with Collective Resilience, hosted by 8 Limbs Livestream (online)

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 and Somatics (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 Trauma & Embodied Social Justice.

Daily attendance and live participation are mandatory for these trainings as they ultimately lead to certification and to also keep them comparable with the same in-person trainings. Only 2hrs absence are allowed per training. If more time than that is missed, you can still take the training but wouldn’t be able to apply it towards Foundational Certification or as a fulfilled pre-req for additional training modules with Collective Resilience.
Parts, but not all, of the training are typically recorded for students to review. The facilitators ask that you let them know in advance what parts of the training, if any, you will miss live. Recordings will be available for 7 days after the training ends.

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


Trauma Informed Yoga and Somatics Basics with RW Alves


Trauma & Embodied Social Justice
with Hala Khouri and Special Guest: Nikki Myers


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: http://collectiveresilienceyoga.com/certification

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

June 2-5, 2022


Intermediate 2: Trauma-Informed Sequencing, Languaging, and Facilitation
through Collective Resilience

July 7-10, 2022

Learn more about Intermediate Certification here.


Questions? Please email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com!

Trauma-Informed Yoga and Somatics Training Teacher Trainings