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Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga 20 Hr Foundation Workshop

  • Jamyang Buddhist Centre The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Rd, Lambeth London SE11 4NA UK (map)

This workshop is now SOLD OUT.
Please continue to make bookings to be added to a waiting list.

You are also very welcome to book onto The Neurobiology of Trauma & Trauma Informed Yoga Practices

Please Note: 20% (£110) discount on The Neurobiology of Trauma & Trauma Informed Yoga Practices when booking BOTH workshops (not applicable to bursary places).

This 20hr workshop will introduce students to the core concepts and applications of David Emerson's highly regarded intervention for Complex Trauma - Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Please follow this link to read reviews of workshops.

Key Themes:

  • Interoception:

    • Functions

    • Neurobiology

  • Relational Psychology & Interpersonal Neurobiology:

    • Relational Safety - Attachment, Attunement and Reciprocity of Social Engagement Behaviours

    • Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Homeostasis, the Stress Response, Polyvagal Theory

    • The Emergence of 'Self' - Intersubjectivity and Intrasubjectivity

    • Abuse and Neglect - the Destruction of 'Self'

    • Choice Making & Agency

  • Relational Trauma:

    • Role of Interoception, Self, Choice Making & Agency

    • The Spectrum of Relational Trauma Symptoms

    • Complex PTSD

    • Developmental Trauma

    • Dissociative Disorders

  • PTSD & Complex PTSD:

    • Understanding the difference

    • Implications for treatment

  • The Spectrum of Trauma Treatments

  • Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga:

    • Establishing Relational Safety

    • Interoception, Choice, Agency

    • Method

    • Teaching Practice

    • Triggers

  • Responsible, Accountable and Ethical Practice:

    • Scope of Practice for Yoga Teachers and Clinicians

    • Trauma Treatment Vs Trauma Informed Vs Trauma Sensitive

    • Responsible Marketing - Managing Expectations

    • Adapting a General Yoga Class

    • How to Introduce a Short, Low Dose TCTSY Session into one's Clinical Practice

    • Building relationships with therapists, clinicians & referral agencies

This workshop will be delivered using a number of teaching mediums:

  • Seminar style with accompanying slides and handouts

  • Case histories & lived experience

  • Teaching examples

  • Clinical examples

  • Small and large group brainstorming/discussion

  • Teaching Practice

  • Q & A sessions

Accreditation  & Professional Development:

Non-Clinical Yoga Teachers:

  • This workshop does not qualify non-clinical yoga teachers to offer trauma services, including TCTSY.

  • This workshop is intended to help non-clinical yoga teachers create a more trauma informed yoga class.


Please click through to read about Jamyang Buddhist Centre.

Jamyang offers accommodation as well as incorporating a beautiful cafe. All food is freshly prepared, seasonal & locally sourced from Sutton Community Farm.

Note: Jamyang is home to a Buddhist cat, is a smoke free space and is fully wheelchair accessible.


Monday will run from 10:00 - 17:00

Tuesday will run 10:00 - 17:00

Wednesday will run 10:00 - 12:30

Students will be booking for the whole 2.5 days.

There are 3 booking options.

  • Bursary Bookings - £50

  • UK Bookings - £300

  • International Bookings - £310*

*International students are asked to pay an extra £10 to cover a currency processing fee.

Bursary Places for Peer Workers/Experts by Experience: SOLD OUT.

Four bursary places of £50 per person are available. These bookings must be paid for via a sterling (£) account

These places are for people who fulfil the following criteria:

  • residing in the UK

  • would not otherwise be able to afford to attend the workshop

  • privately funded*

  • are currently working as a Peer Worker or Expert by Experience within mental health services. A mental health peer worker is someone employed on the basis of their personal lived experience of mental illness and recovery.

  • are interested in further training with The Trauma Centre's yoga program (limited bursaries & scholarships are available via the TCTSY program)

Applications for bursary places must be submitted by May 31st 2019 and will offered on a first come, first served basis.
Successful applicants will be notified of their offer by June 4th 2019, latest.

*if you are being funded through your place of work, please ask your employer to contact Alex Cat by email

Payment Plans:

Payment plans for UK & bursary places will be available. Because each instalment will incur an international processing fee, we do not offer a payment plan for non-sterling (£) accounts.

This program is solely for professional development and is not intended as an intervention for those who have experienced trauma. Talking about trauma, even in the context of a professional training, may be triggering.