Trauma-Aware Yoga considers the needs of those who have experienced significant trauma in their lives. Led by Chris Thompson-Lang, this course provides yoga teachers and individuals with the tools to create a ‘safe space’ and offer the optimal conditions for students with trauma related health concerns such as occupational trauma, chronic stress, physical injuries, adrenal and chronic fatigue to use yoga to progress their recovery.

Trauma-Aware Yoga Teacher Training

Trauma-Aware Yoga Training Dates

25 Hours | 4 Day Residential at Byron Yoga Centre

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May 9 - 12, 2024
November 21 - 24, 2024

Residential priced from $1,320 (includes tuition, all meals and 3 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability). Earlybird Price from $1,220 available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement. 

Course Overview

This course is for yoga teachers or individuals looking to expand their skills to better assist students who are working through trauma and related conditions. The course is taught from an experiential platform so participants will undertake sessions in specific Trauma-Aware Yoga and practical workshops on the nuances of leading Trauma-Aware Yoga classes.

There will also be theoretical sessions on the teaching methodology and the anatomical aspects of Trauma-Aware Yoga. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the human body, specifically the nervous and endocrine systems.

You will learn how to understand the key body systems affected by trauma and how incorporate Trauma-Awareness into your classes.

Ultimately Trauma-Aware Yoga supports clients through the facilitation of ‘safe space’ that allows for parasympathetic support and increases the effectiveness of ongoing treatment and self-management techniques.

Led by Chris Thompson-Lang and other senior Byron Yoga Centre Teachers.

Course Content

  • Understand trauma and the common ways this presents in students
  • Explore a variety of trauma experiences and the possible impacts
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the nervous system
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the endocrine system
  • Be guided through Trauma-Aware Yoga classes
  • Learn how to structure a class and support a ‘safe space’
  • Take the opportunity to discuss concepts with peers and trauma professionals
  • Evening sessions of guided meditations and breath awareness
  • Time to relax by the pool and enjoy the retreat centre

Training Inclusions

  • Shared accommodation in quad-share cabin (ensuite and/or private rooms at an additional cost subject to availability)
  • All meals – 3 meals each day, light and delicious sattvic vegetarian cuisine
  • Herbal teas and fruit available all day (sweet treats and cold drinks on sale)
  • Daily training & instruction (varied styles)
  • Trauma-Aware teacher training manual
  • Twice daily yoga – morning and afternoon
  • Evening sessions
  • Use of the mineral salt swimming pool

You will receive a certificate of completion and this can be counted as 25 hours towards any Level 1 or Level 2 where you have already participated in the residential intensive.

This 25 hour training can be counted as your CPD (Continuous Professional Development) as required by Yoga Alliance (YACEP) and Yoga Australia.

Note: There are no assessments or online requirements for this course.

Byron Yoga Centre’s 50 and 25 hour Specialty Trainings are designed to be stand alone courses as well as being applicable to part of your 200 or 300 certificates.

They fit particularly well as part of a Level 2 300 hour course. To be counted as part of a Level 1 or Level 2 the modular course must be undertaken after the residential intensive not before. These modular course hours can also be used for the ongoing professional development required each year by Yoga Alliance and other professional bodies.

Or you could just do one because you want to learn more about yoga and yourself.  

The path to becoming a certified yoga teacher can be life-changing, and choosing the right yoga course is a big decision. One decision you will need to make is whether to complete your yoga teacher training course in person or opt for the online route.

At Byron Yoga Centre, we firmly believe in the transformative power of in-person YTT.  We’ve put together just four advantages to completing a YTT course face-to-face. Read more.

In this 25 hour training, you will benefit from theory sessions and practical workshops to further your teaching skills and assist students.

Day 1:

2:00pm - Arrive and settle in to your accommodation
3:00pm - Welcome Circle
4:00pm - Trauma Aware Yoga Class and discussion
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Meditation / Pranayama

Day 2-3:

6:45am - Asana Flow Class
8:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - Theory session
10:30am - Break
11:00am - Theory session
12:30pm - Lunch
2:00pm - Practical session / case studies
4:00pm - Implementing Trauma-Awareness
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Practical skills / Meditation

Day 4:

6:45am - Asana Flow Class
8:00am - Breakfast, check out of rooms
9:00am - Conclusions and questions session
11:00am - Closing circle
12:30pm - Lunch

* Daily program may vary slightly

This fully residential training will be held at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre, Byron Bay.

About Byron Yoga Teacher Trainings

Byron Yoga Centre is one of the oldest Yoga Teacher Training Centres in Australia, with over 30 years experience, offering accredited yoga training in both the practice and philosophy of yoga.

Byron Yoga Centre’s 50 and 25 hour Specialty Trainings are designed to be stand alone courses as well as being applicable to part of your 200 or 300 certificates. They fit particularly well as part of a Level 2 300 hour course. To be counted as part of a Level 1 or Level 2 the modular course must be undertaken after the residential intensive not before. These modular course hours can also be used for the ongoing professional development required each year by Yoga Alliance and other professional bodies. Or you could just do one because you want to learn more. Click on the links below to learn more and see upcoming training courses.

All our Level 1 courses, both in Australia and overseas, are registered with the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Accreditation.

