Workshops and In-Service for CE Credits

Private sessions (individual or group) available. Organization staff trainings available. Contact Yael for more information: or 801 656 7885 (c)

Trauma: Look for next workshops in spring of 2020.

Part 1: Friday September 6 ,2019 in Salt Lake City 12:30 to 5:00

Part 2: Friday September 27, 2019 in Salt Lake City

part 2 with permission ($55.00)

Space generously donated by EMT Training Center 1135 South West Temple, SLC, UT

Listen to refugee women community leaders who are taking yoga breaks back to their communities. You may be inspired to learn trauma-sensitive yoga too.



Do you want to reconnect with the reasons you went into your helping profession? Do you want to help your staff or coworkers address issues of vicarious trauma?

“For those who work with trauma, a hazard of the job is vicarious trauma – when listening to clients and patients begins to change the way you perceive the world and to affect your health.”   — Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

 Leaders in the field of treating trauma and PTSD believe that the body-based modality of a trauma-sensitive yoga program can provide healing tools through simple stretching exercises and mindfulness breathing for stress and trauma. There is a robust body of evidence that body-based modalities, such as trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness, including Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 study, can offer trauma survivors a way to learn to feel safe in their own bodies and a way to regulate their core arousal systems. Yoga can help people heal, reconnect to their bodies, rewire their brains and become more resilient.

Please contact Yael ( if you need a discounted price or if you have a question about attending both sessions. Please check on availability for “Refresher”. Thanks! Utah NASW Home Study CEs Click Here.

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Why GreenTREE Yoga Trainings?

  • All sizes, shapes, and abilities can do this yoga.

  • Taught by certified, experienced teachers and clinicians who work in the field.

  • Incorporates trauma-sensitive yoga as a healing tool in your work and personal life.

  • Addresses the cumulative impact of vicarious trauma.

  • Provides overview of current neuroscience, writings, and applications in the field.

  • Available in convenient and affordable modules.


Who will benefit?

  • Appropriate for clinicians, educators, healthcare providers, yoga teachers, and anyone interested in learning more practical skills for self-care and healing trauma.

  • CE credits will be available for clinicians (NASW), therapists, school teachers (USOE licensure), yoga teachers (RYT Yoga Alliance recertification) for some or all of the modules.

“It was most helpful knowing it's okay to do yoga and trauma therapy. Today I started with thoughts of leaving the social work career, I definitely feel EMPOWERED to continue. Self-care is critical. Thanks!” — K.L.   

8 NASW CES and YA Recertification CEs.   8 NASW Home Study CEs also available.  4 CEs for Utah Nurses Assn.

Why two afternoon sessions? Each session includes:

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1.     One-hour trauma-sensitive practice, for all shapes, sizes and abilities 2.     Time to practice trauma-sensitive yoga breaks using scripted language 3.     Written support materials 4.     A self-care Kit: flip chart/mp3/mp4 to use for self-care and with clients/patients 5.     Opportunity to connect professionally with peers

Part One (4 hours): Part One is the “Why”.

In order to understand how the body-based modality of yoga can help heal trauma, one must put both trauma and yoga in the science context. Therefore, in addition to the experiential component of the workshop, we discuss peer-reviewed studies and books on the neuroscience of trauma and of yoga.

Part Two (4 hours): Part Two is the “How’

In this session, we deconstruct the one-hour trauma-sensitive yoga practice. Using clear and structured information based on science and our teaching experiences, we teach how to create a trauma-sensitive yoga break/practice: including language, sequencing, environment, poses, and teacher qualities.


