Contents of the basic seminars

Our certified advanced training (basic seminars 1-3) in trauma-sensitive yoga (TSY) aims to enable you to use the therapeutic value of yoga. The participants learn how to deepen these experiences in order to then pass them on to others. Dealing with trigger situations is an elementary part of trauma sensitive yoga. The point is not to avoid them, but to come into conscious contact with them so that you can experience your own body as a “safe place” again. The participants learn how yoga can be performed with a wide variety of target groups (e.g. in prison, in the military, with refugees, in a clinical context or in inpatient youth welfare). It is also taught how yoga can be integrated into the individual setting.

In detail

Basic seminar 1

theory

  • Introductory round
  • The guidelines of trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Definition of trauma
  • Comparison of the effects of trauma versus trauma-sensitive yoga
  • The autonomic nervous system and the polyvagal theory
  • Source texts of yoga: Patanjali yoga sutras and the Kosha model from the Upanishads
  • Theory pranayama
  • Paths to presence: movement, breathing and awareness
  • Possible triggers

practice

  • Gentle Movement Exercises: Bottom Up
  • Practice on trauma-sensitive relaxation
  • Practice for trauma-sensitive preparation of meditation / body meditation
  • Practice of trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Practice pranayama

Basic seminar 2

theory

  • Introductory round and exchange of experiences in the application of trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Bond and relationship
  • Body-close senses – basal stimulation
  • Importance of body memory

practice

  • Partner work – personal experience for resilience and reflection in the group
  • Pelvic floor awareness
  • Practice of trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Practice deepening pranayama
  • Snapshot / reflection getting in touch with yourself and the resulting practice in trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Demo and partner work of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation

Basic seminar 3

theory

  • Introductory round and exchange of experiences in the application of trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Dissociation versus mindful and distant perception
  • Possible triggers – dissociation vs. connection – recognizing and dealing with dissociative states
  • Chakras and their relevance in trauma-sensitive yoga

practice

  • Practice of trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Demo and partner exercises of feeling and being in contact in the body with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Practice of trauma-sensitive yoga chakras
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Practice partner work / group (crisis management) Post-traumatic growth and self-compassion
  • Practice in trauma-sensitive yoga – awareness in relaxation

In general, there is plenty of room for reflection and exchange in the seminars. In addition to the theoretical parts, there is a lot of practice.

Contents of the trauma yoga therapist training

The trauma yoga therapist training (training seminars A1-A6) is based on the basic seminars. Many of the participants have had painful experiences themselves in the course of their lives. In demonstrations, partner and group exercises, self-awareness is given even more space. I can authentically pass on what I have experienced, felt and experienced myself. The attentive togetherness, witness from the community and appreciative accompaniment create a healing space in which the experiences can be refined more and more. Injury experiences that were dominant in the past can lose their power through growing awareness and thus enable a new, safe experience in the present.

In addition, the support of case studies from one’s own professional practice is offered. It is expected that the participants will also be more involved in the training. The knowledge from the training is deepened and expanded, so that the confidence in dealing with unusual situations increases. We work process- and participant-oriented: In the sensitivities round we open space for inner processes that are promoted by working together. It is increasingly encouraged to work with partners, as the mirroring of one’s own processes by a trusted person is conducive to growth. In the exchange of self and external perception, subtle energies can be perceived even more subtly. The structure of the weekends of the trauma yoga therapist training is based on the yogic model of personality development. Each weekend has one chakra as its focus. The days begin and end with meditation and / or pranayama.

The conclusion of the trauma yoga therapist training consists of a 20-minute presentation. This can be done through a video demonstration of a group session, a short written discussion of a specific topic from the TSY area, a more detailed sequence of exercises with justification of individual steps for a specific target group, or a case study describing the problem and the goal of the individual lesson. The training enables trauma-sensitive yoga to be practiced both individually and in groups with different target groups (e.g. refugees, prison inmates, soldiers).

