Trauma Informed Yoga & Mindfulness for Children

Understanding Trauma, How it Impacts Children, and Why Yoga Can Help


As a yoga instructor, therapist, teacher, or anyone who regularly serves children, it is almost certain that you will encounter children who have experienced trauma in their young lives.

This introductory one-day workshop will present information on the two main types of trauma experienced by children, the basics of the neuroscience of trauma, signs, symptoms and common misdiagnoses, how to make your classes more trauma-informed, how yoga can be part of the healing process, and self-care. It includes practical tools presented in both lecture and experiential format. 

Who should attend: Childlight-13This workshop is open to yoga teachers and yoga students (1+ yrs. yoga practice) who work with children, including:

  • preschool - grade 12 educators
  • physical education and health education teachers
  • school or family counselors
  • child psychologists
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • physical therapists
  • speech therapists
  • camp counselors
  • recreation directors
  • pediatricians
  • and any others who regularly work with children

Knee to chest-CMThe workshop curriculum includes:

  • Common types of trauma experienced by children including the difference between PTSD and Complex Trauma.
  • The many ways that symptoms of trauma may present in children.
  • The effects of trauma on the physical body and the brain
  • Introduction to the ACES Inventory
  • Why yoga can be an important healing modality for children
  • Yoga-based activities found to be particularly beneficial for managing trauma
  • Suggestions for making your yoga classes and other interactions with children safe and comfortable for children who have experienced trauma
  • How to best support a child who has been 'triggered'
  • Lecture format and experiential exercises 

CEUs, PDPs, and Yoga Alliance credit hours:
It is not necessary to be a Registered Adult Yoga Teacher (RYT) or complete our 95 hour RCYS program in order to attend our trainings.  However, it is strongly recommended that participants explore a children's yoga teacher training such as Yoga and Mindfulness for Children, Yoga and Mindfulness for Tweens and Teens, and Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Special Needs.  

Registered yoga teachers are eligible for continuing education contact hours through Yoga Alliance. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Professional Development Points (PDPs) may also be available through your employer. As each credentialing organization has their own requirements, you should confirm with them that your training hours will apply toward your degree or continuing education requirements. Application for accreditation from these organizations is your responsibility. Additional fees may be required. 

What participants are saying: 

"The facilitation of the workshop was very good. The presenters were very knowledgeable and well informed.” Patty Lavey

“Very good overall information. This was a good introduction for me as someone who had no background in trauma.” Kathie Bowen

“Amazing workshop!” Michelle Desjardins, OTR/L 

“I have experience working with lots of at risk youth. This was a great way to confirm that yoga is a great resource for children who have experienced trauma.” Melissa Nutting

Meet the Trainers! 

ROCHELLE AND GLORIA (15) [3880729]   

Rochelle Jewell E-RYT is the founder of My OmAbilities Yoga and the author/creator of the ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Teens & Adults with Special Needs Training and manual. She is an IAYT-certified yoga therapist and Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher and with more than a decade of experience sharing yoga with individuals with a variety of disabilities. Rochelle has completed Creative Relaxation® Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs trainings with Louise Goldberg and the Zensational Kids training with Allison Morgan. Rochelle recently completed a fellowship with the NH LEND Program through UNH, which included 300 hours of graduate level, interdisciplinary, leadership training in developmental disabilities.  She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Rochelle works with students and families privately and leads group classes for individuals with special needs. Rochelle is passionate about making yoga accessible to all and to meeting her students right where they are.

Gloria Breton, OT, has been blessed to work in the service of children and adults for over 30 years. Currently, she works in a therapeutic school, serving students who live with mental health & developmental challenges. She specializes in the areas of sensory processing disorder, trauma-informed care, self-regulation skills, & making education accessible to all children. She also teaches yoga & mindfulness skills, both in school & in the community, having completed her 95 hour training and certifications through ChildLight Yoga, as well as studying with the Mindful Schools program. Gloria is a lifelong learner. She has had a personal yoga practice for 30 years and she is currently completing her 200 RYT program through Empower Yoga/YogaNH.

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Upcoming Workshops

Tuition & Materials:

ChildLight Yoga Studio

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 8am-4pm
Note: This workshop is part of the Summer Intensive.

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ChildLight Yoga Studio
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm
Note: This workshop immediately precedes the Yoga & Mindfulness for Children: Advanced Teaching Concepts training.

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