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  "It's been a pleasure learning from you this summer. I love having the opportunity to share TSY with my patients. Witnessing their growth (and my own) has felt so satisfying. Please let me know if there is anything else I need to do for the certification. Again, it's been a wonderful experience. Thank you." J.Z. PhD, Trauma Psychologist

  Did you feel you received the support/mentoring needed to develop a certain proficiency and comfort level with incorporating TS yoga into your work?  "The mentoring/support was a strength of this training!!! Yael was extremely supported and continues to be a great mentor. This made me feel very safe to start working with the body through movement .  I would definitely recommend this training to anyone and everyone planning to do yoga with trauma-based populations. This training highlights the sensitivities and the strengths to be aware of that are commonly found among those who have experienced trauma."  B.Y. PhD, Psychologist Salt Lake VA

The Full Certification: 50 hours $1500.00       Includes books and materials

Components: See if this training is right for your professional needs.

1.     Part 1 and Part 2 workshops (above)

2.     12 hours of observation              Click for form. Yoga class observations: you discuss what you experienced in the class, how it made you feel, what you might want to include in your own teaching, and what you would make sure to never do.

3.     12 hours of practice teaching      Click for form. Practice teaching: we discuss what worked, what didn’t work,  what you might want to try.

4.     18 hours of readings                   Click for form. Read current literature on the topic.

A GreenTREE Yoga Certification program is primarily a mentoring program. After attending the 2 workshops, observation and practice teaching forms are completed. After each form is submitted, Yael comments. You then respond – so it becomes a conversation.

Learn how and why to make ANY yoga class more trauma-sensitive.

Why this training?  It has been developed by Yael Calhoun, MS, MA, E-RYT, who:

  • is an E-RYT and completed Trauma-sensitive yoga training (throught the Trauma Justice Institute);

  • developed the trauma-sensitve yoga program at the Salt Lake VA and teaches many professional development trainings for CE credits for social workers, psychologists, nurses and teachers;

  • continues to present nationally and internationally on the topic; and,

  • develops training kits and materials on yoga and trauma.

In this training you will gain:

  • the individualized mentoring to gain the knowledge and experience you need to share yoga in a way that serves your purpose;

  • the scientific background, the neuroscience, to understand the effects of trauma on the brain and the body and the science of how a body-based modality of yoga fits as a powerful healing tool;

  • the opportunity to observe and to assess yoga classes with guidance as to what to notice;

  • the opportunity to be placed in a volunteer experience that will foster your growth as a teacher;

  • information on how to develop a trauma-sensitive yoga class: including language, teacher qualities, teacher decorum, setting, and suggested sequencing (what to include, what to leave out, what to add later...);

  • the opportunity to read leading scientific research and books on the topics of trauma and yoga; and,

  • key books for your personal library.

Like any yoga training, this one has the possibility of informing and re-energizing the way you do yoga and the way you teach. I know it did for me -- I hope you can join us! Please contact me with any questions! Namaste, Yael

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About Yael

Yael Calhoun, MA, MS, E-RYT is a long time educator and author, with a strong background in education and teaching yoga as a tool to address trauma, stress, depression, anxiety and compassion fatigue. She is a writer/series editor of over a dozen books and continues to develop books, DVDs/CDs, and trainings manuals on yoga, including yoga for trauma, autism, children, seniors, caregivers, classrooms, and cancer survivors. Currently, Yael is the co-founder and Executive Director of GreenTREE Yoga, a 501c3 nonprofit charity, dedicated to bringing the benefits of yoga to people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings, including: schools, prisons, community organizations/groups, substance abuse recovery centers, senior centers, and caregiving. She has developed professional development trainings for CE credits for clinicians, psychologists, and nurses. Her current project is developing a training guide for people who work with refugee populations.

Yael’s education includes an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a Master’s of Arts in Education from SCSU, and a Master’s of Science from University of Rhode Island. In addition, Yael is certified yoga instructor (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and completed a 40-hr Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training at The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

Yael devotes most of her teaching time to trauma-sensitive classes for: (1) yoga for stress; and, (2) pain management. She works with children, refugees, and veterans (Salt Lake VA), where she has developed a program for PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma and pain management. She finds yoga to be a powerful healing tool for people trying to feel more comfortable in their bodies and to feel their bodies are a safe place to be.