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Trauma Informed Yoga Training

  • Re.Pose Therapy 2633 Montrose Avenue Abbotsford, BC, V2S 3T5 Canada (map)

One of the key components of therapy at Re.Pose is being trauma informed.  Whether you're a yoga teacher, therapist or really, in any helping profession, being trauma informed in your practice can deeply impact your client's ability to have a predictable and safe environment in which to heal, re-associate with their bodies, and move on towards a more regulated life.  This is why we offer Trauma Informed Yoga Training for all practitioners with Nicole Marcia from Fine Balance Yoga!

Fine Balance Trauma Informed Yoga Training for Yoga &
Healthcare Professionals

January 25-27, 2019
Friday 5:00 - 9:00; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 6:00
$400 +GST

Before December 25, $375+GST. No refunds after January 11th, 2019.

Registration & Information email: phone: 778-242-9516

Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic
stressors can cause symptoms including anxiety and depression, and lead individuals to develop a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies. Research supports the benefits of Yoga as an effective compliment to other traditional therapies in the stabilization and healing of individuals struggling with the aftermath of acute or chronic, prolonged exposure to trauma. By supporting and enhancing the efficacy of other therapeutic interventions, Yoga can contribute to an individual’s long-term stability and recovery. Yoga and healthcare professionals can learn to utilize Yoga with groups and individuals in order to safely support them in developing a sense of agency, safe embodiment and to provide them with tools for self-regulation. Upon completion of this training, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the underpinnings and application of trauma informed Yoga theories and techniques to support survivors in their healing.  Trauma informed Yoga techniques are simple, highly effective and versatile and can be easily integrated into a variety of settings.

This training is eligible for Yoga Alliance and BCRPA continuing education units.

In this Fine Balance Trauma Informed Yoga Training participants will:

  • Gain a theoretical and experiential foundation in trauma informed Yoga theory and techniques.
  • Understand the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga when working with addictions, PTSD and complex trauma.
  • Learn how to create safe classes and practices for trauma survivors that emphasize choice and agency and focus on the importance of internal, felt experience.
  • Explore and practice teaching therapeutic breathing and grounding techniques and the physical forms of Yoga.
  • Examine and discuss the Koshas (levels of the human being), Kleshas (the cycle of suffering), Yamas & Niyamas (ethics and practices), the Gunas (basic psychological archetypes), Langhana & Brahmana (categories of Yoga practices) as they pertain to trauma experience.
  • Investigate the differences and intersections between Western Medical and Yogic perspectives of trauma, the body and disease.
  • Consider the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship including the importance of boundaries, self-care, strengths-based client centered practices and Yoga as a form of embodied activism.


Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, YACEP, TCTSY-F

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Nicole is the founder and director of Fine Balance Yoga. Since 2004 she has taught therapeutic movement classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors, sharing healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and safely embodied lives. She trains Yoga and health care professionals in the trauma-informed Yoga theory and techniques required to support survivors in their healing and long-term stability.

In 2009, Nicole was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in Yoga Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008 – 2017 she served as the Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed and delivered a comprehensive Yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues.

She is the Program Director for Incorporating Yoga as a Trauma-informed Practice to Enhance Drug Treatment Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth as well as a training facilitator and mentor with Yoga Outreach, a not-for- profit organization providing volunteer Yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2017, Nicole completed 300 hours of training to become a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA. She is also certified to teach yoga in military communities through Warriors at Ease, Silver Spring, MD.

Nicole is proud to be a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Healing Arts  and a project coordinator and instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies in their Holistic Health Department Yoga Program in addition to being a Yoga teacher at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown East side.

Nicole is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.