More info on our Level 1, 12 day Intensive Courses | Level 1, 20 day Intensive Courses

20 Day

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April 1 - 20, 2024 Level 1 Intensive – 20 day – April 2024
June 24 - July 13, 2024 Level 1 Intensive – 20 day – June 2024
September 16 - October 5, 2024 Level 1 Intensive – 20 day – September 2024

This course integrates Part A and Part B of the above Level 1 Intensive course, within a do-able, 20 day time frame. Immerse yourself in yoga in beautiful Byron Bay for three, transformational weeks…read more

12 Day

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April 1 - 12, 2024 Level 1 Intensive – 12 day – April 2024
June 24 - July 5, 2024 Level 1 Intensive – 12 day – June 2024
September 16 - 27, 2024 Level 1 Intensive – 12 day – September 2024

A flexible option for busy people. Part A is a fully residential, immersion course. Eat, sleep and deepen your passion for yoga, for 12 days straight! Part B is completed by correspondence, at your own pace…read more

Japanese 14 day Level 1 Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

This residential Level 1 course caters specifically for Japanese students with all content taught in both English and Japanese. Held at our Byron Bay Training Centre this course is designed for Japanese yoga students wishing to be teachers and also for those who want to just deepen their own knowledge of all aspects of yoga. There is however a strong focus on teaching skills and opportunities to practice teaching in class situations…read more

More info on our: Level 2 Intensive Courses | Conversion Course

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Conversion Course

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Open Dates Conversion Course Level 2 Teacher Training – 2023

Top up your yoga teaching qualifications by completing this next level. Completion of both Level 1 and Level 2, will provide you with the 500 hours recognized by Yoga Alliance and eligibility for recognition by the Yoga Australia…read more

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March 18 - 23, 2024 6 Day Meditation Retreat – March 2024
March 18 - 26, 2024 9 Day Meditation Retreat – March 2024
March 23 - 26, 2024 4 Day Meditation Retreat – March 2024
May 9 - 12, 2024 4 Day Trauma-Aware Yoga Teacher Training – May 2024
May 20 - 25, 2024 6 Day Prenatal Teacher Training – May 2024
June 3 - 8, 2024 6 Day Ayurveda + Yoga Training – June 2024
July 15 - 24, 2024 10 Day Remedial & Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training – July 2024
July 15 - 20, 2024 6 Day Remedial Yoga Training – July 2024
July 21 - 24, 2024 4 Day Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training – July 2024
August 29 - September 1, 2024 4 Day Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – September 2024
August 29 - September 7, 2024 10 Day Restorative & Yin Yoga Teacher Training – September 2024
September 2 - 7, 2024 6 Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training – September 2024
November 21 - 24, 2024 4 Day Trauma-Aware Yoga Teacher Training – November 2024

Restorative Yoga

Trauma-Aware Yoga with Chris Thompson Lang

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal 85 hour PRYT Teacher Training

Meditation Teacher Training with Swami Pujan 

Remedial Yoga with Bec Isaacs

10865NAT Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching is accredited as a ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) nationally recognised course.

In order to be able to offer this high standard of teacher training, Byron Yoga Centre is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, and our trainers are nationally recognised Training and Assessment trainers and assessors.

10865NAT Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching 12 months

Ideal for international students as participants can apply for a 12 month student visa. An opportunity to apply to study yoga, work and live in beautiful Byron Bay or Melbourne. This course is run over a 50 week period …read more

Purna Yoga Pty Ltd t/a Byron Yoga Centre | RTO No. 91522 | CRICOS ID. 03418E
10865NAT Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching. Course code: 102571E

I did my 200 HR teacher training here and it was seriously life changing. It is something I had wanted to tick off my bucket list as I have been doing yoga for years now. I finally took the plunge and am so proud of myself. It was a massive challenge, physically and mentally but so worth it. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the teachers and my fellow students. The centre is on the outskirts of town, making it feel removed from the buzz of Byron, but it is only a 10 min walk to town if we did want to grab a coffee, have a swim or explore. The food at the centre was awesome and I really feel like I took my yoga to the next level. Hats off to Byron Yoga Centre… just brilliant.

T. Bolton

Pure love and gratitude for this sacred place.

I did my L1 Yoga Teacher Training , Yin Yoga, Certificate (current study) and weekend retreat with Byron Yoga Center. I couldn’t imagine a better place to deepen my understanding of yoga and my yoga path.

The teaching quality is outstanding, the whole place blends well into the nature, best vegan food in maybe Australia (I am biased?), and the pool really helps you relax, recharge and reset.

Recommendation to this divine plant with gorgeous people and lovely nature!

Yanyan Y.

The instructors and retreat staff are what make this place on top off beautiful surrounds and an amazing Permaculture Garden. Whilst undertaking my yoga training and dealing with issues connected to my military service I was supported to ensure I met the requirements and also contributed substantially to my personal growth and resilience. The support from a number of the teachers was skilled and compassionate. Awesome 🙂 🙂 🙂

My wife did her level 1 yoga training here, loved the experience.
Found the fresh vegetables and salads grown in their own garden amazing.Magnesium saltwater pool very refreshing after a big day of yoga. Accomodation was pleasant and overall experience life changing, highly recommended.

Brian W.

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