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Are you a certified yoga instructor who wants to feel more confident and better equipped to provide specialised support to your students? Are you unsure of how to refine your teaching skills to cater to complex and vulnerable situations and communities?
This 50-hour advanced teacher training has been fully booked since 2019. It is recommended to book early or join the priority list to secure your spot.
Your facilitator, Sarah Ball, has been teaching yoga since 2003. Based on contemporary research and social justice principles, Sarah has developed several workshops and programs to cater to the needs of individuals, organisations, and universities. She specialises in trauma, mental health, and eating issues/body image recovery.
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What is the training?
The purpose of this course is to help you develop a deep understanding of yoga, social justice, and mental and spiritual health. It aims to make you a confident facilitator of safe and empowering spaces to share yoga in the context of challenging personal and psychological experiences faced by your students.
Yoga Australia Certified + CPD
This program is eligible for both CPD and teacher training hours, with 50 hours of advanced training registered with Yoga Australia.
Who is this training for?
This training program is designed to help yoga teachers and mental health professionals with a dedicated personal yoga practice feel more confident and equipped to provide specialised support to their students. If you’re unsure of how to refine your teaching skills to work with complex and vulnerable situations and communities, this course is tailored specifically to train you in these areas. By the end of the course, you will have developed greater clarity and confidence in dealing with mental health, trauma, and body image issues in your teaching.
To attend the course, a minimum certification of 200 hours in yoga teaching is required. However, teachers-in-training who are currently pursuing a minimum 200-hour certification may also enroll in the course. The training is designed to provide ample opportunities for group discussions, personal reflection, and integration of diverse learning methods and content. Both small and large groups will be formed to facilitate effective learning.
Modules and Topics Covered
The following topics will be covered in the yoga teacher training program:
– Trauma-sensitive yoga and social justice principles
– Yoga for anxiety, depression, and mental health
– Yoga for body image
– Development of trauma-informed facilitation skills, program, personal practice, and self-care
During the program, there will be enough time for discussion and questions, as well as ample opportunities to practice facilitating the methods and practices explored in the theoretical modules.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
-Yoga and Trauma: Understanding and applying the 4 primary principles of the Trauma Sensitive Yoga method
-Methods of working with the nervous system to create greater safety in individuals and groups
Introduction to trauma-informed practice as a wider social movement in the ‘helping professions’.
-How yoga can be adapted in specific contexts to support trauma-sensitive principle
-A suite of simple teaching principles and practices that can be integrated into daily life, group yoga classes, and 1:1 yoga sessions
-Methods of teaching public yoga classes with a trauma-informed approach
-The scope of professional practice for yoga teachers in the field of mental health, trauma, and body image.
-Bringing life experience to teaching: peer work and the appropriate use of self-disclosure and lived experience.
-Social Justice in Mental Health: The role of critical reflection in influencing how and what we teach
-Understanding power and privilege and intersectionality in yoga spaces
-Spiritual Bypassing – what is it, and how does it show up in the yoga world?
-Working with ‘shadow’ – our own and those of others
-Providing tools in the yoga space that encourage acceptance self-empowerment, connection, agency, and change.
Yoga for Anxiety, Depression & Mental Health
-Mental Health through Multiple Lenses: yoga, western psychology and questioning pathology
-Narratives of mental health: Ways of thinking about anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues using social justice and narrative approach
-How to adapt yoga for anxiety reduction
-How to adapt yoga to support depression
-The ecology of healing: The intersection of the koshas and ecological systems theory
-A bio-psycho-social framework for teaching yoga for mental health
-Working with the needs of the individual: avoiding a prescriptive approach
-When and why to avoid certain practices for specific mental health issues
-Specific practices and teaching methods that work with the nervous system to support relief from psychological and emotional experiences, including anxiety, depression, grief, anger, and burnout
-How to structure classes to cater to diverse mental health needs in one space
Yoga for Body Image
-Yoga and Body Image: How Yoga Harms, How Yoga Heals
-Unpacking the notion of the ‘Yoga Body’
-Identifying and responding to white privilege and the impact of racial injustice in yoga spaces
-Encouraging environments of body positivity and body-acceptance in yoga classes, 1:1 sessions, and personal practice
-The Art of Facilitation: creating and sustaining a safe space
-Balancing acceptance and change in the yoga space
-Working with the damage wrought by the ‘transformation fantasy’ as it relates to the body and yoga in the West while honouring the transcendent possibility of the practices
-Practical approaches to welcoming difference and diversity in yoga spaces
Trauma-Informed Facilitation Skills, Program Development, Personal Practice + Self-Care
-Codependence in yoga teaching: how to work with the distress of others without moving to save or fix
-Sustaining our practice and passion for this work
-Designing your own trauma-informed programs
-How to work 1:1 with experiences of distress
-The art of therapeutic presence: how to work with the distress of others without moving to save or fix
-Moving beyond imposter syndrome: readiness to teach and knowing when you’re skilled enough to teach for specialised groups.
-Moving beyond “doing good” and unsustainable activism. Learning how to work collaboratively to bring about change.
-Personal practice considerations
-How to surround yourself with ongoing support in this work: Supervision and Sangha
-Cultivating active hope in the face of the difficulties of our students and communities
This course is registered for 50-hours advanced teacher training with Yoga Australia. Home study requirements to meet 50-hours of Training – (For In-Person Training Only)
The vast majority of the in-person course content (40 hours) is covered over the 4-day intensive. However, in order to meet the 50 hours of training and receive a certificate of 50-hours completion, the following activities are required as part of the in-person training (otherwise you will receive a certificate of 36-hours training).
IN-PERSON TRAINEES – YOU WILL NEED TO: Read the required text and at least one of the following recommended texts prior to the training. Please also keep notes of questions and key ideas as you read, to contribute to group discussions during the training.
PRE-COURSE REQUIRED BOOK Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper
OTHER PRE-COURSE BOOKS: CHOOSE AND READ AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TEXTS:
1. Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
2. Yoga for Emotional Balance by Bo Forbes
3. Yoga and Body Image edited by Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley
4. Yoga and Psyche by Mariana Caplan
5. Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven
IS READING BOOKS NOT FOR YOU? PLEASE NOTE: If you feel that reading/listening to these texts is not possible for you for ANY reason (this includes learning difficulties or other life circumstances that might inhibit you from completing this part of the training), please get in touch to discuss alternative methods of meeting additional study requirements. The training is intended to be adaptive for the needs of all participants, so please do get in touch if you feel the home-study component may pose challenges for you.
Also included in the training...
-Hard copy of course manual.
-Membership to a closed facebook group for ongoing peer feedback
and resource sharing beyond the training
-Optional priority booking for 1:1 mentoring with Sarah in-person
or on Skype following the training (limited number of spots available as Sarah’s clinic is often booked out)
-Certificate of completion for 50-hours of advanced yoga teacher training
About Sarah Ball
Sarah teaches trauma-informed practice and mental health subjects in the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Wollongong. Her yoga courses and facilitation are informed by her extensive ongoing training in a wide variety of yoga approaches. Her programs offer a fusion of trauma-sensitive, body-positive, Hatha, vinyasa flow, Vini, yoga therapy, and yin yoga methods with an emphasis on the power of yoga to inform and transform our lives beyond the yoga mat. She is also an affiliate member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and senior facilitator and program developer for Off the Mat, Into the World Australia.
She works with counselling and yoga teacher mentoring, specialising in 1:1 and group therapy for anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, emotional eating, and eating disorder recovery.
Visit sarahball.com.au for more about Sarah’s offerings.
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