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Yoga Therapy and Trauma

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Psychology and mental health conditions that are relevant to the yoga therapy and psychological distress symptoms, interventions, and approaches. You will also gain knowledge in cognitive behavior and personality concepts relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


· Commonly used drugs when it comes to mental health issues.

· The occurring mental health conditions from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions, their symptoms, and common approaches/ interconnections, as relevant to a yoga therapist.

· Conditions of trauma and the mental response of a person who has suffered trauma.

· And demonstrate understanding of strategies that address common mental disorders.


· The psychological concepts and terminology, including mood, cognition, behavior, and personality, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.


· The process of healing in a therapeutic relationship with someone who has experienced trauma.


· Trauma-Informed yoga therapist and how a group class setting is different than a therapeutic yoga class.

Required reading: Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by Emerson and Hopper and The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Vanderkolk.

Materials to bring: standard yoga props (2 blocks, 2 blankets (or 1 blanket and 1 bolster), and strap).

Course Completion Requirements: Attending and participating in the course module (or completing makeup assignments given by the teacher).

*Page numbers given in lecture might not match up with the numbers in your source material if you are taking this course asynchronous

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Dani McGuire
Founder, Creator Sattva Vinyasa and Sattva Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Yoga Therapist, Prana Vinyasa 500

Dani “Vani” founder of pranayoga and the method of Sattva Vinyasa Yoga Therapy has practiced yoga for over 22 years and practiced yoga therapy since 2007. Her journey began as she was healing from an eating disorder and chronic pain. Learning Yoga and Ayurveda has helped her in healing and she wants to share this with others through yoga therapy, ayurveda wellness counseling, and her book.

Dani is author of The Path of Joyful Living a modern day approach to kriya yoga and the psychology of yoga. She is also dedicated to teaching yoga to people with cancer and chronic pain. She is a Yoga Therapist registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists(IAYT) which has also accredited PranaYoga Institute in their 1000 hour yoga therapy diploma.

Yoga is moment to moment right action, Love that unifies. Dani’s goal is to bring a healing agenda-less space to anyone wanting to learn yoga and share with others.