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Trauma Informed Yoga Training




Trauma Informed Yoga is an effective adjunct therapy in the stabilization and healing of individuals struggling with the aftermath of exposure to trauma. By supporting and enhancing the efficacy of other therapeutic interventions, Yoga can contribute to an individual’s long term stability and recovery. Yoga and healthcare professionals can learn to utilize trauma informed Yoga with groups and individuals in order to safely support them in developing a sense of agency, safe embodiment, and an understanding of how to use their own bodies as a resource for self-regulation.

This training is for anyone who wants to understand more about their own traumatic experience and healing journey and anyone who wants to know more about how to support others in theirs. Upon completion, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the underpinnings and application of trauma informed Yoga theories and techniques.  These techniques are simple, highly effective and versatile and can be easily integrated into a variety of settings.

In this Fine Balance Trauma Informed Yoga Training participants will:

  • Gain a theoretical and experiential foundation in trauma informed Yoga theory and techniques.
  • Understand the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga when working with depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD and developmental/complex trauma.
  • Learn how to create safe classes and practices make for trauma survivors that emphasize choice and focus on the importance of internal, felt experience.
  • Explore & practice teaching therapeutic breathing and grounding techniques and the physical forms of Yoga.
  • Examine & discuss the Koshas (levels of the human being), Kleshas (the cycle of suffering), Yamas & Niyamas (ethics and practices), the Gunas (basic psychological archetypes), Langhana & Brahmana (categories of Yoga practices) as they pertain to trauma experience.
  • Investigate the differences and intersections between Western medical and Yogic perspectives of trauma, the body and disease.
  • Consider the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship including the importance of boundaries, self-care, strengths-based and client centered practices.
  • Registration limited to 16 participants.
  • Deadline to register is June 13, 2018


Friday June 22 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday June 23 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday June 24 10:00am – 6:00pm

Training is 20 contact hours & 3 non-contact hours = 23 hours total, and is eligible for CEU’s with Yoga Alliance. All hours must be completed in order to obtain a certificate of completion for this training.

Cost: $350* + GST

*Accommodations not provided. Email us for a full listing of local places to stay, or with any questions. 

FAQ's and sample training schedule here

About Nicole Marcia...

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Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, YACEP, TCTSY-F has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors since 2004. She trains yoga and health care professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. She was employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions as a yoga therapist from 2008 - 2017. She serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and is an instructor and project coordinator in the Langara College Continuing Studies Holistic Health Department (Yoga). She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side.

“Nicole is a presenter with the consistent capacity to create and hold safe space for that necessary balance between learning and inquiry. She embodies a true professional in her field and communicates with clarity and purpose, so that students are able to understand and implement the tools she offers readily. Nicole asks the right questions, is a superb listener, and is unquestionably grounded in offering the highest level of training, often generously sharing from her own experience. She is an invaluable member of our teaching faculty and a huge asset to the yoga community overall.
– Christine Price-Clark,  Advanced Teacher Trainer , Vancouver, BC