R A I N I N G

Friday, November 30th
4:30 to 5pm - Check-In (students arrive & get settled)
5pm to 6:30pm - Lecture & Discussion: Yoga & Psychology
6:30pm to 7pm - Break w. light dinner served
7pm to 9pm - Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga: Practice & Analysis

Saturday, December 1st
8: to 8:30am - Student Check-In & Set up for yoga class
8:30 to 9:45am - Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice: Empowering Our Clients to Move
10:00 to 12pm - Lecture & Interactive Activity: Neurobiology of Trauma & The Science of Trauma-Informed Yoga
12 noon to 1:15pm - Lunch (on your own)
1:15pm to 3:15pm - Lecture & Interactive activity: Attachment Theory, Complex Trauma & Principles of Trauma-Informed Yoga
3:30pm to 5:30pm – Trauma-Informed Chair Yoga: Working with Limited Mobility

Sunday, December 2nd
8 to 8:30am - Student Check-In
8:30 to 9:45am - Lecture & Discussion: Resilience & Integration: On Healing & Post-Traumatic Growth
10am to 12pm - Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice: Somatic Awareness in Movement & Meditation
12pm to 1:15pm - Lunch (on your own)
1:15pm to 3:15pm – Activity & Discussion: Principles of Trauma-Informed Yoga & Applying Tools for Parasympathetic Regulation
3:30pm to 5:30pm - Lecture & Discussion: Working with Marginalized Populations & Next Steps


T E A C H E R S    A N D    F A C I L I T A T O R S

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Geni Donnelly ERYT-500, YACEP owner of Yogamour Yoga & Healing Arts Center, in Frederick, Maryland. Geni is E-RYT 500® certified, YACEP® approved , and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Yogamour.  She is a registered Prana Flow® yoga teacher and 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Therapy certified. Further qualifications include Somatic Experiencing Training™ , certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD founded by David Emerson of the Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, as well as a Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) Teacher Training with Tari Prinster, Trauma-Informed Yoga Training taught by Kala Khouri with Off The Mat Into the World, and Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison at Omega Institute with Kath Meadows.

Having practiced yoga for decades, Geni has been teaching public yoga classes, and trauma sensitive yoga classes for survivors of trauma and marginalized communities since 2008. She has led yoga volunteer retreats to the US, Puerto Rico and Asia inviting individuals to take their practice off of the mat through participation in volunteer out-reach programs globally and locally. Geni co-leads Yogamour Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Programs for yoga teachers, educators, clinicians and social workers.


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J. Sera Crandell , SEP, ERYT-500, YACEP has been teaching the practice of yoga for over a decade as a means for healing, and feeling  where the body holds the experience of stress and trauma.  Her skills include training as a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner,  ERYT-500 in Prana Vinyasa Yoga Certification, 500-hr Embodied Meditation teacher, Power Pilates Apparatus instructor, as well as extensive studies in yoga, craniosacral therapy and energy work as adjunct modalities in healing. 

After completing her certification in the Somatic Experiencing™for trauma resolution program established by Dr. Peter Levine, Sera sought specialized training in somatic techniques for shame resolution, through the AST Model developed by Caryn Scotto D’Luzia, which can offer profound shifts of consciousness for not just trauma survivors, but for anyone. The eclectic blend of practices Sera has studied, from Eastern Philosophy to Western Psychology - involving movement, meditation, and somatic therapy - drives Sera’s passion to create a broad vision coupled with a personalized support system for her clients and in her classes. This integration of east and west informs Sera's unique style, called Somatic Pathways Yoga, www.somaticpathways.com


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Rebecca Saham Mahayag, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes with adolescents, young adults and families. Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Psychology. Rebecca went on to earn her Master's Degree in Social Work from The University of Maryland, Baltimore. During her time at the University of Maryland, Rebecca was trained in individual, group and family psychotherapy at Chestnut Lodge Psychiatric Hospital. She is currently finishing her second year of post-graduate training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis for in-depth psychodynamic psychotherapy. Rebecca has been in private practice for the last three years. Prior to working in private practice, Rebecca provided clinical interventions to children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. She served as a therapist to adolescents living in a Residential Treatment Center and established in-school therapy services to select schools in the City of Rockville. Rebecca has also worked as a therapist in a school for children with emotional disturbances. In addition to providing therapy, Rebecca has extensive experience with assessment and evaluation. She worked as an assessment social worker for Child Welfare Services, investigating allegations of child physical abuse, neglect, child sex abuse and child fatalities, and for the Circuit Court of Montgomery County as a court evaluator, providing in-depth child custody evaluations to the Court. Rebecca is a certified forensic interviewer and has testified as an expert witness in the areas of child neglect, child custody, child sex abuse and investigations, and individual therapy. 


G R I E V A N C E P O L I C Y

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Geni Donnelley. geni@yogamour.com, (240) 285-7812. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.


A C C O M M O D A T I O N S F O R T H E D I F F E R E N T L Y A B L E D

Yogamour training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, or housing please contact: Geni Donnelley, geni@yogamour.com, (240) 285-7812.


C O N T I N U I N G E D U C A T I O N F O R S O C I A L W O R K E R S

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:
Social Workers:  Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 18.0 clinical hours of continuing education credit. Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.