A-1 - Seminar in detail - Root chakra grounding, stability, basic trust

Root chakra grounding, stability, basic trust

  • Reflection on your own yoga practice
  • Preliminary discussion of the final thesis / 20-minute presentation
  • Theory and Practice on the Root Chakra
  • Create a resource-oriented lifeline
  • Developmental trauma, development and autonomy
  • Self-relationship, the body as a resource
  • Deepening pelvic floor awareness
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Diagnosis of the sensibility of the body
A-2 - Seminar in detail - flexibility, creativity, polarity, ability to vibrate

Flexibility, creativity, ability to vibrate

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the sacral chakra – enjoyment and joie de vivre, shame and guilt
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Practice of body meditation
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Theory and practice of the psoas (hip flexor)
A-3 - Seminar in detail - ability to act, anger and courage, inner fire, heroism

Ability to act, anger and courage, inner fire, self-empowerment

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the Manipura Chakra – victim / perpetrator energy
  • Partner work / exchange “What am I burning for?”, “What is important to me?”, “What wants to get into the world through me?”
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Practice on the qualities sthira & sukha
Training seminar 4 - seminar in detail - qualities of the heart, self-compassion, empathy

Heart qualities, self-compassion, ability to empathize

  • Exchange of experience
  • Heart chakra theory and practice
  • Deepening pranayama / partner work
  • Deepening of attachment theory, meaning of resonance and the ability to vibrate, self-compassion, self-love
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Presentations by the participants
A-5 - Seminar in detail - Authentic self-expression

Authentic self-expression

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the throat chakra
  • Self-expression versus guilt and shame
  • Deepening pranayama / partner work
  • Gentle feeling exercises for the neck / neck
  • Movement and sounds
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Presentations by the participants
A-6 - Seminar in detail - forehead and crown chakra - overview and overall view

Forehead and crown chakra – intuition, wholeness, unity

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the forehead and crown chakra
  • Partner work integration and post-traumatic growth
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • meditation
  • Deepening pranayama / partner work
  • Partner work mental hygiene and resilience
  • Presentation of the participants

Training seminar 1

Root chakra grounding, stability, basic trust

  • Reflection on your own yoga practice
  • Preliminary discussion of the final thesis / 20-minute presentation
  • Theory and Practice on the Root Chakra
  • Create a resource-oriented lifeline
  • Developmental trauma, development and autonomy
  • Self-relationship, the body as a resource
  • Deepening pelvic floor awareness
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Diagnosis of the sensibility of the body

Training seminar 2

Flexibility, creativity, ability to vibrate

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the sacral chakra – enjoyment and joie de vivre, shame and guilt
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Practice of body meditation
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Theory and practice of the psoas (hip flexor)

Training seminar 3

Ability to act, anger and courage, inner fire, self-empowerment

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the Manipura Chakra – victim / perpetrator energy
  • Partner work / exchange “What am I burning for?”, “What is important to me?”, “What wants to get into the world through me?”
  • Deepening pranayama
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Practice on the qualities sthira & sukha

Training seminar 4

Heart qualities, self-compassion, ability to empathize

  • Exchange of experience
  • Heart chakra theory and practice
  • Deepening pranayama / partner work
  • Deepening of attachment theory, meaning of resonance and the ability to vibrate, self-compassion, self-love
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Presentations by the participants

Training seminar 5

Authentic self-expression

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the throat chakra
  • Self-expression versus guilt and shame
  • Deepening pranayama / partner work
  • Gentle feeling exercises for the neck / neck
  • Movement and sounds
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • Presentations by the participants

Training seminar 6

Forehead and crown chakra – intuition, wholeness, unity

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory and practice of the forehead and crown chakra
  • Partner work integration and post-traumatic growth
  • Practice of sensing and being in contact with the effects of a stressful situation
  • meditation
  • Deepening pranayama / partner work
  • Partner work mental hygiene and resilience
  • Presentation of the participants