2019 Workshops and In-Service for CE Credits

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


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

Part 2: Friday September 27th in Salt Lake City

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.

PLEASE make sure when you register that I have a current email to send you workshop information.


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

Please contact Yael (greentreeyoga@comcast.net) 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 science, writings, and applications in the field.

  • Take 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.   


 Expand for Trauma-sensitive Yoga Certification* (55- hour: see below)  Includes Part 1 and Part 2. Payment info at bottom of page.
Contact Yael at greentreeyoga@comcast.net or 801 -656-7885.

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

When:  2019.  FRIDAYS  Part 1: Salt Lake: Sept 6. Provo: Sept 12th 12.30 - 5:00. Part 2: Salt Lake: Sept 27th Provo: Oct 11th 12.30 to 5.00  
Why 2 parts?  We have changed the format from a one-day retreat to two afternoons by request.  People like to have time to absorb the new information, then practice and come back for more information, review, and discussion. 

Part 2 builds on Part 1 -- both are of benefit to clinicians, yoga teachers, and anyone trying to heal trauma.

Part 1 : Focus:  Experiential practice; science of trauma/yoga; clinical applications for yoga breaks for clients/students/and self-care; discussions     

  Part 2: Focus - Builds on Part 1.  Experiential practice,  HOW to teach/share TS Yoga in various settings, including studios, community  classes, clinical settings.

Each session provides information and free tools for clinicians and yoga teachers. 
Where: SALT LAKE:  UEMTC   1135 S W Temple #200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101  PROVO Heritage Community Treatment Center 5600 Heritage School Dr, Provo, UT 84604  Space generously donated
Presented by: Yael Calhoun, MA, MS, E-RYT

 2-part Trauma Training   $115.00    Early bird: $95.00 Price includes Self-care Kit (Flip chart/mp3/mp4 of 10 breaks) 

 Please contact Yael with any questions about fee payment. If you need a different fee, please ask!   4 NASW or 4 YA renewal  CEs for EACH day.   UNA CES. Total of 4 hours. You must take part 1 before you can take part 2. questions?

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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 a certified yoga instructor

(E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and is certified in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute).

Yael devotes most of her teaching time to trauma-sensitive yoga classes, both with children and adults at the Salt Lake VA, where she has developed a program for PTSD and MST. The program will expand this year from four classes to six classes, including a telehealth program for six community-based VA facilities in Utah and Idaho. 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. 


   $1400.00       Includes books and materials

"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

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.

2018:  55- hour: includes: 2 trainings:  Friday, Sept 14th, 2018  (12.30-5:30) and Friday Oct 12th (12:30 - 5:30); 

observations, (10 hours) volunteer teaching (10 hours),  and readings (20 hours)  UEMTC   1135 S W Temple #200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Why would you want to teach your yoga classes in a trauma-sensitive way? (and power yoga can be trauma-sensitive too!) Learn to teach all ages and abilities in a trauma-sensitive way.

Chances are people in your classes have experienced or will experience some degree of trauma. Yoga can help people heal, reconnect to their bodies, rewire their brains and become more resilient.

Consider: Nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Women are 84 percent of spouse abuse victims and 86 percent of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend and about three-fourths of the persons who commit family violence are male.  (click here for more information) And of course, many people, male and female, suffer from PTSD.

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.

1. Workshop Trainings: Part 1 and Part 2 — Fall of 2019

2. Observations (10 hours): Observe 10 hours of yoga classes to learn was is and is not trauma-sensitive yoga. Guided observation sheets.

3. Volunteer teaching (10 hours): We will find you a volunteer placement that provides support for you and allows you to develop the skills you need to share your yoga.

4. Readings (20 hours): This readings are key. You will receive books as a part of this training. You will complete reading sheets discussing the books, again, it is a guided activity to help allow you to make the time to learn new ideas and weave them into what you already know. New research is inspiring and should inform your teaching (and the way you live your life!)

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