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2 Day Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training

The Blu Matter Project proudly presents David Emerson E-RYT, TCTSY-F – 3 Day Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training
& Aaron Moore MA, MA, LMHC, E-RYT – 2 Day Mental Health Sensitivity Training.

With 30 Hours of Continuing Education Credits You Learn:
The latest trauma theories and neurophysiology
Theoretical underpinnings and methodology of TCTSY
The tools you need to make your yoga teaching more trauma-informed


This special series is a two part workshop that will take place over two weekends.

May 23rd – May 24th & May 30th – May 31st 2020

Mental Health Sensitivity Training

May 23rd – May 24th, 2020

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Yoga Teacher, and the co-founder of Solace Counseling, Aaron Moore, will be leading a 2 day Mental Health Sensitivity Training – Primer To Identifying and Understanding Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Mood Disorders. This workshop will explore definitions, symptoms, and treatment options as well as explore concepts Stigma & Shame.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

May 30th – May 31st, 2020

Director of Yoga Studies (Trauma Centre, Boston) and founder of Trauma Sensitive Yoga, David Emerson, will be presenting a 3 day workshop for those who wish to bring trauma-sensitive yoga to their students or clients. Research conducted by the Trauma Centre showed that the Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) model significantly reduced symptoms of PTSD.

Mental Health Sensitivity Training

The first workshop will be lead by Aaron Moore – A Blu Matter Project Facilitator. This is a Mental Health Sensitivity Training and is part of the Blu Matter Project’s Heal Training Series. It is a four part lecture series. This is a primer and functions to lay the groundwork for David Emerson’s in depth TSY workshop.

Workshop Overview

+ - Stigma & Shame as Barriers to Recovery

Attendees will be able to understand the nature of the Stigma and Shame that often accompanies mental health issues, and how it is one of the main barriers to treatment and recovery.

+ - Definitions & Identification

Attendees will learn to define and identify the common mental health issues of addiction, depressive disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders, their symptoms, experience, and options for treatment and recovery.

+ - QPR Suicide Prevention Workshop

Attendees will learn common factors regarding suicide as part of a suicide prevention workshop, which will give a practical framework for preventing suicide in their community.

+ - Framing the Practice & Instruction of Yoga Prescriptively

Attendees will gain an understanding for how these and other common mental health issues present in the context of yoga practice, specific areas of concern for yoga teachers, and how yoga can be a valuable asset in recovery.


Aaron Moore LMHC, MA, MA, RYT-200

Aaron is a Licensed Mental Health Counsel- or and the co-founder of Solace Counseling alongside his wife Michelle. Originally from the gulf coast of Florida, Aaron has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling. He works with adults and adolescents experiencing a wide range of struggles including addictions, marriage and relationships, depression, anxiety, and trauma. He is trained in EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and he is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Aaron first found yoga in 2005, eventually doing his teacher training to be able to incorporate yoga into therapy.

In addition to counseling, Aaron is a speak- er and adviser for To Write Love On Her Arms, speaking often internationally about mental health, and our struggles with stigma, shame, and recovery. Aaron serves as a board member for the Now Matters More Foundation, which is dedicated to providing help for those struggling with addiction. Aaron and Michelle are the parents of five year old twins, and surf, travel and enjoy being in or on the water as much as possible.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Key Themes:

  • Understanding Trauma
  • Theoretical underpinning of TCTSY
  • Methodology of TCTSY

Workshop Overview

+ - Background & Foundation
  • History of Trauma Diagnostic Frameworks – From PTSD to Complex Trauma
  • Attachment Theory – Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Relationships & Agency
  • Trauma Theory – Empowerment & Trauma informed relationships & Memory
  • Neurophysiology & Biology of Stress and Trauma – How trauma impacts the brain
  • Spectrum of Trauma Symptoms & Complex Trauma as lived experienced
  • Spectrum of Trauma Treatments & What TCTSY brings to treatment
+ - Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Tying Theory to Methodology – Under- standing the TCTSY Framework
  • Methods, including creating Safety, the Language of TCTSY, Choice, Interception & Agency
  • Experience the practice
  • Teaching experience
  • Challenges
  • Research studies & current evidence on TCTSY
+ - Responsible, Accountable & Ethical Practice
  • Scope of Practice for Yoga Teachers & Clinicians
  • Trauma Treatment vs. Trauma Informed vs Trauma Sensitive
  • Responsible Marketing – Managing Expectations
  • Adapting a general Yoga Class
  • How to introduce elements of TCTYS into one’s Clinical Therapy Practice
+ - The Workshop is a Combination of Theory & Practice
  • Seminar style with space for discussion and reflecting
  • Teaching & clinical examples
  • Includes examples from case histories, lived experience
  • Small & large group discussion sessions
  • Practice Teaching
  • Time for questions and discussions


David Emerson, E-RYT, TCTSY-F

Dave is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga for adults with treatment-resistant PTSD. Mr. Emerson has developed, conducted, and supervised TSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to co-authoring several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Mr. Emerson is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of the forthcoming, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.

For questions and inquiries about this training please contact
This programming is proudly sponsored by Blu Matter Project, hosted by Iam Yoga Inc, in affiliation with Trauma Sensitive Yoga and the Trauma Centre at Justice Resource Institute.

** This program has been designed for professional development and is not intended as an intervention for those who have experienced trauma. Students of yoga who have experienced trauma and who are interested in attending may do so but please note that talking about trauma, even in the context of a professional training, may be triggering.

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