Trauma Conscious Yoga Training

April 27-30, 2023 | Sedona, AZ

April 27-30, 2023

Thursday 8am-5pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (8am-12pm)

Trauma Conscious Yoga Training

w/ Dr. Manmeet Kaur Rattu & Diana Cantú-Reyna, BSN, RN

Summary: This 20-hour yoga certification is a unique four-day immersive experience to develop a biological, heart-centered, and decolonial understanding of trauma, stress, and burnout. Surrounded by the gorgeous landscape of red rocks in Sedona, this program will offer participants insight and wisdom into cultivating trauma-conscious relationships within their communities. Through guided discussions, dynamic and interactive learning, movement, kirtan, and breathwork, attendees will walk away with an expanded awareness on how to best support personal and collective healing. This is an invitation for those seeking to lean into courageous and selfless service.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define trauma, stress, and the three states of arousal as described in polyvagal theory.
  2. Identify and learn current practices in yoga therapies for trauma and stress.
  3. Identify and understand social justice in yoga (i.e., implicit bias, systemic trauma, cultural appropriation vs appreciation, etc,)
  4. Define and learn strategies to better manage stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma with 10 practical tools for self-care.
  5. Be able to integrate a trauma-conscious lifestyle.

Thank you to those who made possible the distribution of over $21,000 in scholarships. Please consider supporting the scholarship fund!

Margaret Joy Weaver
Lisa Dahl
Linda Goldenstein
Suzi Heath
Jane Sanders

Training Faculty 

Dr. Manmeet Kaur Rattu

Dr. Manmeet Kaur Rattu


Dr. Manmeet Kaur Rattu, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, meditation instructor, and Certified by Stanford University Department of Behavioral Sciences in Yoga for Mental Health. Her interests include cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual practices for self care and self compassion, including physical and mental fitness, thought-work, and community mentorship. Dr. Rattu aims to include culturally-informed treatment, education, and integration of care in her roles both as a scholar and teacher.
Diana Cantú-Reyna

Diana Cantú-Reyna


Diana Cantú-Reyna is a Registered Nurse, Herbalist, Integrative Health Coach, certified Yoga instructor, and healer rooted in the Wise Woman tradition of healing. She intricately weaves together a mind-body-spirit approach to health, supporting her clients in uncovering the root-cause of dis-ease. Diana spent over seven years as a Pediatric Trauma Intensive Care RN in Oakland California, serving as a unit Charge Nurse, mentor, preceptor and was elected to represent California Nurses Association members as a Union Nurse Representative and subsequently a Bargaining Team member. She is the Founder and Director of Cultivating Self Corp, a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit charity that proactively supports the physical, mental, and spiritual health of helping professionals and organizations across the country. Leading wellbeing retreats, continuing education workshops, and introducing regenerative spaces to healthcare facilities, the organization specializes in serving caregivers experiencing PTSD, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Additional Faculty

Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian, Reggie Hubbard, Alan Alcid, Nilanjara Banerjee, Saul David Raye, Dr. Manoj Chalom, Indy Rishi Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Trauma Conscious Yoga Training 

Who is this training for? 

This training is for anyone who is teaching or interested in teaching yoga to people and communities who have experienced trauma. 

Can I earn continuing education credit or contact hour CEUs for this training?

Yes, this training is eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). Eligible yoga teachers will earn contact hour CEUs through Yoga Alliance. If the course instructor is a Yoga therapist, they may also offer CEUs through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a downloadable certificate you can submit for credit. 

Will attendance be taken? 

Yes. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. 

Can I miss a day and still receive CEUs and a certification of completion?

No. Due to the YACEP guidelines students who are not present for the entire 20 contact hours will not receive or be eligible to apply for CEUs. 

Are the 2 presenters teaching the whole 20 hrs? 

The 20 hour training is designed to be taught by the two presenters collaboratively as well as individually, and is also supplemented by additional SYF Faculty. 

What is the amount of time between lecture, practices, and group work? You will receive this information at the training via syllabus and training guide.

SYF2016 Training Available as a Digital Conference at Yoga International

with Molly Birkhom, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Love Your Brain, Dr. Pauline Lucas, Dr. Jerry Wesch

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