Most of us are impacted by trauma in some way or another and yet we all have an innate capacity to heal and be transformed by difficult experiences. Yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices help people cope with and heal trauma symptoms, as well as grow and build resilience. Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIY) is taught with an understanding of how we are all affected by trauma and chronic stress. It offers sensitive approaches to supporting the healing process.

Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma and chronic stress. 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.

Collective Resilience Trainings offer a physiological framework of trauma and how it manifests in the body and mind. Along with addressing the personal and interpersonal, these trainings also explore how systemic patterns of trauma, at the heart of social justice issues like poverty and racism, impact individuals and entire communities of people. Ingrained in all of the TIY trainings is the understanding that injustice, as well as historical trauma, must be addressed in order to cultivate healing.

These trainings are for yoga teachers who would like to work with individuals or communities with trauma. They are also for clinicians, therapists, social workers, educators, medical personnel, first responders, non-profit employees or volunteers, or anyone else who would like to integrate basic yoga tools into their work or lives to support greater health and well-being.

Ingrained in all Collective Resilience trainings is the understanding that systemic patterns of trauma, privilege, marginalization and oppression (such as poverty, racism, ableism, and homophobia among others) must be addressed in order to cultivate healing for all individuals. This philosophy is unpacked in-depth in Foundations in Yoga & Social Justice (FYSJ)*

The following two modules are offered to the public and can also apply towards the 8 Limbs 300/500-hour Teacher Training Program for RYT 500 Certification. Learn more and enroll here

Registration for these modules will open by January 1, 2021

Foundations in Trauma-Informed Yoga
March 25-28, 2021 on 8 Limbs Livestream
co-facilitated by Hala Khouri & Kyra Haglund

Foundations in Yoga & Social Justice
April 29-May 2, 2021 on 8 Limbs Livestream
co-facilitated by Hala Khouri & RW Alves

Completion of both Foundations courses + the Foundations Mentorship Group results in a Foundational Certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga; additional courses for Collective Resilience’s Intermediate & Advanced Certifications are available in May and June. A full rundown of the pathways to certification can be viewed at:

To receive Intermediate Certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga Facilitation through Collective Resilience, all four modules (2 Foundational and 2 Intermediate) must be completed + both the Foundations and Facilitation Mentorships Groups.


Intermediate 1: Polyvagal Facilitation for Inclusion, Compassion, and Social Justice
May 20-23, 2021 through Collective Resilience

Intermediate 2: Trauma-Informed Sequencing, Languaging, and Facilitation
June 10-13, 2021 through Collective Resilience

Learn more about Intermediate Certification here.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Teacher Training