PTSD Yoga Teacher Training with David Emerson – April 2012

This 3-day course will cover Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impact of trauma on the brian and the body, current treatments, particularly those that emphasize the body, with an eye toward yoga as well as the subjective experience of the survivor: what does it feel like to live now, post trauma?

Our focus will be on why and how to modify yoga to make it more trauma-sensitive. David Emerson is the Director of Yoga Services at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline Massachusetts, where yoga has been used as an adjunct treatment for PTSD for several years with a variety of groups, from survivors of chronic childhood abuse and neglect, to teenagers, to war veterans. Examples of integrating trauma-sensitive yoga into all of these communities will be given. Along with a more didactic presentation, participants will be able to practice techniques in small groups.

About David Emerson, ERYT

David Emerson, ERYT, is an accomplished yoga instructor and founder of the Black Lotus Yoga Project, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to teaching yoga to individuals with PTSD. As coordinator of the yoga services program at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was responsible for the implementation, supervision, and oversight of the yoga intervention component of two recent pilot studies conducted by Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga instruction for traumatized adults with PTSD. They have since received the first grant ever given by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a three-year study looking into the effects of yoga on women with chronic, complex trauma. David is also the co-author of the book “Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body” .

Date & Time

Friday, April 27
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 28
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Sunday, April 29
9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm


$335 by April 13
$350 after April 13
Materials Fee – $25

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Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School 500hrCEUs & Yoga Certification Info

  • 15 CEU Hours toward 500 YA or CEUs
  • $15 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration
  • Participation in full workshop required to receive 500YA credit.
  • This certification completes one required module towards 500Hr registry in the Wilmington Yoga Center program

Cancellation Policy

10 days prior to the workshop cancellation is permitted for account credit only minus a $25 administrative fee. 10 days and closer to the start date of the workshop the total tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.