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Trauma Informed Yoga Training with Lara Land

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - July 30 @ 5:00 pm


The practice of yoga touches on our deepest layers of being and brings to the surface all of our vulnerabilities. In the right hands, we have an incredible opportunity in practice to heal our wounds, stresses, and traumas. Without the right skills, we risk retraumatization to ourselves or others.

Trauma is in every room. Whether you work in a yoga studio, online from home, or in any environment with other people, you benefit from these teachings.

Join yoga teacher trainer and somatic coach, Lara Land, author of The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, for a weekend of exploration and empowerment as you redefine yoga and its purposes and learn how to create safer spaces for both yourself and others. Lara will share her experience teaching yoga in Rwanda to genocide survivors and how that experience has influenced her teaching style and mission since before Trauma Sensitivity was part of our collective awareness in the yoga community. Dive into the inner workings of your brain and nervous system Look more closely at the kinds of traumas experienced in different cultures and increase your awareness and cultural sensitivity.

In this Program, you will Explore
How to define and look for trauma
What happens to the mind/body system during and after a traumatic event
The ways in which yoga can regulate the nervous system
Specific practices for grounding, awakening awareness, and centering
Common trauma triggers and how to avoid them
Ways to reframe your yoga teaching and practice
How to practice or teach yoga in any environment
Mindfulness and self-care for these times and why it’s so important
Self-knowledge and awareness and privilege in the yoga room

Recommended Reading The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga by Lara Land

Friday 6-8p – Opening talk
Everyone has been through at least one traumatic life event. In this talk, we explore how our assumptions and presumed limitations are molded by past experiences in our lives and family histories and what we can do to start shifting that. We discuss the ways stress shows up uniquely in each person and how we can support moving it and enjoying more peace in our practice and in our lives. Lara shares her work bringing yoga to genocide survivors in Rwanda and to shelters and harm reduction spaces throughout the NYC and DC areas.

Saturday 12-5
Saturday Workshop
Dive into the inner workings of your brain and nervous system in part 1 of Trauma Sensitive Training. You will learn what happens when we are stressed and how yoga, practiced intentionally with these insights can regulate your entire system. Look more closely at the kinds of traumas experienced in different cultures and increase your awareness and cultural sensitivity. We will detail everything from room setup to the use of language and detail how small changes can shift a practitioner’s experience. Discover how to look more closely at the messages coming from your own body and what to do with the information you are receiving. This training will include movement and details on how to teach or practice Ashtanga from a chair and still break a sweat!

Sunday 12-3 – Mindfulness, Self-Care, Community
Exploring the role of Mindfulness and Self-Acceptance even as we grow and expand. Practices for sustaining connection to ourselves and others.


Sunday Workshop
In this second half of your training, you will begin to practice working with trauma sensitivity by teaching each other in small groups and have the opportunity to lead the class through various exercises geared toward addressing the trauma response. We will discuss the important role of mindfulness and compassion in your work as a teacher and practitioner and close with a trauma-sensitive body scan.


Lara Land (she/her) is a deeply compassionate yoga teacher, somatic coach, consultant and yoga teacher trainer specializing in trauma sensitivity. Her work is in helping to heal trauma both subtle and significant and train others using trauma sensitive yoga, meditation, mindfulness and breathing practices. Lara has spent the last 25 years studying yoga and sharing yoga asana, chanting, meditation, and philosophy directly from her teachers in India. Her commitment is to honor the traditions of yoga by responding to the needs of each individual, using a unique combination of practices and techniques that are appropriate for their personal growth. Some of her many certifications include: trauma informed mindfulness, life coaching, somatic experiencing, yoga philosophy, and mindfulness in nature.

Lara is the owner of Land Yoga, Executive Director of Three and a Half Acres Yoga and co-producer of SOULFest yoga festival. She is the author of My Bliss Book and The Essential Guide to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, has a podcast, The Beyond Trauma podcast and has been featured in and contributed to New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and on Fox5, CBS, NY1 and SiriusRadioXM.

Learn more about Lara’s work
Beyond Trauma Podcast


July 28 @ 6:00 pm
July 30 @ 5:00 pm


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