Yoga for Trauma Recovery and restorative Immersions and Intensives

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.


Friday, September 14, 2018 ~6-9

Saturday September 15 2018~12:30pm – 9pm

Sunday, September 16, 2018 1:15pm – 4:45pm


Friday, September 21, 2018 ~6-9

Saturday September 22 2018~12:30pm – 9pm

Sunday, September 23, 2018 1:15pm – 4:45pm

Pricing: $510


Contact Katie Frazzini to sign up at



Techniques, Training and Practice: 10

Philosophy, Ethics, lifestyle: 2

Anatomy and Physiology: 5

Practicum: 6

Teaching Methodology: 2

Non-Contact: 5


Yoga for Trauma Recovery ~ 30 Hour Immersion

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


Friday, June 15, 2018 ~6-9

Saturday June 16, 2018~12:30pm – 9pm

Sunday, June 17, 2018 1:15pm – 4:45pm


Friday, June 22, 2018 ~6-9

Saturday June 23, 2018~12:30pm – 9pm

Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:15pm – 4:45pm


Pricing is $655.  To enroll, contact Katie Frazzini at

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

65 Hour Yoga for Trauma Recovery Intensive

This 65 Hour “Yoga for Trauma Recovery Intensive” will build upon the knowledge and experience gained in the 35 hour immersion*. Students will continue to build skills to help them in their own healing process as well as deepen and expand their knowledge to work with those in populations with trauma. We will go deeper into subject matter covered in the immersion and allow for more practical experiences individually and within groups. The intensive will be broken down as follows:

  • Lecture,
  • Partner and group discussion and practices for personal healing, and to use with clients/students
  • Yoga and meditation practices led by the intensive leaders and participants
  • Homework in between sessions

Topics covered in the intensive:

  • Expand on understanding and transforming your own trauma
  • Latest research on Trauma including populations and modalities as well as a deeper understanding of the impact of stress and trauma Physiologically and Psychologically
  • Nutrition-How what we eat affects the body and understanding how food plays a role in our emotional and physical well-being.
  • Social Justice and Cultural Diversity (what do we need to know to teach to these populations)
  • Grief Work and Rituals
  • Subtle Body-Lectures, discussion and practices on how the subtle body is affected during trauma including in depth presentation on Chakras and the energetic body
  • Buddhist Psychology-discussion and practice on Buddhist psychology and how these practices can help others heal
  • Genogram-in depth presentation and discussion on generational trauma and how it affects all of us today
  • Discussion on cultivating trust individually and in a classroom setting
  • Discussion around Triggers and coping mechanisms
  • Compare factors in teaching yoga in a non-traditional setting vs. a studio setting
  • Discussion on behavioral challenges and strategies on how to deal with them
  • Create and teach classes using trauma informed techniques
  • Role playing and skills practice
  • Describe ways to modify poses for various populations

Cost: $1215

November 4, 2016:  5:45-9
November 5, 2016:  12:30-8:30
November 6, 2016:  1:15-4:30

December 9, 2016:  7:30-9
December 10, 2016:  12:30-8:30
December 11, 2016:  1:15-4:30

January 13, 2017:  7:30-9
January 14, 2017:  12:30-8:30
January 15, 2017:  1:15-4:30

January 27, 2017:  7:30-9
January 28, 2017:  12:30-8:30
January 29, 2017:  1:15-4:30

YA Breakdown:

Techniques, Training and Practice: 16
Philosophy, Ethics, lifestyle: 10
Anatomy and Physiology: 10
Practicum: 14
Teaching Methodology: 8
Non-Contact: 7

This immersion is appropriate for yoga teachers, health care professionals, therapists, body workers, or individuals who want to develop tools to help them understand and heal past traumas.

*Attending the 35 Immersion is recommended to set the foundation for the intensive. Those who have not attended the immersion can still attend upon the approval of Rebekah and Joanne (via an interview process as well as doing additional work to get up to speed on topics covered in the immersion prior to the start of the intensive). Please contact Joanne at with questions.