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This 3-day training with Hala Khouri is designed to offer a physiological framework of shock and complex trauma and how they manifest in the body and mind. We will give you tools from the growing field of trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness to manage and address symptoms of trauma. Our goal is to equip yoga teachers to teach to students with trauma, and to offer tools to those working with those with trauma in other capacities.

Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma. The goal of a trauma-informed yoga practice is to build resiliency and establish greater self-regulation. It is about feeling safe and at home in our bodies so that we can feel stable, have good self-esteem, and healthy relationships. A trauma-informed yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of a participant with trauma symptoms, and offers them tools to feel safe, empowered and self-regulated

Along with addressing individuals, this training will explore how systemic patterns of trauma, at the heart of social justice issues such as poverty and racism, impact entire communities of people.

This training is for yoga teachers who would like to work with individuals or communities with trauma. It is also for clinicians, social workers, medical personnel, or anyone else who would like to integrate basic yoga tools into their work to support greater health and well-being.*

This 15-hour training covers the following essential information for teaching trauma informed yoga:

  • Shock, developmental, complex, and collective trauma
  • The stress response and the nervous system
  • Somatic therapy tools for resourcing and discharge
  • Yoga postures, breathing techniques, and mediations that support greater self-regulation
  • Trauma informed cueing and sequencing
  • Practice teaching
  • Social Justice basics
  • Self-awareness (how our personal life experiences inform our work)
  • Vicarious trauma and Self-care


  • Jun. 1st – Jun. 3rd, 2018
  • Friday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


  • $350 through May 1
  • $400 after

Scholarships: Several partial scholarships will be available for this training. To apply, please contact Hala Khouri.


This workshop may be taken as part of the 8 Limbs 500-hour Teacher Training. For more information click here

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.

*Talking about trauma can be triggering, and this training is not appropriate for anyone actively struggling with trauma symptoms. If you are currently struggling with trauma symptoms or other mental or emotional symptoms, please speak with your mental health provider to determine if this is an appropriate training for you. Your safety and wellbeing is our priority. Please reach out to Hala Khouri if you have any questions or concerns.

About the Teacher: Hala Khouri

Hala Khouri Yoga SeattleHala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for over 20 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that addresses trauma and its symptoms.

Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, a training organization that bridges yoga and activism within a social justice framework. She leads trauma informed yoga trainings nationally and her own 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles. She has been in private practice for 10 years working with individuals and couples. Hala lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two sons where she also teaches public yoga classes weekly.

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