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Trauma Informed Yoga Training




The effects of traumatic experiences on any level can be debilitating to our health and detrimental to our emotional balance. Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Symptoms including anxiety and depression may lead individuals to develop a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies.

This course will look at the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practice of yoga when working with trauma survivors.

Topics will include issues of addiction, nervous system dis-regulation and the use of yoga to work effectively and compassionately with trauma survivors. Specific yoga forms (asana), therapeutic breathing (pranayama) and grounding techniques will be explored. Participants will learn to teach safe, body-based, self-regulation techniques and to develop trauma-sensitive yoga programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of people to support their day to day functioning and long term healing. 

This training is suitable for anyone working with populations in need. This includes counselors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, yoga teachers and beyond.

Friday June 22 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday June 23,  11:00am-7:00pm

Sunday June 24, 10:00am- 6:00pm

Cost: $330*

*15% off for all Orchard staff. Please email to inquire. 

About Nicole Marcia...

Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 has conducted therapeutic yoga classes and individual sessions for trauma survivors and trained yoga and health care professionals in trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques since 2008. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been with the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. She is the director of training at Yoga Outreach a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, and an instructor and project coordinator at Langara College Continuing Studies. Nicole is also the yoga programming coordinator at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site.

“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, Program Director, Advanced Teacher Training – 300 Hour, Vancouver School of Yoga

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