Foundational Training in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Foundational Training in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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$325 – $425

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This Foundational Training offers an intro into the evidence-based, body-centered Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice.

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This course will take place virtually over 3 Sundays in August, from 9a-3p Pacific Time. Exact dates include:

August 7, 9a-3p PST

August 14, 9a-3p PST

August 21, 9a-3p PST

The course will take place virtually via Zoom (all times listed are in Pacific Time)

Course content includes 18 contact + 4 non-contact hours (self-study content will be shared prior to starting the training)


This training is a professional training designed for yoga teachers, social workers, educators, mental health professionals, and other service providers interested in deepening their understanding of the complexities of systemic and interpersonal trauma, the impact of complex trauma on the nervous system and how a trauma informed yoga practice can assist in integrating healing. This training emphasizes core concepts that inform using movement and breath through the ancient practice of yoga as a tool to aid in healing from trauma. Individuals completing this training will learn how existing in systems of oppression creates and perpetuates trauma, the impact of long term trauma on the brain, body, and relationships, and how to develop a trauma-informed lens based on these understandings.

TCTSY is an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and treatment-resistant Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and was the first yoga practice to be listed on the SAMSHA’s US-based directory of evidence-based practices. It was developed in collaboration with the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and is the foundational program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute. This body-based practice based on sound research is utilized with children, youth, and adults throughout the United States and in dozens of countries around the world. This training qualifies as the prerequisite for the 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification program.

You do not need to be a yoga teacher or a licensed professional to attend this training. Although this training is conducted professionally through a trauma-informed lens with compassion and care to the content discussed, developing skills and building collective resilience may be potentially draining or triggering for some. Please be prepared with a self-care plan and network of support for our weekend together. Yoga Alliance and IYAT CEUs are provided for this course.

Email will be sent out prior to the event with some readings and videos you can explore at your own pace.


There are three options for tuition rates, $325, $375, and $425. You are invited to reflect on your access to resources that have been impacted due to COVID and/or as a result of forms of intersectional oppression. For example, we acknowledge that our economic system has been intentionally crafted to exploit the land and labor of BIPOC since it's very founding. We also recognize that people not conforming to toxic structures of cis-heteronormativity have been intentionally excluded from employment and economic benefits for generations. The same applies to people with disabilities and more. We are so glad you are interested in this training and we will strive to not let economics be a barrier, while also acknowledging our own reliance on monetary exchange in a capitalist society. Please consider your lived experiences as you choose your training rate.

Community Rate: $325 USD

Sustainer Rate: $375 USD

Supporter Rate: $425 USD

Payment plans available that allow you to register and pay in smaller increments rather than one lump sum. Tuition must be paid in full by the start of the training. Two partial scholarships are available for folks who embody a complex positionality. You're welcome to send an email to to request a payment plan or scholarship.


Alli Jones Ewing (she/her) is a Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator and trainer passionate about empowering people to discover their ability to find healing and connection from within and among community. She was inspired by her background in Special Education, her Peace Corps service as a Health Education Volunteer in Tanzania, and work with youth in foster care to integrate methodologies that promote and empower person-centered healing and address harmful power dynamics. She completed her 200-hour teacher training with Matt Eshelman (taught by Paulie Zink) in Taoist Yoga and has completed her 300-hour advanced certification in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga - an evidence based methodology developed specifically for facilitating yoga with individuals who have experienced chronic abuse, neglect, and treatment-resistant PTSD. She has been holding space for professional and personal learning in the United States and internationally since 2010. Alli has additional experience facilitating yoga with children with special needs, refugees, pre/postnatal/birth trauma, LGBTQ+ youth, and youth in residential treatment and foster care. Alli and her partner have two young children and currently live on the ancestral lands of the Puyallup Tribe and the Coast Salish people known as the colonized city of Tacoma, Washington.

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