Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundation

Thursday, 1 August 2024 5:00 PM - Thursday, 22 August 2024 9:00 PM PDT

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Thursday, 1 August 2024 5:00 PM - Thursday, 22 August 2024 9:00 PM PDT

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)  is the first yoga-based empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  A program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment (CFTE) at JRI, it is the only yoga model of its kind to have met the criteria for inclusion in the US-based National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Policies (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Thursdays: All Times are Pacific Time Zone

August 1, 5pm-8pm, August 8, 5pm-8pm, August 15, 5pm-9pm, August 22, 5pm-9pm

This 20-hour (16 hours live via Zoom; 6 hours self-study) foundational training will emphasize the core components of the practice of trauma-sensitive yoga, and how those fundamental elements relate to any anti-oppressive and trauma-informed work.  

Designed for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the whole-system impact of complex trauma (both systemic and interpersonal), this training will review the significant effects of trauma on the brain, body, and relationships, as well as the psychological and neuroscientific underpinnings of the TCTSY model.  Participants may include, but are not limited to, yoga instructors, social workers, mental health clinicians, educators, activists, somatic practitioners and healers, or other health care professionals, as its applications can extend far beyond the yoga mat.

Experiential in design, the training will encourage you to explore your understanding of trauma and the how it impacts the whole of the survivors life. It will emphasize the core components of the practice and process of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and will provide specific tools to support participants to facilitate body based movement and breath practices that are vital to the healing process.

Participants will learn how to meet survivors on their healing journey and explore a shared authentic experience of embodiment. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of this empowerment based program that facilitates a present moment experience of safety and predictability. This training is intended to support participants in expanding their current clinical or movement-based practice to incorporate some of the TCTSY methodology, focusing on movements and language that actively share power and agency with practitioners. Group lectures, practice through movement and breath, as well as group practicum will be offered.

This training is the primary prerequisite to CFTE’s 300-hour TCTSY Certification Program however,

There are NO prerequisites to attend this training.  


  • Ability to integrate trauma informed practices into your life, work and your community
  • The practice and process of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Learning to facilitate trauma-sensitive movement and breath practices ?
  • Knowledge of stress, chronic stress, and trauma and the impact on the body and nervous system.
  • An understanding of how using body-based movement can work to intervene and interrupt the impacts of trauma on the nervous system.
  • An understanding of Complex Trauma, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience
  • How to foster an anti-oppressive approach through a trauma-informed lens
  • How to work with relational challenges
  • Trauma Sensitive breathing practices
  • Practicum offered in small groups


Keri Sawyer E-RYT 500, YACEP, TCTSY Licensed Trainer

Keri Sawyer, owner of Openview Yoga, has over a decade of experience facilitating movement and breath practices, embodiment, and trauma informed practices. She is a seasoned speaker and facilitator who has trained thousands of people as an experienced 500 hour yoga teacher and licensed Trainer with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment in Boston. Keri provides Trauma Sensitive yoga to trauma survivors of all ages, facilitates trainings for yoga teachers and healthcare workers, and provides research-based information and trauma-informed treatment practices to the therapeutic world. She oversees the implementation of of trauma informed practices into therapeutic models in clinical and residential treatment programs across the country along with agency trainings and regular consultation for mental health clinicians, therapists, nurses, massage therapists, yoga teachers and more. Her passion is to provide an opportunity for survivors of trauma to have an authentic experience with a safe and predictable felt sense of their body along with spreading awareness of trauma-informed practices.

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