Yoga for Trauma Recovery is a practice that is designed specifically for those who have suffered emotional trauma. Emotional trauma can stem from childhood trauma, long term trauma, vicarious trauma, and single incident trauma. Many survivors suffer from a range of ailments such as PTS, dissociation, stress, irritability, and anxiety. The TSY practice is designed specifically for this audience, in a safe environment, with a sensitivity towards language, asanas, breathwork, and assists. Benefits include people feeling more connected to their bodies, the ability to use new coping tools like breath work to create a new sense of calmness, sleeping more soundly, and being able to deal with triggers more constructively. Simply put, it brings a new awareness to what is going on emotionally as well as physically.

Immersions and Intensives


Yoga for Trauma Recovery 30 Hour Immersion



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




Yoga for Trauma Recovery 65 Hour 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.