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Understanding the Neuroscience of Trauma

HOSTED BY The Yoga Tree Okinawa 
November February 4-5, 2023 

An estimated seventy-five percent of adults around the world have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Persons with trauma walk amongst us, often without visible or known symptoms and yet they are struggling to cope beneath the surface even when they walk into a yoga class. As a yoga teacher becoming trauma-informed allows for more inclusivity and sensitivity to your teaching. This 14-hour training will cover the basics of trauma, neuroscience theories of trauma, nervous system responses, polyvagal theory and vagal tone, self-regulation tools, sensory awareness, somatic practices, ethics, safety, and teacher self-care techniques. This training is for trained yoga teachers who are teaching group or individual classes and would like to incorporate the basic mind-body tools of trauma-informed yoga into their current work. This training does not provide direct treatment or diagnosis for working with individuals affected by psychological or physical trauma. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of this course. For those teachers registered with Yoga Alliance, this training offers 14 hours of Yoga Alliance CEUs.


DATE/TIME: February 4-5, 2023, 9am-5:30pm

LOCATION: The Yoga Tree Okinawa

COST: Early bird rate $275USD before January 10, 2023. After January 10, 2023 $325US.



Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner, LMHC, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, has been an internationally certified yoga therapist for the past 12 years working with individuals with chronic and life-threatening disease, spinal cord injury and brain injury. She is also a somatically-trained licensed mental health therapist with experience working with complex & developmental trauma, sexual trauma, and PTSD within the active duty military community. In her trainings and programming she is generous with her wisdom and information offering in-depth resources for those looking to expand and grow in their teaching practice.


NOTE: Given the current pandemic climate and unpredictable restrictions here on Okinawa between local government and military entities, there is always a possibility that this program will need to be facilitated in an online format.

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