ADVANCED YOGA THERAPY TRAINING: Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy in Houston, Texas

TIYT training in Houston

Training Description & Topics Covered



Refund Policy


Faculty Biographies

Guest Speaker Biographies

Certifications & Continuing Education Credits

Training Description & Topics Covered

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This training is designed to teach Yoga Therapy methods to Yoga Therapists and experienced Yoga teachers, presently working with, or who are interested in working with clients who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder (PD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or acute cumulative stress. The training also serves, and is attended by, Mental Health & Allied Health professionals. The focus of the training is to give participants practical applications of ancient, traditional Yoga techniques and modern therapies that train the body and mind to employ a natural system of self-regulation.

“The Sundara Yoga Therapy Trauma-Informed Yoga Intensive went beyond my expectations going in. Being a 5 year veteran of teaching to at-risk youth and adult populations, I was unsure how much this training could offer me. I was so impressed with the abundant amount of information presented and the ever-evolving approach Genevieve takes with this material. Genevieve brings a jaw-dropping amount of experience and knowledge to the table. Furthermore, she brings this level of availability, generosity and approachability I rarely see in this type of training experience. Well worth it!!”
Elise Mitchell, ERYT, TIYT
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Evoke Therapy Programs

“The TIYT training was very thorough and packed with valuable information. It provided me with a practical roadmap for using yoga in mental health practice. The trainers and the speakers are all very helpful and knowledgeable in yoga and yoga therapy. This training is a must for mental health professionals wanting to include yoga in their therapeutic toolbox. ”
Lou Wong, OpenMind Therapies, Henderson, NV

65hr Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Training Tuition: $985
Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Certification: This training counts as elective credits in the 800hr Professional Yoga Therapist Certification.
Integrative Yoga Therapy Certifications: This training can count as either Module 3 transfer credit in the 500hr Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga program, or as Module 5 credit in the 800 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Certification, but not both.
Yoga Alliance: 65 Yoga Alliance CEUs
APA American Psychological Association:
National pre-approval Provider for Continuing Education Credits for APA Continuing Education Credits.
Marriage & Family Therapists:
Pre-approved as a Provider for Continuing Education Credits for the state of Texas. Many states do not require pre-approval of continuing education offerings. Additionally many states accept courses that are offered by pre-approved providers in other states. Please check with your licensing board to determine your specific requirements.
Social Workers:
Pre-approved as a Provider for Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Additionally many states accept courses that are offered by pre-approved providers in other states. Please check with your licensing board to determine your specific requirements.
Professional Counselors:
Pre-approved as a Provider for Continuing Education Credits for Professional Counselors in the state of Texas. Additionally many states accept courses that are offered by pre-approved providers in other states. Please check with your licensing board to determine your specific requirements.

Please note that all Yoga Therapy programs require 100% attendance. This is tough for us because we know life happens and things come up, but we cannot make exceptions due to very inflexible requirements for CEUs and yoga therapy transfer credits. If there is an emergency and no other arrangements can be made, we will help arrange attendance at a future event for a reduced price (will depend on the venue), but all travel and accommodations expenses will the students’responsibility.

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy training (TIYT certification) is an in-depth exploration of Yoga perspectives of the structure and functioning of the mind as well as distracted/disturbed conditions of mind and their expressions. The training includes evidence informed yoga therapy methodology and protocols for working with clients who suffer from a wide array of anxiety disorders. These protocols are currently taught in Yoga studios, hospitals, wellness centers and other healthcare facilities, prisons, and addiction recovery centers, both as stand-alone programs and as a complementary modality in an integrative healthcare setting. We offer practical information about teaching in a wide variety of settings, as well as the many business aspects that help students market their new skills and find teaching jobs in similar facilities.
Yoga Therapy is an integrated approach to health and wellness; it is widely recognized and accepted within the most up-to-date medical and mental health communities. Yoga Therapy brings the ancient insights of yoga into modern wellness programs, utilizes modern scientific, medical and mental health knowledge, in addition to ancient practices of self-healing. Through an Ayurvedic lens, we see each client as an individual with a unique constitution; from this view we employ a variety of techniques and tools to address the multitude of an individual’s needs. The practices slowly bring clients into a balanced and harmonious existence, mind, body and spirit. The methods we employ are not only rooted in the ancient techniques of Yoga but also in modern research in the fields of neurobiology, stress physiology and medical biophysics. We explore the plethora of modern research devoted to the relationship between Yoga and the mind, and its role in treating trauma and stress related illness. The Polyvagal Nerve theory and Somathesis, and their application in treating acute stress, trauma and anxiety, provides us with the knowledge and skills to amplify a human’s innate ability to self-soothe, self-heal and eventually revive a natural self-regulation system, all through the practice of evidence informed yoga therapy protocols. More often than not, yoga training programs avoid the topic of spirituality. Our distinguished faculty member, Dr. Henry Rosemont, Jr. helps us develop an understanding of the importance and relevance of spirituality and offers guidance into how to implement spirituality into the therapeutic model without religious affiliation. Our licensed psychotherapy faculty members will address some of the more complex psychological aspects to give training participants a deeper understanding of trauma, anxiety and stress disorders. We teach participants self-care techniques and methods to stay emotionally safe when working with this complex and potentially emotionally taxing population.
The two hallmarks of the program are the faculty and the guest speakers, all of whom give firsthand information about the reality of working with special populations in a variety of settings (prison, cancer centers, addiction rehabilitation centers, inpatient psychiatric wards, shelters, etc) based on solid experience. The reality of working with these populations is often much different than the textbook theory information that is based solely on averages and clinical data dervied from a single population source. What works well in an addiction rehabilitation center does not necessarily work in oncology center. We practice Yoga Therapy and work in the trenches with the special populations we prepare our students to work with.

