For Therapists

Minding the Body:

Integrating Trauma-Focused Yoga into Talk Therapy Practice - UPCOMING TRAININGS: Dallas: August 17-20, 2018; Austin: September 27-30, 2018 To Register: Contact Nityda at

A 25-hour trauma-informed yoga teacher training, designed for therapists who want to use yoga as a modality to empower and help their child, teen and adult clients

Add another dimension to your work, your clients will feel the change.

Every day in my practice I am grateful to witness the profound impact the integration of yoga into psychotherapy practice has on my clients. My clients leave relaxed, with a sparkle in their eye, empowered, more aware, more prepared to face life’s challenges. I want to share these teachings with you, so that you too will experience this same warmth as you help your clients find their light.


Cost and FAQ's

Training Manual: $20 (not included in cost of the training)

Early Bird, Professional - pay by 6/30, Dallas; pay by 7/15, Austin - $650

Early Bird, Student or Non-Profit Employee - $600

Regular Registration, Professional - $750

Regular Registration, Student or Non-Profit Employee - $700

Q: Do I need to be a yoga teacher to attend this training?

A: Not at all! The only requirement is that you are a clinician or grad student on your way to being a clinician. I do recommend you have been practicing yoga for at least six months prior to attending.

Q: I am new to yoga and don’t have my own regular yoga practice. Can I take this training?

A: Yes! However, I recommend starting a gentle, basic yoga practice regularly to begin to prepare for the training. Please contact me for more information and low cost options on starting a yoga practice.

You will learn:Objectives 

  • A brief history of the origins and philosophy of yoga and the benefits of using it for mental health concerns (supported by research)
  • The chakra system and how we can adopt it as our guide to assess and treat within the clinical context
  • Yoga Tools: A series of approximately seven breathing exercises (pranayamas), 30 physical yoga poses (asanas), five guided meditations, seven mudras (hand gestures) and healing affirmations that are appropriate for most clients.
    • The yoga poses given will include standing poses, balancing poses, seated poses, poses practiced while lying on the abdomen and/or back, with restorative and chair yoga options, and modifications for injuries and health concerns
    • You will get to take home an information and photo-packed manual with detailed instructions for how to teach each pose/practice to your clients.
  • How to assess for appropriateness of yoga with your client
  • When, where, and how to insert yoga practices into your one-on-one sessions, groups, and work with couples and/or families with clients of all ages
  • How to engage and speak to clients while in the yoga poses for their clinical benefit
  • How to use the Yoga Tools to reinforce for a client, what was discussed in session that day, as related to the client’s overall treatment plan goals WHAT IF I'M A YOGA TEACHER AND NOT A CLINICIAN? There is a place for you in this training as well! You may attend 10 hours of the full 25-hour training to receive my certification in Yoga Through the Trauma Lens, which you could provide to Yoga Alliance for CEU's. YOGA TEACHER RATE FOR 9-hour training: $270 for the training itself $18 for the manual.

More about the training​:Why take this training? 

Talking is important, most of our clients benefit from learning how to express themselves more effectively through words, and much of the work that needs to be done requires that we listen and talk to our clients mindfully. And yet, the body is just as important in therapy. The body is often neglected by clients and clinicians alike.

What we experience emotionally, we hold in our nervous systems and our body bears as much of the burden as our minds. For trauma in particular, as it is stored viscerally and visually, the body must be experienced. Yoga offers a gentle and compassionate entryway for body exploration.

Yoga is a practice that is somatic, mindful, and that has an underlying spirit of respect and compassion for self and others. It is these three components combined, I believe, that allow yoga to be such an empowering tool for our clients.

Here is a short list of the benefits of using yoga in your clinical work:

  • Yoga is a grounding, affect-regulation tool for clients who are hyperaroused, dysregulated, dissociative, and/or inattentive (have trouble focusing)
  • Yoga is a process that allows for an increased awareness of the body using a playful and non-judgemental approach.
  • The teachings of yoga are rooted in a philosophy that promotes self-respect, self-compassion, the idea of “listening to the body," a sense of connectedness to others and belongingness in this world (many of the traits that our clients are lacking when they enter therapy)
  • For clients who cannot express themselves in words, yoga allows for an alternative form expression
  • For clients who are only comfortable expressing themselves in words, yoga helps them address this other part of themselves that may be neglected

Researched benefits of yoga: 

  • Helps people recover from trauma/PTSD
  • Increases ability to self-regulate and improves overall body awareness
  • Increases a sense of control/mastery over one’s body and well-being
  • Decreases depression and anxiety while boosting mood and clarity
  • Improved attentiveness and ability to focus/concentrate/sustain effort on a task(ADD/ADHD)
  • Improves sleep
  • Decreases episodes of self-harm
  • Decreases rates of bullying of self and others
  • Increases life satisfaction levels
  • Increases self-respect, self-compassion, self-esteem and confidence