Yoga Unchained is a facilitator training intensive in trauma-informed yoga practice co-founded by Dr. Jamie Marich and Jessica Sowers, E-RTY-500.
Both Jamie and Jessica discovered a great passion for sharing the practices of yoga and meditation in settings that are traditionally under served: For Jamie, treatment centers, clinical settings and the recovery community, For Jessica, correctional settings and in community health. Although Jamie and Jessica both received specialized training in trauma-informed yoga, both felt that a dynamic experiential component was missing from their training in this area, thus Yoga Unchained was born. This weekend intensive is cross-listed as Expressive Arts Therapy Module B: Principles of Trauma Informed Facilitation in Yoga, Somatic and Movement Practices in the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy training program. You can take the training and be eligible for Yoga Unchained only certification without being enrolled in the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy training program.
Description & Objectives
This training program enables those with a personal yoga practice and a passion to empower healing, recovery and wellness, the ability to acquire the skills for facilitating yoga practices within their current scope of clinical practice or work. Although primarily developed for clinical trauma professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists), we also open the course to yoga/wellness instructors, corrections workers, and anyone working in the field of addiction recovery. In this course participants will enhance their knowledge of how trauma affects the brain and the body and will discover and implement the latest clinical and empirical knowledge from helping professions on how yoga, breath work and meditation can promote healing and recovery. This training program will allow you to empower people that you serve with holistic yet practical strategies for coping through trauma-informed yoga, and enhance understanding to best offer trauma-informed yoga interventions. Participants will develop the skills to facilitate classes to reach those who may otherwise not have the chance to benefit holistically from a yoga practice, while also learning when it is most responsible to refer clients elsewhere for yoga-related interventions. Prerequisite: 30 hours experience in a personal yoga practice.
Upon Completion of this training, you will be able to:
Upon Completion of this training, you will be able to:
- Design & Facilitate a simple yoga sequence using 7 core competencies of Experience, Mind, Pranayama (Breathwork), Organic, Wisdom, Energy, Resilience
- Recognize the presence of unresolved trauma in students, clients, and consumers of services
- Create a safe space in class essential for successful yoga facilitation (informed by the latest knowledge in trauma-informed care within the helping professions)
- Facilitate physical movement in as safe a manner as possible, particularly by building upon their own sense of body awareness/somatic empathy as a helper competency
- Modify basic poses for various students, clients, and consumers depending upon clinical or community context
- Develop strategies and approaches for redirection to address potential behavioral challenges and challenging environments
- Describe potential boundary issues with students and determine appropriate responses
- Identify potential “trigger” words and optional language suggestions based on trauma-informed care knowledge
- Recognize core alignment points in the body and potential queues to guide student into proper body alignment
- Teach at least 3 breathing techniques used to help reduce anxiety, create balance and/or allow tension to release
- Identify sources for personal support to maintain balance and prevent burnout while offering yoga to clients and approaches in challenging settings
- Create at least 2 types of short trauma-informed meditation practices that can be facilitated during a class or clinical session
- Identify 3-4 other clinical modalities and discuss how trauma-informed yoga can be incorporated into teaching skills and interventions in these modalities (e.g., DBT, EMDR therapy, ACT, etc.)
Certification as a Yoga Unchained Facilitator
Upon successful completion of all required sessions, you will be eligible to receive certification as a Yoga Unchained facilitator on behalf of Dr. Jamie Marich and The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, in partnership with Jessica Sowers, E-RYT-500 of BodyBLISS Connection School of Yoga and Health:
- This certification can be used as verification of your training to teach classes and offer services in the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga at whatever venues are within your scope of experience; contact Dr. Marich privately for questions about appropriateness of venue for facilitators.
- Upon successful completion of the intensive you will be listed as a Certified Yoga Unchained Facilitator for the period of one year. After the one year period, a renewal course (in person or online) will need to be taken to maintain the official certification and listing.
- If you miss any of the sessions for any reason during a facilitator training, it is your responsibility to make up sessions with Dr. Marich or Jessica Sowers on a private basis; fees may apply depending on distance traveled and scheduling accommodations; see Dr. Marich privately with questions
- Certification in Yoga Unchained does not include any insurance or malpractice accommodations; you are responsible for procuring these benefits if you see fit or speaking about scope of practice issues with your current work setting.
- Although you do not need to be a trained yoga teacher to take the Yoga Unchained Facilitator Training, we strongly suggest that you have at least 30 hours of personal practice before coming to the facilitator training. Contact Jessica Sowers privately with questions.
- Visit the Yoga Unchained website for the latest on trainings, including continuing education information, which can vary depending on where the training is offered. Whether or not specific continuing education is offered for you profession, you are still eligible for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness/BodyBLISS Certification.