Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Trauma Recovery and restorative Immersions and Intensives



Yoga for Trauma Recovery ~ 30 Hour Immersion-Online!

Breathe Together Yoga

14107 Winchester Blvd.

Los Gatos

In this 30 hour immersion, you will learn how to use yoga and other mindfulness techniques to work with people and populations who are recovering from physical and emotional trauma, including those who suffer from PTSD.


The course will be both lecture and experiential, deepening your understanding of the affects of trauma on the physical and emotional bodies, including the brain and nervous systems. You will learn techniques on how to work with a variety of audiences, what postures and language to use, breathing techniques, how to create a safe environment in which to teach, managing teacher/student dynamics, addressing triggers as they arise, and more.

The course will address the following topics:

-Presentation and discussion on the latest research on trauma and the effects of trauma on the physical and emotional body

-Practice Yoga classes including therapeutic, seated, and standing for a wide range of physical abilities.

-Demonstration and discussion on breath-work, body somatic awareness techniques, visualization and other mindful modalities

– Presentation and physical practice specifically designed to release the psoas muscles as it relates to physical and emotional well being, including an intro to Core Release and Restore (inspired by the TREs)

-How to create a safe class setting and managing class dynamics


Included in the course is the Trauma for Recovery manual.


Recommended Reading for this course:

-Manual (provided at training)

-The body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk

-An Unspoken Voice, Peter A. Levine

-Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, by Dave Emerson

-Additional articles and literature will be provided



August 12-14, 2022

August 10-21, 2022


Pricing is $685.  Early Bird is $615. To enroll, contact Aurelia at

Techniques, Training and Practice: 10
Philosophy, Ethics, lifestyle: 7
Anatomy and Physiology: 2
Practicum: 5
Teaching Methodology: 6
Non-Contact: 5


Introduction to Medical Qigong

Join Joanne and Jim for this unique, interactive online experience where you will be introduced to the roots of medical Qigong during this 15-hour intensive program. The class includes both lectures and practice sessions to deepen your knowledge and experience the flows of Qi throughout your body and in areas that are specifically addressed within the lectures.

In this workshop we will address the Western & Eastern anatomy and energetic characteristics of the Yin and Yang organs, the alignment of the Five Elements within the body and map the paths of Yin & Yang Meridians. We will review the fundamental and more advanced Qigong Cleansing, Nourishing and Harmonizing exercises, with additional details specific to the Yin & Yang organs.

We will practice cultivating Qi through various techniques, including:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Postures
  • Meditations
  • Guided imagery

The goal is to increase your knowledge and promote the Self-Healing aspects of Qigong through practice to enhance your health, prevent disease, and address illness.

This course is eligible for 15 hours credits toward the JOY of Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training.

By enrolling in this course, you are giving Breathe Together Yoga permission to share your email with the facilitators so that they may be able to send you material related to the course.


Wuji Qigong Fundamentals

  • Joint Exercise review – Opening the Energetic Gates
  • Energetic Cleansing & Harmonizing Exercises Review
  • Introduction to Yin / Yang Meridians
  • Introduction to Key Meridian Points

Yin / Yan Organ Fundamentals

  • Yin / Yang Organs – Anatomy Introduction (East & West)
  • Yin Organ Cleansing & Nourishing Exercises
  • Yang organ Cleansing & Nourishing Exercises

Wuji Qigong Meditations

  • 1-4 meditation – Grounding and Nourishing
  • 1-10 Mediation – Preparation for worthwhile activity
  • Introduction to Healing Meditations


PDF documentation will be provided in advance for students to review prior to and after each session to facilitate the learning process. Documentation will include:

  • Links to existing videos covering Joint Exercises
  • Yin / Yang Organ Anatomy & Energetic Fundamentals
  • Meridians and Key Points
  • Links to videos outlining Yin / Yang Organ cleansing and nourishing exercises
  • Links to guided audio meditations


  • Friday – Lecture 6:00 – 8:00pm (Online)
  • Saturday – Practice & Lecture 1:00pm – 5:30pm (Online & In-studio)
  • Sunday – Practice & Questions 1:00pm – 4:30pm (Online & In-studio)


  • General: $285
  • Members: $255
  • Early-bird through 9/6: $255

We’re sorry, but we don’t offer refunds or account credit on workshops or trainings.

