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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