Yoga for Everyone and Trauma Informed Practice
with Kathleen Burr
Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, 2019

This course will explore themes of inclusion and safety to build skillfulness among teachers. Holding space is a continual learning process.

Although teachers show up with positive intent, something may be amiss in the process. Many folks do not feel welcome and/or face obstacles to participate, and people can be adversely affected by what happens in yoga classes.

Through discussion about the dynamics of power and privilege, participants will learn more about systems of oppression, and pathways to personal and collective liberation to offer yoga in a way that honours the tradition and respects the full spectrum of human diversity. Everyone has been touched by trauma in some way, and t here is an urgent need for trauma – sensitive yoga. Creating a container with protocols for safe practice can support students in using yoga as part of their healing process.

Course Outline

This course will explore the language of invitation and inquiry to encourage choice and autonomy in yoga practice. An atmosphere of allowing where options are offered throughout a class instead of relying on blanket statements (such as,“listen to your body”) at the beginning of class can empower students to adapt according to their unique needs.

We will explore issues related to: potential triggers; assumptions; praise and competition; and the subtleties of consent and hands – on adjustments. Accessibility can be a challenge; this is an opportunity to examine these topics free of judgment. By exploring strengths – based approaches to yoga, teachers can be well resourced in serving diverse populations.

Coursework will also focus on supporting yourself to serve in a sustainable way and addressing issues that may arise (such as, negotiating boundaries, dealing with burnout, etc.).

Learning Objectives

  • Build awareness about accessibility and the importance of strengths – based approaches to learning.
  • Develop a cursory understanding of trauma and how to design yoga classes that are trauma-informed.
  • Explore essential teacher qualities and best practices for setting boundaries and prioritizing self-care.

Dates and Timings

March 15-17, 2019.

  • Friday 6 pm to 9 pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am to 6 pm each day.

Cost and Registration

$325.00 per person.

300 Hour Program Core Module: 20 Hours

Please consult the Course Outline and complete the required readings listed before the start of the course.

In the event you are unable to attend the course after registration, please refer to our Refund Policy.

Note: This course is open to all yoga teachers with a minimum level of 200 – Hour teacher training or equivalent (any style).

About Your Teacher

With reverence, Kathleen honours the ancient tradition of Yoga and her teachers from all walks of life. Her passion for Yoga as a healing art stems from direct experience of its transformative potential. Kathleen’s heart-centered approach is focused on developing a friendly relationship with body and mind using breath, movement, and sound.

She is a lifelong learner, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). The foundation for her teaching is based on the principles of Hatha Yoga as taught by Devinder Kaur and other faculty; Integrative Yoga Therapy as taught by Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page, Maria Mendola and other faculty; and LifeForce Yoga as taught by Amy Weintraub and other faculty.

Kathleen’s relaxing yet uplifting classes are an opportunity to slow way down and be deeply nourished. Her practical guidance is focused on self-awareness and self-compassion to cultivate balance on all dimensions of being: physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The overall intent is to make Yoga more accessible and plant seeds of love for the well-being of all.