Being Trauma-Sensitive: What Every Yoga Teacher Should Know


Studies indicate that 1 in 4 American adults have experienced some form of personal trauma such as abuse, violence or family strife.

Did you know that how you teach yoga, regardless of your intentions, can quite easily trigger a traumatic stress response in your students?

This course is designed to provide you principles and perspective so you can teach from a place that is wiser and more sensitive to trauma triggers your students may have. The field of study of trauma is deep, and this course will provide you fundamental knowledge along with resources if you choose to dig deeper.


  • Trauma-Informed vs. Trauma-Sensitive: how are these terms different?
  • Symptoms & common impacts of trauma
  • Neurobiology of trauma fundamentals
  • Systemic, racist & intergenerational trauma
  • Types of triggers
  • The Healer Impulse: the importance of your self-awareness
  • Best practices in teaching
  • Yogic philosophy as it relates to trauma & teaching

We'll take a one-hour break for lunch. Bring your lunch (refrigerator & microwave are on site) or take advantage of the nearby restaurants on Mke's east side.

This class is for all yoga teachers. For those teaching in omTown programs now or in future, this class is highly encouraged and may be required.

The fee for this class is offered at a sliding scale. Scholarships are also available for those in need of additional financial assistance.


The class is led by Katharina Hren CYT, MA, MS, LPC-IT, a practicing psychotherapist  and yoga teacher in Milwaukee, WI. Katharina has taught at yoga at studios such as Yama Yoga, Invivo Wellness, and Haleybird Studios since completing her 200 hour training at Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness. Also trained in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Street Yoga, Katharina has taught yoga at: Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, Marshall Sherrer Correctional Center, Felmers Chaney Correctional Center, COA, Running Rebels, Meta House, Urban Ecology Center, Holton Youth and Family Center, Neighborhood House, Rogers Academy, Westside Academy, Arts at Large, Gerald Ignace Indian Health Center (native elder group), and more. Katharina holds a master's degree in Community Psychology program from Alverno College and has worked as a sexual assault counseling intern at the Healing Center. She is now working with Ascent for Life as a trauma-informed yoga and meditation instructor for individuals who struggle with substance abuse and/or have mental health disorders, as well as for Alternatives in Psychological Consultation clinically as a psychotherapist.


March 25, 2017 at 9:30am - 5pm
omTown Center
Claire Stillman ·

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