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Trauma-Informed Training & Practical Applications

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - November 3 @ 3:00 pm

Register now for our fall trauma-informed training for yoga and mindfulness instructors! The price goes up October 1.

14-Hour Fall Training Weekend: November 1st-3rd, 2019

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This 14-hour weekend course, presented by Shanthi Project, is designed for individuals in the Yoga and Mindfulness community who would like to apply Mindfulness Practices to Improve Self-Regulation & Well-being for use in yoga studios, mindfulness classes, classroom setting, & for community engagement for Trauma Survivors or those exposed to trauma. This training is based on the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed practices, basic yoga and mindfulness for the trauma survivor including current research. 

The training is 14 hours* and delivered in three sessions:

  • Friday, November 1st: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 2nd: 9 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday, November 3rd: 9 am to 3 pm.

These sessions are open to anyone interested in learning how to implement trauma-informed practices into yoga and mindfulness classes, social work, counseling, and student interactions. The course will help you:

  • Expand your knowledge of the causes and symptoms of trauma
  • Learn how to implement trauma-informed practices into your classroom, practice and/or workplace.
  • Learn basic mindfulness techniques for self-care and when working with trauma survivors and/or at-risk children.
  • Identify new tools or strategies for improved communication
  • Recognize the important role of body-based interventions in trauma recovery

*Participants are eligible for 14 continuing education credit hours from Yoga Alliance.

About the Trainers

The training will be led by Melanie Smith, Director of Child Welfare and Trauma-Informed Trainings for Shanthi Project, and Sarah Dennehy, Director of Behavioral and Emotional Learning for Shanthi Project

Melanie Smith teaches weekly studio-based yoga classes as well as workshops: leading domestic & global retreats, SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings, and trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness in local schools. Melanie holds a 500 E-RYT certification along with two 25 Sup Yoga Certifications, Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification, PaddleFit Coach designation, and Mindful Schools Educator Certification.

Sarah Dennehy, M.Ed, RYT, is a trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness teacher and Licensed Behavior Specialist located in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has worked as a Behavior Specialist Consultant for the past eight and a half years, and in the field of autism support for seven years before that. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lehigh University.


Friday, November 1st: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Introduction to Mindfulness as a means of Self Regulation, Building Mindful Communication Skills, & Application of Mindfulness in Our Community

Session 1 of our training will focus on the introduction to trauma-informed Yoga and Mindfulness practices. How do we define them, how do we recognize them within ourselves and our community and how to apply them as a means of self-regulation within our own lives. We will dive into a discussion on Mindful Communication; learning to speak skillfully with an open heart while listening without judgment, helping to provide a safe space for participants of the training, and carrying through into our ability to teach these disciplines to the greater public. There will be 1 hour of pre-reading and -viewing that will be emailed to participants one week prior to the training. There will be 2 hours of contact instruction.

Topics include: Trauma-informed Mindfulness Practices, Non-violent Communication, Needs of the Specific Populations, and a sample class. This is a lecture-style seminar, but brief mindfulness and mat yoga sessions will be offered.

Saturday, November 2nd: 9 am to 3 pm

Understanding Trauma from a Clinical Perspective and the Benefits of using Yoga & Mindfulness

Session 2 of our training will include a lecture overview of trauma from a clinical standpoint to help instructors understand how trauma manifests itself within the brain.  We will discuss the neurobiology of the brain and the impact trauma has on brain functionality as well as practical applications for using trauma-informed Yoga and Mindfulness practice. There will be one hour of pre-reading and -viewing and 5.5 hours of lecture. Pre-work will be emailed to participants one week prior to the training.

Topics include: Clinical Overview of Trauma and Trauma Diagnoses, Overview of Childhood Trauma and Resulting Behaviors, Trauma-informed Practices for Children with ACE’s, Child Welfare and Risk Factors, Vicarious Trauma, and a sample class. This is a lecture-style seminar with mindfulness, matt and chair yoga session will be provided, teach backs and examples of applying yoga and mindfulness to various populations.  This will be a full-day training with a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided.  

Sunday, November 3rd: 9 am to 3 pm

Practical Applications for Trauma-Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Practices

Session 3 of our training will focus on practical applications for trauma-informed yoga and Mindfulness practices when working in various settings outside of the traditional yoga studio. This includes: in-class and after-school (grades K-12), youth and adult incarceration facilities, recovery centers, and homeless shelters. In addition, trauma-informed programming for those grieving a loss will be covered. There will be 1 hour of pre-reading and viewing and 5.5 contact hours. Pre-work will be emailed to participants at least one week prior to the training.

Topics include: Trauma-informed Practices for the Classroom, Grief Support in the Classroom, maintaining safety in the classroom, promoting healthy boundaries, choosing postures and exercises, handling challenging behaviors and situations, and collaborating with agencies. Sample class scenarios will be offered, practice teaching, discussion with Q & A in this is a lecture-style seminar. This will be a full-day training with a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided.  

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November 1 @ 6:30 pm
November 3 @ 3:00 pm
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Allentown, PA 18109 United States
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Shanthi Project’s teachers are skilled and compassionate, and have received specialized training in trauma-informed mindfulness and yoga

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