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Restorative Yoga ~ 30 Hour Immersion

Breathe Together Yoga

14107 Winchester Blvd.

Los Gatos


During this 30-hour immersion, held over two weekends you will learn the benefits and basic information for teaching restorative yoga, including sequencing and modifications, breath work, hands on adjustments, language and instruction, the history of restorative yoga, and using props effectively. This immersion is appropriate for those who wish to teach restorative yoga, learn restorative techniques that can be applied to a more dynamic class, or to increase your understanding and implementation of your personal restorative practice. You will also learn how to work with variety of students including, those with stress, anxiety, and emotional trauma, and those returning to their practice due to injury or surgery as well as other physical limitations.

Restorative yoga allows the body to slow down into a rest and recovery state, offers the body a way to decompress, and offers a type of rest that is distinct from sleep. Restorative yoga uses props to allow for longer, more comfortable holds so the body can rest by slowing down the systems in the body including heart rate and blood pressure as well as gently stretching the fascia and other deeper, connective tissues to release tension caused by stress and anxiety, enhance the immune or “rest and recovery” systems, balance the nervous system, increase flexibility, and still the “vritti” also known as chatter of the mind.

The first weekend will consist of lecture on the causes and effects of stress, anxiety, and trauma to our emotional, energetic, mental, and physical bodies. We will take a closer look at the nervous system and the causes of deregulation. You will learn a series of restorative asanas and how to use restorative props including bolsters, blocks, straps, walls, and sandbags. You will learn the importance of language and how to create and maintain a healing environment. During the second weekend, you will be introduced to a variation of therapeutic techniques and asanas that allow tension to release, hydrating, lengthening and softening the psoas muscles and the fascia which are an integral part of our physical and emotional well being.

This 30 hour training will include:

~Lecture, asana practice, discussion, partner work with practice teaching (homework will be given in between immersion weekends).

~ Information on the physical and emotional benefits of restorative yoga

~Introduction to restorative poses and the benefits or target area for each pose

~How to support poses with props

~The art of sequencing for restorative yoga including music, sound healing, visualization, pranayama, and essential oil

~How to create a soothing and safe class setting

~Assists and hands on healing

~Adjusting postures for people with physical limitations (such as pregnancy)

~Finding your restorative teaching voice

~Introduction to therapeutic techniques specifically designed for psoas health which enhance our ability to rest and recover

~Booklet, which will include sample sequences, suggested reading, and music suggestions

~Discussion for self-care for those who teach

Throughout both weekends, you will learn how to incorporate pranayama, visualization, and meditation techniques. You will learn how to sequence a class and the use of hands on adjustments and healing, using alternative postures due to limitations including pregnancy. We will also discuss the importance of finding your voice (when to speak and when to stay quiet), self-care, and aromatherapy. Both weekends will consist of lecture, asana practice, discussion, and partner work. You will leave with a booklet, which will include sample sequences, suggested reading, and music suggestions.



October 14-16, 2022

October 21-23, 2022


Contact Aurelia to sign up at



Techniques, Training and Practice: 10

Philosophy, Ethics, lifestyle: 2

Anatomy and Physiology: 5

Practicum: 6

Teaching Methodology: Non-Contact: 5

Trauma Informed Yoga ~
15 Hour Immersion-ONLINE and in person!


In this 15 hour course, students are presented with both the western and eastern theories and modalities to support individuals who have suffered emotional and physical trauma. Students will learn about how the human body responds during and after a stressful or traumatic event from the physiological and psychological perspective.   Students will be exposed to and experience a variety of yogic approaches to help alleviate symptoms of one time or ongoing trauma.   Students will learn how to work with this population including understanding the unique dynamics and challenges. The course will include studying the effects of trauma on the brain, body, and emotional well-being.  Appropriate asanas, pranayama, and dhyana practices for this audience will be demonstrated and be part of the practicum.  The 8 limbs of yoga, and how using them to alleviate the affects of trauma, will be explored.  Students will be able to use this material to support ongoing classes.


At the completion of this course, students will know: basic brain function for those who have suffered trauma.  Biology, anatomical, and medical terminology including disorders and other ailments, the impact of trauma on the mind/body/spirit, understanding and demonstrating appropriate language, asanas, pranayama and dhyana and adaptation for this audience through lecture and practicum, and how to assess practices in both private and group settings, how to address the challenges of this populations and self care.  (This course is an introduction to the Yoga for Trauma Recovery program and those who complete this can deepen their studies through the 30 hour Yoga for Trauma Recovery Immersion).  This course is now open to everyone.


Recommended Reading for this course:
-Manual (provided at training)
-The body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk
-An Unspoken Voice, Peter A. Levine


JOY students contact Aurelia for more information. To enroll, contact Aurelia at
This course is eligible for 15 hours of CEU’s through Yoga Alliance.