Trauma-Sensitive Therapeutic Yoga

August 17-19

Friday 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday 9:00-4:00 pm


Purusha Yoga Studio 3729 Balboa Street

San Francisco, CA, 94121

United States (map)


Photo by Marcos Moraes

There is growing evidence that modified yoga when taught by specially trained individuals and employed in a therapeutic context, can be a tool for healing and empowerment for people who have experienced trauma.

In this workshop, you will learn how to implement key techniques and practices that promote self-awareness, embodiment, self- regulation, resiliency, and safety.
These practices may be implemented into an ongoing holistic therapy program as a component or complement modality or as a complete yoga therapy program which includes a yogic therapeutic alliance, applied eight-limb practices, and practical application of yoga philosophy into modern life.
Trauma-sensitive yoga is best used with people who experience treatment-persistent PTSD, or complex trauma, which may include symptoms such as dissociation, anxiety, impaired memory, hypervigilance, emotional numbness, joint and chronic muscle pain.

This workshop is designed for Health Professionals, Therapists, Advanced Yoga Teachers, and Yoga Therapists.

This course is a part I of a two-part “Yoga For Mental Health” module in the 300-hour courses.

Workshop fee: $400


This course counts toward our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.  Save money by registering as a 300-Hr YTT.



For over 20 years, Joy Ravelli has led workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. She is also the founder of the Purusha Seva Project, a non profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to underserved and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world. 


Joy has a master-level of experience and knowledge in the fields of natural fitness, somatic movement, thai yoga bodywork, martial arts, pilates, and classic yoga. She enjoys meditating and practicing with diverse people, places, animals, children and nature, while celebrating all the connected magic in this world. Read full bio


Rachel Jennine Goudey, Psy.D., RYT is a holistic therapist and yoga instructor in the Bay Area, specializing in practices that integrate the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit. Rachel comes from an eclectic background in dance,yoga, and psychology. She believes that movement and an acute awareness to the body are a vital component in the healing process and promoting overall health and wellness. Read full bio