It's no secret that we're firm believers in the power of meditation and yoga when it comes to facing stress, anxiety and past traumas in our lives. Coming up at YIMI we have a brand new course, Trauma Therapy Training, which is comprised of three modules over six days of workshops at Upper Brookfield.

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20hr Trauma Sensitive Yoga UPPER BROOKFIELD, BRISBANE 2018


The traumatic experiences we may have in our lives have the ability to store themselves in the tissues of our body

“The memory of the trauma is imprinted on the human organism,”- Bessel Van Der Volk              

As Yoga Teachers, we can help trauma sufferers by teaching self-regulation and ways of calming down these tissues through physical and emotional yoga. Bessel van Der Kolk is a psychiatrist who supports any therapy which pays close attention to physiological states. Yoga is one of these practices that works so well because it has been found to change heart rate variability.

‘We had better results with yoga in people with chronic PTSD than any medication that I or anybody else had ever studied,’ he says. ‘That, of course, is pretty interesting and exciting, and not so good news for psychiatry…’

It is a practice to create safety, to feel the body and make choices about how to move the body based on an individuals felt experience in the present moment. In learning to become more trauma-informed in your teaching, you will be focusing not only on the emotional and physical state of your student but helping them on a path towards regaining their sense of control and ownership over their own body and their own experience.

This weekend training workshop in Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is based on the clinical yoga program developed by Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts for the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD.  You will get to experience Trauma Sensitive Yoga practices, sequences, as well as be introduced to the theory and research behind this evidence-based model of yoga so that you can apply this in a clinical yoga therapy setting.  This weekend workshop is for those with an interest in learning about trauma-informed yoga.

What you will learn

  • How to pay close attention to physiological states and invite students to do the same
  • Work with traumatised students in a private and group setting
  • Understand the scientific evidence behind Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive yoga
  • Understand where and how trauma is stored in the body, including the latest trauma theories and neurophsyiology
  • Teaching techniques for allowing students to gain control over their body and mind and mental states
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Basic Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Principles and Skills for Working with Groups
  • Ethical Principles and Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues Pertaining to Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy
  • Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians, and Organisations
  • Personal and Professional Development and Continuing Education

Your Teachers

Edwina Kempe is a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and is a Trauma Center at JRI  Licenced TCTSY Trainer. She has a Masters of Social Work Studies and is a registered social worker and yoga teacher.  Edwina has worked in the community sector with people who have experienced trauma in a range of settings in Australia and internationally.  In addition to her private practice, she currently supervises students on the 300hour TCTSY Certification Program and facilitates short TCTSY trainings across Australia. Edwina is the co-founder and Queensland Director of TCTSY Australia.  She runs Trauma Sensitive Yoga programs for services and organisations and has facilitated yoga with women who have experienced sexual assault, people from refugee backgrounds, young people experiencing abuse and neglect, returned soldiers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with drug and alcohol addictions.  Edwina deeply believes yoga can be a powerful part of the path to healing from trauma.


The Trauma Sensitive Post Graduate workshops for yoga teachers is scheduled from 8am – 4:30pm on Saturday 20th October and Sunday 21st October 2018 at Upper Brookfield Retreat.

Prerequisites & Course Registration

 There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course attracts CPD points with Yoga Australia and other governing bodies. If you complete non-contact requirements, you will be issued with a 20hr certificate. If you only attend the contact hours, you will be issued with a 16hr certificate.

Upon completion of this course, you can undertake a range of courses with YIMI to upgrade your qualification.

Required Books

  • Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Recommended Books

  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the body into treatment

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“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

We've said it before and we'll say it again - as modern humans, stress doesn't have to be our default setting.  For many, the constant caffeine-fuelled constraints of a full calendar and a down-to-the-minute schedule - not to mention those looming mortgage payments - can create an almost constant feeling of stress that lingers at the back (or the forefront) of our minds at all times.

Though many in today’s culture of hustle and bustle may not come to recognise it, quite often we find ourselves in a place of apprehension and disconnection that has been driven by someone's normalised levels of stress. This common “normative” stress that we see all too often, or potentially that you have come to recognise it in yourself, is not a eustress that promotes adaptability and functionality in times of survival, nor a eustress signifying to us that “this is important”; rather the stress we see in today’s culture is one of distress.

This distress propels Australian’s into a place where sleep is a luxury, coffee is a necessity, mealtimes cease to exist, and FOMO is a term which gains notoriety in evidence based examinations of stress (“FOMO is defined as a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences that you are not part of, and is characterised by the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing” Przybylski, Murayama, DeHaan, & Gladwell, 2013 cited in Australian Psychological Society Stress and wellbeing in Australia survey 2015).

More significantly, distress and the biological, psychological, and sociological (biopsychosocial) effects leave “Young working-age adults (25–44) experience anxiety disorders as the leading cause of burden, with back pain and problems a close second (Figure 3.1.3). While suicide and self-inflicted injuries is ranked third among leading causes of burden in this age group, it continues to be the leading cause among men aged 25–44 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018 Health Overview, p. 86)."

YIMI’s approach to mediation is a holistic and integrative approach. Meaning that, while we conceptualise and address the burdens of ill-health, rather than seeing our teachers teach to rid symptoms, we teach to promote wellbeing.

Ignoring, or blocking out feelings, emotions and pain is not an effective method long term to facing traumatic emotions or memories. YIMI's approach to meditation and mindfulness is to be in the space of your present moment and observe all the sensations, whether they are physical, or emotional.

When defining mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn said “Paying attention in a particular way, in the present moment, on purpose, non-judgementally” - therefore, bringing attention to any current thoughts or feelings and accepting them without judgement, even if they are painful or unpleasant.  The experience of trauma can make changes in the brain, particularly in association with memory. When we use mindfulness and meditation, over time we can re-trace and re-build these pathways, and repair damage that may have been caused due to trauma. In turn, this helps emotional regulation and encourages emotional stability when faced with one of life's many moments of adversity.

Add the practices of meditation and mindfulness to your toolbox and you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way!