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Training for Yoga, Allied Medical & Mental Health Professionals


TIYT Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Overview 



Earth Element is Sundara’s TIYT™ Level 1 training and covers Trauma Informed Yoga teaching principles for general population Yoga classes. We cap our trainings so we can get to know our future colleauges – we are a Collective and community is very important to us – because of the limited space, our trainings book up in advance, so please register early.


Sundara Yoga Therapy adheres to SAMHSA’s standards in Trauma Informed Care. Our course content is structured to fulfill the nationally recognized principles of trauma informed care as defined by SAMHSA.

  • The process of creating a Safe Space 

  • Ancient Yoga practices

  • Yoga Psychology

  • Yoga Philosophy

  • Neurophysiology

  • Relational-Cultural Theory

  • Diversity , Equity & Inclusion

  • Mindfulness

  • Ethics & Boundaries

  • Scope of Practice

  • Self-Care

  • 20+ hours of practical application 

  • • & More...


Please see the Self-Inquiry Exercise above the application button. Please note: 

  • This training does not work on your own personal journey-we'll discuss how a personal journey may influence a therapeutic relationship.

  • This training does not include opportunities for you to share your story.

  • This training requires participants to be able to step out of their personal narrative.

  • We will not ask you to share your story, or revisit a traumatic event in your life.  

If you have any questions after reviewing all of the information on this website, please email our Registrar HERE



For Yoga, allied health, and mental health professionals who are presently working with, or interested in working with clients who live with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder (PD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or acute cumulative stress; in Yoga Therapy terms, all are fluctuations of the mind (vṛttis).

The focus of the training is practical applications of ancient yoga psychology, philosophy and practices as well as the Polyvagal Theory (PVT), Somethesis and other neurophysiological principles. Time is also dedicated to an introduction of Interpersonal neurobiology, neuropsychology as it applies to Yoga practices, self-care, and deepening personal practice. This methodology is currently employed in hospitals, in-patient psychiatric units, addiction recovery programs, schools, healthcare facilities, Yoga studios, and prisons as stand-alone programs and as a complementary modality in an integrative healthcare setting.

  • TIYT™ Methodology

  • Ancient Yoga techniques

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Yoga Psychology

  • Stress Biology

  • Positive Psychology

  • Mindfulness

  • Somethesis

  • Special Senses as Therapeutic tool

  • Modern Research

  • & More...

If you have any questions after reviewing all of the information on this website, please email our Registrar HERE

Please review our refund policy (link below) before applying - we are small non-profit organization with financial obligations and cannot make exceptions - please don't ask, as everyone is important, and everyone is treated equally.

If you have any concerns about being able to attend, please do not register at this time. 

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Level I – Earth Element                             
Teaching TIYT™ Trauma Informed Yoga  



Earth Element is a stand-alone, advanced Yoga Teacher training course that trains Yoga professionals a trauma informed approach to teaching Yoga in studios, community centers and other public spaces. This Level I course - Earth Element is the foundation course for Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Levels II & III. People with unresolved trauma use Yoga as part of their healing journey; some do not relate to the word “trauma” and are attending regular Yoga studio classes to manage their anxiety or stress level without awareness of the potential of re-experiencing or other deleterious post-trauma effects that can surface during a somatic practice like Yoga.


Our program provides:

  1. Education about trauma, how widespread it is and an exploration of the role of a Yoga practice as a potential path for recovery.

  2. Evaluation of what a sense of safety is; requirements and considerations of creating a safe space for a Yoga practice (different for everyone).

  3. Didactic lectures and experiential exercises focused on recognition of signs and symptoms of trauma in students participating in a Yoga class.

  4. Integration of knowledge about trauma into class sequencing, choice of language and other facets of teaching Trauma Informed public Yoga classes.

  5. Facilitate a comprehensive examination of aspects of a Yoga class that:

    • have a potential to trigger or be problematic in other ways, and how to mitigate that potential.

    • provide traditional Yoga tools that foster self-regulation on demand.

  6. Methods and procedures that are aimed at actively resisting re-traumatization of students with unresolved trauma.

  7. 20+ Experiential hours - learn through experience - ready to teach protocols and tools upon completion of training.

This training is designed to teach Trauma Informed Care practices and self-regulation skills to yoga, mental health, and medical professionals. As a professional, it's crucial to understand the consequences of trauma and adversity, and the potential for individuals to re-experience post-trauma symptoms while practicing yoga or engaging in mental health and medical treatment.

Our program provides comprehensive instruction in the process of creating safe spaces, prevention of negative responses to yoga practice in a public setting, recognition of issues, and troubleshooting if such an event occurs. You'll also learn to teach self-regulation skills to individuals and groups, helping your clients and patients better manage their emotions and behavior.

28 hrs  (see CE information HERE)
Format: Currently online only

Additional Fee: Purchase print version of Earth TIYT™ manual (required): $49.95


‘A trauma informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing.’
 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA)

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Level II - Water Element
Yoga Therapy Methodology


Prerequisite for applying to Level II is completion of Level I - Earth Element. Water Element is a continuation of the TIYT™ Methodology and builds on the foundation taught in Level I - Earth Element.

TIYT™ Level II is a comprehensive training program designed for yoga, allied health, and mental health professionals who work with clients with unresolved trauma and other mental health concerns. Whether you work in private sessions or within medical, mental health, or community institutions, our program will provide you with the practical applications and techniques you need to safely guide your clients/students who live with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health issues.

Our program focuses on the practical applications of ancient yoga psychology, philosophy, and practices, as well as the Polyvagal theory, Somethesis, and other neurophysiological principles. You'll also learn about interpersonal neurobiology, neuropsychology as it applies to yoga practices, self-care, and deepening personal practice. Our methodology is currently employed in hospitals, in-patient psychiatric units, addiction recovery programs, schools, healthcare facilities, yoga studios, and prisons as a stand-alone program and as a complementary modality in an integrative healthcare setting.

Our methodology is first and foremost a Yoga Therapy program, rooted in ancient Yoga psychology, Yoga philosophy, and techniques which have been employed for millennia to deal with the stress and other disturbances of the mind.

If you have completed Level I - Earth Element, and want to register for Level II - Water Element only, please fill out the application HERE, and specify "Level II - Water Only."

Additional Fee: Purchase print version of TIYT™ Water manual (required): $49.95


2024 CALENDAR   

Earth Element - Level I

Last training option for 2024

Please contact our registrar for information about the in-person trainings before purchasing airline tickets or hotel space. Our host recommends places to stay and we connect class participants for rental or airport ride shares and/or the exact location may change depending on the number of participants. This is part of our post-covid process and we know everyone is doing their best. Thank you for your patience. 


Water Element - Level II



Virtual via Zoom

Times are given in Eastern Time Zone

November 2-3 & 16-17, 2024

Sat 10a-4p ET; Sun 10a-3p ET

Tuition  $589


It is a Yogic tradition to practice self-inquiry.  Please read through the self-inquiry questions and meditate on them. If you do not have the time to do such an inquiry, please consider joining us when you have more time in your schedule.

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