Understanding the Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress and Healing Through Trauma Informed Yoga

teach . support . mentor.

Yogamour is offering this training to yoga teachers, mental health providers and educators who would like to offer trauma-informed yoga practices to sensitive populations and marginalized communities as an adjunct therapy to promote healing, growth and transformation from the effects of trauma.

Fall Training :  1 month online- oct. 2, 3 day weekend intensive- Nov 3-5, 2017  

spring training :  1 month Online- March 27, 3 day weekend intensive- april 27-29, 2018

Yogamour is a registered nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, thereby a portion of this training program may be tax-deductible as permitted by law. 

Cost of the Training :

$425 - Early Bird till September 15, 2017  

$475 - Total after September 15, 2017  

$525 - Community Cost for training & additional funds towards scholarship program

*Full payment is due one week before the online portion of the training begins.*

A portion of funds raised are allocated to assist graduates in facilitating their own trauma-informed yoga programs! 

40 hour CEUs available to yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance.

20 hour CEUs approved through the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.



Refunds may be issued 2 weeks prior to online classroom, less a $75 non-refundable processing fee. Tuition is non-refundable after this time. 


Learning Objectives and Outcomes :

"Feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, fear of the future, regret of the past and perhaps accompanied by health issues can be the result of unresolved trauma. A traumatic event is anything that overwhelms one's capacity to cope and respond. It leaves one feeling helpless, hopeless, and out of control."

The goals of  Yogamour's Trauma-Informed Yoga Training are to:

-Provide the education and tools necessary to establish resiliency and greater self-regulation.  

-Learn to teach yoga through a trauma-informed lens by creating an environment of predictability, and a safe container within the body, to promote stability, positive self-esteem and healthy relationships.  

-Encourage trainees to observe their personal experiences and motivations, and strive to create a meaningful and safe environment for survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, addiction recovery and young adults with difficult challenges, as well as other sensitive populations.


Training Program Format :

The program offers 1 month online training modules in preparation for a 3 day in-person training intensive.

The online modules will be comprised of videos, reading assignments and teacher-student interactions, which are designed to provide a framework for how trauma may be manifested in the body and mind.  You will learn about the latest research in the field of trauma studies, and how yoga and mindfulness practices can be used to manage the feelings associated with these experiences.  

The 3 day, weekend intensive will give students the opportunity to learn how to teach yoga through a trauma-informed lens, including how to offer classes for individuals facing multiple obstacles in their lives, including domestic violence, addiction, incarceration, and mental health challenges. Our certified instructors will give you tools from the growing field of trauma research on how to use yoga and mindfulness strategies to regulate, recognize and resolve symptoms of trauma.

The training will include lectures, discussion and yoga practice to begin the process of understanding the neurobiology of traumatic stress and self-regulation through trauma-informed yoga.


what to expect :

  • Understanding the effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress. 

  • How the body stores the effects of trauma and how yoga can help. 

  • How to facilitate safe and supportive space for healing to unfold.

  • How to craft a strengths-based practice, which includes energetic cuing, trauma-sensitive language and intelligent sequencing. 

  • Recognizing self-regulation, personal resources and support for this work; building safe connection with self and others. 

  • The best practices for teaching yoga in service-based settings.

  • Opportunities for practicum, volunteering and mentorship.

  • Certification - Yogamour Graduation and Gifting.

  • Creating your own "next steps" in this field. .                                                  


3 Day Weekend Schedule :

Friday –

4 to 5pm – check-in

5 to 6pm – meet + greet (appetizers and beverages provided)

6 to 9 – dinner + keynote speaker

Saturday –

7:30 to 9 – yoga practice

9 to 10:00 – light breakfast provided by Yogamour

10:00 to 12:30 – lecture, Q & A

12:30 to 1:30pm – lunch

1:30 to 4:30 – breakout groups

4:30 to 5pm - group discussion, Q & A

Sunday –

7:30 to 9 – yoga practice

9 to 10:00 – light breakfast provided by Yogamour

10:00 to 12:30 – lecture, Q & A

12:30 to 1:30pm – lunch

1:30 to 3:30 - breakout groups

3:30 to 4:30 - our "next steps" - 0pportunities for practicum, volunteering and mentorship, Q & A

4:30 to 5pm -  Yogamour Trauma Informed Training Graduation + Certification

*Schedule may be subject to change*






Holistic Health Associates is a local wellness center within walking distance to Historic Downtown Frederick, Baker Park and the Carroll Creek Promenade.  Holistic Health offers healing modalities such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition/health coaching, meditation and detoxification programs. The training is being held in a separate newly constructed building equipped with a full kitchen, bathrooms and yoga room.    


Please contact Geni to inquire about accommodations! 

Presenters and facilitators :


Leeann Hjemvik

Leeann is both an outpatient, trauma-informed therapist in the Frederick area, as well as a yoga instructor.  She earned her Master's in Social Work in 2009, and her RYT-200 in 2015. She truly believes that yoga is a wonderful way to heal, and incorporates yogic principles, including mindfulness, meditation, appropriate asana and pranayama into her therapeutic work.  She has worked with youths and their families in various settings, and is trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), by Dr. Bruce Perry, as well as the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Model (ARC), by Dr. Margaret Blaustein. She has also attended trainings by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Her current practice allows her the flexibility to blend her passion for yoga while providing individualized therapeutic support. Leeann teaches yoga as a compliment to various organizations, as well as offering classes in local yoga studios in Frederick, Maryland.



Geni Donnelly - Yogamour USA 

Based in Frederick, Maryland, Geni, E-RYT 500®, YACEP® , and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Yogamour. She is a registered Prana Flow® yoga teacher and 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Therapist. Further credentials include 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.

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, therapists and social workers.


Kristen Townsend

Kristen Townsend, M.S., has been incredibly blessed with the opportunity to study yoga and it's deep roots, and to learn to teach from several high-level teachers, healers, scholars and innovators within the global yoga community, including Shiva Rea, Maria Garre, Shannon Paige, Daniel Odier, Christopher Tompkins, & Sonia Masocco.

Kristen's yoga teacher training has come through Shiva Rea's Samudra Global School for Living Yoga. Her business experience for the past 13 years has spanned her own businesses of teaching yoga and figure skating, as well as supporting the work of yoga businesses of all sizes, including individual teachers, yoga studios, and the global programs offered by Shiva Rea. 

Kristen will be presenting a segment on chair yoga as it would be relative in an office setting or for limited mobility in a trauma informed way.

Her passion for the environment has fueled her earning a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology as well as studying the amazing life of honey bees for her thesis and research with the USDA ARS Bee Research Lab.

Jan Hummer

Jan is the Co – Founder and Director of Open Minds, Inc. a local non – profit teaching mindfulness through breathing techniques, meditation, art, yoga, nutrition, and nature education to under-served communities. She is the Mindfulness Specialist and Networking Coordinator at Fox Haven Learning Center. Jan completed her Masters at Naropa University in 2011 in Contemplative Education and has over 2000 hrs of experience teaching mindfulness education to Pre - K students - high school, college, and adults. Studies into the brain of traumatized individuals reveal that although there can be crippling side-effects, there is also hope through healing with mindfulness practices. Jan teaches the practices of mindfulness which stimulate the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain linked to reflective awareness. Studies show that mindfulness practice helps connect with positive emotional and social experiences and hope for healing.






For more questions or information, please contact Geni!


“As I often tell my students, the two most important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.” 

Bessel A. van der KolkThe Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma