CREATING SAFE(R) SPACES: 

Weaving together the principles of trauma-informed care, nervous system theory and anti-oppression to create safe(r) spaces in Yoga.

Holding space for students is a huge responsibility, one that most teacher training programs simply can't entirely account for. This online training will explore what it means to co-create and cultivate safety as an evolving practice.

As movement teachers, it's common to assume that what works for us, works for our students.


And yet, just because a practice environment feels safe for you, it doesn't necessarily feel that way for everyone else.

  • What invisible struggle might they be bringing with them into the space, onto their mat?
     
  • How can we learn to support them from a place of equity and compassion?
     
  • How can we better understand, recognize and hold space for how stress, oppression and trauma can impact the nervous system?
     
  • In what ways can we make our movement spaces more welcoming, less intimidating and ultimately, safe(r) havens?

Regardless of your experience in the yoga education space, it's your responsibility to acknowledge any assumptions about who is showing up in your classes.

Most humans on this planet are experiencing some degree of nervous system imbalance, whether they know it or not. 

And how could we not be?!

Our nervous systems aren’t built for the stressors of the 21st century. 

 

There are so many hidden and unrecognized challenges that you face as a Yoga teacher, in addition to simply trying to remember your class plan or communicating in a way that your students understand.


  • As someone guiding others through movement practices that are designed to heal rather than harm, you exist on the frontline of health and wellness.
     

  • People from all walks of life and experience might come to you because their doctor or therapist told them yoga or physical movement would help them heal and thrive. 

  • They think these practices will help reduce stress or manage anxiety and depression; which they can, but not always and definitely not universally for every human.

Holding space for these expectations is a huge responsibility, one that most teacher training programs simply do not have enough time to account for.  


  • The physiological, psychological and social impacts of stress, oppression and trauma show up in yoga and movement settings in complex and multilayered ways.
     

  • Being trauma-informed means being “human informed” which asks us to consider these impacts in relationship to how we show up for our students, and values safety and respect as important qualities of teaching.
     

  • This requires less performing as a teacher and more relating to your students. As a caretaker in this world you need to see the humans in front of you.

Like many things, this work is an inside job first. Before we can begin to create safe(r) spaces for our students, we need to first understand what safety means to us as teachers and educators.


Through lectures, somatic practices, small group discussion, and self-study, this experiential training will provide you with guidelines and tools for co-creating supportive spaces that prioritize student experience over class plans and session goals.

 

Training Outcomes:

  • Build a foundation of understanding for how everyday stress, oppression and trauma impacts your neurobiology.
     

  • Discover how evolution plays into your fundamental need to feel safe, and how adaptive survival strategies influence emotions, habits and behaviours.
     

  • Identify the key role the vagus nerve plays in how you relate to yourself and your students at the level of the autonomic nervous system.
     

  • Examine the politics of trauma to expand your definition of safety; going beyond just the material aspects of just the “feeling” of safety to discover why it is an inherent need and basic human right.
     

  • Identify and integrate the guiding principles of trauma-informed care, somatic movement tools and nervous system balancing practices into your group classes and private sessions.

 

This is a Zoom meeting format offering with optional break out rooms and optional use of your microphone and camera.

 

Additional Details


  • All sessions will be recorded and you’ll have access to the recordings until the end of February.
     
  • This training isn’t just for yoga or movement teachers, anyone working with people will benefit from this training.
     
  • There will be optional prep work and self-study activities offered before and during the integration week . In order to receive a certificate of participation, you will need to attend live and complete the assigned self-study.
     
  • If you can’t tune in live, recordings will be provided. However, if you can’t commit to being in the live sessions and contribute to the community experience live, you will be in an observer role versus a full participant.

“If you can see the healthy individual under the trauma, then you’re trauma-informed.”

Gabor Mate, The Wisdom of Trauma Movie

 

Creating Safe(r) Spaces exceeded my expectations. Understanding that safety is subjective and the actionable tasks we could do to create more welcoming spaces in studios and the wellness industry. I'd take this course again!

Cathy Keenan, R.Ac, E-RYT

The Schedule


Part 1: Saturday, January 15th
 

Part 2: Saturday, January 22nd

Live Call Times: 9-11am & 1-3pm MT* (11-1pm & 3-5pm ET)

 

​*MT = Mountain Time

Training begins

 

Saturday, January 15th

 

Only 20 spots available

 

$349

Or two monthly payments of $175

Here's who you'll be learning with:


Embodied Resilience Educator

Jenn Cardoso

 

Jenn is an embodied resilience educator and body-centred psychotherapist in training. Her passion for this work is rooted in providing a holistic approach to mental health and wellness that is transformational, sustainable and accessible. Through co-created strategies of embodied movement and nervous system balancing practices, she helps people feel more at home in their body, experience greater self awareness and emotional ease, connect to their inner strength and fortitude, and foster self-compassion (it’s all in there!). Her human-centred and culturally appreciative approach is rooted in the belief that we are all resilient beings.

 

Her work and studies have been focused on yoga, somatics, strength-based movement, trauma, neurophysiology, psychology, sociology and social justice for health and wellness. Along with running the busy operations as co-director at Yoga Detour™ she enjoys time in the garden, running, archery, following Formula 1 racing, and spending time with her dog Kooper and friends on the hiking trails of Toronto’s east side.

 

This training is for you...

1. You want to develop a refined approach to teaching to make your classes and sessions more supportive, approachable and accessible.
 

2. You are on a path towards becoming a more holistically minded practitioner; one that students and clients trust and want to partner with for the long haul as they continue to heal and grow.
 

3. You’re interested in expanding your knowledge of what cultivating safe(r) spaces could look like outside of just the physical environment or what feels “safe” for you.
 

4. You are okay with the idea that sometimes frameworks, templates and systems are not always in the best interest of the people you are working with. Can you be guided by both principles and your intuition?
 

5. You want more tools and knowledge in your wheelhouse to empower your students to have more choice and agency over their practice.

This training is not for you...

1. You're looking for trauma-informed yoga poses, class plans or sequences. All yoga and movement can be trauma-informed when we bring the principles of trauma-informed care work into our work and teaching.

 

2. You’re looking for specialized training as a Yoga Therapist, Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist or to be certified as a trauma expert.
 

3. Looking for a trauma recovery program or a protocol for healing the nervous system.

 

The Creating Safe(r) Spaces series was incredible, thank you for putting this program together! I think this is really important work and it’s made me aware of how and why I’ve felt unsafe - like SO MANY TIMES - and now I can begin to work on not perpetuating these societal norms as I walk through the world. I have so much to learn and much to practice but I’m grateful to no longer be ignorant. :pray:

Sarah Wood, 500hr YTT, Registered Yoga Detour Instructor