The training includes didactic and experiential lessons and group discussions in the following areas: yoga psychology and philosophy, ancient yoga techniques (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, svadyaya, aparigraha, and Yoga Nidra), Yoga Therapy protocols (working within the Koshic model), Ayurveda, behavioral therapy, spirituality, western perspectives (musculoskeletal, biochemical systems, neurophysiology), acupressure, acupuncture, sound therapy, aromatherapy and nutrition. These are all important factors that address the complex issues that present with anxiety disorders. Important business topics such as assessment forms, privacy, documents, registration, marketing, networking, and current, ongoing research is covered within the program.
The training also readies participants to offer an Overcoming Anxiety Clinic modeled after Sundara Yoga Therapy’s very successful program that has been offered quarterly in Austin since 2009. Click HERE to see Overcome Anxiety:A Holistic & Natural Approach Clinic. Upon completion of the training, students will be certified facilitators of the Overcoming Anxiety Clinic and will have full access to all the materials used in the clinic including marketing material. No additional fees will ever be required in the future to offer clinics.


Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (65hr) $985

Additional Expenses:
1) Required reading (estimated cost: $34)
a) Book: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky, PhD.
b) Book: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.
c) Various Articles by Dr. Stephen Porges (we’ll provide full list upon registration).
2) Accommodations/Meals — Not included in tuition; please see below

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Training Schedule

schedule for trauma informed yoga therapy training in Houston Texas May 2017

Location, Venue & Accommodations

Faith in Wellness Retreat Center:
14182 Cochran Rd. Waller, TX 77484
Faith in Wellness Retreat Center is located on a working Organic Farm – The Hibiscus Hill Farm. We are very excited about holding our training at this venue as it is peaceful and firmly dedicated to holistic healing in all its forms.

The very affordable daily rates include 3 organic meals each day, plus nutritious snacks and beverages. You will book directly with the Retreat Center. Limited space, so book early. For questions about location, venue or meals, please contact the Retreat Center directly.


“This training is an intensive training; the training is not intended to be a healing retreat for the participants. Trauma work typically attracts people who have experienced trauma in their own lives and who have used Yoga as part of their healing journey. That is the case with all the faculty, so fully expected; however, we must take precautions to make sure that applicants are far enough along in their own journey to participate in the training as students, and not use the training (intentionally or unintentionally) as part of their own healing journey. This requirement is intended to protect all of the participants. We make the assumption that everyone who is signing up (to learn how to work with individuals who have unresolved trauma) have come far enough in their own self-healing journey – that they are grounded, centered and have the ability to self-regulate. We do our best to screen all applicants, but we ask you to be your own best judge – where are you on your own journey? We offer the TIYT training several times a year, if there is any question about your ability to self-regulate and participate fully as a student, then please consider a training at a later date. Thank you for understanding.”

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Apply Here. We will review your registration and get back to you within 48 hours with more information. You may email Sundara's registrar if you have not heard back after 48 hours:

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Continuing Education Credits & Certificates

YOGA ALLIANCE: Our training fulfills 65 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits.
INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY: The training may count as elective credit for the 500hr program OR Module 5 transfer credit for the 800hr Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) program.
MENTAL HEALTH CEUs (TX) are available for Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists.
Two Certificates will be awarded to each participant upon completion of the training once full attendance is confirmed by all faculty and all exit criteria are met.
1) This training certifies completion of 65 hours of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT) training – an advanced Yoga Therapy training.
2) The training also certifies participants as facilitators of Overcoming Anxiety Clinics modeled after Sundara Yoga Therapy’s very successful program that has been offered quarterly in Austin since 2009. No future fees or permission will be required in order to facilitate this program.


Please note: This is a general refund policy; some of the items may be different in the final, contractual refund policy that is part of your Registration Packet (the Registration Packet will be sent to you after you have been accepted into the program). The binding contract is the one you will receive via email, read, sign and return, not this online overview.
• A student will receive a refund of all tuition/deposit paid if he/she cancels enrollment up to 60 days before the program begins.
• If a student withdraws within 59 days of the start date of the program, the deposit and tuition will be non-refundable, but will be held as a credit for 2 years, after which it is non-refundable.
• If a student pays the tuition, but does not pay the remaining tuition 60 days prior to the start date, the deposit will be refunded and the spot offered to a student on the waiting list.
• A scholarship recipient loses the scholarship upon withdrawal. The deposit is non-refundable but will be held as credit for 2 years.
• If a student withdraws within 59 days (or during the training) due to serious illness, a medical reason or a family emergency, the tuition will be held as a credit for up to 2 years. The student must pay a $75 registration charge at the time of registration of the new program. The student must attend the full make-up training regardless of how many hours were previously attended (reason: the curriculum organization/timing changes over time). No refund will be available – no exceptions.

• Students must submit a written withdrawal notice. The time of withdrawal will be based on the
receipt of the written notification via email, or postmark of a USPS letter-RESPONSIBILITY TO CONFIRM RECEIPT OF WITHDRAWAL NOTICE IS WITH THE STUDENT WHO IS WITHDRAWING.
• If written notification is sent via email, it must be emailed to Sundara’s Registrar. If it is mailed, please mail to: 2215 W. Braker Lane; Austin, TX 78758.
• Sundara Yoga Therapy reserves the right to terminate a student who violates a policy or exhibits inappropriate behavior. The last day of attendance will be the effective date of the termination and no refund will be given.
• If Sundara Yoga Therapy cancels a program, all tuition/deposit paid will be refunded in full. Airfare and accommodation cancellation fees will not be reimbursed, but a $100 (typical airline fee) discount or amount of cancellation fee (whichever is less) will be offered for future training-receipt of cancellation fee charged will be required.
• Refunds will be totally consummated within 30 days after the effective date of withdrawal.