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Trauma Informed Facilitator


R4,500 - R2,500 (choose which Tier you fit in)


20 hrs

About the Course

This course can be used as 20 Continuing Education Hours provided by Yoga Alliance - YACEP.

This training is more than an education, it is a practical learning experience to transform your offering and the spaces you occupy.

This training offers you immediate tools, methods and interventions in order to instantaneously cultivate a more trauma-informed approach in your current studio, classes, business, organization, and offerings.

It is an integrative and holistic approach to discovering the connections between empowerment and resilience through personal exploration, invitational language, safe space creation, supportive solutions, and facilitating choice-making.

This 20Hr Training is designed for:

Experienced, new and novice yoga teachers and yoga business owners hoping to integrate trauma informed and accessible yoga in studio, online and community settings.

Health, social, service, and community professionals hoping to integrate yoga, embodied, and mindful somatic practices with a trauma informed approach into their existing practice, organizations, and work.

Activists, humanitarians and social justice advocates hoping to add somatic awareness, embodied practices and community connection to their social justice and systemic change agendas.

During this training participants will discover: 

  • How trauma anatomically affects the nervous system 

  • How to identify trauma symptoms and trigger responses 

  • Tools to promote biological resiliency, self-regulation and resolution

  • Protocol and best practices in the field 

  • Invitational language 

  • Community building and outreach methods 

  • Ahimsa and the importance of self-care 

  • How to create a safe space 

  • Teaching methods for classrooms, yoga studios, healthcare practitioners, etc

Curriculum Breakdown:


Welcome to your Training

Our Trauma Informed Perspective


The Importance of Self Care and Self Compassion in this work


Defining and Understanding Trauma

Trauma Anatomy and Physiology

Foundational Polyvagal Theory

Regulation and Nervous System Balance

Disassociation, Disembodiment, and Re-Embodiment

Reactions, Responses and Triggers


Creating your trauma informed space

Trauma Informed Communication

Mind/Body Trauma Informed Methods, Tools, and Interventions

How to apply this information to your Work, Communities, and Trauma Informed Life

Scope of Practice

Personal Mentorship and Q & A


Equity in Investment – Choosing your tier

We are committed to offering trainings, mentorships and opportunities that are of the highest quality, affordable and accessible while striving to keep equity and mutual exchange at the soul of how we serve.   

We recognize that we live in systems of inequity and we strive to find ways of finding balance within this. We feel that the deepest engagement and greatest benefit comes when there is a meaningful mutual exchange.  

For these reasons, we offer tiered pricing. There is an invitation to reflect on your access to resources and privilege, the value of this work, what you can genuinely afford, and what you might pay for comparable training programs. By committing to what is truly within your means you make it possible for others to show up within theirs and we are all grateful for this.

All prices are in SA Rands

TIER 1: R4500.00 – For those who are financially well-resourced and who are able to contribute to our scholarship fund. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets.

TIER 2: R3200.00 – For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources who also are able to contribute to our scholarship fund.

TIER 3: R2500.00 – For those on lower incomes with caring responsibilities.

Your Instructor

Kirsten Wilkinson

Kirsten Wilkinson

Kirsten holds a Masters Degree in Dance and Research from American University in Washington, DC and a BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a PhD candidate at Meridian University in Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Therapy.
Kirsten is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) having completed all three years of the official course work with the Trauma Institute under the guidance of various lead faculty members.

She is a TCTSY-Facilitator, which is a 300 hour professional certification. She has completed various trainings in yoga for specific communities including certifications through YogaEd, The Prison Yoga Project, Off the Mat - into the World, Yoga for Humankind, and Veterans Yoga Project. She is a Bikram Certified, teach Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Prenatal Yoga, and yoga and movement for youth and adolescents.

She is a Mind/Body Practitioner, which is a 300hr professional certification that blends psychology and somatic therapy modalities. She is also a certified Qi Gong and iRest Facilitator as well as Thai Yoga Massage Certified. She also holds a certification as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and is also a Breath to Heal Facilitator studying under Max Strom.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy Motion, a 501(c)3 NGO organization that supports individuals and communities impacted by trauma by offering sustainable programing and trainings to community members in trauma informed, restorative movement based practices and somatic therapy modalities . Each program and project honors traditional healing methods, supports the collective human experience, and provides learning opportunities to aid in accessible and equitable mental healthcare through the mind/body connection.

Kirsten has over 20 years of experience working with moving bodies, trauma, and building trauma informed curriculum.

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